New Orleans Walking Tour: A Fun Day Activity For Kids

 

Get lost in New Orleans is a game suitable for kids of the age of six or above. It is designed as a city tour game with some riddles and interesting facts about the city of New Orleans. Playing a game is a great way to explore the city and its most famous sites.

 

There are 10 sites located not far from one another, marked with the numbers from 1 to 10. Use a map to locate the sites and solve the riddle when you reach each site. Take your time to explore the beautiful city of New Orleans and let the game be your tour guide for the day.

 

1. The Moonwalk Riverfront Park

How tall is the wall which separates the city from the river?

 

By Infrogmation of New Orleans, via Wikimedia Commons

By Infrogmation of New Orleans, via Wikimedia Commons

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The Moonwalk Riverfront Park is an outdoor area on the shore of the Mississippi River in New Orleans. The Jackson Square was the first part of the Riverfront complex, which was built in the 1720s. Later, during the twentieth century, most of the riverfront area was dedicated to the industry and commerce, which meant the area was closed to the public. Today the park and riverfront area is renovated again and offers a nice and relaxing atmosphere next to the river. The wall, separating the city from the river had to be heightened several times in the past, due to high flooding.

 

2. New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

What is the shape of the Masonic temple?

 

By Jerrye & Roy Klotz, from Wikimedia Commons

By Jerrye & Roy Klotz, from Wikimedia Commons

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New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was created to honor and remember the evolution of jazz music. It is located near the French Quarter and dates back to 1994. It is a place where you can see many monuments of important people or events connected with jazz music.  The most important feature in the park is the Perseverance Hall No. 4 which was built between 1819 and 1820 and is the oldest Masonic temple in Louisiana.

 

3. Madame Bégué’s Restaurant

What is located today on the site of Madame Bégué’s Restaurant?

 

Picture Credits: Wikimedia Commons

Picture Credits: Wikimedia Commons

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Madame Bégué’s real name was Elizabeth Kettenring. She was a German woman, who arrived in New Orleans in 1853. She opened a restaurant in the French Quarter where she only served one meal at 11.00 am. The meal was called “second breakfast” and was served at a time when the early workers had a lunch break. Later, when tourists started to arrive at the city, the meal became very popular. This is where the concept of “brunch” was born.

 

4. Jackson Square

Which important person is sculptured on the horse in the middle of the square?

 

By Creator:Clark MillsDaniel Schwen, from Wikimedia Commons

By Creator: Clark MillsDaniel Schwen, from Wikimedia Commons

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Jackson Square is a popular historic square and park, located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The square had an important historical role, as it was a place where Louisiana was made United States territory in 1803. Due to this important event, the square was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

 

5. St. Louis Cathedral

Which two famous buildings can you find beside the church?

 

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Photo by Prayitno on Foter.com

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The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis is sometimes referred to as a “King of France” or shortly “St. Louis Cathedral”. The church is important for the city as it is the only seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans. It is also famous for being the oldest cathedral in the United States, as the first church on this site was built already in 1718. Later it was almost totally rebuilt but still holds the name of the oldest one.

 

6. Pirate Alley

How wide is the Pirate Alley?

 

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Photo by AuthenticEccentric on Foter.com

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The Rue Orleans in the center of the French Quarter used to stop literally at the back door of the cathedral. To avoid the walk back for many unfortunate visitors who made a mistake, thinking they can walk along the street to the cathedral, a passage was made. Interestingly, nobody really knows why the passage got the name “Pirate Alley”. It is supposed to be because some of the locals were using the alley for smuggling different goods, but it might be some other reason as well.

 

7. Le Pretre Mansion

How many balconies are there in the Le Pretre Mansion?

 

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Photo by Reading Tom on Foter.com

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Le Pretre Mansion was built in 1825 by a dentist Dr. Joseph Coulon Gardette and is also known by the name “Sultan’s House”. When built, the mansion was the tallest house in the city. Dr. Joseph was the owner of the house for only 4 years, after this, the house was sold to the local merchant who decorated the walls and porches of the mansion.

 

8. The LaBranche House

How many doors does the LaBranche House have?

 

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Photo by Reading Tom on Foter.com

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The LaBranche House is one of the many interesting historic houses located in the French Quarter of New Orleans and dates back to the 1830s. This area is known to be the oldest part of New Orleans. Jackson Square and twenty blocks, located around it were where the city started to develop. Most of the houses in this part were built before 1803 and are still relatively well preserved today. Walking around this part of the city, you can observe houses built in Creole and Spanish style with beautiful balconies and shuttered windows.

 

9. Original Spot Of The Home Of Marie Laveau

What is located in the Home Of Marie Laveau today?

 

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Photo by Ken Lund on Foter.com

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Marie Catherine Laveau (1801–1881) was a Louisiana Creole, famous for practicing traditional Native American and African spiritualism. She was one of the first known practitioners of Voodoo in New Orleans. After her death, her daughter Queen Marie II continued the family business. She became known as the “Voodoo Queen”.

 

10. Congo Square

What kind of pattern can you see on the floor in the middle of the square? Draw it.

 

By Spatms, from Wikimedia Commons

By Spatms, from Wikimedia Commons

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Congo Square is a historical park, located within Louis Armstrong Park. The square has a historical significance as it was the place where during Louisiana’s French and Spanish colonial era of the 18th century enslaved Africans were gathering and spending time singing and dancing to their traditional music. In 1817, the mayor of New Orleans restricted any kind of gathering of enslaved Africans except in Congo Square, which was the only location where they were allowed to hang out.