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Mardi Gras World Admission & Self-Guided Tour With Complimentary Shuttle Transportation

251 ratings
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Come see where and how Mardi Gras is made! This is the only a tour that offers a real, behind-the-scenes look at the one and only Mardi Gras! The fantastical floats are handcrafted by NOLA artists all year long and are the highlight of the party during parade season. This hour-long tour allows visitors to take a sneak peek at the newest designs! Learn about what makes New Orleans famous: Mardi Gras! Book your spot today!
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Historical Mississippi River Cruise with Optional Lunch

141 ratings
2 Hrs.
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A river voyage aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler is one of the most iconic activities to be enjoyed in New Orleans. View the French Quarter and the Port of New Orleans from the river, while enjoying historical narration and delicious Creole and Cajun cuisine! Disembark at the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and tour the Chalmette Battlefield. Enjoy the history, nature, taste, and culture of New Orleans, all on one tour! Book now!
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The National World War II Museum

163 ratings
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Take a flight through history at the number 1 attraction in New Orleans and one of the Top 10 Museums worldwide, The National WWII Museum. This museum’s collection of artifacts, interactive exhibits, and moving personal stories convey the war’s epic story in a way that informs and inspires while educating today’s generations about the price of freedom and honoring those who gave so much to secure it. Soar to new heights with the 4-D film "Beyond All Boundaries" experience. Don't miss your chance to see this for yourself, book your spot today!
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NOLA City & Cemetery Small Group Tour by Mini Bus

28 ratings
3 Hrs.
See the sights and experience the culture of New Orleans by the comfort of a small group minibus. The small size of the minibus allows guests to pass through the French Quarter, viewing street performers and Bourbon Street, before the creole mansions along Esplanade Avenue. A quick stop in City Park gives travelers the opportunity to grab beignets and chickory coffee from the world-famous Cafe' du Monde or walk through the Sculpture Garden for a few artful selfies. Guests will also see the Ninth Ward, a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina, the Garden District and it’s opulent mansions home to Mardi Gras royalty and celebrities, the Treme- the oldest African American neighborhoods and the home of jazz, the Superdome, and more! This city tour also includes a brief cemetery tour, where guests walk amongst the above-ground tombs and discover the city who put the "fun in funeral". Only a few seats are available each day so hurry up and book and don't miss out on the culture that the city offers!
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Jazz Brunch at Court Of Two Sisters Restaurant & Courtyard

38 ratings
Relax in a 200-year old French Quarter courtyard and do brunch the New Orleans way! Complete with live jazz music and champagne mimosas, this grand buffet of authentic Cajun and Creole delicacies includes Gumbo, Shrimp Etouffee, and Duck à l'Orange in addition to the great American breakfast classics like omelet stations and waffles, fresh boiled seafood options like shrimp, ceviche, and an array of Creole desserts like King Cake, Bread Pudding, Bananas Foster, and so much more. This is a fantastic way for you to try all of New Orleans' Creole favorites. Book your spot now and receive a free champagne mimosa!
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New Orleans City Bus Tour

17 ratings
2.5 Hrs.
See a different side of New Orleans with this unique, must-see New Orleans City Bus Tour. Stretch out on a cozy tour bus and allow your expert guide to show you how things are done in NOLA. Experience a city's rich heritage, culture, and neighborhoods. See the famed Vieux Carre and ride through other must-see neighborhoods like ByWater, the Garden District, and see the natural beauty of City Park where you will be free to stroll in Sculpture Garden. You may also opt to enjoy beignets and chicory coffee from Cafe du Monde for an additional cost. Don't miss the bus, book your New Orleans City Bus Tour today!
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French Quarter Cooking Studio - Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding & Pralines

24 ratings
2.5 Hrs.
The New Orleans School of Cooking is a place where food, fun, and folklore are all on the menu! The authentic cooking demonstrations are entertaining and incredibly delicious! Located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800's in the heart of the French Quarter, these Creole and Cajun experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, and Pralines. The entire experience is well seasoned with history, trivia, and tall tales!
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Historic Riverlands Plantation & Soul River Music History Tour

1 rating
2 Hrs.
Take a musical journey through African American history on this Historic Riverland's & Soul River Music Tour. Visit Historic Riverlands, where the truth is revealed, history is relived, minds are renewed, and hearts repaired! Located on the former Cornland Plantation grounds, you will see the sites, feel the spirit, and hear the music as you are transported back in time. Witness the strength and pride of the people who lived and worked the plantation country through expert narration and exhibits at this historical landmark! Book your spot today!
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French Quarter Foodie & Cocktail Tour

