As New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial Anniversary, there’s never been a better time to visit. Keep scrolling to enter our giveaway to win a trip, including lodging, tours, and meals, for a family of four in the Big Easy.
The winner will receive the following:
- 4 Tickets for the Historic River Cruise from Creole Queen
- 4 Tickets for the Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour from Creole Queen
- 4 Adult/Child Tickets for unlimited sightseeing on the Hop-On Hop-Off buses for up to 3 days from City Sightseeing New Orleans
- 2 free guided walking tours in the French Quarter and Garden District from City Sightseeing New Orleans
- Self-guided Lafayette Cemetery #1 Walking Tour from City Sightseeing New Orleans
- Deals and discounts at local attractions, museums, shops, restaurants, and activities along the route loop from City Sightseeing New Orleans
- Four (4) tickets for a French Quarter Carriage Tour from Royal Carriages
- One (1) Night Stay at Town Place Suites from New Orleans Plantation Country
- Four (4) tickets to Laura Plantation from New Orleans Plantation Country
- Four (4) tickets to Oak Alley Plantation from New Orleans Plantation Country
- Lunch for four at Bec’s on the Lake from New Orleans Plantation Country
- Dinner for four at Houmas House Plantation from New Orleans Plantation Country
Keep reading for a breakdown of our top New Orleans experiences!
Creole Queen | 800-445-4109
Our editors recently checked these stops off their New Orleans bucket list and can’t wait to go again! They suggest you jump-start your vacation with a tour down the mighty Mississippi in the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, New Orleans’ luxury riverboat. See the Crescent City from a truly unique point of view! The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen offers daily tours of the river, narrated by historians who share exciting stories about New Orleans’ 300-year history.
A stop at Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the final and decisive battle of the War of 1812, is led by National Park Service rangers. While aboard, enjoy a lunch buffet of traditional New Orleans food featuring dishes such as red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya—or take advantage of bottomless mimosas on their morning cruises. New Orleans really comes alive at night, and so does the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with its Dinner Jazz Cruise.
Feast on classic Creole cuisine and sip libations while listening to lively jazz music in one of the three lavishly appointed dining rooms, or take a walk on the promenade deck to soak up the sweet breezes of the Mississippi River and the spectacular lights of the New Orleans skyline. This majestic boat, with its large 20-foot red paddlewheel, beautiful wrought iron trim, and Victorian accents, is sure to make you feel like you’re stepping back in time.
City Sightseeing | 800-362-1811
Experience New Orleans’ rich culture at your own pace with City Sightseeing’s Hop-On Hop-Off bus tours. They not only give passengers the opportunity to learn about some of the city’s most famous landmarks, such as St. Charles Avenue, the Garden District, and the National World War II Museum, but they also offer the chance to explore the attractions without time restrictions.
With double-decker buses that stop at more than a dozen locations and arrive in 30 minutes or less, guests can sightsee at their leisure and be welcomed back aboard when they choose. And, thanks to dynamic and knowledgeable tour hosts who have their own personal New Orleans stories to share, no two tours are alike! City Sightseeing is offering Louisiana Cookin’ readers $3 off Hop-On Hop-Off Tours.
Even longtime New Orleans residents are sure to learn something new, and visitors will enjoy a detailed overview that will make them fall in love with the vibrant city. City Sightseeing offers a 3-day ticket that includes unlimited hop-on, hop-off sightseeing and free guided walking tours of the French Quarter and Garden District—a sure way to make the most of your weekend! Whether your NOLA favorites include beignets and cafés au lait or museums and great photo ops, there’s something for everybody as you cruise through the Big Easy with City Sightseeing New Orleans!
Royal Carriages | 504-943-8820
For a truly unforgettable tour of the French Quarter and surrounding areas, an authentic mule-drawn carriage ride from Royal Carriages is a must. These exciting rides are one of the best ways to experience acclaimed sites such as Jackson Square, Saint Louis Cathedral, and Saint Louis Cemetery.
You’ll be guided on a historical journey by seasoned hosts as you venture through the magical city of New Orleans. Named the 2018 Louisiana Attraction of the Year by the Louisiana Travel Association, Royal Carriages is the oldest carriage company to offer guided tours in the heart of the French Quarter. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, join them for one of their popular History and Haunts nightly tours.
Royal Carriages takes great pride in the treatment of their mules—they reside near the Quarter in the city’s oldest remaining stables, earn three to six months of farm vacation each year, and are even treated to daily bubble baths and pedicures! Whether you’re looking to take a carriage ride for a wedding, a special event, or a fun day in the Big Easy, Royal Carriages channels its more than 75 years of experience into giving you an authentic view of New Orleans’ culture.
New Orleans Plantation Country | 866-204-7782
Conclude your trip by venturing out to a stretch of land tucked comfortably between New Orleans and Baton Rouge along the mighty Mississippi River. In New Orleans Plantation Country, culture is rooted in recipes passed down through generations, where the richness of a roux will tell the story of gumbos past and present.
Andouille sausage and seafood staples satisfy the souls looking to connect with flavors of the region. Jambalaya cook-offs and festivals focusing on food are peppered throughout the calendar, giving anyone a chance to try a new dish or compete for the crown.
Taste your way through Creole kitchens to explore the local fare and celebrate the culinary treasures in the heart of Louisiana, or sip small-batch Kicking Mule Handcrafted Rum made from locally sourced sugarcane at River Road Distillery in rural Paulina, Louisiana.
Unwind while meandering beneath the live oaks of one of 10 historic plantations or the myriad of churches and cemeteries. You’re free to take the time to make your own memories with the distinct blend of the spices of life found only in New Orleans Plantation Country.
A stop in New Orleans Plantation Country is the perfect opportunity to extend your trip into an overnight retreat. The area has a plethora of Creole cottages, antique-filled plantations, and campgrounds with breathtaking views ideal for resting your head—and feet—after you check everything off your bucket list.