Itinerary - Making the Grade

Making the Grade...........New Orleans Style!!
(3 Day / 3 Night - Student Itinerary)

Day One

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 "in your face" entertainment extravaganza at the Entergy IMAX Theatre, which is just next door or walk on over to the new Audubon Insectarium.Boat

For dinner, you may want to try Crazy Lobster, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Deanie's Seafood, Hard Rock Café, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Café, or the 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, 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!

Day TwoCoffee

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 Riverwalk Marketplace's unique shops, push carts 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 around the French Quarter (the Cabildo, the Presbytere).

Dinner this evening can be at Rock & Bowl truly a New Orleans institution, or at one of the many world-famous 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.

Day Three

After breakfast this morning, venture outside of New Orleans where you will travel through the swamps and bayous with a local Cajun guide. Your group will see alligators, egrets, flora, birds and more. You may even get to feed marshmallows to an alligator!!

Cities of the DeadLater, your group may want to enjoy a New Orleans style po-boy on the way to a visit of one of our magnificent plantation homes that line the Mississippi River, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. You can tour one of these national treasures before heading back into New Orleans.

Evening - Get ready for a foot stompin' and toe tappin' evening when your group takes in one of our Cajun music restaurants, where you can dine on Cajun and Creole specialties. Younger kids and adults alike get out on the dance floor to work off that rich meal with some Cajun and Zydeco two-stepping. Spend one last night in the Big Easy before heading back home in the morning.

More Student Friendly Tour Options:

Audubon Zoo
Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
City Park
Cooking Schools
French Market & Flea Market
Haunted History Walking Tours of French Quarter
Horse Drawn Carriage Tours
Musical/Educational Workshops
Preservation Hall
Professional Sports
Riverboat Cruises
Streetcar Rides


Lisa Holland
Tourism Sales Manager
800-748-8695 ext. 5053