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AIRBOAT of south AD­VEN­TURES Louisiana swamp­lands Ex­plore via se­cluded guided, ar­eas high­speed sizes. Big airboat boat, ex­cur­sions $55; small geared boat, $75. to Ho­tel groups pick­ups of all avail­able for 504.689.2005 an ad­di­tional or fee. 888.GO.SWAMP. www.air­boatad­venCANOE Pontchar­train & TRAIL the AD­VEN­TURES way Na­tive Amer­i­cans Ex­plore Lake did. Daily three-hour, eco-friendly ca­noe and kayak ex­cur­sions with cer­ti­fied guides are of­fered, along with moon­light and twi­light out­ings. Transportation avail­able; prices vary. Call for reser­va­tions and launch lo­ca­tions.­noe­and­ 504.233.0686. CEL­E­BRA­TION TOURS This com­pany pro­vides in­ti­mate group tours of the French Quar­ter, Gar­den District and area ceme­ter­ies, along with Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina re­cov­ery ex­cur­sions and pri­vate out­ings. Tours av­er­age 2.5 to three hours; rates vary. www. cel­e­bra­tion­ 504.587.7115. CITY SIGHT­SEE­ING This fun and in­for­ma­tive dou­ble-decker bus tour al­lows you to hop off—then back on again—at top at­trac­tions through­out the city. The open-top buses run a con­tin­u­ous loop ev­ery 30 min­utes from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Un­lim­ited hop-on, hop-off sight­see­ing: Adult 1-day ticket: $39; adult 3-day ticket (in­cludes free guided walk­ing tours of the French Quar­ter and Gar­den District): $49; chil­dren (ages 3-12), $10 any tour. www.citysight­see­ingnewor­ 700 De­catur St., 504.207.6200 ; 800.362.1811. Map 3, G5 CRE­OLE QUEEN PADDLEWHEELER Daily 2.5-hour Chal­mette Bat­tle­field cruises (10 am and 2 pm) and two-hour din­ner jazz cruises (7 pm). De­parts from Span­ish Plaza (Poy­dras Street at the Mis­sis­sippi River). www.cre­ole­ 1 Poy­dras St., 504.529.4567. Map 3, D7 DRINK & LEARN Culi­nary his­to­rian El­iz­a­beth Pearce leads these fun and in­for­ma­tive tip­pling tours through the French Quar­ter. www.drinkan­dlearn. com. 504.578.8280. FRENCH QUAR­TER PHAN­TOMS TOURS All tours de­part from The Voodoo Lounge (718 N. Ram­part Street), run about two hours and cover close to one mile. Custom and pri­vate ex­cur­sions are also avail­able. Reser­va­tions re­quired. Ghost & Vam­pire Tour–$ 20. De­parts nightly, 6 and 8 pm. St. Louis #1 Ceme­tery Tour–$ 20. De­parts M-Sa at 11 am and 1 pm; Su at 10 am. Tremé Tour–$ 20. De­parts Sa-M at 10 am. Tales & Tastes: Your Ul­ti­mate Food and Cock­tail Tour– Th-Su, 7 pm; call for reser­va­tions. www.frenchquar­ter­phan­ 718 N. Ram­part St., 504.666.8300. Map 3, H4

GRAY LINE TOURS Gray Line of­fers a va­ri­ety of city tours, all depart­ing from the ticket booth be­hind Jax Brew­ery. Su­per City Tour– 2.25 hrs. Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina Tour– 3 hrs. Pad­dle & Wheel Tour– 4 hrs. Ka­t­rina/City Tour– 3.5 hrs. Dou­ble Plan­ta­tion Tour– 7.25 hrs. Oak Al­ley Plan­ta­tion– 5/7.25 hrs. Whit­ney Plan­ta­tion– 5/7.25 hrs. French Quar­ter Walk­ing Tour– 2 hrs. Ghosts & Spir­its Walk­ing Tour– 2 hrs. Ceme­tery & VooDoo Walk­ing Tour– 2 hrs. Gar­den District Walk­ing Tour– 2.75 hrs. Swamp & Bayou Tour– 3.75 hrs. Airboat Tour– 3.75 hrs. Orig­i­nal Cock­tail Tour– 2.5 hrs. Plan­ta­tion/ Swamp Tour– 5.5 hrs. Plan­ta­tion/Brunch/Swamp

Combo– 8.75 hrs.For tick­ets and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: www.gray­line­newor­ 400 Toulouse St., 504.569.1401. Map 3, F5

