Family and festival in New Orleans may seem like an oxymoron, but there is much more to this city than throwing beads on Mardi Gras. Kids of all ages enjoy the eclectic city for its live music culture, incredible food and exciting energy. Opt for a trip this spring and bring the family for one of these fun family festivals.
For All Ages
Parade and party your way through the streets of New Orleans during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Louisiana. The annual event brings families, locals and tourists from all over the country to celebrate the national holiday in style. Set up a picnic with the family and watch the floats roll by, or enjoy live music and block parties lighting up the city. Dress in holiday green and watch as cabbages, carrots and Moon Pies fly from parade floats out to the crowd of onlookers.
Where better to celebrate jazz than its birthplace? Every Thursday during the spring and fall, Louis Armstrong Park hosts the New Orleans Jazz in the Park celebration. May 31–Aug. 31, the free event comes complete with authentic New Orleans cuisine, drinks, music and art. Just outside the French Quarter, the park is located in the Tremé neighborhood, the same neighborhood many of the city’s top jazz musicians were born. Take in the vibrant city culture and flare during the seasonal, family-friendly celebration across the park’s 32 acres.
For Adult Children
Sip bourbon and mingle with fine spirit purveyors during New Orleans Bourbon Festival, March 8–10. Purchase tickets for an array of bourbon-centric activities including various seminars and talks by professionals in the industry, grand tastings and bourbon-pairing dinners around the city. Top off the event with an awards brunch, featuring craft bourbon cocktails, Southern fare and various bourbon products.
Opt for the festival package and enjoy all of the events, or pick and choose your favorites. Tickets range $60–500 depending on availability, services and the number of events attending.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.