March 8 is Fat Tuesday, the day to celebrate the rich indulgences of life before the Season of Lent, according to the Catholic tradition. Mardi Gras is time and again considered one of the greatest celebrations in America. It is part of a rich national heritage that stems from the confluence of racial, ethnic, and religious histories. New Orleans has traditionally thrown the richest and most indulgent party in the US. With a luxurious vacation home rental in NOLA, you can enjoy Mardi Gras in a family-friendly way.
The French Quarter is the place to be for Mardi Gras. This 5 bedroom vacation home is perfect for relaxing and recharging between visits to the city’s many attractions and parties. Complete with housekeeping and a daily continental breakfast, this home provides all of the convenience of resort vacationing in a more comfortable home setting. On site pool and the legendary Armstrong Park round out this location as truly family friendly.
Pancakes are a European tradition that has come to Euro-influenced areas like New Orleans. Pancakes are a great vehicle for the rich ingredients like cream and butter that are traditionally eaten on Mardi Gras morning. The term “Fat Tuesday” comes from the tradition of eating up the fattest foods before Lent. Enjoy making your own in the well-equipped kitchen or check out one of the many nearby French-influenced restaurants serving crepes. NOLA’s famous Café du Monde is serving up rich beignets with café au lait.
After breakfast, there are plenty of family-friendly activities right in the heart of the city that are sure to please children of all ages. Check out the largest free-standing museum in the country dedicated to bugs, bugs, and more bugs: The Audubon Insectarium. If bugs gross you out, try a visit to the Louisiana Children’s Museum. The Museum is located in the historic Arts District. Features like the pint-size grocery store, the lunch café, or the life-sized tugboat are simply irresistible to young curious minds.
An early evening dinner on the waterfront is sure to have the kiddos tuckered out. Mom and Dad can count on one of the many trusted nanny services in the city to supervise the popcorn and movies. While the children are tucked in back at the vacation home, enjoy a grown-ups night out on the town as the wildness of Mardi Gras comes alive. Or, host your own party in the stylish private courtyard. This home is located right off Bourbon Street, making it an easy oasis for visiting extended family and friends.