Things to do in New Orleans This Weekend

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    Plane Ride with Wine and Cheese

    Combine aerial views of New Orleans with Champagne and chocolates, or wine and cheese on this romantic VIP sightseeing flight! The 45-minute flight includes one full bottle of Champagne with chocolates, or a full bottle of wine and artisan cheese. Glide above the French Quarter and Central Business District, and see top New Orleans attractions such as Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the bayous around Mississippi River. If there's something that you would like to see instead, simply let the pilot know; the route is flexible and can be tailored to your preference. With a maximum of three passengers permitted, this is a great outing for couples or good friends. Board your sightseeing plane at the Flight Academy of New Orleans, sit in your window-side seat, and then take to the skies over the city's sights. Gaze out of your window and watch the runway slip from your view as New Orleans' urban sights take center stage. A maximum of three passengers are permitted per flight, making this a great way to spend quality time with a loved one or close friends. Gaze down at the French Quarter at the distinct architecture, and listen to your guide's stories about the city and its sights. Peer past the skyscrapers of the Central Business District to see Mercedes-Benz Superdome where New Orleans Saints American football team play. Loop around the iconic stadium, and have your camera ready to capture bird's-eye sights of the Port of New Orleans and its tailing 2-mile (3-km) wharf. Glide a short distance from downtown New Orleans to the bayous of Louisiana, the slow-moving streams of water that form around the Mississippi River. After admiring sunset views of the county's famous wetlands, head back over the city and touch down at the start point where your VIP experience finishes. Looking for something more savory on your flight? Choose this option for a bottle of wine and cheese! One bottle of red or white wine (your choice), a block of artisan cheese, crostini, and one other snack is served per couple, so sit back, sip on the wine and nibble on the cheese as you cruise above New Orleans.
    Plane Ride with Wine and Cheese

    5701 Walter Beech St, New Orleans

    • Combine aerial views of New Orleans with chocolates and a bottle of champagne on this sightseeing flight
    • Glide above the French Quarter and Central Business District with commentary from your pilot
    • See top New Orleans attractions such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Mississippi River
    • Customize the route with your pilot according to personal preferences
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    Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

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    Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! Cruise along the Mississippi River while enjoying live jazz music, a buffet dinner and gorgeous sights. This authentic paddle-wheel steamboat in New Orleans is one of only six still operating on the Mississippi River. Not just a boat, the Steamboat Natchez is a time machine that fills its passengers with the romance and marvel of yesteryear! Cruise along the Mississippi River and let the Steamboat Natchez whisk you away with its atmosphere and ambiance, with everything from a museum- quality Engine Room to the ship's orders being called over an old-time megaphone. This evening jazz cruise is a great way to experience New Orleans' beauty and culture.

    As you steam ahead, soak in breathtaking views of the city skyline while enjoying a New Orleans cultural experience a live jazz performance performed by the New Orleans band Dukes of Dixieland, a Grammy nominee.

    Enjoy dining inside or outside on a delectable Louisiana-style buffet dinner including prime rib, chicken, pasta and salad. Two separate dining times give you the flexibility to enjoy the evening at your own pace.
    Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of a dinner cruise
    • Cruise along the Mississippi River while enjoying live jazz music
    • Indulge in a gourmet buffet dinner and take in the gorgeous sights of the water
    • Ride one of only six authentic paddle-wheel steamboats still in operation
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    Swamp Tour

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    This is one tour that bog(gle)s the mind. That's because you'll be penetrating deep into the Louisiana swampland for some guided backwater fun! You'll be riding as a passenger in a small boat capable of handling the shallow waters and narrow passages of maze-like cypress waterways, ensuring an adventure that will take you worlds away from the clamor of New Orleans. You'll have the opportunity to capture stunning photographs of an otherworldly quality in an seldom touched environment. Best of all, these area is overflowing with exotic southern wildlife, including alligators, turtles, feral hogs, egrets, and numerous water-dwelling birds. Your native guide will also offer you plentiful insights into the swamp ecology and natural history of area, making for an informative and well-rounded excursion. It's muddy, but it's good.
    Swamp Tour

    41490 Crawford Landing Rd, Slidell

    • Embark on a guided swamp adventure on a small craft penetrating deep into the wild
    • Spot a host of wildlife unique to the area, from osprey to alligators
    • Experience an eclectic terrain that challenge your imagination
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    Westbank Plantation Tour

    Once your cruise has returned to New Orleans, take a journey back in time to the Antebellum South with a tour of two separate plantations. On your ride out to Oak Alley Plantation, often referred to as the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road," pass and hear about the Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen plantations along the way. Once you've arrived at Oak Alley Plantation, enjoy time to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture, including a quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old! Next, travel to Laura Plantation, a historic sugar plantation built in 1805 displaying a different and unique culture. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves. Come experience this fully immersive tour of New Orleans historic past! Ride out to Oak Alley Plantation, passing and hearing about the Whitney, Josephine, and Evergreen plantations along the way. Your guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation allows you time to admire this jewel of Greek Revival architecture. The quarter-mile canopy of giant live oak trees, believed to be nearly 300 years old, forms an impressive avenue leading to the classic Greek-revival style antebellum home.

