New Orleans City Tours: Tremé

Originally known as the “back of town”, Tremé is one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans. Treme, often referred to as Faubourg Tremé, is an important focal point in African-American and Creole culture, housing jazz clubs and soul food spots. It is considered a place where heritage is celebrated and honored every day.

History

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Tremé began as a plantation in the 1700’s. By 1810, its owner, Claude Tremé, subdivided this land and then sold it to the city of New Orleans, allowing several free people of color and those of European descent to claim this land as their home. The city designated a portion of the land as a place for residents to gather, play music, and sell goods. This place of cultural incubation later gained the name of Congo Square. Tremé is the home of some of the historically richest Creole architecture throughout the whole city of New Orleans. The vibrant color cottages date back as early as the 1830’s, the townhouses were built soon after in the 1840’s, and the more recent shotgun houses were formed in the 1890’s.

Not only the home to historic housing, Tremé features two well-known green spaces. Louis Armstrong Park sits on 32-acres and features the statues of several musical icons, including its namesake Louis Armstrong and Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Montana. It is in Louis Armstrong Park that visitors can find the original site of the famous Congo Square. A 2.6-mile bicycle and walking trail by the name of Lafitte Greenway can also be found in Tremé, nearly spanning the whole neighborhood and featuring over 500 trees as well as several open fields.

Unfortunately, Tremé suffered from damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but like most neighborhoods in New Orleans it refused to admit defeat. Tremé, and other older neighborhoods, showcased that their strength lies in their infrastructure and higher ground levels. Day by day it returns to its original beauty and popularity, becoming an example of survival. Today, Tremé spans over roughly 150 square blocks and an estimated 4,155 individuals live there.

St. Augustine Church

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The St. Augustine Church that was found in 1841 by free people of color can also be found in Tremé, resulting in it being the home of one of the oldest African-American Catholic parishes in the nation. This church was designed by J.N.B de Pouilly, who had to opportunity to assist with the rebuilding and expansion of the famous St. Louis Cathedral located in the well-known French Quarter. It features The Tomb of the Unknown Slave, a monument for the many nameless or forgotten salves that passed away before emancipation.

The interior design featured inside St. Augustine can be considered one of its most historical notable features. The pew date back to the mid-nineteenth century, and the main altar is centuries old and made of pink Italian marble. Above the alter, a skylight in the shape of the “eye of God” Egyptian symbol can be found. The ten stained glass windows seen within the church were imported from France and feature five male saints and five female saints respectively. While the church does feature electronic bells, St. Augustine also houses three bells that were cast in 1883 and purchased in 1894.

New Orleans African American Museum

While exploring Tremé, visitors can stop by The New Orleans African American Museum of Art, History, and Culture (NOAAM). This museum was founded in 1996 and dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting of African-Americans in New Orleans through education, art, and communities. Visitors can observe traditional African collections, including beadwork, costumes, masks, and textiles. While the museum does feature permanent exhibits, other exhibits are subject to charge regularly.

Guests have to option to visit five restored buildings. One of these buildings includes the Meilleur-Goldthwaite House, a perfect example of popular Creole architecture. While the museum’s main operation is located in the administrative building, NOAAM hopes to eventually reopen the whole historic campus. Since its reopening in 2019, NOAAM has seen over 4,000 guests and hosted 45 events.

Take a Trip to Tremé

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Experience first-hand what keeps not only tourist but also locals continuously coming back to the place by the name of Tremé. Immerse yourself into the sound and breathtaking views that makes New Orleans culture so unique. Cajun Encounters is dedicated to showing enthusiastic customers the best of what New Orleans has to offer from the comfort of climate-controlled buses. Guests can learn more about the city of New Orleans, including Tremé, from certified tour guides, ensuring historically accurate and educational information with an entertaining twist.

 

Cajun Encounters City Bus Tours offers tours at three different times of day. The morning tour includes daily pick ups at 8:30 am and offers guests a look into that historic cities, including the experience of coffee and beignets for breakfast.  The mid-day tour begins at 11:15 am daily and offers a complete city tour, including a drive through the 9th ward. The afternoon tour begins daily pick ups at 2:30 pm and offers a full city tours, lasting for two and a half hours.

