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New Orleans, Louisiana

You would be hard pressed to find a city with more history than New Orleans, Louisiana.

From historic home and buildings; museums and music and educational tours, New Orleans offers the educational experience of a lifetime, despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The city is thankfully being rebuilt and restored.

One of the city’s greatest landmarks, The Pitot House Museum is an 18th-century Creole Colonial home along the banks of Bayou St. John. The Pitot house was originally home to New Orleans’s first mayor; as such, the home has a lot of history behind its walls. Students will love exploring the home, with furnishings dating back to the 1800’s.

The home was wonderfully restored to its current condition and can be available for guided tours. Students will enjoy exploring the home and the adjacent “parlor garden,” filled with a variety of flowers, plants and vegetables.

Similarly, art fans and history buffs alike will love the Edward Degas house, which is available for guided tours in advance. The house was originally the home of French artist Edward Degas, and is actually the only known home of the artist that’s open for public viewing. The home also boasts several guestrooms that are available for overnight stays, as well.

NewOrleansA walk through the French Quarter is filled with romantic beauty, and much has been done to restore the area since Hurricane Katrina. If you've visited New Orleans before, you'll be pleased to know everything looks pretty much as it did before in the French Quarter. Students will be captivated by the many restaurants and shops, so be sure to include this in your itinerary.

The Gallier House, beautifully restored since its original state in 1857, was built and designed by famous architect James Gallier. Tour the grounds with a knowledgeable guide and examine beautiful Victorian furnishings, architecture and decorations.

Of course, no trip to New Orleans would be complete without a few museum visits. The National World War II Museum will have history buffs captivated by the numerous exhibits, artifacts and historic photographs the museum has to offer.

The Historic New Orleans Collection Museum is a must-see to learn about the history and culture of New Orleans. Explore the seven-building museum with plenty of galleries, films, artifacts, photographs, documents and exhibits depicting the amazing history of this great city.

If you want to head outdoors, New Orleans offers plenty of beautiful public parks and gardens. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden also offers a unique experience for art fans and nature lovers alike. Meander through 5 acres of beautiful sculptures – more than 50 in all.

Audubon Park offers a truly breathtaking experience for students to “get back to nature” after a long day of exploring the rest of the city. Sit beneath a majestic oak tree and have a picnic, or simply meander through the park and take in the scenery. It’s well worth a trip!

Of course, what visit to New Orleans would be complete without a look into the history of Mardi Gras celebrations?

Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World offers a rare look into the history of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans. Students will get to tour the grounds of this expansive float design and building company.

Your students will thoroughly enjoy donning a Mardi Gras costume and viewing tons of Mardi Gras floats, as well as learn about the customs and history behind these celebrations. After the tour, indulge in delicious New Orleans coffee and king cake.

It would be impossible to cover every attraction and activity New Orleans has to offer, but these are a few of the best.

For an educational experience that cannot be beat, New Orleans, Louisiana offers the best of both worlds – a history and culture lesson, coupled with enjoyable activities everyone will love.