    Next visit the Laura Plantation, a Creole Plantation with historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The guided tour transports you with dramatic detail into the charmed yet tragic lives of four generations of Creole owners and their slaves.

    You can catch the tour at two different departure times or two locations.
    Westbank Plantation Tour

    Downtown, New Orleans

    • Explore two of New Orleans' most iconic plantations
    • Witness the beauty of Oak Alley Plantation, referred to as the "Grand Dame of the Great River Road"
    • Visit Laura Plantation, a beautiful and historic sugar plantation built in 1805
    • Enjoy fascinating commentary throughout your journey from an expert local guide
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    French Quarter Food & History Tour

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    New Orleans just wouldn't be New Orleans without its complex and delicious food culture. From beignets to po' boys to jambalaya, the French Quarter is home to some of the best flavors that the city has to offer. Learn about the New Orleans' history through a culinary lens, as your guide weaves together the lore of what dishes make up the city's food identity and why, and shares personal anecdotes about famous chefs and restaurants. You'll wander past iconic landmarks like St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square as you make your way towards Cafe Beignet, your destination for lunch. There, you'll be able to taste and sample the delectable dishes you discussed on your walk. You can try gumbo made from local seafood, hot sauces, muffalettas, pralines, and red beans and rice. You're sure to understand New Orleans on a much deeper and much fuller level.
    French Quarter Food & History Tour

    Decatur St & Ursulines Ave, New Orleans

    • Explore the New Orleans' spectrum of culinary offerings on an engaging walking tour
    • Walk past iconic sites in the French Quarter on your way to a tasting of a huge array of classic New Orleans dishes
    • Learn the difference between Creole and Cajun food
    • Get unique insight into New Orleans' history and culture
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    NOLA Original Cocktail Walking Tour

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    Let the good times roll as you discover the Big Easy's vibrant drinking culture on the original cocktail walking tour of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter's famous bars and restaurants as you sip the city's iconic libations, including the Sazerac and Pimm's Cup. On the 2.5-hour tour, learn the classic stories behind these unique concoctions as you wander through the colonial architecture of one of New Orleans' oldest neighborhoods, drinking in history and culture as you go. Embark on your exploration of New Orleans' cocktail culture from the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, right on the Mississippi River in the city's French Quarter. Your group of like-minded revelers will travel the neighborhood's historic streets, ducking in and out of watering holes and restaurants in buildings that still stand as beautiful examples of French and Spanish Colonial Architecture. While it's easy to get lost in the history of your surroundings, the real stars of the tour are the cocktails. Listen in as your guides reveal the stories behind each inventive libation and the characters that brought them to life. Learn the origins of Southern Comfort, a liqueur invented in New Orleans in 1874, and the even older story of the Sazerac, which dates back to 1850. Sample any of your favorites by purchasing a glass. You'll also get an inside peek into the city's oldest restaurant and its wine cellar and private dining rooms, where some of New Orleans' most important wheelings and dealings took place. Drink in the spirit of New Orleans by enjoying this 2.5-hour tour at the beginning of your visit to the Big Easy to pinpoint the stops you must revisit, or use it as an unexpected way to bid adieu to a city that's as rich in stories as it is in drinks to share them over. It's history with a twist!
    NOLA Original Cocktail Walking Tour

    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans

    • Discover the Big Easy's vibrant drinking culture with a cocktail walking tour
    • Explore the French Quarter's famous bars and most iconic restaurants
    • Learn the classic stories behind unique concoctions as you literally drink in the history
    • Wander through the colonial architecture of one of New Orleans' oldest neighborhoods
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    Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

    Nowhere is Louisiana's wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans . After crossing the Mississippi River, take a boat ride through these swamps and bayous and be on the lookout for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds. Hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture and the mysteries of the swamps and bayous. After a short coach ride across the Mississippi River, embark on a fascinating 2 hour boat trip through the swamps and bayous of New Orleans! Watch the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana unfold as you travel through the bayous and swamps in a custom built, all-weather boat.

