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New Orleans: Creole Queen History Cruise with Optional Lunch

1. New Orleans: Creole Queen History Cruise with Optional Lunch

Sit back and enjoy the views or a drink at the bar while journeying down the Mississippi river. Learn about New Orleans' complex, but interesting story, focusing on the critical Battle of New Orleans. Join a cruise narrated by a local guide and embark on a journey into the past as you head downriver to the Chalmette Battlefield at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. As you travel to the battlefield, learn about the settlement of New Orleans, its river, and the historical landmarks that line the banks of the Mississippi River. As you cruise, treat yourself to a traditional lunch on board. (If relevant option selected.) Stop at the battlefield and hear about the legacy of the area on a 1-hour guided tour along the shore with a talk by National Park Rangers. After, return to the starting point where your tour will end. SAMPLE MENU LUNCH: • New Orleans Style Shrimp Pasta • 10” Roast Beef Po-Boy • Creole Jambalaya • Crawfish Bread • Caesar Salad • Red Beans & Rice • Fresh Baked Cookies • Zapps Potato Chips (Menu items are subject to change by season and availability)

New Orleans: Daytime City Helicopter Tour

2. New Orleans: Daytime City Helicopter Tour

Hop aboard the helicopter at New Orleans Lakefront Airport, just 15 minutes from the French Quarter, and get ready to experience New Orleans from a new perspective. Choose between two different flight options. Choose the 15-mile option to fly over the city for approximately 12-15 minutes. Experience sites from above such as Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market, and Bourbon Street. In addition to getting a close-up aerial view of the French Quarter, you will pass by the Central Business District, Canal Street, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and fly over City Park. This park is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana’s Children’s Museum, and the Bayou Oaks golf course. Next door is the Fair Grounds, home to the Louisiana Derby as well the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Choose the 30-mile option and get the opportunity to fly over both the city and the swamps for a total flight time of approximately 24 minutes. Fly over an abandoned theme park, see a NASA rocket building facility, and soar over the swamps along Lake Borgne. Flying back towards the city you will pass by the Chalmette Battlefield and follow the mighty Mississippi River back to the French Quarter and Central Business District to see all of the sights on the 15-mile tour as well. At the end of the tour the helicopter will land back at New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 469 reviews

Charles is the BEST guide/historical storyteller I have ever encountered, anywhere in the world, and I've been on quite a few tours, many which I left prematurely because reading plaques was more thrilling than listening to the boring guide. Charles is not boring! He got me interested in a battle that I didn't care one bit about before showing up to the cruise. When we arrived at the battlefield, I saw little kids running behind a hill as their parents reminded them that Andrew Jackson used kids to run messages during the battle (a factoid Charles told us, explaining the details of how that was perfectly safe). My 16 year old daughter and I went on the 2 p.m. cruise - not sure if they have other guides, but aim for Charles - she got irked if I tried to talk to her and we were both chuckling at his retelling of the story of Hurricane unbiased account that, nonetheless, made clear the sheer incompetence of Louisiana's politicians handling the crisis.

Ha sido una experiencia muy agradable y la oportunidad de comer la especialidad criolla a bordo, es un viaje muy tranquilo y la lastima es que no es en español, es exclusivamente en ingles y eso limita un poco a los pasajeros hispano parlantes, por lo demás todo correcto

I highly recommend this history cruise with Charles' accompanying narration. He weaves a good yarn. The food option is alright - choose it if you're time-strapped, But it doesn't quite stand up against other New Orleans food options.

Es tan intenso que las 30 miles se apagan volando y no te da tiempo a asimilar las cantidades de imágenes que te vienen a la mente

Good food, good staff overall a pleasant way to spend an afternoon