The frugal mommy me booked a hotel in Kenner, a brief 10-minute drive to The Big Easy. Anyone who has ever stayed in the N.O. knows it’s difficult to find a hotel sans the exorbitant valet or self park fees. Our travel buddies opted to stay at the downtown Doubletree and Hyatt Regency locations and shelled out a whopping $35/night for parking. *drops mic * Moi, on the other hand, paid zilch, zero, nada but I did have to drive into the city every day but given our hotel was a 2-minute walk from Macy’s, Target, Dillards and a 5-minute drive from Walmart, I still deem my hotel as #WINNING!
With so many things to do and see when traveling with kids to New Orleans it can be daunting. However, it is definitely a trip they’ll remember for years to come. Our day began with a streetcar ride. “Streetcar”, not trolley. Yeah, I’m so San Fran Bay Area, I kept referring to the “streetcars” as trolleys. Oopsie. A couple of native New Orleanians corrected me. Los Tres Amigos and I with cousin in tow, boarded the Loyola streetcar bound for Canal Street.
Our first stop was the Algiers Ferry. $2 per person allows you to cross the Mighty Mississippi River. The day we boarded there was a light, misty rain which added a little mystique to our river ride. The kids raced out to the deck to watch the seagulls and pelicans hovering in the sky and the paddleboat crossing our path. I was glued to a young, soon-to-be wed couple snapping pics for the upcoming wedding. We were told there are some adorable cafes in Algiers Point but this day was all about New Orleans and we had a lot more things to see and do so we quickly exited the ferry at the Algiers Point station and re-entered for the return trip to the Big Easy.
Once we returned to the Canal St. ferry stop, we walked along the shoreline. My middle kid spotted a Pinkberry and there was no stopping him. I loathe stopping at places we have at home when traveling but he’s adorable and hey it’s Pinkberry so I let the kids indulge a little while I scoped out next destination. Fortunately for us, the Pinkberry on Canal Street sits at the corner of a very busy intersection and offers a great vantage point for people watching.
Canal Street is a great place to begin your exploration of New Orleans. Be sure to follow @3Boys_OldLady on Pinterest and Instagram for more peeks into our New Orleans excursion.