Guests can travel down New Orleans’ most well-known neighborhoods, including Tremé and the Garden District, while seeing famous attractions like Café Du Monde, the St. Louis Cathedral and Cemetery No. 1, and the World War II Museum. Those hoping to learn more about the history of New Orleans can view the famous St. Charles Avenue Street Cars, beautiful Antebellum Mansions, and the mighty Mississippi River.

Routes includes stops that allow guests to have a closer look of certain locations. 

 

To ensure guests safety during these trying times, tour sizes are limited and tour times are reduced to allow for proper disinfection between tours. High touch surfaces, such as seats and railings, are sanitized multiple times per day. Hand sanitizer is provided on location, and masks are worn by each staff member and are available for guests who wish to wear one.

 

Buy your tickets and start exploring today by visiting https://www.cajunencounters.com/tours/city-bus-tour/ or calling 504.834.1770.

Book a tour with Cajun Encounters today by visiting www.cajunencounters.com or calling 504.834.1770 or begin your walkthrough New Orleans by visiting neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or calling 504.503.0199

New Orleans December 2020 Events

December is a time when things just seem brighter. As a season associated with tasty treats, nice weather, and celebrations, it’s no wonder that New Orleans goes all out for the last month of the year. With the introduction of Covid-19, the general public was left wondering when things would return to normal. New Orleans has worked hard to ensure that the holiday spirit remains alive while abiding by the CDC guidelines. Below, you will find a list of events that are both family and Covid-19 friendly.

1. Celebration in the Oaks

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Known as the most spectacular holiday lights festival in the country, Celebration in the Oaks will not let COVID 19 keep them from celebrating their 35th anniversary. From November 26th to January 3rd, visitors can view City Park covered in a million twinkling lights and filled with breathtaking light displays from the safety and comfort of their own car, spanning over 2.25 miles. For those searching for a little extra Christmas spirit, Christmas in the Oaks offers extra add-on activities at the Carousel Gardens. For an extra charge, guests can go on a train ride, drink hot chocolate, roast marshmallows, visit Storyland, and have access to photo areas.

Prices are based upon dates, times, and the size of visitor’s vehicles. As a result, prices range from $18.99 to $175. Event times vary throughout the week. Sunday through Thursday offer times from 6pm to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday offer times from 5pm to 11pm.

2. Cookies with Santa & the Belles

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From December 5th to December 20th, The National WWII Museum will host Cookies with Santa & the Belles. This family friendly event will allow young guests to be entertained by the Victory Belles, a delightful vocal trio that performs the music of the 2940s, while playing holiday games. The night will include a visit from Santa Claus, gifting special teddy bears to each child.

This is an hour-long program. Cost of admission is $50 per person, but guest under the age of 2 can enter for free. The National WWII Museum abides by the Covid-19 CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of their guests and performers.

3. Santa’s Pajama Party

Create a new family tradition at the Royal Sonesta hotel this Christmas. As a part of their Royal Snownesta celebration, children can deliver their wish list to Santa himself and visit with the Sugarplum Fairy Princess while wearing their favorite holiday pajamas. Several treats are offered, including hot chocolate, apple cider, and a variety of food, that guests can munch on while decorating their very own cookies.

This event will be held sporadically between the days of December 5th to December 20th. The length of each seating is 9:30-11:00AM and 12:30-2:00PM. Adult admission is $65 per person, but $45 for those under the age of 12.  

4. Greenway Supernova

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Presented by the Friends of Lafiette Greenway and NORD, guest can experience a free outdoor light-based art exhibit throughout the month of December. It will showcase 10 luminary works of art, featuring two permanent and 8 temporary works. Supernova serves as a way to drive foot-traffic to the local businesses that were severely affected by Covid-19.

This exhibition will occur on December 9th to December 20th on Wednesdays through Sundays from 5:00PM to 9:00PM. This event allows for social distancing.

