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Louisiana: A fun place for families

By Fabian Behnke, Contributing writer
Published On: Jul 15 2011 07:02:19 PM CDT
New Orleans streetcar

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Blue Bayou Water Park

The Blue Bayou Water Park near Baton Rouge has more than 26 water attractions on more than 80 acres. It's the home of the world's largest slide, the Conja, at 1,500 feet in length and 10 stories high. Other slides are the eight-story speed slide and the six-story "Mad Moccasin" water slide. At Hurricane Bay, 4-foot waves promise a lot of fun, as well as the water cannons at the Pirate's Cove. The daily admission for those 48 inches and taller is $34.99, and $27.99 for those between 35 inches and 48 inches as well as seniors. Those under 35 inches tall are free. And if you bring a Coca Cola can, you save $5.

Louisiana Children's Museum

Louisiana Children's Museum in New Orleans is a great place to explore art and science with a hands-on experience. Besides those practical exhibits, it offers a toddler area and children's drama, dance and puppet shows, as well as a reproduction of a TV studio. Admission is only $8, so keep this place in mind, especially for rainy days.

Historic Streetcar Ride

Since kids get bored easily, it is important to keep the distances between the attractions short. The famous streetcars of New Orleans are not only a fun way to view the city, they also provide an opportunity to ride on those nostalgic vehicles themselves. The streetcar service runs between Canal Street and Carrollton and Claiborne avenues seven days a week. The cars operate every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on weekends during daytime hours, so waiting time is short.

Mardi Gras World

Directly across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter and Canal Street is the West Bank neighborhood where the Mardi Gras World is located. A free shuttle will take you to the place where Mardi Gras is created. All the sculptures and figures for the Carnival floats are showcased here. It is also a fun trip for children, as a chest full of costumes affords them the chance to dress in true Carnival style.

National D-Day Museum

The National D-Day Museum or World War II Museum is located in the heart of New Orleans. It is made up of four sections, each containing a different exhibit. A large collection of artifacts, testimonies and documents make this museum a very touching experience. Regular admission is $19 and there are plenty of deductions for children, students, military members or veterans.