Experience Emeril’s New Orleans!
Wednesday, May 9th
5:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This year, instead of our traditional dine-around at three of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants, we have arranged for our entire group to dine at Emeril’s New Orleans, Emeril Lagasse’s flagship restaurant. Click here to view the menu – this is an event your tastebuds will not want to miss! Experience true New Orleans flavor and join us for this very exclusive dining experience.
No fee to sign up. Meals, drinks and gratuity will be paid for by each participant.
Thursday Afternoon Activity Options
World War II Museum Visit with Private Tour and Movie
Thursday, May 10th
12:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world. Through exhibits, multimedia experiences, and thousands of personal accounts, the Museum takes visitors on an immersive tour of World War II in every theater of war.
We will meet at the Museum at 12:45 p.m. to check in for our private tour which begins at 1:00 p.m.
This exclusive group tour of the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion (the main building of three), where The Duchossois Family Road to Berlin: European Theater Galleries and the Richard C. Adkerson & Freeport-McMoRan Foundation Road to Tokyo: Pacific Theater Galleries addresses the heart of the Museum’s mission of telling the story of the American experience in World War II—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today—so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. This exclusive, small-group experience offers an official Museum guide taking you through the chronological narrative of each theater of combat, bringing to life the drama, sacrifices, personal stories, and strategies of America’s campaign to defeat the Axis powers and preserve freedom. Your guide will also highlight several artifacts, displays, and exhibits during the tour, which explores how US citizen soldiers and their Allies secured victory in the 20th century’s titanic struggle—a fight for civilization itself.
Directly after the private tour, our group will go to the 3:00 p.m. showing of Beyond All Boundaries in the Solomon Victory Theater. Beyond All Boundaries is a 4D journey through the war that changed the world. This Museum-produced film experience is narrated by executive producer Tom Hanks, with Phil Hettema serving as show producer and creative director. Beyond All Boundaries features dazzling effects, CGI animation, multilayered environments, and first-person accounts from the trenches to the Home Front read by Brad Pitt, Tobey Maguire, Gary Sinise, Patricia Clarkson, Wendell Pierce, and more.
Elements of Beyond All Boundaries may aggravate certain medical conditions. These elements include loud noises, flashing lights, fog effects, and sudden chair movements. Stationary seating is available.
After the movie, you will have the opportunity to tour the musuem on your own until closing at 5:00 p.m.
$50 per person
New Orleans School of Cooking
Thursday, May 10th
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cook & eat an authentic Louisiana meal! In this highly interactive class, groups actually cut, season and saute a complete dinner with one of the expert chefs, and afterwards you will be able to sit down and enjoy the meal you have just created.This class is not limited to foodies - all skill levels are welcome to join in on the fun! $150 per person.
Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour
Thursday, May 10th
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Join us for a high speed Airboat Ride and Louisiana swamp tour. You’ll be touring 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp. It’s a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population. You will be immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you go through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees. During your nearly two-hour tour you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and sometimes hawks, owls and bald eagles. $80 per person.
Mardi Gras World Tour
Thursday, May 10th
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
This tour gives you the opportunity to see firsthand what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life year after year. Walk through the hard work and extensive planning that goes into this grand event when you tour Blaine Kern Studios, an operating workshop that has created breathtaking floats for Mardi Gras and other parades around the world since 1947. On the tour, you’ll be paired up with a knowledgeable guide who takes the mask off of Mardi Gras. This all-access opportunity winds you through the massive studio, where artists and architects build Mardi Gras floats from the ground up. You’ll learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition, going beyond its reputation to get a deeper understanding of the REAL Mardi Gras. This New Orleans tour is an experience you’ll want to document. There are so many photo opportunities in front of floats, with props, or wearing a traditional Mardi Gras costume, so don’t forget to bring your camera! And bring your appetite, too: every tour comes with a slice of King Cake (which is a real delicacy, as it’s hard to find out of season!). $25 per person.
Horse and Carriage Ride in the French Quarter
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Carriage tours are perfect for those looking for a historic exploration of more than just Bourbon Street! You'll learn all about the French Quarter, and you'll love the opportunity to sit back and relax while your carriage driver unfolds 300 years of fun-filled history on your mule-drawn carriage ride. Your guide will cover the storied history of New Orleans, discussing everything from our resilient culture to the aging architecture. After the 30 minute carriage ride, stick around the French Quarter to explore or grab a refreshment. $25 pp.
Dinner Jazz Cruise on the Creole Queen
Thursday, May 10th
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a jazzy dinner cruise. Experience the lively sounds of the amazing Sullivan Dabney, Jr. and the Muzik Jazz Band while enjoying a lavish Creole Buffet in the elegantly appointed dining rooms. After dinner, and maybe a little dancing, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail and sweet Mississippi River breezes on the promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars. This dinner cruise is pure New Orleans!
$79 per person, includes dinner, cash bar available
Plantation Mansion Tour (taking place on Friday, May 11th)
11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a narrated journey through scenic cypress swamps with a professional historian. Hear of a land of Creoles, pirates, and voodoo. View Evergreen, Whitney, Felicite' Columbia and St Joseph as you travel the Old River Road to visit Laura, a Creole plantation whose charm is as rich as her history.
Afterward, tour the treasure of the Old South, the magnificent antebellum Oak Alley mansion. With 28 three century old oak trees lining its entrance, Oak Alley is an exquisite reminder of an bygone era, an era now "Gone With The Wind."
The cost is $90 per person. Note that lunch is not provided; however, there is a snack and gift shop at Laura where you can purchase refreshments.
Many other activity suggestions can be found on the Hotel Information page under Things to Do.