2016 Convention News
Fun for All in the Big Easy: Attractions and Outings
Volume 44 Issue 5
When you think of New Orleans, you might envision great food, amazing music, endless festivals and parties, and deep Southern culture and hospitality. But New Orleans also has a variety of recreational activities that can be added to your repertoire of things to do while you are there. Remember that the convention begins the day after Mardi Gras concludes. Be sure to make reservations and check availability of these activities before you travel to their locations.
Prytania Theater. The oldest operating movie theater in New Orleans, the Prytania (www.theprytania.com) is a charming one-screen movie theater that plays first-run movies. Matinee $5.75, adults $11.50, students (with ID) $10.25, children and seniors $9.50, 5339 Prytania Street, Open daily. Call 504-891-2787 for show times.
Riverwalk. The New Orleans Riverwalk, situated at the south end of the French Quarter adjacent to Jackson Square and the famed St. Louis Cathedral (established 1721), features restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. The Riverwalk is also where the cruise and ferry docks are located (see www.steamboatnatchez.com).
Located at the Riverwalk, Dinner Jazz Cruise operates Friday and Saturday nights, boards at 6:00 p.m., and cruises until 9:00 p.m. Adults $46.00 and children $21.50 for cruise only; adults $77.00 and children $34.00 for cruise and dinner. Daytime River Cruise operates Monday–Saturday with boarding at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.; adults $29.50 and children $12.25 for cruise only; Adults $40.50 and children $20.25 for cruise and lunch. Make reservations online.
Audubon Nature Institute. The Audubon Nature Institute (www.auduboninstitute.org) is home to a wide range of activities for the whole family. Highlights include:
- Entergy Imax Theater. If you enjoy Imax movies, this one features three to four movies in the gigantic theater daily. Adults $10.50, children $8.00.
- Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Similar to the zoo, the aquarium has hands-on activities that the whole family will love. Aquarium– Theater Combo Adults $23.95, children $17.95.
- Audubon Zoo & Park. Even if you've been to zoos before, you've never been to one like this. Children will enjoy numerous hands-on activities, while adults will like the clean, beautifully landscaped grounds. Adults $18.95, children $13.95.
When you purchase tickets for a combination of the Audubon venues, prices will be discounted as follows: Zoo & Aquarium – Adults $38.95, children $27.00; Imax, Zoo, & Aquarium – Adults $41.95, children $29.95.
Museums. The Big Easy boasts of several unique museums to add to your sightseeing itinerary:
- The National WWII (D-Day) Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum (http://www.nationalww2museum.org), which opened in 2000, is the only one in the country that pays tribute to all of the “D-Days” of World War II with interactive multimedia exhibits. The museum also houses an American Sector Restaurant + Bar, which serves lunch, dinner, and a popular happy hour. Located at 945 Magazine Street, 504- 527-6012, open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., adults $24.00, students (with ID) $14.50, children $14.50.
- Louisiana Children's Museum. 20 Julia Street, 504-586-0725, open Tuesday–Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:30 p.m., $8.50 per person (www.lcm.org).
- New Orleans Museum of Art at City Park. Located in City Park at 1 Collins C. Diboll Circle (www.noma.org). Open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., adults $10.00, children $6.00, 504-658-4100.
- Mardi Gras World. In other words, the Museum of Mardi Gras! Here you can learn about the history of New Orleans and how floats are made. Plus, you'll get to sample a piece of King Cake, a Mardi Gras food tradition. Located at 233 Newton Street, open daily 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., adults $19;95, children $19.95, students with ID, $15.95 504-361-7821 (www.mardigrasworld.com).
City tours. Many city tours are available, such as swamp and airboat tours, tours of the French Quarter, plantation tours, haunted history tours, and cemetery tours. See websites for information on some of the tours:
- www.louisianaswamp.com, offering swamp, airboat, and plantation tours
- www.honeyislandswamp.com, offering swamp tours with transportation to and from hotels
- www.hauntedhistorytours.com, offering haunted and cemetery tours
- http://www.inetours.com/New_Orleans/New_Orleans.html, offering a list of all tours
New Orleans Pelicans game. For diehard sports fans, see the New Orleans NBA team take on the Utah Jazz on February 10 at the Smoothie King Arena, located at 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, 504-587-3663 (http://www.nba.com/pelicans/schedule).