City Park: 1 Palm Drive; www.neworleanscitypark.com or (504) 482-4888. Grounds include Carousel Gardens ($2 admission, plus $1 per ride), Storyland playground ($3) and the Botanical Gardens (adults $5, children $2), which has a miniature train exhibit.
Audubon Nature Institute: www.auduboninstitute.org or (504) 861-2537. Includes Audubon Park, aquarium, Imax theater, zoo, nature center. Insectarium opening later this year.
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas: Canal Street at the Mississippi River; (504) 861-2537. During the summer, open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; adults, $16; children, $9.50.
Entergy Imax Theatre: Located next to the aquarium; (800) 774-7394. Films run Sunday-Thursday on the hour from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday on the hour from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Adults, $8; children, $5.
Audubon Zoo: 6500 Magazine St., (866) 487-2966. Weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends, until 6 p.m. Adults $12, children $7.
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center: Off I-10 in New Orleans East; (504) 246-5672. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Adults, $5; children, $3.
French Quarter: Street performers in Jackson Square and elsewhere; view of boats on the Mississippi from Moon Walk across from Jackson Square.
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World: 233 Newton St. in Algiers (on New Orleans' West Bank); www.mardigrasworld.com or (504) 361-7821. Mardi Gras history and floats on display. Adults, $15; children, $7.25.
Louisiana Children's Museum: Warehouse District, 420 Julia St., between Magazine and Tchoupitoulas streets; www.lcm.org or (504) 523-1357. Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m.; Monday (summer only), 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Adults and children over 12 months, $7.
Six Flags: www.sixflags.com or (504) 253-8100. Located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 510, exit 246A to Lake Forest Boulevard. Open daily through Aug. 14 and weekends thereafter through Oct. 31. Hours vary slightly as the seasons change. Adults and children over 48 inches tall, $35.99 plus tax; $25.99 plus tax for tickets bought through the Web site, or for children under 48 inches. Children under 2, free.
Getting around: John James Audubon Riverboat runs between the aquarium and the zoo. A shuttle bus runs between the streetcar stop at Audubon Park and the zoo on Magazine Street. Canal and St. Charles Avenue streetcars are $1.25. Other fun ways to see the sights include carriage rides, paddlewheeler cruises and the Canal Street ferry.
More information: For information on swamp tours, plantation tours, museums and other family-oriented attractions, visit www.neworleansonline.com/tours-attractions/family/ or www.neworleanskids.com/index.html.