10 Exciting Excursions That are Included in the Big Band Themed New Orleans Riverboat Cruise

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From majestic Civil War-era mansions to Mardi Gras, New Orleans has something to offer everyone. If you'd like to see the Deep South in a whole new way, try an American riverboat cruise. At the American Queen Steamboat Company, we've organized our river boat cruises to give you true freedom. We have a 'hop on, hop off' system for shore excursions with motor coaches making loops of multiple stops. This lets you explore attractions at your pace.

10 Can't-Miss Cruise Sights

1. New Orleans - National WWII Museum

History buffs may love uncovering an unexpected side of New Orleans's past at this museum. Here, you will learn about the instrumental role that New Orleans resident Andrew Higgins played in major navy battles of that time.

2. Oak Alley - Laura Plantation

New Orleans is as famous for its plantations as for its Creole culture, and here you'll explore both. You can take a guided tour through 12 historic buildings and the grounds while learning about life during that era.

3. St. Francisville - Angola Penitentiary

This unique facility, once one of the nation's most dangerous prisons, now focuses on helping inmates rehabilitate during the rest of their sentences. Here you'll find a K9 training facility, acres of farmland, and filming locations from blockbusters like 'Dead Man Walking.'

4. Natchez - 'The Towers'

Our company offers an exclusive excursion to this elegant Antebellum home. Drop by for Ginger Hyland's traditional Southern hospitality including hors d'oeuvres and champagne as you explore her Victorian-era collections.

5. Vicksburg - Old Depot Museum

Visitors of all ages will be entertained by this museum. This building houses a massive diorama of the Vicksburg battle as well as hundreds of ship models, model railroads and train sets, model cars, and a display of different architectural styles in Vicksburg.

6. Baton Rouge - USS Kidd DD-61

Have you ever wanted to explore a Fletcher-class Destroyer? In Baton Rouge, you can! The USS Kidd DD-61 is a nearly 400 foot long museum that still wears the scars of WWII battles.

7. Nottoway - Nottoway Plantation and Bayou Tour

Step off of the riverboat and into a more traditional Louisiana bayou experience. Begin with a guided tour of the swamp where you may spot critters like alligators and wild birds. Afterwards you'll visit the opulent Nottoway Plantation, the 'White Castle of Louisiana.'

8. New Orleans highlights tour - the French Quarter

The French Quarter lies at the heart of New Orleans's history and culture. Try not to miss the Cafe du Monde, the New Orleans Jazz Museum, and Le Petite Theater. For more information, check out the New Orleans official guide.

9. New Orleans highlights tour - City Park

If the weather's permitting (check here), New Orleans' City Park is a wonderful place to have a stroll and enjoy a bite to eat. This park contains hundreds of acres of walking trails through trees and open areas.

10. New Orleans highlights tour - St. Louis Cemetery #3

This cemetery, founded in 1854, makes for an interesting afternoon's walk. It contains New Orleans's famous raised and ornate tombs. Here you can trace the history of the city, from yellow fever outbreaks to wars.

Are You Ready to Get On Deck?

  • the best riverboat cruise New Orleans has to offer
  • 'hop on, hop off' system for shore excursions
  • explore history from pre-Civil War to now
  • visit both plantations and bayous
  • experience Creole cooking and culture
River cruises in the U.S. let you experience a place at a slower pace than from a car. We offer promotions for American river cruises throughout the year. If you're interested in learning more, contact us at the American Queen Steamboat Company today.