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New Orleans Has Much in Store for 2024/2025

by Aoife O'Riordan

Feb 9, 2024

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Destinations / North America

Make New Orleans your next trip in 2024 or 2025, with an exciting lineup of concerts, hotel openings and special events for family travelers to enjoy. Whether a sports fan, a foodie or a Disney lover, the Big Easy beckons you to explore its historic streets.

 

New Orleans Named No. 1 Food Destination in the United States

You thought New Orleans couldn’t get any better with its flavorful dishes and lively restaurants, but it’s now official: New Orleans has been named by TripAdvisor as the No. 1 food destination in the country. The designation marks New Orleans’ second consecutive year holding this title.

 

Audubon

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Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium Reopens

This June, Audubon Nature Institute completes renovations. Opening on World Ocean’s Day on June 8, the renovation makes the Audubon campus the only aquarium and insectarium under one roof in the world.

 

Traditional Bed and Breakfast Comes to the City

Copper Vine Winepub & Inn, a “restaurant-first” rendition on a traditional bed and breakfast, soon opens in New Orleans. The inn features just 11 rooms and an increased restaurant floorplan for expanded dining and private events.

 

Coppervine

Copper Vine Winepub & Inn © New Orleans and Company

Disney Takes Inspiration from New Orleans

After a visit to New Orleans, make for either Walt Disney World or Disneyland for the all-new ride based on the New Orleans-set movie, The Princess and the Frog. Taking over former Splash Mountain, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens this summer.

 

Looking Ahead …

New Orleans has officially been announced as host of Super Bowl LIX in 2025. To prepare for the event, Caesars Superdome is currently under massive renovations, slated to be completed this year.

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Hotels
Jul 8, 2024

Velaa Private Island’s Kids’ Week to Feature an Astronaut on Property

Take your family travel to Velaa Private Island this summer! As part of an annual tradition, Aug. 5 to 11, Velaa Private Island hosts Kids Week, an educational celebration of summer break, completely free of charge to guests 4–12 years of age.

Sunflower Accessibility Program Featured at O’Hare and Midway Airports

Travelers with invisible disabilities passing through O’Hare and Midway International Airports can now discreetly signal they need assistance thanks to a new Chicago Department of Aviation partnership that helps create more accessible and inclusive spaces.

Cruises
Jul 8, 2024

Margaritaville at Sea’s “Islander” Makes Maiden Voyage

Family travelers will delight in Margaritaville at Sea’s Islander, which set sail on her inaugural voyage in June 2024, departing from Port Tampa Bay to Cozumel, Mexico, on a four-night journey. The ship boasts 12 decks accommodating 2,650 passengers. The ship will now continue to sail four- and five-night cruises to Key West and Mexico, before venturing to Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman on six- and seven-night itineraries in 2026.

Hotels
Jul 4, 2024

Peak Pursuits Adventures Awaits from East West Hospitality

East West Hospitality offers family travelers exciting experiences in California and Colorado with its new Peak Pursuits program. With help from East West Hospitality’s expert Guest Experience team, guests may customize the curated itineraries to best fit their needs.

Travel to Madrid with the Family and Find Activities to Keep Everyone Happy!

If life were a city, it’d be Madrid. Sometimes it can be quite the challenge to find a destination just right for the whole family. Different tastes and ages make agreeing on where to go seem impossible. Unless, of course, the destination you have in mind is Madrid. With all of its new immersive museums, musicals, soccer stadiums and monuments like Royal Palace, anyone who suggests coming to the capital is sure to get a unanimous yes!

Cruises
Jul 2, 2024

Holland America Line, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Invited Fans to Name Rescue Moose

Holland America Line and Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center teamed up to offer family travelers a chance to name a rescue moose. Suggestions were accepted on a designated post on the cruise line’s Facebook and Instagram pages through June 23. Holland America Line gives cruise-goers the chance to view Alaska’s wildlife responsibly from its ships and on shore excursions. AWCC rescues injured and orphaned animals, offering them spacious enclosures and quality care.