When it rains in New Orleans, you can still find plenty of fun indoor activities to keep the kids busy and your appetite satisfied. It’s a city that has it all: Mardi Gras, beignets, and the historic French Quarter.
The New Orleans Museum of Art is one of the city’s most prestigious museums, and is ranked among the top 25 percent of major American museums. With a collection of paintings, sculptures and rotating exhibits from around the globe, you’re sure to find something to interest you.
The Cabildo, now run by the Louisiana State Museum, and the Presbytere (formerly a parish church) are both worth visiting side-by-side in historic Jackson Square, offering side by side exhibits that focus on two sides of Louisiana’s ongoing history. The Cabildo’s exhibitions tell the story of Louisiana through artifacts, documents and paintings, while the Presbytere’s Mardi Gras exhibits use parade floats, costumes and music to explore the history of this annual celebration.
A New Orleans streetcar tour is a great way to soak up the sights and sounds of the city’s historic districts. The St. Charles streetcar is especially popular and a great way to see the city’s famous mansions, Loyola University, and Audubon Park.
If you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy on a rainy day, check out the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk or the Shops at Canal Place. Both offer a wide variety of upmarket brands and iconic designer boutiques.