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  • New Orleans: Day Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

    1. New Orleans: Day Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez

    Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans and take a journey back in time aboard the Sternwheeler Steamboat Natchez, the only authentic steamboat in New Orleans. Your two-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter takes you back to a time when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi. The tour will take guests to see New Orleans from the river, one of the world's most active ports. Visit our museum quality Engine Room to learn how steam powers this magnificent boat through the “Mighty Mississippi.” Add an optional Creole lunch, prepared fresh on board, and savor the tastes of New Orleans as you relax on your 2-hour cruise. Sample Menu Lunch Monday - Saturday on 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM cruises Southern Fried Fish Red Beans and Rice Jambalaya Salad Du Jour Community Coffee and Iced Tea included Menu items are subject to change by season and ...

    We were very disappointed in the lunch provided. It was billed as being fried chicken. What was served was very thin and dry fried fish fillets. The rest of the meal was all carbohydrates: macaroni salad, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and bread pudding for dessert. Not anything was very palatable and not good for a diabetic. I’ll never do the meal cruise again.

  • New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Airboat Tour

    2. New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Airboat Tour

    Catch a high-speed airboat and jet out into Louisiana’s backwaters on a guided tour of the famous bayous. Explore the local swampland from the comfort of your tour boat on a high-speed adventure with your captain guide. Tune in as your guide tells the story of local Cajun culture, the bayous backwaters themselves, and wildlife that inhabits them. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with soft waterway landscapes and moss-draped trees. Catch a glimpse of the local flora and fauna, including the much-sought-after alligator, plus other wildlife such as fish, raccoons, birds, deer, and even snakes.

  • New Orleans: 1-Hour Carriage Ride Through the French Quarter

    3. New Orleans: 1-Hour Carriage Ride Through the French Quarter

    Discover the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans in a traditional mule-drawn carriage, taking in the vibrant history, culture, and architecture of the French Quarter. Relax and travel in style through some of the most exciting neighborhoods in America.

    Learn the basics of New Orleans's history as you travel in style around its vibrant streets. Discover fascinating anecdotes about the people and places that have contributed to making New Orleans truly unique and unforgettable from your licensed local guide.

    See French Quarter sights like the Saint Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, Napoleon House, the French Market, and Bourbon Street. Choose between a walking tour of St Louis Cemetery #1, or a ride through the Faubourg Marigny with its unique architecture and live music venues.

    Enjoy peace of mind knowing that group carriage tours travel at a leisurely pace...

    We went past interesting sites, gathered a little more of New Orleans history and got away from the crowds for a while.

  • From New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Half-Day Airboat Tour with Transfer

    4. From New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Half-Day Airboat Tour with Transfer

    Explore Louisiana’s country bayou landscapes on a high-speed swamp tour. Leave behind the bustling “Big Easy” for half a day, with roundtrip transportation included. After a hotel pickup, head down to the bayou wetlands, where you will board your high-speed airboat with your captain guide. Enjoy the local flora and fauna from the comfort of your airboat as you zip along the water. Listen as your guide tells you the tidbits about the swampland, the local area’s Cajun culture, and draw your eyes to the diverse wildlife that call these bayous home. Keep a special eye out for various types of snake, raccoon, fish, deer, birds, and perhaps even spot an alligator if you’re lucky. After your high-speed guided boat tour, hop back in your vehicle to be dropped off back at your New Orleans accommodation.

  • New Orleans: The National WWII Museum Admission Ticket

    5. New Orleans: The National WWII Museum Admission Ticket

    Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, the National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans, where 5 soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. Purchase your timed tickets in advance to secure your desired entry or movie time. Housed in 5 buildings, the museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. The Louisiana Memorial Pavilion features the “D-Day Invasion of Normandy” exhibit and an exhibit telling the story of the war experienced on the Home Front.  The "Campaigns of Courage" area features the “Road to Tokyo” exhibit, which retraces the grueling trail from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo. It also houses the “Road to Berlin” exhibit, recreating actual battle settings and villages as Am...