HAUNTED HIS­TORY TOURS Meet guides 15 min. prior to tours. $25 adults, $18 se­niors/students/ mil­i­tary, $14 chil­dren un­der 12, free for chil­dren un­der 5. Voodoo & Ceme­tery, French Quar­ter His­tory Tour– 2 hrs. De­parts daily, 10 am and 1:15 pm from Rev. Zom­bie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). Haunted His­tory/Ghost Tour– 2 hrs. De­parts nightly (6 and 8 pm) from Rev. Zom­bie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). Voodoo Tour– 1.5 hrs. De­parts F-Su nights (7:30 pm) from Rev. Zom­bie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). Vam­pire Tour– 1.5 hrs. De­parts nightly (8:30 pm) from Jack­son Square gates in front of St. Louis Cathe­dral. Gar­den District Tour– 2 hrs. De­parts daily (11:30 am) from the Lafayette Ceme­tery gates (1400 block of Washington Ave.). Haunted Gar­den District Tour– 2 hrs. De­parts daily (2:30 pm) from the Lafayette Ceme­tery gates (1400 block of Washington Ave.). Haunted Pub Crawl– 2 hrs. De­parts nightly (5:30 and 8:15 pm) from Rev. Zom­bie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). Ghosts, Voodoo, Vam­pires, Witches/Oc­cult, Un­solved Mys­ter­ies! All-in-One Tour– 2 hrs. De­parts daily (5 and 7:30 pm) from Rev. Zom­bie’s Voodoo Shop (723 St. Peter St.). For tick­ets and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: www. haunt­ed­his­to­ry­ 504.861.2727. NEW ORLEANS BREWS CRUISE Get a taste of the lo­cal craft-beer scene with a tour of area brew­eries. Learn about the brew­ing process while sam­pling three to five va­ri­eties at each stop. Great for groups or cor­po­rate out­ings; pri­vate and cus­tom­ized ex­cur­sions are also avail­able. www.newor­leans­ 504.517.4671. NEW ORLEANS SPIR­ITS AND SPELLS TOUR These guided spir­ited jour­neys through the French Quar­ter ex­plore the ghosts, gris-gris and witch­ery as­so­ci­ated with the world’s most mag­i­cal city. De­parts nightly at 7 pm from Hex: Old World Witch­ery. www.spir­it­sand­spell­s­ 1219 De­catur St., 504.667.5570. Map 3, I5 NOLA GON­DOLA A ro­man­tic retreat in the heart of the city. Board the Bella Mae, an au­then­tic Vene­tian gon­dola, for a guided glide through City Park’s Big Lake and moss-draped la­goons. Tours are 50 min­utes and can ac­com­mo­date up to six. $90/cou­ple; $10 per ad­di­tional pas­sen­ger. Open daily, 1-8 pm.­lagon­ 56 Drey­fous Dr., City Park, 504.450.4400. Map 1, D2 SAVE OUR CEME­TER­IES St. Louis No. 1: de­parts daily at 10 am, 11:30 am and 1 pm, and Su at 10 am from Basin Street Sta­tion Vis­i­tors Cen­ter (501 Basin St.). $20; free 12 and un­der. Lafayette No. 1: de­parts daily at 10:30 am and 1 pm from Washington Av­enue gate (1400 block of Washington Ave.). $15; free 12 and un­der. Reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. www.saveourceme­ter­ 504.525.3377. STEAM­BOAT NATCHEZ The last au­then­tic steam­boat on the Mis­sis­sippi River. Daily har­bor jazz cruises at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. Din­ner jazz cruise, nightly at 7 pm. Sun­day jazz brunch cruises, 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. De­parts from Toulouse Street and the river; call for avail­abil­ity. www.steam­boat­ 504.569.1401. Map 3, E7 VIP CITY TOURS These two-hour ex­cur­sions of­fer a sweep­ing over­view of the city, from the French Quar­ter and the Gar­den District to Lake Pontchar­train and the Lower 9th Ward. Tours con­ducted daily at 9 am, 1 and 4 pm. www.vipc­i­ty­ 2314 Iberville St., 504.329.2489. Map 1, D3

VOODOO BONE LADY HAUNTED TOURS These two-hour walk­ing tours cover close to one mile. $25 adults, $20 se­niors/students/mil­i­tary, $15 chil­dren un­der 12, free 5 and un­der. Reser­va­tions re­quired. All tours de­part from701 Royal St.; meet guides 15 min­utes prior to tours. 5-in-1 Ul­ti­mate Haunted Tour– De­parts daily at 5 and 8 pm. In­fa­mous City of the Dead Ceme­tery Tour– De­parts daily at 10 am and M-Sa at 1 pm. Ul­ti­mate French Quar­ter In­sider’s Tour– De­parts daily at 10 am and 1 pm. For tick­ets and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: www.voodoobonela­dy­ 504.267.2040.

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