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About New Orleans

The rich culture and unparalleled service that defines the New Orleans experience continues to flourish. After 203 years of the greatest achievements and the steepest challenges, New Orleans is still America's most unique, authentic, and enthralling destination.

Learn more about things to do, places to see, and food to eat in New Orleans!

Guest Tours

Tours depart from the Morial Convention Center. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the departure time. Purchase tickets.

Crescent City Tour

1230–1630, Sunday, 4 October, USD 45

This tour will guide you through the past and present of New Orleans—the Crescent City. Start where it all began, in the French Quarter, where you can find secluded patios and vibrant markets. We’ll travel to the neighborhood of Bayou St. John and one of the city’s most historic cemeteries. You will see the historic “dueling oak,” the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Botanical Gardens. The tour follows the river to the old town of Carrollton and the route of the St. Charles Streetcar. We’ll pass by the age-old oaks of Audubon Park to the heart of Uptown and then to the Garden District, where you’ll see beautiful examples of Greek revival architecture and lush gardens.

French Quarter Walking Tour

0830–1130, Monday, 5 October, USD 35

The tour begins with breakfast at Café du Monde  for beignets and café au lait. Next, you will travel through the New Orleans’ French Quarter. The oldest sector of the city, the “Vieux Carre,” offers an exciting historical vision of New Orleans with its narrow streets, outstanding examples of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French and Spanish architecture, and the oldest Cathedral in the US. Jackson Square, outdoor markets, and a wide array of internationally-known restaurants make the French Quarter the heart of New Orleans.

New Orleans School of Cooking

1000–1400, Monday, 5 October, USD 45

Learn how to prepare the distinctive dishes for which New Orleans is famous. Join the New Orleans School of Cooking as they share the secrets of preparing flavorful, local cuisine such as gumbo, Shrimp Creole, and bread pudding. Entertaining chefs will teach you the basics of Louisiana cooking, as well as offer some history and lore. After your cooking lesson, you will eat a delectable feast and wash it down with locally-brewed Abita beer, tea, and New Orleans coffee and chicory.

Monumental Museums Tour (CANCELLED)

0900–1300, Tuesday, 6 October


Magazine Street Shopping Tour

1300–1600, Tuesday, 6 October, USD 40

In a city as old and rich in history as New Orleans, you can be certain that antiques will be a major component of the retail scene. Magazine Street  has become nationally known as a destination for home furnishings, both old and new. Referred to as “the Nile of New Orleans,” this long, winding thoroughfare follows the route of the Mississippi River and is lined on each side with boutiques, chic shops, auction houses, cafes, gourmet restaurants, and much more.  Magazine Street offers everything from fine antique furniture and rugs to handmade pottery and other objects d’art.

Swamp Tour

0900–1230, Wednesday, 7 October, USD 65

A tour of the Barataria Swamps and wetlands is an unforgettable experience. It was the dwelling place of the legendary pirate, Jean Lafitte. In the relaxed comfort of the covered Swamp Tour Boat, we will drift slowly past a 2,000-year-old Indian burial mound, a Cajun cemetery, and fishing village. You may see birds, snakes, turtles, fur animals, and gators. The slow drift of the tour boats, through moss draped trees and small waterways, will provide ample opportunity for viewing and photography.