After your morningarrival try a traditional New Orleans breakfast of Café au Lait and Beignets atworld-famous Café du Monde located in the heart of the French Quarter beforesetting out for the day! Following your light breakfast, head on over to one ofAudubon Nature Institute's award winning facilities - the Aquarium of the Americas, the Entergy Giant Screen Theater or their newest venture, the Insectarium. You can grab lunch at any of these locationsor you may want to explore the food court at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk located nearby where you can shop and dine along the riverfront.
Check into your hoteland refresh for this evening's activities. Tonight you can perform on the docksof the Mississippi River while passengers board a riverboat paddlewheeler.After the performance you will enjoy dinner and Dixieland jazz while cruisingthe Mighty Mississippi.
After breakfast thismorning start your day with a City Sightseeing Tour of NewOrleans. You will encompass many of the neighborhoods that make the cityunique. You will get an overview of the French Quarter, see LakePontchartrain, City Park, and ride along the routeof the St. Charles Avenue streetcar where you will see Tulane & Loyola Universities, Audubon Park, an abundance ofstately homes, churches and synagogues before passing the Garden District.
End your tour at the NationalWorld War II museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian and designated byCongress as the "official" WWII museum of the U.S. Here you can enjoy a box lunchand a tour before your Patriotic musical performance. Afterward, take a tour of Mardi Gras World, where you will see how Mardi Gras is made! Tour carnivaldens where artists and sculptors build and design floats, watch a movie aboutthe history of Mardi Gras, then try on a costume and pose for your photo withKing Kong! You can also arrange for aprivate activity, such as mask making or float building.
This evening visitthe infamous Preservation Hall. Thebuilding dates back to 1750 but opened as a Jazz venue to protect and honor NewOrleans Jazz. Tonight enjoy the soundsof legendary musicians as well as take part in an educational program in thishistoric setting. Another option is tohave a performance prior to dinner with live Jazz at the Maison. Or choose from the array of studentfriendly restaurants located in the French Quarter such as Barcadia, BubbaGump Shrimp Co, Hard Rock Café, House of Blues, as well asnumerous locally owned restaurants that cater to tour groups. The possibilities are endless!
After breakfasttoday, venture outside of the city limits for a Swamp Tour where you willtravel through the swamps and bayous with a local Cajun guide. See alligatorsand other wildlife and you may even get to feed marshmallows to the alligators!
For lunch today youmay want to try some local fare or pick up a "po-boy" and picnic along the wayto visit one of our magnificent plantation homes that line the Mississippi River.Several of the plantation homes also offer lunch and will allow a groupperformance. You will step back in time when touring one of these nationaltreasures.
This evening, getready to experience Southern hospitality and food at the New Orleans School of Cooking. Learn how to cook traditional Creole andCajun dishes before eating them in a family-style atmosphere. Before you leave, make sure to pick up someseasonings to show off your new cooking skills at home and impress Mom and Dad!
Additional Educational Opportunities:
Gospel Choir Workshops
History of the Brass Band
History of the Mardi Gras Indians
Loyola and Tulane Universities
Horse Drawn Carriage Tours
French Market/Flea Market
Louisiana State Museums - Presbytere, Cabildo & US Mint
Mardi Gras Mask Making & Float Building
Rock & Bowl
Markets: Family Reunions, Student/Youth Groups, New domestic tour operators
Assistant: Renee Saussaye