Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2016

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172 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 1 2 homes, many of which are open to the public. Destrehan Plantation is the oldest and closest to New Orleans – only about a 30-minute drive. The plantation is open seven days a week except major holidays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with tours leaving every 30 minutes. General admission is $20. About one hour outside of New Orleans, Whitney Plantation opened its doors in 2014 as the only plantation museum in Louisiana to focus on slavery. In 1946 the plantation house was described as "one of the most interesting in the entire South" by Charles E. Peterson, senior landscape architect of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day but Tuesday, and general admission is $22. Guided tours start every hour from 10 to 3. Louisiana is well known for its swampland, and there are different types of tours offered to safely explore the nature and ecology of the area. About 45 minutes outside of New Orleans, Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours offers covered and uncovered small boat tours daily for $23 per adult (reservations required, credit cards not accepted on site). For an additional cost, they will provide round- trip transportation to and from your hotel. Tours last two hours and are led by natives to South Louisiana. Southern Seaplane, Inc. offers tours by air of Louisiana's swamps, bayous and surrounding coastline. Tours range from $125-$295 per adult for the New Orleans Bayou, Save Our Coast, and Cajun Heritage tours. Book in advance at . New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours offers exactly what you would expect: kayak swamp tours. Guided tours for beginning and intermediate kayakers start at $59. Available tours include Honey Island Swamp, Manchac Mystic, and Bayou St. John city tour. Transportation to the tour launch locations is available for an extra $20 per person round-trip. New Orleans is a fascinating city with a wide variety of experiences. Between the music, parks, museums, and historical sites, the Big Easy has something for everyone to let the good times roll. Above Louisiana has a cuisine all its own: jambalaya, gumbo, po boy sandwiches and beignets are all synonymous with New Orleans food. For a higher cuisine than a shrimp po boy, visit Antoine's, the oldest restaurant in New Orleans. They opened in 1840 and now offer free tours. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner six days a week, and for a jazz brunch on Sundays. If you're in a hurry and need a quick bite, stop by Antoine's Annex, located just around the corner, for pastries and other goodies seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. PHOTO: NEW ORLEANS CVB AND JOYCE BRACEY Big Weekend in the Big Easy (Continued from page 170)

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