Experience More

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Got a taste of what New Orleans has to offer and looking for more hands-on experiences? Those who wish to experience a little adventure that out of the typical norm can travel down the Honey Island Swamp with Cajun Encounters. Guests are able to experience the beauty of one of the most untarnished ecosystems in America first-hand, and, if that is not enough, there are plenty of educational opportunities to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit it. Guests are guaranteed the best educational experience possible with trained experts as their guides. Cajun Encounters is working hard to ensure not only the satisfaction but also the safety of its visitors by implementing proper COVID-19 protocol

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New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours is the perfect place to see the best that the city has to offer historically and culturally. With tours through the cemeteries, French Quarter, and Garden District, visitors are able to immerse themselves in an experience that only the Crescent City has offer. Guests can learn more about the city of New Orleans from certified tour guides, ensuring historically accurate and informative information with an entertaining twist. Similarly, to Cajun Encounters, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours takes its visitors health and safety as their top priority. As a result, they have also implemented COVID-19 protocol to ensure their visitors can experience the best without fear. 

Book a tour with Cajun Encounters today by visiting www.cajunencounters.com or calling 504.834.1770 or begin your walkthrough New Orleans by visiting neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or calling 504.503.0199

New Orleans City Tours: French Quarter

Considered the historic heart of New Orleans, the French Quarter is known for its eventful night life and its wide variety of colorful buildings decorated with cast-ironed balconies. Visitors can often find themselves surrounded by both the past and the present, whether it be by exploring the reimagined French Market, searching through modern boutiques, or wining and dining at a variety of restaurants.

History

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The French Quarter is also known as Vieux Carré, meaning “Old Square” in French. It is one of the oldest residential communities in the United States, becoming a National Landmark officially in 1996. It was founded in the year of 1718, and it currently inhabit the same area originally laid out as the City of New Orleans in 1722. While founded under French rule, ownership was eventually transferred to Spain in 1762. Although the Spanish ruling only lasted for four decades, their influences can still be seen in the city to this day, predominately in their architecture. The Quarters most known characteristics, such as wrought-iron balconies and walled courtyards, are all heavily influenced by their previous Spanish rulers. Today, over 4000 residents are able to call the French Quarter home, their beautiful homes often drawing the attention of visitors passing through.

The French Quarter and its residents are no strangers to hard times. They have withstood several disasters, starting with massive fires in 1788 and 1794. Both of these, unfortunately, destroying over 80 percent of the French Quarter’s buildings. It was able to recover and stood strong during both the Battle of New Orleans and the American Civil War. In 2005, the city was able to escape the devastating flooding from the infamous Hurricane Katrina, but only narrowly. Due to all of this, the French Quarter is often seen as a sign of strength and considered one of the most resilient cities in America.

St. Louis Cathedral

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New Orleans is one of the few cities that is easily identifiable by a single piece of architecture. The Saint Louis Cathedral is one of the most well-known landmarks in New Orleans and is considered one of the tallest and most imposing structures of the French Quarter. It has been featured in hundreds of movies and television shows, making it one of the most recognizable structures to visitors.

Originally built in 1727, the Saint Louis Cathedral is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States. Unfortunately, the original structure burnt down in 1794, but it was rebuilt and completed in the 1850s. The Cathedral features a towering center spire, which is complimented by two smaller spires on each side and a pedestrian-only plaza entrance. Although it is a house a worship, its rich and beautiful history of design calls to visitors of all religious beliefs and nationalities.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

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William Faulker once wrote, “The past isn’t dead and buried. It’s not even past”, and no place is more evident of that than St. Louis Cemetery No.1 located in the city of New Orleans. Built in 1789, St. Louis holds the title for the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. Known as the “city of the dead”, it’s stacks of above-ground graves and tales of those who now reside there, including the well-known Marie Laveau, attract more than 100,000 visitors each year.

Café Du Monde

Established in 1862, Café Du Monde is one of the most popular establishments in the New Orleans French Market.  It is open to guests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, closing only on Christmas Day and when a threat of a hurricane appears.

