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420 Julia St.

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$10 per person
Tues-Sat 9:30 a.m.-4:30 or 5 p.m. | Sun noon-4...

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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 3.5Value
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When people say that New Orleans isn't the best place to bring kids, they're forgetting about the Louisiana Children's Museum. Yes, Bourbon Street may be too rowdy, but this two-story facility is a playtopia in disguise. The museum features hands-on exhibits that cover everything from body mechanics to architecture. The museum also hosts numerous special events, from near daily story times to holiday-related activities. Many travelers agree that this is a must-do with younger kids, especially on days when everyone needs a break from the heat and humidity. Recent families called it a great place to play with lots of interesting interactive exhibits. The St. Charles Streetcar also stops nearby.

South of the French Quarter in the Warehouse District, the Louisiana Children's Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m. During the summer, you can visit on Mondays and the doors stay open until 5 p.m. Admission is $10 per person; children 12 months and younger enter for free. For more information, check out the Louisiana Children's Museum website.

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