Cajun Pride Swamp Tour is a fun and informative way to see a scenic swamp and wildlife refuge. You might see a whole zoo's worth of creatures including: alligators, bald eagles, waterfowl, owls, beavers, raccoons and even black bears. Tours generally last about an hour and a half.
Consisting of six sites spread across New Orleans, this historic site pays homage to the pirateering legacy of Jean Lafitte, and the historical events that unfolded in his wake. The visitor center has historic walking tours of the French Quarter and also sets the scene for other historic sites in and around New Orleans. The extensive Barataria Preserve is part of the site, and is sheathed in a tapestry of marshes, swamps and dense hardwood forests, while the Chalmette Battlefield has been the ground of many historic battles and wars. Characterized by a string of teeming bayous and inextricable Cajun traditions, the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is a stirring insight into the historical heart of New Orleans.
This Greek Revival mansion is home to original English and American antiques and eight acres of formal gardens and decorative fountains. Although florals vary with the seasons, visitors can count on a spectacular display year-round. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Longue Vue House & Gardens features ever-changing exhibits. A gift shop sells horticulture and decorative items, children's gifts and reproductions from the Longue Vue Collection.
The Sisters of Ursula established Catholic schools for African-American and Native American girls and set up the first orphanage in Louisiana. The convent is now home to Catholic archives dating back to 1718. It is the oldest building on record in New Orleans and the entire Mississippi Valley. It sits across from another historic site, the Beauregard-Keyes House, and is part of the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial. It is open for self-guided tours.
Aquarium of the Americas is a world-class aquarium with state-of-the-art exhibits, allowing visitors young and old to experience underwater nature first hand. Visitors immerse themselves in the major marine and submarine habitats of North and South America, including the Caribbean Sea and the Amazon Rainforest. The aquarium also features thousands of fish, reptiles and birds native to these habitats.
The center of all cultural activities, the French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans was built around the main square of what was then known as the Vieux Carré, after the city's founding in 1718. However, most of the area's buildings come from the early 19th Century, when the city was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. Although originally settled by French Creoles, by the early 20th Century they were mostly gone from the French Quarter, and bohemian culture began to boom in the area. Architectural delights like Jackson Square and its Saint Louis Cathedral are highlights of the neighborhood. The French Quarter's single most famous landmark, Bourbon Street, is a nightlife mainstay, being the main drag of Mardi Gras celebrations. Replete with rich architectural history and cultural implications, the French Quarter truly encapsulates New Orleans' vibrant spirit.
Natchez Steamboat features full-service catering from the on-board galley and is docked at the back of JAX Brewery. This three-decked stern-wheeler offers two cruises daily with narration by a professional guide. For your dining and listening pleasure, there is a cocktail bar, live jazz and an optional Creole buffet. Dinner prices are not included in the cost of admission. Children under three ride free. Reservations are required, so call to confirm schedule and prices.
View the entire city of New Orleans from the comfortable motor coaches of Gray Line. These tours are informative, although you may not get much up-close experience from the bus window. Gray Line's tour begins in the French Quarter with interesting narrations, describing the historic buildings, Creole cottages and elegant mansions unique to the Vieux Carre. You may get on or off at your discretion, catching the tour again later at another point. Gray Line also offers tours that include a two-hour cruise aboard the steamboat Natchez. These tours change seasonally, so please call ahead for details.
The monumental Perseverance Hall is a significant Hall site that resides in the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. The park site is situated in New Orleans in the Louisiana region in United States. The hall avenue is particularly monumental for the fact that it was utilized for performing dances. The site was the place where black jazz performers and bands used to perform for black or white audiences. Constructed in 1820, the hall site is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
In what appears to be a presumptuous gesture if not an eccentric one, actor Nicolas Cage has already picked out a burial site for himself. Located in the St. Louis Cemetery No.1, Cage has purchased a rather dramatic white pyramid that will serve as a tombstone after his death. The pyramid grave stands 9-feet (2.74 meters) tall and displays the Latin maxim 'Omnia Ab Uno', meaning 'Everything from one'. As much as Nicolas Cage feels at peace about choosing his resting place, the locals of the city do not seem to mirror his feelings, seeing as that the pyramid occupies quite a lot of place in the already cramped cemetery.