6 ratings
3 Hrs.
Experience the best tastes of the French Quarter with the experts at Destination Kitchen. Take a stroll with a seasoned and energetic guide down Bourbon Street and beyond where guests will taste an array of incredible food and drinks created by local chefs and mixologists. This is a great opportunity to bump elbows with fellow foodies and learn a thing or two about how to make NOLA-inspired food and drink combinations at home. Reserve your spot today!
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Southern Food & Beverage Museum General Admission

1 rating
2 Hrs.
Fried chicken and cocktails? Now that's a museum worth checking out! Shake things up and take a bite out of history with a visit to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. This living history and food wonderland give guests an in-depth look at the roots of Southern food culture. Admission gets you into both the food museum as well as the museums of the American Cocktail's and La Galerie de l'Absinthe, which showcases the Absinthe collection of Raymond Bordelon and the storied history of the "green fairy" itself.
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New Orleans Historical City Tour

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4 Hrs.
Enjoy this small group city tour of New Orleans with a wide variety of sights and sounds of the French Quarter, Jackson Square, French Market, St. Louis Cemetery #3, City Park, Lake Pontchartrain, and the Garden District. Included is a walking tour of the Besthoff Sculpture Gardens at NOMA in City Park. This city tour is fully narrated so guests will hear the stories of the famous people who made this city so intriguing. From the streets of the city to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, this tour is full of fun history and excitement!
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French Quarter Cooking Studio - Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp & Artichoke Soup, and Pralines

5 ratings
2 Hrs.
Welcome to The New Orleans School of Cooking where food, fun and folklore are all on the menu! Our entertaining cooking demonstrations are located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s in the heart of the French Quarter. Our Creole/Cajun experts teach New Orleans specialties - Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp & Artichoke Soup, and Pralines, and season them with history, trivia and tall tales. We teach the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way guests will never forget. It’s a “ga-ron-teed” good time for all. Our max capacity is 68 so be sure to book soon!
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Lynn Meadows Children's Discovery Center Admission Tickets

16 ratings
Bring the kids to have fun in the award-winning indoor wonderland known as Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. Located in a 1915 schoolhouse across from the beach in Gulfport, Lynn Meadows is a giant playhouse dedicated to children and their wild imaginations. Inside, 15,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits encourage fun, learning, and creativity. Discover different cultures at the Celebrate the World We Share exhibit, board the train at Dolan Avenue Depot, and create a mini-masterpiece at our art studio - Art Knows Anything Goes. Outside, oak-covered acres provide more space to let the imagination run wild. Play "house" in the trees, tap a tune in the outdoor musical garden and explore the tiny town of Kids Street. Book your ticket today!
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Creole Queen Morning Jazz Brunch

15 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
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Experience the lively sounds of a traditional New Orleans Jazz band while cruising down the Mighty Mississippi River on a voyage aboard the Creole Queen. View the French Quarter and the Port of New Orleans from the river, while indulging on a delicious Creole and Cajun Brunch cuisine! Or you can select the cruise only option and pass a good time on our promenade deck with a classic New Orleans cocktail in hand as you enjoy the amazing views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline. Book your Creole Queen Morning Jazz Brunch today!
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Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Transportation

3 ratings
5.5 Hrs.
Step back in time and explore Oak Alley, a slave built sugar plantation that relied on its enslaved men, women, and children to run it. See the exhibits that showcase the individuals who were kept on the plantation. Take a look inside their lives and living conditions before your guided tour through The Big House. See the Sugarcane Exhibit and learn how sugarcane was grown and processed then move onto the Blacksmith Shop that pays tribute to the enduring legacy of Louisiana craftsmen. Don't miss your opportunity for a truly immersive cultural experience, book your Oak Alley Plantation Tour with Transportation today!
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Half Day Combo: Destrehan Plantation & Airboat Swamp Tour

