Itinerary - Making the Grade
Making the Grade...........New Orleans Style!!
(3 Day / 3 Night - Student Itinerary)
Afternoon - Once in the Crescent City, make plans to visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas,
which is recognized as one of the nation's leading aquariums, located on the banks of the Mississippi River in
the Historic French Quarter. It's an underwater adventure featuring over a million gallons of water and
habitats that hold 15,000 aquatic species. Following a tour of the Aquarium, you can enjoy an
entertainment extravaganza at the Entergy IMAX Theatre, which is just next door, or walk on over to
their newest facility, the Audubon Insectarium.
For dinner, you may want to try Bubba Gump, Crazy Lobster, Deanie's Seafood, Hard Rock Café,
Margaritaville Café, Oceana Restaurant, or House of Blues (just to name a few!!). After dinner, the
group can take in a Dixieland Jazz cruise aboard an authentic steamboat or paddlewheeler, just like in the
days gone by. See and feel the power and history of the Mississippi River and its influence on New Orleans.
To end your evening, your group can experience a walking ghost tour throughout the streets of the
historic French Quarter. Afterward, you may want to enjoy a traditional local treat.....Café au Lait (or
Chocolate Milk!) and Beignets (a French donut, without the hole) at world famous Café du Monde, an
open-air café located in the heart of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter). The group may want to watch
the beignet making through windows at the back of the café!
Start your day with a City Sightseeing Tour to include our "cities of the dead" - our unique above-ground
burial system. After the tour, your group can shop and dine at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk's
unique shops and eateries, all while boasting spectacular views of the Mississippi River.
After lunch, you may want to visit one of our many museums, such as the Louisiana Children's Museum,
the Musee Conti Wax Museum, the National World War II Museum, the Pharmacy Museum, the
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, or any of the Louisiana State Museums located in and around the
French Quarter (the Cabildo, the Presbytere, Old U.S. Mint). The Old US Mint houses a state-of-the-art
performance venue that is perfect for performance groups and always has an audience!
Dinner this evening can be at Rock ‘N Bowl truly a New Orleans institution, or at one of the many worldfamous
restaurants that New Orleans has to offer. Typically, the weather is mild so a pizza party around the
hotel pool may also be an option. If New Orleans culture is your thing, consider the Golden Feather
Restaurant & Gallery, dedicated to the history of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. A meal and
presentation can be provided.
After breakfast this morning, venture outside of New Orleans where you will travel through the swamps
and bayous with a local Cajun guide. You will see alligators, egrets, flora, birds and more. You may
even get to feed marshmallows to an alligator!! Your group may choose between a slow flat boat
experience or an exhilarating airboat tour!
Later, your group may want to enjoy a New Orleans style po-boy on the way to visit one of our magnificent
plantation homes that line the Mississippi River, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. You can
tour one of these treasures before heading back into New Orleans.
Evening - Get ready for a foot stompin' and toe tappin' evening when your group takes in a Cajun music
restaurant, such as Mulate's or Bayou Barn, where you can dine on Cajun cuisine and enjoy a live Cajun
band. There is always someone on hand to teach everyone to dance along to the music!. Or take in a
cooking demonstration and dine on Creole and Cajun specialties all while getting a history lesson on New
Orleans. If cooking is not your thing, enjoy a meal and traditional Dixieland Jazz aboard a riverboat or local
venue. Spend one last night in the Crescent City before heading back home in the morning.
More Student Friendly Tour Options:
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
French Market & Flea Market
Haunted History Walking Tours of French Quarter
Horse Drawn Carriage Tours
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