15 budget-friendly activities that prove New Orleans is the ultimate destination for a family getaway

New Orleans isn't just for college kids looking to have some fun at Mardi Gras.

No, the vibrant city is filled with a slew of family-friendly activities that are appropriate for kids of all ages. And as you're hitting the end-of-summer slump, it becomes more and more evident that NOLA is the perfect city getaway before the kids head back to school next month.

Full of culture, food, music and Southern charm, the Big Easy is a must-visit for any kind of traveler.

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And it doesn't have to be pricey.

From a walking plantation tour, spending time with an entomologist at the Audubon Butterfly Garden, to indulging in beignets or spotting an alligator in the bayou, there are plenty of affordable activities the entire family can do together.

Scroll through for some fun ideas:

15 things to do in New Orleans that won't break the bank
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15 things to do in New Orleans that won't break the bank

1. Hear live jazz music in the authentic Frenchmen Street

Price: Free

2. Ramp up your history knowledge at the WWII museum

Price: $27 for adults, $17.50 for students 

3. Embark on a plantation adventure

Price: Varies 

4. Hit the sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art

Price: $12.00 for adult admission to the museum 

5. Enjoy a beignet and cafe au lait at Cafè Du Monde

Price: $3.00 for 3 beignets 

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6. Set in the heart of Jackson Square, in the French quarter, the Cabildo is a standing artifact of New Orleans history. 

Price: $6 for adults, free for children under 12

7. Become one with nature at City Park, which has been open since 1854.

Price: Varies depending on event 

8. The Hermann-Grima + Gallier House is a historic house museum in the French Quarter, giving you an inside look at what was the "Golden Age" of New Orleans. 

Price: 15.45 for admission to one museum, adult 

9. Brave a voodoo reading at the infamous Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo.

Price: Varies 

10. Cross Jazzfest off your bucket list.

Price: $70 for one weekend 

11. Spot some gators on a bayou swamp tour

Price: Varies 

12. Get spooked with a haunted cemetery walking tour

Price: Varies 

13. Test your taste buds with a NOLA food tour, a fun way to enjoy the city. 

Price: Varies 

14. The Backstreet Cultural Museum is often regarded as one of the hidden gems of the city. 

Price: $10 for admission 

15. You can eat cooked bugs, visit a butterfly garden or talk to an entomologist at Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.

Price: $22.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 


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