While it is a traditional coffee shop, there is another menu item that has gained its own claim to fame. Guests travel from far and wide to get just a taste of their famous beignets, French-style doughnuts that are shaped as a square and covered in powdered sugar.

Experience the Quarter Yourself

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The possibilities in a place like New Orleans are endless. In a city with adventure waiting around every corner, guests can never fully be sure what they will discover in the French Quarter. Cajun Encounters allow visitors to see first-hand the locations and attractions that make the French Quarter so unique, including the Saint Louis Cathedral and Cemetery, the French Market, City Park, and so much more. Cajun Encounters allows those seeking a more comfortable experience to enjoy uninterrupted views from inside climate-controlled buses, guaranteeing a relaxing, educational trip. 

 

Cajun Encounters City Bus Tours offers tours at three different times of day. The morning tour includes daily pick ups at 8:30 am and offers guests a look into that historic cities, including the experience of coffee and beignets for breakfast.  The mid-day tour begins at 11:15 am daily and offers a complete city tour, including a drive through the 9th ward. The afternoon tour begins daily pick ups at 2:30 pm and offers a full city tours, lasting for two and a half hours.

Visitors can experience first-hand the famous neighborhoods that make New Orleans so well-known, including the French Quarter and the Garden District, but the tours do not end there. Cajun Encounters also offer a look at well-known attractions, including the St. Louis Cathedral and Cemetery No.1, the French Market, and World War II. Those interested in the interesting history that surrounds New Orleans can see the famous St. Charle Avenue Street Car,  several jazz clubs that assisted in cementing NOLA  in musical history, and the damage left over from Hurricane Katrina that is still being rebuilt. 

Routes includes stops that allow guests to have a closer look of certain locations. 

 

To ensure guests safety during these trying times, Cajun Encounters has reduced tour sizes and lessened tour times  to allow for proper disinfection between tours. High touch surfaces, such as seats and railings, are sanitized multiple times per day. Hand sanitizer is provided on location, and masks are worn by each staff member and are available for guests who wish to wear one.

 

Buy your tickets and start exploring today by visiting https://www.cajunencounters.com/tours/city-bus-tour/ or calling 504.834.1770.

Book a tour with Cajun Encounters today by visiting www.cajunencounters.com or calling 504.834.1770 or begin your walkthrough New Orleans by visiting neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or calling 504.503.0199

Alligators in the Honey Island Swamp

While travelling down the Honey Island Swamp, guests are guaranteed to encounter a variety a species, including pigs, birds, and deer. One of its main and most known inhabits, however, is the large aquatic reptile known as the American alligator. Those travelling with Cajun Encounters are able to experience these creatures first hand and are able to see all of their characteristics up close.

Appearance

Head shape and color plays a major role in distinguishing American alligators from the American crocodile. Alligators tend to possess a broad, rounded snot and when their mouths are closed their lower teeth are no longer visible. They are covered in armored plates known as scutes and have vertically flattened tails. Colors can vary throughout adult and juvenile alligators. Adult alligators are often dark grey in color with a lighter colored underside, and juvenile alligators use light colored strips on their sides in order to camouflage themselves with their surrounding environment.

Contrary to popular belief, Alligators are not green in color. This misconception stems from the environment alligators are found in, typically involving green algae and floating vegetation that can stick to their backs. In terms of length, female alligators are usually 10 feet or less, but males do have the ability to grow larger than that.

Behavior

Alligators are typically opportunistic feeders with diets that involved prey species that are often abundant in numbers and accessible in nature.  Juvenile alligators are known to primarily feed on insects, amphibians, small fish, and other invertebrates. Adult alligators feed on slightly bigger prey, including fish, snakes, turtles, small mammals, and birds.

 

Alligators are ectothermic, otherwise known as cold blooded, and they regulate their body temperature by staying in sunny areas with warmer water. They are the most active in areas where the temperature reaches between 82 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit.  When the temperatures drop below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, alligators stop feeding, and by the time it is below 55 degrees Fahrenheit they are completely dormant. During the colder times of the month, they are often tucked away in burrows, but they do occasionally emerge to bask in the warm weather.