    Great experience, the museum is just amazing, very nice building and all the contents are really interesting, even if you are not too much into history, you will enjoy it!

  • New Orleans: Bayou Swamp Boat Tour

    6. New Orleans: Bayou Swamp Boat Tour

    Catch a boat and head out into Louisiana’s backwaters on a guided swamp tour. Adventure into the bayous with your captain guide to see the local swampland flora and fauna from the comfort of your tour boat. Tune in as your guide tells the story of the bayous, local Cajun culture, and wildlife that lives in the area. And get your cameras ready as you pass through beautiful, moss-draped trees and soft waterway landscapes, Keep your eyes peeled for the raccoons, deer, birds, snakes, fish, and perhaps even an alligator, if you’re lucky.

  • French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

    7. French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

    The night before the tour, your guide will send an email with their photo, contact information, and directions to the meeting spot. The tour begins at the jazz fountain at the intersection of Decatur and Dumaine Streets in the historic French Market district. These are small-group tours, making for a more comfortable, customized experience.  After a brief overview of New Orleans history, your guide will lead you around the oldest neighborhood in the city, and point out the locations that have made New Orleans famous: St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and the Mississippi River - and lesser-known treasures such as the French Market, an almost 300 year old convent, and courtyards hidden behind the 18th and 19th century buildings.

    Your guide will also be an enthusiastic storyteller, and the stories about this neighborhood are like no other. Established as a French colon...

    Our tour guide really knew the history of the French Quarter. It was a great experience.

  • New Orleans Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    8. New Orleans Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

    This New Orleans hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour gives you access to enjoy and take in this beautiful city at your leisure. Hop-Off at the Superdome, originally named the Louisiana Superdome, which is the largest fixed dome structure in the world, and home to the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Take the bus tour to all of the city’s popular attractions. Visit the stunning St. Louis Cathedral, which is a major landmark in the French Quarter and the oldest continuously active cathedral in the United States. Wander down Royal Street, one of the city's most historic streets, for crafts, antiques, art objects, and museums. Or, Hop-Off at the French Market and peruse stands loaded with fresh local produce along with an array of items including keepsakes and souvenirs. Whatever you choose to do during your stay in New Orleans, this hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will give you a chance to see the...

    Chris was an excellent guide. He interjected the right amount of humor with the history of New Orleans. We would highly recommended him as your tour guide.

  • New Orleans: Steamboat Jazz Cruise with Optional Brunch

    9. New Orleans: Steamboat Jazz Cruise with Optional Brunch

    Journey back in time aboard the Sternwheeler Steamboat Natchez, the only surviving authentic steamboat in New Orleans. Sit back, relax and enjoy the New Orleans atmosphere as smooth jazz fills your ears. The 2-hour cruise sets sail from the heart of the French Quarter and seating is available indoors and on deck for the very best views of the river and city. The indoor areas are climate-controlled and the outdoor space allows for tours of all levels of the boat. There is nothing more charming than an evening on the Steamboat Natchez. Sunday Brunch Menu Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, made with a traditional Louisiana roux and served with rice Natchez Tossed Salad, mixed greens, tomato, cucumbers, red onions and croutons with a sugar cane vinaigrette Shrimp and Grits, shrimp sautéed with onion, bell pepper, and garlic served alongside hot butter grits Grillades and Grits "G...

    Be sure to add the word "Brunch" to the promo code. I didn't and therefore we could not get the brunch despite it saying "Brunch Cruise."

  • New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    10. New Orleans: Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

    Discover Mardi Gras magic on a self-guided tour of Mardi Gras World, where artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season in New Orleans since 1947. Begin your tour by receiving your ticket in form of a bead necklace and watch a film which gives an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the role Mardi Gras World plays in it to this day. Then, enjoy a slice of the traditional Mardi Gras cake, King Cake, before your self-guided tour leads you through the float den. Explore where Mardi Gras World artists work year-round to build spectacular, one-of-a-kind floats and props, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. See how the various themed elements are created from scratch or are adapted from elements created for previous themes — from sculpting the elements, to finishing and pain...

