U.S. Custom House, 423 Canal St., New Orleans, Louisiana
If sharing a table with a silkworm or a tarantula in a vivarium and chowing down a burger with a side of Crunchy Cajun Roasted Crickets is your idea of a satisfying meal, then come to the Bug Appétit section of the Tiny Termite Café at this attraction, the largest museum in America devoted to the insect world.
Of course, you don’t have to eat insects; you and your children can simply enter the Life Underground exhibit and experience life as an insect! It’s a cavelike space, where everything is enlarged, so you feel like a tiny bug crawling along the ground. Entomologists are stationed throughout the museum to help you get up close and personal with velvet ants, beetles, and the odd praying mantis. See the damage Formosan termites can do via a balsa wood silhouette of New Orleans, or leave time behind in the serenity of the Japanese Butterfly Garden.
Open year-round Tues. – Sun. Closed major holidays. Admission charged.
(800) 774-7394; (504) 581-4629