Travel dates : February 11 – 16, 2016
After leaving Mobile, Alabama we continued West and pulled into New Orleans, Louisiana. We arrived the Thursday after Fat Tuesday. . .purposely timing it to show up after all the craziness from Mardi Gras (we had our Mardi Gras fun in Fairhope).
We had heard there was an RV park right in the French Quarter . . . at $100+ a night you pay for the convenience of walking to the bars and restaurants of the French Quarter. That sounds like an awesome place to stay if you’re kid-free and fancy-free but we opted for Bayou Segnette State Park about 20 minutes outside of downtown. At $20 a night – and beautiful, spacious spots, this is more our style.
The park had a lot of green space and was well maintained. The bathrooms were some of the nicest we’ve seen! We had a short walk on this boardwalk to the restrooms (and playground). We saw LOTS of adorable wild rabbits scurrying around this area – they catch you off guard when they start skittering alongside the path and we also spotted lots of birds.
Hadley was thrilled that they had paved roads and she ended up riding her bike quite a bit (actually she’s on brother’s bike in this photo). I was happy that there wasn’t a lot of traffic and overall it was a quiet, comfortable place to stay!
Panoramic from the ferry
Being about 20 minutes away from downtown you could drive into the French Quarter and try to find parking. But because our truck is ridiculously big we opted to drive 20 minutes to the Algiers Ferry terminal and take that across the Mississippi, dropping us off right downtown. You can find free street parking near the ferry terminal or you can pay $5 to park in a lot (we did both during our stay). It cost our family $8 each way to take the ferry (exact cash, they won’t give you change) and was well worth the cost of NOT having to drive into the city (and pay for parking). PLUS the ferry was lots of fun to ride and took about 8-10 minutes, it was so fast!