Threats

The main threat that the American alligator faces in the destruction and degradation of wetland habitats. The Honey Island Swamp works hard to ensure that these reptiles can live freely and safely by protecting approximately 34,869 of its 70,000 acres by making it government sanctioned as a permanently protected wildlife area.

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New Orleans November 2020 Events

Fall is a time for family and festivities. While the introduction of COVID-19 has significantly changed how society is allowed to celebrate, New Orleans is keeping the spirit alive by hosting events both virtually and in-person. Below, you will find a list of activities that you and your family can experience throughout the month of November.

1. 31st Annual New Orleans Film Festival

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Spanning over three weeks from November 4thto 22nd, New Orleans Film Society is hosting their 31stannual New Orleans Film Festival. Emerge yourself into over 160 diverse stories told by filmmakers from the South and around the globe. Guests can partake in a variety of experiences, including premieres, exhibitions, panels, and workshops.

In accordance with the City of New Orleans’ safety regulations, open-air screening with be limited to 50 people per screening and virtual options are available.  

2. Virtual Concert: Quarantunes

Searching for that New Orleans sound from the comfort of your own home? Visit the New Orleans Jazz Museum’s Facebook page and enjoy the Quarantunes. Beginning every Friday at 2 PM, music fans from around the world can listen to a mix of talented Jazz musicians performing from their home.  

This is a free online series that will be available until October of 2021, highlighting the rich musical history of New Orleans.

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While virtually experiencing New Orleans is fun, those who wish to experience it physically can travel down the Honey Island Swamp with Cajun Encounters. Guests are able to experience the beauty of one of the most untarnished ecosystems in America first-hand, and, if that is not enough, there are plenty of educational opportunities to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit it.

Guests are guaranteed the best educational experience possible with trained experts serving as their guides. Cajun Encounters is working hard to ensure not only the satisfaction but also the safety of its visitors by implementing proper COVID-19 protocol.

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New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours is the perfect place to see the best that the city has to offer historically and culturally. With tours through the French Quarter, cemeteries, and Garden District, visitors are able to immerse themselves in an experience that only the Crescent City has offer.

Guests can learn more about the city of New Orleans from certified tour guides, ensuring historically accurate and informative information with an entertaining twist. Similarly, to Cajun Encounters, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours takes its visitors health and safety as their top priority. As a result, they have also implemented COVID-19 protocol to ensure their visitors can experience the best without fear. 

Book a tour with Cajun Encounters today by visiting www.cajunencounters.com or calling 504.834.1770 or begin your walkthrough New Orleans by visiting neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or calling 504.503.0199

Halloween in New Orleans

Considered Louisiana’s second biggest holiday behind Mardi Gras, Halloween is no stranger to New Orleans tradition of extravagant parties and outlandish decorations. However, with the arrival of COVID-19, many events and celebrations have unfortunately been cancelled, but the Halloween spirit is still alive and well in Louisiana. Here are some final Halloween spooks to share with your family.

1. Ghost Manor

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From now until Halloween, visitors can stop by the popular Ghost Manor located on Magazine Street. This victorian-style house has captured the attention of visitors for nine years with its every-growing display of lighting effects, decorations, and animatronics.  

Unfortunately, guests are not allowed inside due to COVID-19, but they are encouraged to strike a pose in front of its lavish decorations. This “static” display is the perfect spot for Instagram worthy pictures.

2. Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch

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Head on over to Hammond from now until November 8thand spend the day at Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch. Guests can choose their one pumpkin and enjoy a variety of activities, including a zip line, hay maze, and face painting. Mrs. Heather’s also offers educational information on milking cows and growing pumpkin for curious kids.

The patch is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $8 per child under 18 and adults not accompanying a child.

3. New Orleans Ghost Tours

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For those searching for a little more spook, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours offers a ghost tour. Explore the streets of New Orleans and discover first hand why it is considered the most haunted city in the United States. From murders to diseases and everything in between, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours is sure to have a story that captures your attention.