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5.5 Hrs.
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Get whisked away to a land barely touched by time as guests' journey along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain on this Half Day Combo: Destrehan Plantation & Airboat Swamp Tour. Gaze upon the grand estate of Destrehan Plantation and enjoy a narrated tour as costumed guides share the mansion's fascinating history. Zoom through the Louisiana swamp on a high-speed airboat and soak up the native plants and spot animals that live in the secluded marshes and bayous. For an authentic experience through the Louisiana countryside, choc-full of history, mystery, and excitement, climb on board for a Half-Day Combo Tour!
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French Quarter History Tour plus Café Du Monde

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2 Hrs.
Embark on an exciting history tour that includes some special treats from the French Quarter! First, guests will enjoy a narrated stroll through the French Quarter, and learn all about the neighborhood's historic sites, stories, and architecture. This tour covers everything from when sugar was king through modern history and culture! After the walking tour, head to the iconic Café Du Monde, where guests can take a break and grab a delicious beignet and café au lait. Let the ambiance of the local markets and street life entertain, as guests enjoy a relaxing day and delicious bites from the Crescent City! Book your tour today!
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French Quarter Cooking Studio - Crab Bisque & Chicken Etouffee

4 ratings
2 - 2.5 Hrs.
The New Orleans School of Cooking is regarded worldwide as one of the top culinary travel experiences available. Located in a 1800s molasses warehouse in the heart of the French Quarter, the food, fun, and folklore of NOLA's famous cuisine come to life right before guest's eyes. Expert chefs will prepare a full meal consisting of Creole and Cajun classics like Crab Bisque and Chicken Etouffee, both seasoned with history, trivia, and tall tales. Complimentary local beer, Abita Amber, is available for all travelers 21+. This activity sells out fast, so book now to guarantee a seat at the table.
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New Orleans Food Demo - Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Pralines

61 ratings
2 - 2.5 Hrs.
The New Orleans School of Cooking is where food, fun, and folklore are all on the menu! Creole/Cajun experts teach New Orleans specialties such as Gumbo, Jambalaya, and Pralines, and season them with history, trivia, and tall tales. Learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way guests will never forget. It’s a “ga-ron-teed” good time for all!
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are New Orleans’ rainiest months?

It tends to rain the most in New Orleans from June until September, with the wettest of those months typically being June or July. The comfortable, mild weather, along with amazing local events like Mardi Gras Season, for example, makes winter and spring the most popular times to visit New Orleans.

2. What are the best New Orleans rainy day activities for kids?

Luckily, New Orleans has a TON of fun things to do for the little ones, rain or shine. The top kid-friendly indoor/rainy day activities include escape rooms, a trip to Mardi Gras World, Lynn Meadows Children’s Discovery Center, and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas!

3. What are the best New Orleans rainy day activities for couples?

Don’t let a few rain clouds ruin your romantic getaway! There are plenty of indoor activities to make this trip to NOLA something extra special. First, you will want to be sure you try some of New Orleans’ favorite food and drink. This can include, but is not limited to, trying beignets from Cafe du Mondé, grabbing a mint julep from Pat O’Brien’s, and enjoying a delicious lunch or dinner from the famous Tujague’s! Once you’ve had your fill of the delicious local fare, it’s time to hit the town! Some of the best New Orleans rainy day activities for couples include visiting Mardi Gras World, taking a city tour by bus or van, trying out local beers on an Abita Brewery tour, and riding out to Plantation Country and visiting one of the area’s stunning and historical plantations.

4. What are the best indoor rainy day activities for groups?

It can be hard to find activities the whole group will love, but with so many great options in New Orleans, finding great tours the whole group will love is easy, rain or shine! The top indoor/rainy day activities for groups include a lunch or dinner cruise, plantation tours, cooking classes, city tours by bus or van, a trip to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, and a tour of the famous Mardi Gras World!

5. How do I prepare for a rainy day in New Orleans?

As with pretty much any coastal city, weather can be unpredictable, and there’s always a chance of rain or a pop-up afternoon shower. With that being said, it can never hurt to pack an umbrella, rain boots, and a rain jacket. Another important thing to be aware of is that, due to the historic nature of the French Quarter, many of the streets are bumpy, uneven, and cracked. This can be hard to see with a few inches of rain on the ground, so it’s important to be aware of this and be careful. If you traveled to New Orleans without a vehicle, and are stressed about walking everywhere in the rain, have no fear! New Orleans has a ton of great public transportation options, making for a safe and dry way to navigate the city. Not only that, Hop On Hop Off bus tours are another great way to get around New Orleans, and see the sights and sounds with guided narration along the way!

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