One of my personal favorite things to do in the New Orleans area with the whole family is the Aquarium of the Americas. Located at the foot of Canal Street, the Audubon Nature Institute's Aquarium of the Americas has exhibits that highlight the marvels of South America, the Amazon and the Mississippi River aquatic life. I especially like the penguin shows, the always active river otters and, of course, the seahorses. There are multiple jelly fish viewing tanks and a giant tank that features giant groupers, sharks, sea turtles and giant gulf rays. Great family fun only an hour drive from the Mandeville, Covington and Madisonville areas.