With more than 300 years of history, New Orleans is the perfect destination for your student group. A unique blend of Spanish, French, African and Caribbean heritage, the city is known for jazz music, Cajun and Creole cuisine as well as its annual Mardi Gras celebrations. New Orleans is also home to award-winning, student-friendly attractions including The National WWII Museum and Audubon Nature Institute’s Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas.
Students of all ages can make their mark on history in the birthplace of the legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. Celebrate New Orleans’ culture by having your own second-line parade with your school band or board a riverboat to have your sounds roll down the mighty Mississippi River. New Orleans offers unique performance opportunities around the city for unforgettable musical experiences.
Consistently named one of the top destinations for students, New Orleans offers learning experiences for every type of group. From a behind-the-scenes look at how artists and builders make parade floats come to life at Mardi Gras World to engaging and listening to jazz musicians from the Preservation Hall Collective to discovering the stories that make up the city’s history at The Historic New Orleans Collection, you can find what suits your students’ interests best in New Orleans.
Surrounded by water and shaded by hundred-year-old oak trees, New Orleans offers an array of outdoor activities. Explore the 1,300-acre oasis that is City Park, including the park’s artistic offerings at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Take a break from the city and make your way to Jean Lafitte National Historical Barataria Park & Preserve for an adventure through Louisiana’s swamplands.
Interested in developing team building skills while giving back to the New Orleans community? There are great volunteer opportunities available throughout the city from planting schoolyard orchards and gardens with NOLA Tree Project to working alongside teaching artists at Music Box Village, a place where imagination, experimentation and collaboration come together as artist-made, interactive “musical houses.”
From powdered sugar covered beignets to fresh seafood, your group will be sure to find memorable meals in New Orleans. The city’s Creole and Cajun signature dishes are just the tip of the menu.
New Orleans is home to cultures and experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Students visit the city from all over the world to immerse themselves in our unique history, learn about our way of life and let the good times roll along the way.
Let the experienced staff at New Orleans & Company assist you in creating a fun-filled and educational itinerary that will leave lasting memories for years to come. From STEM to multicultural history, we can work with you to develop travel plans with student interests in mind. Our team also offers complimentary group hotel assistance and up-to-date knowledge of local motorcoach rules and regulations.
Rachel Funel, Tourism Senior Sales Account Executive, New Orleans & Company