The Big Easy has long been a favorite destination for groups of all kinds, from bachelor and bachelorette parties, to family and school reunions, and corporate retreats. And there’s a key reason for that: The city knows how to show groups a good time. Here are some of the best ways to entertain your crew in New Orleans.
Take Your Tastebuds on an Adventure
For fans of Creole cuisine, Doctor Gumbo Tours offers niche NOLA group activities centered around local food and beverages. On the Food History Tour, your group will sample decadent fare from up to seven locations showcasing a range of New Orleans cuisine, from traditional Creole restaurants to neighborhood sandwich shops. The Cocktail History Tour features classic cocktails and the history behind them, courtesy of renowned mixologists and your bubbly tour guide. Or, savor the best of both worlds – and a discounted rate – on the Combo Cocktail and Food Tour with eight delectable stops along the way.
Take Home the Magic of New Orleans’ Cuisine
If you also fancy yourself a bit of a chef, cooking classes and demonstrations allow your entire group to view, smell, and taste classic local dishes while admiring the handiwork and storytelling of acclaimed NOLA chefs. Some classes also offer more hands-on interaction where your group can prepare the dishes themselves.
Several locations cater to larger groups, such as the New Orleans School of Cooking, with classes seven days a week, or Crescent City Cooks, which offers group discounts and hosts corporate events for up to 65 people. The city keeps the next generation of chefs in mind too, with children’s cooking classes at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) and The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine.
Explore New Orleans’ Haunted Past
For a taste of the supernatural, New Orleans remains a hotbed of haunted history with plenty of cemetery ghost tour options for your group visit. Haunted History Tours and Ghost City Tours of New Orleans are just two of many tour companies that provide a glimpse into infamous paranormal landmarks and spooky stories, particularly in the French Quarter and Garden District neighborhoods.
Several tour companies offer more specific themed options, such as voodoo, vampires, true crime, and haunted pub crawls, and some will combine and customize tours for private groups with advanced planning.
Reconnect with Nature at Audubon Attractions
Groups of all ages can find something new and exciting to learn about the planet and its diverse inhabitants at any of the Audubon Nature Institute’s three attractions in New Orleans. The Audubon Zoo is home to an exciting mix of exotic animals from around the world, natural habitat exhibits, and the Cool Zoo splash park to help cool off. Want to explore nature in New Orleans, but the weather is keeping you indoors? The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium can keep your group entertained with both fun and educational activities.
The Audubon Nature Institute offers various group rates and packages for individual and combination attraction tickets, including adult and family group discounts and further discounted rates for school, youth, and camp group rates, such as for field trips.
Try A Little Bit of Everything
Hospitality Enterprises acts as a one-stop-shop for a variety of guided walking tours and activities to complete any well-rounded New Orleans adventure. Enjoy the flora and fauna of the city’s iconic waterways via a Creole Queen Riverboat Cruise or Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour, or take a deep-dive into local history, culture, and lore on a guided ghost tour or plantation tour.
To pack more of the city’s sights, smells, and sounds into your day, your group may prefer flexible Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing tours. With a one- or three-day pass, you can enjoy unlimited rides on red double-decker buses to popular attractions citywide, including stops near the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and other Hilton properties.
Immerse Yourself in US History
The world-renowned National World War II Museum has expanded over the years into a sprawling campus complete with several buildings of self-guided exhibits, artifact and digital collections, and immersive multimedia experiences. Special events throughout the year provide further opportunity for both learning and entertainment, including a weekly series of WWII era-specific variety acts at BB’s Stage Door Canteen.
The museum offers group discounts for parties of 10 or more to the museum and BB’s Stage Door Canteen, in addition to “From Boardroom to Battlefield” corporate group packages for parties of 15 or more. You may also consider the museum’s exclusive small group tours of the Campaigns of Courage Pavilion, available for an additional fee and with advanced reservations.
Located in the Arts District/Warehouse District of New Orleans, this local landmark is just a few blocks from the Hilton New Orleans/St. Charles Avenue Hotel.
Visit New Orleans’ enticing array of attractions, and book your group events and accommodations at www.Groups.Hilton.com/New-Orleans.