Mississippi River
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Our most recommended Mississippi River Day Trips

  • New Orleans: Daytime City Helicopter Tour

    1. New Orleans: Daytime City Helicopter Tour

    Hop aboard the helicopter at New Orleans Lakefront Airport, just 15 minutes from the French Quarter, and get ready to experience New Orleans from a new perspective. Choose between two different flight options. Choose the 15-mile option to fly over the city for approximately 12-15 minutes. Experience sites from above such as Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market, and Bourbon Street. In addition to getting a close-up aerial view of the French Quarter, you will pass by the Central Business District, Canal Street, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and fly over City Park. This park is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana’s Children’s Museum, and the Bayou Oaks golf course. Next door is the Fair Grounds, home to the Louisiana Derby as well the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Choose the 30-mile option and get the opportunity to fly over both the city and...

    our pilot Mark was very professional and kept the tour very interesting! it was quick but very worth while.

  • New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

    2. New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

    Turn New Orleans into a giant board game with the Urban Adventure Quest interactive scavenger hunt. Combine the thrill of the race with a unique sightseeing experience of the city. Beginning near the downtown waterfront, let your smart phone guide you along the Mississippi river and through some of the city's renowned marketplaces, solving riddles, finding clues, and completing challenges, all the while discovering more about the area's history. Hustle through the sights and sounds of the city, from Jackson Square along its many fabled streets, meandering through famous landmarks as well as New Orlean's many overlooked treasures. There are few tours of the city quite as exciting, and even fewer as unique! Points of Interest on Your Quest: • Spanish Plaza • Water Front • French Market • Cafe Du Monde • Jackson Square • Washington Artillery and Cabildo • Bourbon Street

    Our family was so happy we chose this. We saw parts of New Orleans that we otherwise wouldn’t have, plus we had a lot of fun together. We’ll do one of these in every city we travel to from now on!

  • From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

    3. From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

    After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will take you on a scenic narrated drive out of New Orleans, preparing you for a pilgrimage back in time.  After crossing over the Mississippi River on a high bridge, you will arrive at a remote swamp to board a small airboat. With your Cajun boat captain, glide comfortably over marshes and deep into secluded bayous. Discover the swamp’s fascinating fauna and flora, including alligators, turtles, and exotic birds.  Next, you will drive upriver through sugar cane fields to arrive at Laura Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of this Creole plantation dating back to 1804. Hear the compelling stories of Laura's family saga, as well as stories of the West-African, enslaved people who worked on this sugar plantation. At the end of the tour, visit the museum exhibit dedicate...

  • New Orleans: Private City Lights Helicopter Night Tour

    4. New Orleans: Private City Lights Helicopter Night Tour

    Marvel at the sparkling lights and unparalleled views of New Orleans by night as you soar overhead on a private helicopter tour. Experience the tranquility of the night as you fly over the city that never sleeps.  This helicopter night tour takes off from New Orleans Lakefront Airport, only 15 minutes from the French Quarter. Choose between two different flight lengths. The first is a 15-mile route and soars over the busy French Quarter. Experience the lights of Canal Street as well as the colorful Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The second flight length is a 30-mile route where you can enjoy more time flying over the city with time spent over Uptown and the Garden District to see sights like Tulane University, Loyola University, and Saint Charles Avenue.

    The tour was fun. Really enjoyed seeing the city from a different point of view.

  • New Orleans: Christmas Eve Bonfire Experience

    5. New Orleans: Christmas Eve Bonfire Experience

    For many years this Cajun community has built huge wooden structures along the Mississippi River levee to be lit up in flames. The bonfires, built in the shape of cabins, tepees, or riverboats, light the way for Papa Noel to arrive in Bayou Country. Choose between two ways of experiencing the "feux de joie", or fires of joy:  1) Bonfire Express Tour This tour includes round-trip narrated motorcoach transportation from New Orleans to the bonfire site. A police escort will then accompany a “sleigh of coaches” to view the bonfires.  2) Bonfire Adventure Tour This tour includes round-trip narrated motorcoach transportation from New Orleans to the bonfire site. A police escort will then accompany a “sleigh of coaches” to view the bonfires. After seeing the bonfires, you will enjoy a guided tour of the San Francisco Plantation, built in 1855. Reported to be the most opulent plantation ho...

