Explore the best things to do in Metairie and New Orleans

If you’re planning a family trip to the New Orleans area, choose the Country Inn & Suites in Metairie to stay near favorites like the award-winning Louisiana Children’s Museum in beautiful City Park. You’ll find plenty of kid-centric things to do during NOLA’s most famous annual festival at Family Gras, which is held minutes from the hotel. Our comfortable rooms and suites are also a short drive from iconic destinations like the French Quarter, the Garden District, and The National WWII Museum. Need a new outfit for your night out on Bourbon Street or some sunblock for your Caribbean cruise from the Port of New Orleans? The stylish Lakeside Shopping Center is less than half a mile from our front door.

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The National WWII Museum

6.49 mi / 10.45 km from the hotel
Get a glimpse of World War II through the eyes of those who experienced it firsthand at this poignant museum, which houses a variety of exhibits and a large collection of artifacts.

Ernest Morial Covention Center

6.82 mi / 10.98 km from the hotel
Attend events from trade shows to theater performances at the country’s sixth largest convention center, featuring 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space. While you’re there, enjoy first-class dining and live music at the on-site venues.

New Orleans Cruise Port

7.11 mi / 11.45 km from the hotel
Offering both Caribbean and Mississippi River Cruise options, the New Orleans Cruise Port is the sixth largest port in the country. You can spend a day snorkeling in Cozumel, relax on the beaches of Montego Bay, or ride a paddle wheeler to Memphis.

Family Gras

1.77 mi / 2.85 km from the hotel
Bring the family to this popular free event during the annual Mardi Gras celebration. View regional work at the Art Market, enjoy outdoor concerts, and take in the famous Mardi Gras parades. Activities for kids include face painting, hand-wax art, and interactive games.

Audubon Nature Institute

5.52 mi / 8.88 km from the hotel
Meet amazing creatures of the land, air, and sea at the institute’s attractions and parks. Learn about the inhabitants of Louisiana’s swamps at the Audubon Zoo, or book a special pass to feed the penguins at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

Louisiana Children’s Museum

3.72 mi / 5.98 km from the hotel
Relocated to City Park in 2019, this state-of-the-art museum spans 8.5 acres of indoor and outdoor space. Kids can explore the natural world, learn about NOLA cuisine in Follow That Food, or create music in Jammin’ House.

French Quarter

5.79 mi / 9.32 km from the hotel
NOLA’s cultural heart, the French Quarter combines beautiful architecture with cast-iron balconies, the vibrant nightlife of Bourbon Street, and the quieter gourmet markets of the French Market District.

Lakeside Shopping Center

0.4 mi / 0.64 km from the hotel
Find brand names and bargains at this mall featuring more than 100 stores and restaurants, plus a kids’ play area. After shopping at favorites like Macy’s and Pottery Barn, you can stop for a bite to eat at The Cheesecake Factory or P.F. Chang’s.

Smoothie King Center

5.63 mi / 9.06 km from the hotel
This impressive multipurpose arena is the home court of the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. The center also hosts big-name concerts and comedy shows as well as corporate events.

University of New Orleans (UNO) Lakefront Arena

6.55 mi / 10.55 km from the hotel
From star-studded concerts to circuses and children’s shows, the Lakefront Arena at UNO offers a steady selection of your favorites in entertainment.

Caesars Superdome

5.59 mi / 9 km from the hotel
Join Who Dat Nation in the Superdome to cheer for the NFL’s Saints, or get your tickets for one of the spectacular concerts scheduled throughout the year.

Garden District

6.52 mi / 10.5 km from the hotel
Visit this oak-lined neighborhood street dotted with Victorian homes, boutiques, cafes, and fine-dining restaurants. Stroll through the Lafayette Cemetery to see the embellished 19th-century tombs.