New Orleans

New Orleans, named after Philippe d’Orléans, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France, is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, culture and cuisine.  Many High School and Middle School students enjoy this charming city and its history,  jazz and its annual Mardi Gras. This unique city is located in the Mississippi River Delta. While New Orleans had been through Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it is now back in action and ready to host your student tour.

While on this amazing school trip, you and your students may see:

[spoiler title=”Audubon Zoo »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Audubon Zoo provides an exotic mix of animals from around the world and offers hands-on encounters to visitors. Based on the zoo’s location, the zoo is well known for Louisiana Swamp animals, including black bears, raccoons, otters, and more.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Aquarium of the Americas »” open=”0″ style=”1″]The Aquarium of the Americas focuses on particular regions throughout North and South America. This aquarium provides 10,000 animals representing 530 species.  Two of the key exhibits in the aquarium are the Mississippi River Gallery, which features catfish, paddlefish, owls and a white alligator, and the Gulf of Mexico exhibit, presenting a very large tank of sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays from the Gulf.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”French Market »” open=”0″ style=”1″]The French Market District encompasses six blocks on the riverside of the lower French Quarter plus the shops at the Upper Pontalba on Jackson Square. The district includes over 30 unique retail shops.  There are also lots of performance venues, restaurants and cafes, a flea market and a farmers market.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”French Quarter »” open=”0″ style=”1″]You can’t come to New Orleans without visiting the French Quarter.  While on your school trip, your students will learn the history and legends of the Creole people that make up this mysterious neighborhood. While in the French Quarter, your students will stroll down the streets of Royal Street, Bourbon Street and other charming avenues named after both saints and sinners. Your tour guide will point out the architecture, homes, and legends of the historic French Quarter, originally settled by the French in the early 1700’s.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Houmas House Plantation »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Houmas House Plantation and Gardens offers an exceptional opportunity to enjoy a splendid Southern Mansion surrounded by the South’s most beautiful gardens. A view of this lovely property demonstrates to your students how life was like in the early 1800’s.  During that time period, Houmas House was the largest sugar plantation in the world.  On the wonderful student tour of the plantation, your group will see a great collection of antiques and artwork and will enter each of the rooms at the mansion.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Jackson Square »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Jackson Square, named in honor of Andrew Jackson, a hero during the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle of the War of 1812.  Jackson Square  is one of the most popular places in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  This historic landmark is surrounded by notable buildings, including the St. Louis Cathedral and Lower and Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the U.S.  This area around Jackson Square is one of the favorites during a class trip as it is well known for local artists painting, drawing, creating portraits and caricatures, and displaying their work.  Of course there are many shops, museums, galleries and restaurants in the square that everyone on your school trip will enjoy.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Mardi Gras Museum »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Mardi Gras is a carnival celebration with roots going back to the preparation of the start of the Christian season of Lent. It is a season of parades, balls, and king cake parties.  On your class trip to New Orleans, students will enjoy the Mardi Gras World, where they will learn about the history of Fat Tuesday (meaning Mardi Gras in French), and view the design and construction of the parade floats  and much much more.[/spoiler]
[spoiler title=”National World War II Museum »” open=”0″ style=”1″]The museum opened on June 6, 2000, the 56th anniversary of D-Day. While in this spectacular museum, your students can see a video providing an overview of WWII. See great aircraft hanging from the ceiling of the museum and view several exhibits about WWII, including the “Home Front” and “D-Day.”  Many teachers make sure their class trip to New Orleans includes this important stop.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Natchez Steamboat »” open=”0″ style=”1″]While on the student tour of New Orleans, the kids will really enjoy taking a ride on the Steamboat Natchez.  While on this historical boat, your group will enjoy taking a ride on the Mississippi River and learn about the river, the Natchez Steamboat and what they are seeing on both banks of the river.  During the cruise, your kids will also listen to some live New Orleans’ jazz.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Old U.S. Mint Jazz Museum »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Once a U.S. Mint this is now part of the Louisiana State Museum complex.  This museum provides many great exhibits, including the “New Orleans Jazz.”  This exhibit features instruments, many of which have been played by significant jazz musicians, sheet music, and memorabilia chronicling the history of Jazz from its modest start  on the streets of New Orleans. The new photography gallery portrays a new generation of New Orleans performers.  For any student tour focusing on music, this is an important stop in New Orleans.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”St. Louis Cathedral »” open=”0″ style=”1″]Located in the French Quarter, the St. Louis Cathedral is one of New Orleans’ most famous landmarks. This beautiful cathedral is named after the king of France, and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans.  While in this basilica your group can quietly walk around and see gorgeous stained glass windows and experience the worldly charm of this historic building. [/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Swamp Tours »” open=”0″ style=”1″]If you have extra time on your school trip of New Orleans, taking a boat cruise on the Bayous is a great choice.  While on this special tour, your group will get very close to alligators and see exotic flora and fauna.  Your boat captain will point out many things, including long-legged waterfowl, large snakes and so much more.[/spoiler] [spoiler title=”Ursulines Convent »” open=”0″ style=”1″]The Old Ursuline Convent is the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley. Completed in 1752, it is also the oldest surviving example of the French colonial period in the United States. Often referred to as the Archbishop Antoine Blanc Memorial Complex, the Old Ursuline Convent also houses the Archdiocesan archives. The building is known as the “treasure of the archdiocese.”[/spoiler]

At eduSTAR, we can customize your itinerary to make your class trip experience well worth it!