Southern Living Magazine Selects the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans for Family Vacations under $200 this Summer

Who says the Big Easy is all about partying the night away? Not us. Although the occasional local bar crawl makes for a raucous night on the town, New Orleans has plenty of options for family activities if you are looking for some “PG” fun for your crew.  As Southern Living has pointed out in the July 2010 issue, among the many New Orleans bed and breakfasts,  the Avenue Inn would be a great place to start building a family-oriented summer vacation, especially if you are on a budget.

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The Avenue Inn B&B stands tall and majestic set against the beautiful historic Garden District. The Thomas Sully mansion bed and breakfast is conveniently located a few steps away from the St. Charles Avenue streetcar in historic Uptown New Orleans, so getting around town will not be an issue during your vacation. Its like riding the monorail at Disney World, its just something you have to do!

Once you and the family get settled into one of the seventeen distinct rooms that you can choose from during your stay*, it is just a matter of putting together your Big Easy experience. Here are a few ideas that will get you started:


Get wild at the Audubon Zoo: A world-class establishment located in Audubon Park easily accessed by streetcar from our New Orleans bed and breakfast. One of the finest zoo’s in North America. Keep the “wow” factor up with the Louisiana Swamp Exhibit there where you can get up-close and personal with real gators!

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Enjoy the great outdoors at City Park: Hop on the streetcar from the Inn for a quick ride to City Park. Wear your sneakers because it’s fifteen hundred acres of pure au naturale bliss offering boating, nature trails, and fishing. Storyland, a fantastic play area, never disappoints the wee ones with twenty-six nursery rhyme themed exhibits.

Spell Mississippi ten times fast on riverboat ride: Take advantage of New Orleans’ location on the mighty Mississippi with a riverboat ride on the Natchez steamboat.  Here the on board steam generated calliope as you view the river of dreams. The dock is very close to the  Aquarium of the Americans one of the top attractions in the country. Make it a day in water world for an experience of your kids lifetime!

Bug out at the Audubon Insectarium: Scale your world to the size of a bug at the Audubon Insectarium. Your bug eyed brood are sure to love the creepy crawly fun at North America’s largest bug museum. Stop by the cafeteria and order a meal worm sandwich or a chocolate chirp cookie, yum, yum!

Stop by Hanson’s for a wild Snow Cone treat! Hanson’s on Tchoupitoulas street (try pronouncing that!) is famous for snow cones. And its only a five minute car ride or twenty minute walk from our New Orleans bed and breakfast on St. Charles Avenue. Stuffed with your favorite ice cream and lathered with an exotic syrupy topping, its just the treat to beat the heat.

Po Boys anyone? Have the family check out one of fifty selections at Johnny’s Po Boy’s in the French Quarter. No, its not a sub sandwich. Its like nothing they’ve ever tasted. Bet you just can’t eat one!

The innkeepers at the Avenue Inn would love to help plan your family friendly vacation and can offer tips and insider deals to make your time in NOLA memorable. Feel free to ask about off beat venues like the Global Wildlife center where you can have a giraffe eat right out of your hand.

Due to the high staircases in the mansion, very young children may not be appropriate. Check with the staff before you confirm a reservation.

*Please see the room pictures/descriptions under the rooms tag of this blog/subject to availability


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