    Went to the Margria tour in New Orleans. loved it liked all the different Floats they were amazing and the details were very nice. I took a shuttle bus there and back. The tour is l hour.

Family-friendly activities: Things to do in New Orleans with kids

You might be surprised at the many things to do in New Orleans with kids. The land of Mardi Gras and all-night jazz is also quite family friendly. Share the joys of people-watching from Café Du Monde over hot chocolate and beignets. Then take that sugar energy on a walk through the French Quarter. Older kids may want to take a ghost tour through the streets and above-ground cemeteries. And the whole family can enjoy Mardi Gras floats and King cake, or a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Creole and Cajun dishes.

City Park: Fun for the whole family

Something for everyone is not an exaggeration here. City Park is brimming with activities for the whole family. Enjoy golf courses, tennis courts, botanical gardens, lakes, and more for the perfect day out. Now, for the kids: The Train Garden enchants the little conductor in everyone. Storyland is a maze of sculptures from nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty and fairy tales like Cinderella. Carousel Gardens has over 15 amusement rides, from classics like the Tilt-a-Whirl to Slime Buckets. And for those who like a little flair with their golf, there’s City Putt. This mini-golf course takes players on a mini-tour of New Orleans with each hole.

Strollers are welcome and recommended around the park. Some attractions cost extra for entry, and you should check schedules ahead of time, especially during the rainy season. Depending on where you go in the park, you may want to keep a changing mat with you. The visitor’s center and most attractions have food and drink for sale.

New Orleans Museum of Art: Discover art, inside and out

Follow the history of New Orleans through art at NOMA. Paintings travel through time from the Renaissance to modern Louisiana. Artifacts from Africa and Central and South America may remind kids of things they see today. They can see how memories were kept in lockets and the importance of glassware before plastics with the decorative arts. Then they can join in the act by creating their own works of art for the family’s private collection. But not before taking a walk outside in the sculpture garden, where massive installations give creativity an extra breath of fresh air.

You can bring a stroller inside and store umbrellas and bags at a coat check. You must check any large bags. Food and drink are not allowed inside, but you can purchase drinks from the café. Baby changing facilities are available.

Mardi Gras World: See behind the scenes of the festival

Even if you’re not in New Orleans during the Mardi Gras Festival, you can still enjoy it year-round, only with fewer people around. Together with the kids you can meet the artists and see how they build the colorful floats that take part in the parade. You can also dress up in costumes and take lots of selfies. To make your experience even closer to the real thing, you’ll get a slice of King Cake. Your family can join a tour of the Mardi Gras World where you will learn about its creation, the history of the festival, and how much preparation goes into it.

Remember that you can order a free shuttle to the Mardi Gras World, so you don’t have to worry about getting there on your own.

Louisiana Children’s Museum: Kids can play everywhere 

As its name states, the Louisiana Children’s Museum is for kids. From toddlers on up, there are indoor and outdoor activities to distract, intrigue, and educate. They can get wet wandering around the mighty Mississippi, watching life along the river. Or they can learn some cooking skills. Maybe they’ll be able to make you something tasty when you get home! Outside, they can make music with steel drums or just run around the tunnels and play. Finally, they can take a ride on the floating classroom and learn about the wonders of water.

Children of all ages are welcome, although older teens may not find the activities very engaging. Strollers are welcome, with parking areas available as well as storage lockers for bags. Outside food and drink aren’t allowed, but there is a café.


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What people are saying about New Orleans

It was awesome! Everyone was kind, organized, and our guide was super informative. I wish I could remember the guide's name, he was so informative and helpful and even funny!

Chris was an excellent guide. He interjected the right amount of humor with the history of New Orleans. We would highly recommended him as your tour guide.

It was amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. He gave excellent information and examples

Our tour guide really knew the history of the French Quarter. It was a great experience.

Reggie was great. It was definitely the best part of my whole trip.