1. It’s been almost twenty years since I was last in New Orleans but my take on the city was very similar to yours. I thought it was safe, welcoming, and would have no problem bringing Baby AF. I didn’t visit during Mardi Gras so I’m sure my experience is different than some but, hey, that’s fine.

    Great idea on donating a bit of the surplus to charities in the town you visit. I love that.

    • It’s such an interesting city! My mom’s dad and his family settled there when they came over from Italy. I had never been, and now I can’t wait to go back!

  2. Kathryn

    We are New Orleanians!! It made me so happy to read this post. New Orleans definitely has the same issues as most other large cities and I always tell people not to party late into the night on Bourbon Street but other than that, it is a cultural gem, foodie heaven and just a good dose of southern hospitality. Thank you for visiting and for your contribution to Covenant House.

  3. Elissa

    Just found your blog and I’m loving it! I live in Mississippi and visit New Orleans whenever I get a chance, usually 2-3 times per year. It really is a feast for the senses, between the music and the food and the architecture. City Park and the NOMA Sculpture Garden would be great with a kid – there’s lots of room to run around, trees to climb, big interesting sculptures to explore, beignets just down the road, and free admission. We try to stay in a different neighborhood every time we visit to get a new experience. You’re right that the locals are typically so friendly. For older kids and adult visitors, I always recommend the Whitney Plantation museum. It’s the first plantation museum that focuses on the experience of enslaved people and the legacy of slavery, and it is life-changing. It’s about an hour drive outside of town along the Mississippi River, and it’s not free but admission costs go to preserving their crucial mission.

    • I am so glad that you added all of these ideas, Elissa! We cannot wait to come back, and it’ll be great to hold onto your suggestions for when our toddler is a little older. Thank you!

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