    Your local guide will reveal the mysteries of this iconic Louisiana terrain as you observe the nesting grounds of native wildlife. Discover how the seafood from the bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year.

    Along the way, learn all about Cajun culture and ingenuity - hear how Cajun people turned soup into gumbo, a famous Louisiana dish; the washboard into a musical instrument; and, of course, the swamps into a natural paradise. Your guide will also explain how these lush, untamed swamps and bayous are slowly disappearing. Learn about the efforts made to preserve and restore Louisiana's vanishing wetlands for future generations to enjoy. You'll return safely from the bayous with a return coach ride to the French Quarter in New Orleans.
    Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Take a boat ride through the famous swamps and bayous of New Orleans
    • Be on the lookout for indigenous alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds
    • Enjoy a coach ride through the area, then hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture
    • See fascinating sights and listen as your guide unveils mysteries of the iconic swamps and bayous
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    Hand-Build Clay Pottery

    Working with clay can be an incredible therapeutic experience that releases your tension and lets your creative self come out to play. Get in on the fun with this all-levels class that will have you hand-building your own stunning clay creations. A professional instructor will guide you as you learn the foundations to working and shaping your clay. Then, get your hands dirty and your imagination pumping as you craft your own piece. By using your hands as your sculpting tool, you'll bring a natural style to your work that is uniquely your own. Whether this is your first time hand-building or you simply want to continue on in your practice, all are welcome to take part in this creative class.
    Hand-Build Clay Pottery

    862 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans

    • Learn how to hand-build your own beautiful clay pottery
    • Practice basic techniques with the help of a professional instructor
    • Get creative as you make your own original design
    • No experience necessary
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    Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

    Follow the ghosts of the numerous characters of New Orleans' mysterious past! Tour one of the city's most haunted cemeteries, St Louis Cemetery No. 1 and visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. Your guide will explain the unique above-ground burial custom and will give you an in-depth overview of the fascinating evolution of voodoo. Haunting adventures await you during this cemetery and voodoo walking tour through New Orleans. Follow your guide through St Louis Cemetery No. 1, the oldest and most famous of the three St Louis cemeteries. You may recall it as the site from the classic movie Easy Rider or perhaps by its most notorious 'resident' Marie Laveau, the late Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.

    Your professional guide will recount the background of both the famous and infamous people who are buried there. You can make a wish or, if you dare, cast a spell at the tomb of Marie Laveau. Hear spooky stories of how this voodoo master was able to be in two places at once. You'll also learn about New Orleans' unique above-ground burial custom and hear various society tombs--grand mausoleums built to entomb and commemorate members of professional, benevolent, and ethnic organizations. These macabre monuments include the Italian Mutual Benevolent Society tomb which provided the eerie backdrop for Easy Rider.

    Throughout your tour, you'll get an in-depth view at the evolution of voodoo -- the practice of witchcraft with an African religious heritage. Often dismissed as a cult or superstition, plenty of New Orleans residents believe in its powers. Voodoo rites and traditions are still observed. Small shops sell tools of the trade with herbs, oils, powders, candles and more recognizable items such as voodoo dolls and gris-gris--voodoo amulets. By the end of your tour, you'll understand the meaning of the gris-gris as well as take home some voodoo charms of your own with the mysterious objects found in your souvenir bag!
    Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

    French Quarter, New Orleans

    • Embark on a voodoo tour of New Orleans and follow the ghosts of the iconic city's mysterious past
    • Tour one of the city's most haunted cemeteries and visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen
    • Get an in-depth overview of the fascinating evolution of voodoo from your expert guide
    • Take home some voodoo charms of your own in your souvenir bag
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    New Orleans Ghost Tour

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    Port cities see their share of humanity come and go, and New Orleans is no different. The spirits of the city's past inhabitants are just "dying" to be discovered on this extraordinary tour. You'll hear accounts of love-lured specters, tormented souls of war, vile traitors, and the sorrowful woes of the repentant dead as you visit haunted sites like Pirate Alley and Hotel Montelone, and learn the tales of those affected by Yellow Fever and true modern crimes. You'll even visit the filming locations for American Horror Story: Coven. Learn the Creole history of the Big Easy in the creepiest and scariest manner possible!
    New Orleans Ghost Tour

    Decatur St & Ursulines Ave, New Orleans

    • Tour the haunted sites of New Orleans' famous spirits
    • Hear the lurid tales as you visit sites like Pirate Alley and Hotel Montelone
    • Walk in the footsteps of tragic lovers, terrible traitors, victims of fate
    • Get an inside look at New Orleans' most storied districts
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