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Year-Round Family Fun in New Orleans

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With its multi-cultural influences, renowned culinary scene and professional sports, New Orleans is a beloved destination. The Crescent City enjoys a worldwide reputation for Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but it also features year-round attractions for every age group.

Arts and cultural facilities include the National World War II Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Louisiana Children’s Museum keep visitors clamoring to return. Spectators young and old flock to the Audubon Nature Institute sites, which include the Aquarium of the Americas, the Insectarium and the Audubon Zoo. The zoo sits in century-old Audubon Park, where residents also jog, picnic and play golf and tennis.

Across town in the Mid-City neighborhood, historic City Park features 1,300 acres of parks and recreational amenities, including the City Park Track, a 400-meter polyurethane track built for the 1992 Olympic Trials.

For a unique cultural experience unlike any other, the French Quarter offers a variety of shops, dining and more. The French Market District, established in 1791, offers eateries, baked goods, fresh produce and café-style seating along one of the most iconic outdoor areas in New Orleans. More than one thousand restaurants call the city home, including some of America’s oldest eateries, as well as innovative farm-to-table spots that source ingredients from Louisiana’s family farmers and artisan food producers. 

For a little extra adventure, renting a bike allows for further exploration of the city. Since 2005, the historic port city has expanded its bike paths sevenfold. The new advancements prompted the League of American Bicyclists to designate New Orleans a ​Silver Level bike-friendly city in 201​4.

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