Ogintz said there are also plenty of non-Mardi Gras related activities in New Orleans, which families should check out. "My favorite," she said, "is the Audubon Insectarium." It's the largest museum devoted to insects in North America. She also said swamp tours and the Audubon Zoo are must-visit attractions for kids.
Where to Stay You're better off staying within walking distance of the top attractions. If you must get a taxi, do so earlier in the day before the parades start to clog the streets and jam traffic.
Day recommends the Maison St. Charles and the Hampton Inn on St. Charles Avenue as family-friendly, budget friendly and well-located for the PG-rated version of Mardi Gras. A check of rates for next week by ABCNews.com found rooms at the Maison St. Charles from $99 per night and at the Hampton Inn from $169 per night.