Tours are held daily at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. with proper COVID-19 precautions in place for guest’s safety. Book a tour today at neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or call 504.503.0199.

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Top 5 Haunted Places in Louisiana as seen on TV

Reality television has captured the attention of society for generations, guaranteeing drama and excitement every moment. A new type of reality has caught the attention of viewers, however, the paranormal kind. Paranormal reality television often follows a group of individuals investigating popular places that are considered “haunted”. Viewers are virtually taken to locations with the team through images and video footage, so they can experience the activity with them from their own home. Louisiana is no stranger to these investigations and locations found through various parts of the state are often featured on popular television shows. This list is compiled of five haunted locations in Louisiana that are featured on television.

1. Oak Alley – Ghost Hunters

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When you think about plantations in New Orleans, Oak Alley tends to be the first one that comes to your mind. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, Oak Alley’s double-row of century-old oak trees, creating an alley, has cemented this historic beauty’s namesake. This historic location has served for the backdrop for several movies, including the well-known Interview with the Vampire, and they are not the only ones bringing cameras inside.

Ghost Hunters featured Oak Alley in Season 4 Episode 19 of their popular television show. Tales of flying candles and voices were enough to capture this crew attentions and bring them all the way to the south in hopes of capturing it on camera.

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2. Dauphine Orleans Hotel – Buzzfeed Unsolved

Take a trip back in time, or at least feel like you are, with the historic New Orleans hotel, Dauphine Orleans Hotel. With a history so old and rich that it almost competes with Crescent City itself; Dauphine has survived the test of time since its opening in the 1770’s. It’s no surprise that myths of guest who did not check out surround this legendary hotel.

 

Buzzfeed Unsolved, an internet series with a humorous take on unsolved crimes, hauntings, and historical mysteries, took on the great Dauphine Orleans in Supernatural Season 2 episode 9. Hosts, Shane and Ryan, spend the night at this hotel in hopes of seeing one of the many believed sightings, including a dancing lady and wandering sounds of footsteps.

3. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 – Most Terrifying Places in America

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Located near the center of New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year and is the oldest cemetery in the city. Visitors travel from all over to visit the tomb of legendary Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and to take a stroll through living history. Between the many crumbling above-ground graves, this “city of the dead” holds the stories of many well-known personalities within its walls.

Do not let the title scare you. Most Terrifying Places in America simply takes its viewers on a tour across the U.S. to discuss popular paranormal hot spots. This show features a more in-depth historical view of each location with stories of alleged “personal encounters” sprinkled throughout. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is one of the locations, out of 7, featured on part one of the standalone feature that premiered in 2009.

Interested in taking a look inside? Due to past visitors, the only way in is through a tour. Get your very own ticket in today at neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or call 504.503.0199

4. May Bailey’s Place – Ghost Adventures

May Baily’s Place, a Creole-style cottage, holds years of history within its walls. As a place that came into use in the 1890’s, this now cocktail lounge has seen its fair share of visitors at its location in the French Quarter. Today, May Baily’s is decorated with Victorian style portraits, an update from their original design, but visitors can still find memorabilia from their earlier days throughout.

Ghost Adventures, an extremely popular television series, visited the city of New Orleans in Episode 22 of their sixth season. The crew planned to explore the city affected by Hurricane Katrina, and May Baily’s secured their very own spot on that list. Alleged stories of faint shadows and furniture that rearranges itself was enough to capture this legendary crew’s attention.

5. Longleaf Sawmill – Deep South Paranormal

Considered the heart of Louisiana to many people, the sawmill in Longleaf, Louisiana has a history dating back to World War II. Longleaf Sawmill got its start in the late 1800’s, harvesting Louisiana’s pine trees. While the town that once surrounded it is no longer standing, the mill remains a pilar of the history that was once made there.

A lesser known show by the name of Deep South Paranormal featured the Longleaf Sawmill in the very first episode of their first season. The crew investigated hoping to find evidence of crew members that stayed even long after the closing in 1969.

