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.
Santorini’s reputation for romance may make it the quintessential honeymoon destination, but for family travelers looking for the perfect Greek Island vacation, it is still a perfect solution. To make the most of your trip, follow our expert tips.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Before family travels involve a little one, opt for a babymoon at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, which completed a multiphase renovation in January 2020. The resort’s newest offer ensures expecting parents will find a relaxing, oceanfront getaway before the bundle of joy arrives.
United Airlines officially became the only major U.S. airline to own a flight training school with the opening of United Aviate Academy on Jan. 27. The moment was made even more historic with its inaugural class, which is 80 percent women and people of color.