Where we stayed: Bayou Segnette State Park
The best thing about our trip to New Orleans was all the great families we met at our campground - Bayou Segnette State Park. If you are looking for a homebase near New Orleans and have a tent, trailer or motorhome, you might want to consider this place. It's got great level sites, free laundry (though you might have to fight others for it), park activities and it's ideally located about 20 minutes by car outside of New Orleans. And like I said, the best part were the other full-time families we met. Now that we have some other traveling friends, we're able to message each other when we need ideas for what to see or where to stay.
Our Family Edventure - Family of 4 from SF Bay Area traveling in a sprinter van.
Life with Dyna - Younger couple traveling with a 4 year old nephew, a friend and a cat.
It's a Dodds Life - Family of 4 from Australia that hit 49 states in their year-long adventure of the USA.
We happened to be staying in the park a few days before the actual day of Mardi Gras (booked reservations a few weeks in advance online), so the park had some fun, low key activites for the kids in the campground.
Campground kids making Mardi Gras masks...
It rained overnight and filled up this little mosquito farm next to our site. From my spot inside the motorhome (near the middle windows) I could look out toward the water at night and hear and see bunny rabbits!
The park planned a little parade through the campground. A few of us families who had been to earlier parades gladly donated bags of beads for the park to reuse. A local middle school band came and led the march with some celebratory songs while everyone else followed behind collecting and passing out beads to other campers who waved hi from their picnic tables.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (Barataria Preserve)
The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is made up of six different sites located around New Orleans. We drove about twenty minutes from our campground to get to the Barataria Preserve. The office was closed, so no junior ranger badge, but we were still able to enjoy hiking the raised boardwalks through the swamp. Spotted one 'gator and a tiny little anole (lizard).
Anole - that's a standard sized nail head next to his tail... he was a little guy
Those stubby things sticking up out of the water are called Cypress knees.... they grow up from the roots of the Cypress trees in the swamp.
On the way back to the campground, we made a quick pitstop ... only in New Orleans.... Drive-Thur Daquiries! Now technically you can't drink or open the daquiri in the car, but I'm sure a few people have found their way around the sealed container law (the fruity alcoholic drink comes in a big styrofoam cup with lid taped on with a piece of scotch tape - we're not talking Fort Knox here).
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!