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Interested in seeing more of New Orleans history? Book a tour with Cajun Encounters today by visiting www.cajunencounters.com or calling 504.834.1770 or begin your walkthrough New Orleans by visiting neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or calling 504.503.0199

Cajun Encounters Guest Reviews

Take a trip down to the famous Honey Island Swamp with Cajun Encounters. Their captains are considered experts in their field, resulting in visitors experiencing an authentic tour of one of America’s most untouched ecosystems. With over 3,616 reviews and a rating of 4.8 stars, Cajun Encounters is perfect for those searching for a new kind of adventure.

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4.9 Stars - Based on 6609 User Reviews

“I’ve done water tours all over the country. Hand’s down, this is the best! Captain John was extremely knowledgeable of the bayous, swamps and river. He’s got a great sense of humor. He answered all of our questions. He grew up in the area so had personal experience and knowledge of the water, plants and wildlife He showed us many alligators, wild boar and raccoon. These critters came quite close as they knew him. He fed them protein logs. Make a reservation a few days before you want to go. Our hotel made ours. We were picked up at a hotel near our hotel. I’d highly recommend being picked up. You must wear a mask on the van. The driver took our temperature as we entered the van. Our van driver, Karen, shared a lot about New Orleans as we drove to the swamp. You pay for your ticket at the gift shop. A mask must be worn. Fun gifts in the shop. Of course I bought my granddaughter a stuffed baby wild boar. 🙂 You can buy cold water and beverages, snacks and ice cream treats. Dont forget to get their alligator jerkey. Nice bathrooms next to the gift shop. No bathroom facilities on the boat. A 2-hour fabulous time. A must do when in New Orleans!”

-Lynn S., September 2020

“This tour was great! From the moment we were picked up by our shuttle driver Alfred, to the end of the tour. Alfred told us info about the area as we passed certain places on the shuttle on our way to the swamp. He was very knowledge and friendly. The tour itself was great. Captain John was very knowledgeable about the swamp, wildlife, and swamp history. He also grew up there so he told us personal stories and experiences which were great to hear him speak about. He was funny and personable and I’m so happy we experienced this tour as first time NOLA visitors. I’d recommend this to anyone.”

-Nia, September 2020

“During this time of partial quarantine for the CovId-19 pandemic, it is difficult to find activities that are open and allow for safety measures for visiting guests of a city. We are from California here visiting a family member and wanted to explore something interesting and adventuresome for my newly teen child to not feel imprisoned by being inside so much. After researching events and activities and carefully reviewing feedback we opted for this adventure tour. Capt. Emmett was a fantastic guide! He was so entertaining, engaging, informative and authentic. The provisions made by the tour company – Cajun Encounters – made the visit very accommodating and comfortable by limiting numbers on the boat and implementing social distancing measures which were quite effective without being imposing or detracting from the excursion. Our group, which was diverse in people, age, and geographical locations was made to feel right at home in “swampland”…. We were encouraged to ask questions, be curious, and be ourselves which made the excursion that much more enjoyable. Thank you to Capt. Emmett for being such a wonderful highlight to our trip to Bayou country. We take back with us joy, laughter, and fond memories of this activity on our trip.”

-Faith E., July 2020

Attractions of New Orleans

Nicknamed the “Big Easy”, New Orleans has made a name for itself by having an exciting nightlife, a vibrant music scene, and a cultural mix of cuisine. A city filled with so much to offer can sometimes be intimidating when planning a trip. Below, there is a list featuring 5 of the top attractions in New Orleans to assist with any future plans.

1. New Orleans French Quarter

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A place where you can find yourself surrounded by both the past and the present. Considered New Orleans’s historic heart, the French Quarter is known for its colorful buildings and their cast-iron balconies which only adds to its bright nightlife scene. Now the home of a French Market, modern boutiques, antique stores, and old restaurants, the French Quarter has something for everyone who visits.