  • From New Orleans: St. Joseph and Laura Plantations Tour

    6. From New Orleans: St. Joseph and Laura Plantations Tour

    After being picked up from your hotel or B&B in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your historian driver-guide will narrate the scenic drive upriver to 2 historic plantations on the shores of the Mississippi River. On the way, drive along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, through swamps, and sugar cane fields.  After crossing the Mississippi River on a high suspended bridge, drive along the famous River Road and stop to admire the mansions, outer buildings, and oak trees in front of both Evergreen Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation. Your first stop is at St Joseph Plantation for a guided visit of this family-owned, working sugar cane plantation. Here one of the owners will show you around the home and farm which has been in operation since 1877. This plantation, and their sister property "Felicity Plantation" are also the location where "12 Years a Slave" was filmed. Then, con...

  • From New Orleans: Laura Plantation Experience

    7. From New Orleans: Laura Plantation Experience

    Take one of the top historical plantation tours in the Mississippi Valley. After pickup from your hotel in New Orleans, travel for about 80 minutes on a bus to Laura Plantation. Laura Plantation is a restored historic Louisiana Creole plantation on the west bank of the Mississippi River near Vacherie, Louisiana. The plantation was run by 4 Creole women, most notable, was Laura, from where the plantation gets its name. The women ran the plantation for over 60 years, using slave labor to do it. Get to view and enter the slave quarters, as part of this tour. Hear stories of all aspects of the plantation life. The plantation house was nearly destroyed by fire back in 2003, but it was rebuilt to the original design using building materials from antique homes that was disassembled and sold off in pieces. The rebuilding process, is a story in itself. The house tour lasts around 75 minutes. F...

    The plantation and our guide Steven were both very enjoyable, learned many new things. However, the transportation partner Alert Transport was disappointing: very late pick up - had to call twice to make sure we were not forgotten and then had to walk to a different pick up location; driver was fidgety and distracted and drove above the speed limits, I guess to make up lost time. The ongoing renovations at Laura will be fun to see if I get back in the future.

  • Whitney and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

    8. Whitney and St. Joseph Plantation Tour

    Follow the guide off the beaten path, away from tourist crowds, on this unique pilgrimage for a trip back to the Antebellum South as you drive upriver along the Mississippi River to visit 2 unique Louisiana Plantations. A Scenic crossing of the Mississippi River on a high suspended bridge, then a short ride upriver brings you to Whitney Plantation: Museum of Slavery. Recently open to the public, it exposes the harsh realities and raw historical facts of this dark side of American history. Get a guided tour of the restored buildings and museum exhibits. The slave narratives and memorial artwork recreate the world of a pre-Civil War sugar plantation and the lives of the slaves there. A short ride through sugar cane fields brings you to St. Joseph Plantation, a Creole style family-owned working sugar cane plantation since 1877. Your tour guide will give you a fascinating glimpse into the ...

  • New Orleans: San Francisco Plantation, Houmas House & Lunch

    9. New Orleans: San Francisco Plantation, Houmas House & Lunch

    After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will narrate your scenic drive upriver to two historic plantations on the shores of the Mississippi River. On the journey, drive by the shores of Lake Pontchartrain and miles of cane fields extending from the Mississippi River to the back swamps. Learn about Louisiana's geography, geology, and incredible history en route.  The first stop is the San Francisco Plantation, a gothic steamboat style mansion built in 1856, where a guide in period costume will take you on a mansion tour. Discover the mansion's elaborate gingerbread work and flamboyant hand-painted ceilings. Re-live the details of 4 generations of Creoles who lived here 200 years ago, and see an original slave cabin and an old one-room schoolhouse. Then spend some time exploring the grounds and the small g...

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What people are saying about Mississippi River

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 160 reviews

Our family was so happy we chose this. We saw parts of New Orleans that we otherwise wouldn’t have, plus we had a lot of fun together. We’ll do one of these in every city we travel to from now on!

our pilot Mark was very professional and kept the tour very interesting! it was quick but very worth while.

We enjoyed ourselves the tour was amazing everyone was amazing!!!

A great experience. Definitely recommending to everyone I know.

For my first helicopter ride it was a pretty nice experience.