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Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour
"Go beyond the typical city tour experience and see New Orleans like a local. Relax in an enclosed air-conditioned minibus that runs every day rain or shine. You’ll pass through the French Quarter and travel past mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Café for coffee and beignets. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with its vast mansions that line pristine boulevards and Faubourg Treme — one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700s. Pass through the home of the internationally acclaimed World War II Museum and by the Contemporary Arts Center
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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans
"Your tour begins when you pass through the French Quarter and travel past the mansions along Esplanade Avenue on your way to a stop in City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Cafe' for coffee and beignets or view the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. In addition you will see the Ninth Ward a neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina. View the Garden District with it's vast mansions that line pristine boulevards the Warehouse District Faubourg Treme- one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in the country dating back to the 1700's pass through the area formerly known as the American Sector
From $45.00
 
French Quarter Walking Tour with Burlesque Guide and Optional Drink
"Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse is the meeting spot where a festively attired tour guide will greet you. The mood is set and you can relax as the evening unfolds. You'll move from the club to the storied streets of the French Quarter. Blaze Starr Chris Owens and many more titillating women are remembered for their bold style of living out loud. Lessons on tassel twirling and sexy glove pulls are delivered in style and don't you worry - the men are no left out. We're pleased to present the only burlesque centered tour. Upon the tour's conclusion there's intentionally a lot of evening left. This tour wraps early. On a regular basis guests follow the guide to burlesque performances. The groups are kept small and this tour is adult only.""""The history of burlesque presented by a burlesque dancer! This tour is completely unique in every way. You'll meet your expert guide in a world class Jazz venue on Bourbon street. Then you'll take to the French Quarter streets in the early evening. Guest
From $25.00

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Lakeshore Drive

Lake Pontchartrain is one of New Orleans most hidden secrets to tourist. Lakeshore Drive is a series of parks over looking Lake Pontchartrain. you can enjoy the scenery, boating, fishing, biking, ride your motorcycle, and at some parts you can swim. this is the most beach like area in New Orleans. There's even a mile long sandy beach called Pontchartrain Beach where the old amusement park used to be but now it's just a beach but is temperarily closed due to recent drownings but hopefully it will be open in the near future. It is also a great picnic spot families flock there doing the spring and summers and have barbeques and picnics and just enjoy the breeze coming from the beautiful lake. Truly is relaxing. Recommend 100% to every tourist

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EmanuelL
Jul 07, 2012

Flying Over NOLA

We didn't have time to get any closer to the Lake Ponchartrain than this picture taken as we were climbing out of Louis Armstrong Airport. You can faintly see the bridges crossing the large expanse of water, but you can't see the other shore - that's how far away it is.

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grandmaR
Aug 05, 2005

A short excursion from the city

About an hour outside of the city of New Orleans (St. Tammany Parish) lies a little gem in the form of the Pontchartrain Vineyard. Small and still in its infancy, and one of only 4 wineyards in the state, Pontchartrain offers distinct regional wines produced to complement the unique local cuisine of Southern Louisiana. For a $3 tasting fee, you can sample their entire selection (I would personally recommend the Rouge Militaire), you can also check out the offering of their store or wander the vines if you feel so inclined. Well worth the drive, the vineyard makes for a great afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Check out their website for other events, they have a concert series called "Jazz'n the Vines" that is supposed to be amazing.

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thatsjustme
Feb 26, 2005

New Orleans History

Just outside of Cafe Du Monde, is a statue that tells the story of how New Orleans was founded.

New Orleans is known as the Crescent City, because it was built on the curve of the Mississippi River, in the shape of a crescent.

Although the native indians were here long before, based on the Lake Ponchartrain, the first sighting of New Orleans and the start of the city came in 1699 when Bienville and Iberville first sighted it. It actually became a city in 1718.

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Feb 08, 2005
 
 
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Lake Ponchartrain

One of the off the beaten path areas of New Orleans is just outside the city to the west. Lake Ponchartrain is one of the most interesting formations of water in the country.

It was discovered in 1699 by Iberville, and has been the site of many settlements of European and native people since.

You will also get a chance to observe this lake first hand as you are driving into New Orleans from the West, as you have to pass over this lake if you use Interstate 10.

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ATXtraveler
Feb 07, 2005

Go Fishing

The best part about Louisiana is the fishing. There is great speckled trout fishing as well as redfish within 1 hour or less of the french quarter. I would recomend Fishing with the King out of Shell Beach. Also if you want to travel an hour an forty minutes or so head to Cocodrie and take a night trip with Captain Mike Ledet at Sportsman's Paradise on Hwy 56.

joemacaluso
Jan 16, 2003

Drive to the Lake Front

The lake shore was once the home of amusements parks, famous speak easies, excursion boats, now in decline, only a few things are left to enjoy besides the wonderful views of the lake itself. Great food, sailing, and just sight seeing is found along the lake.

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Nola
Dec 08, 2002

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

This small chapel was built in 1826, which makes it the oldest chuch still standing in the city. It was built close to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, just outside of the French Quarter, at the peak of the...
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Wax Museum

Visited the Musee Conti Wax Museum which contains wax sculptures that chronicle the history of New Orleans. The attached picture is of Madame LaLaurie torturing her slaves in the attic of the...
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French Quarter Walking Tour

On our last visit to New Orleans, we got ourselves out of bed early and headed down to the National Park Service Visitors Center for their free tour of the French Quarter. The walk departs from 419...
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Superdome

We saw the Superdome on the way in from the airport, and of course when we took the New Orleans tour, they mentioned it again. On their website, I thought that it looked like a giant hamburger all lit...
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1850 House - Louisiana State Museum

While you're walking around Jackson Square you'll see the 1850 House which is apart of the Louisiana State Museums. "The Upper and Lower Pontalba Buildings, which line the St. Ann and St. Peter...
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Pharmacy Museum

Before 1804, the field of pharmacy was unregulated. The only requirement was a six-month apprenticeship, after which time the person could make and sell medicines unhampered by any laws or agencies....
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