2. New Orleans Swamp Tours

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Take a trip down the Honey Island Swamp with Cajun Encounters, featuring professional tour guides dedicated to leaving guest with the best possible experience. Step aboard a flat-bottomed boat and see gators first hand while learning about one of Americans most untarnished ecosystems and the nature that inhabits it.

3. The National World War II Museum

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Named as one of the top-ranking Best Places to Learn US Military History by USA Today, The National WWII Museum brings history to life in the city of New Orleans by utilizing its rich collection of artifacts. The museum features several different thought-provoking exhibits, including D-Day galleries and the George R. Brown Salute to the Home Front. The National World War II Museum is designed and dedicated to inspiring its visitor with valuable lessons of WWII, containing heroism, tragedy, and liberation.

4. Steamboat Natchez

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Visitors can board the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River when they step foot on the Steamboat Natchez. Guests can experience live historic and port narration while enjoying the option of New Orleans favorite meals and beverages. Each cruise features a traditional jazz trio and professional New Orleans musicians, depending on the time of day. With three cruises to choose from, guests are sure to have a great time on the mighty Mississippi.

5. New Orleans Cuisine

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Perhaps one of the most known calling cards of New Orleans is the culture of good food. Restaurants, such as Coterie Nola and Café Du Monde, are run by New Orleans locals, taking pride in serving the most authentic dishes. Whether it be savory crawfish etouffee or sweet French style donuts, visitors are sure to find a meal that satisfies their tastebuds.

Book a tour with Cajun Encounters today by visiting www.cajunencounters.com or calling 504.834.1770 or begin your walkthrough New Orleans by visiting neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or calling 504.503.0199

New Orleans October 2020 Events

With the introduction of the infamous coronavirus, our daily lives have looked a little different than usual. Popular events were cancelled and birthday celebrations were forced to reschedule, but Louisiana is known for not staying down for long. While many events have since gone virtual, New Orleans is still offering in-person family friendly events throughout the month of October.

1. Raine Bedsole Opening Reception – Water and Dreams

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Interested in art? Check out Raine Bedsole’s eighth solo exhibition by the title of Water and Dreams. These mixed media pieces work together to represent the human adventure and showcase the roles water plays in history, world religion, and literature. The variety of multicolored sculptures is enough to capture any art lover’s attention.

Take a relaxing walk through this art exhibit every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for free until the end of October.

2. Restaurant Week New Orleans

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Cuisine is considered an essential part of New Orleans culture. The Louisiana Restaurant Association is bringing this to a front with their Restaurant Week. The event lasts from October 5th to October 11th and involves as many as three dozen restaurants offering special fixed-price menus to some of the most popular spots in town from the French Quarter to neighborhood bistros. Featuring a mix of different styles, including but not limited to Cajun, French, Italian, Asian, and Middle Eastern, visitors and locals are sure to find a meal to please their tastebuds.

Restaurants will be offering both a dine in and take out option.

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New Orleans Swamp Tours

Got a taste of what Louisiana has to offer and searching for more? Take a trip down the Honey Island Swamp with Cajun Encounters. Guests can experience the beauty of one of the most untarnished ecosystems in America first-hand while learning about the plants and animals that inhabit it. With top experts as their guides, guests can rest assured that they will have the best educational experience possible. Cajun Encounters is working hard to ensure not only the satisfaction but also the safety of its visitors by implementing proper COVID-19 protocol.

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New Orleans French Quarter Tours

For those hoping to immerse themselves in New Orleans culture even more, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours is the perfect place to see the best that the city has to offer. With tours through the French Quarter, cemeteries, and Garden District, visitors are able to see sights that only the Crescent City can offer. Guests can learn more about the history and culture from the mouths of certified tour guides, ensuring historically accurate and informative information with an entertaining twist. Similarly, to Cajun Encounters, New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours takes its visitors health and safety as their top priority. As a result, they have also implemented COVID-19 protocol to ensure their visitors can experience the best without fear.

Book a tour with Cajun Encounters today by visiting www.cajunencounters.com or calling 504.834.1770 or begin your walkthrough New Orleans by visiting neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com or calling 504.503.0199