We went during a school holiday and in the afternoon. It was quite busy and shows were almost all sold out. I would try and purchase tickets to the museum in advance, the movie and the submarine tour the day before.
Avoid weekends, school holidays or other holidays, if possible. Otherwise, go early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds.
About This Day
Looking for fun things do in New Orleans with kids? This half-day itinerary will not disappoint. You're in New Orleans of course, so the day must start out with beignets. Begin at Café Beignet for New Orleans' famous deep-fried treat and coffee. Next, walk or catch a ride over to the National WWII Museum. The museum is amazing and wonderfully interactive. It combines education and fun so that it is engaging for people of all ages. Neither you, nor your kids, will be bored at the World War II Museum. A memorable day for the whole family in the Big Easy.
This bakery/café is small, with a little bit of inside seating and some outside seating. It offers a lot of baked goods and some salads and sandwiches. It's known in New Orleans and nationwide for its delicious beignets. Beignets are a mix between a donut and a french pastry. They are served warm with a little bit of powdered sugar. For a low price, you get two large beignets that could easily be shared by two adults and two small children who are looking for a little treat.
DIRECTIONS This café is in the French Quarter in New Orleans. We stayed in the French Quarter, so it was an easy walk to the café.
TIP It is very popular, so be prepared to wait in line. We took our beignets to go because tables are first come, first served, and it was very busy.
A must see in New Orleans. We spent four hours at the National WWII Museum and all of my children loved it, girls and boys. There are two different interactive experiences in the main part of the museum. Through one, you learn all about America's role in defeating Nazi Germany. The other, you learn all about America's role in defeating the Japanese. In each, you are surrounded by original movies, videos and exhibits showing different parts of the war while you walk through the rooms. You can touch, push and listen to authentic artifacts or experiences. It is impossible to be bored even if you have never been interested in learning about the war. The main movie, "Beyond All Boundaries" (requires a separate ticket) was fascinating. It explains the war in such a way that it keeps you stimulated and interested. There is a separate pavilion with all sorts of aircraft as well. You keep climbing higher and higher to see them. At each level you get a different view of these original aircraft.
DIRECTIONS We walked from Café Beignet to the National WWII Museum. This is not a short walk. I would not recommend this for little children, unless you have a stroller and children that enjoy walking. It is about a 30- to 40-minute walk from the French Quarter. However, it would be around a 10-minute uber or taxi ride from the French Quarter.
TIP Buy tickets in advance for the movie and submarine tour as they are for set times. Avoid weekends and holidays, however, if that is not possible, go early in the day or late in the afternoon.