Optional Tours and ACTivities

ACT has developed a variety of recreational and professional tours for attendees to expand their learning opportunities or just get outside and explore the history and culture of New Orleans.

Advanced registration is required to ensure your spot!  You can sign up during the registration process or login to your account to add a tour to your registration.

PLEASE NOTE: All times are subject to change. An attendance number must also be met in order for each tour to be confirmed. If attendance is not met for the tour you registered for, you will be notified by July 15th and a full refund will be given to you.

Sunday, July 30

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour (Pontoon Boat) | 8:30am - 12:30pm 
Meet in lobby at 8:15am
Cost: $50 per person
Transportation will be provided to and from the Sheraton Hotel
Sign up for tour through conference registration or login to your account
Limit: 30 people 

Journey with us by boat, Cajun-style, for a 1 hour 30 minute tour through the heart of Southern Louisiana's swamplands in the protected Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve's Barataria Preserve. Experience real-life adventure from the comfort of our swamp boats. Tour back into our privately owned meandering bayous and take a look into the past. View moss draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life and the creatures who make their homes here.Your Cajun guide is a native of the area who will share with you the legends and lore of Louisiana's still untamed wilderness. Bring your camera and capture wildlife at any time! Alligators, snakes, egrets, white-tailed deer, mink and nutria all make their home here in the Louisiana swamplands.

Led by: Anne Galamb, City of Raleigh

The National World War II Museum & Beyond Boundaries 4-D Movie
11:00am - 2:00pm 
(3hrs is the suggested time to spend at the museum, but you can leave early or stay longer)
Meet in lobby at 10:30am
Cost: $35 per person (Group will be taking the trolley to museum so please bring $3.00 for transit fare with you) 
Sign up for tour through conference registration or login to your account
Limit: 20 people

Originally founded in 2000 as the D-Day Museum, The National WWII Museum is now the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans, TripAdvisor's #4 museum in the country, and an unforgettable way to experience World War II—from industrial efforts on the Home Front to the combat experience of the American soldier abroad. Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war. Beyond the galleries, the Museum's online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, travel programs, and renowned International Conference offer patrons new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom. Beyond All Boundaries, showing exclusively in The National WWII Museum’s Solomon Victory Theater, 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, multi-layered 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.

Led by: Sabrina Glenn, PART - Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation

Mardi Gras World Tour | 11:00am - 1:00pm
Meet in lobby at 10:45am
Cost: $20 per person
Transportation will be provided to and from the Sheraton Hotel
Sign up for tour through conference registration or login to your account
Limit: 20 people

Since 1947, our artists and craftsmen have designed and built the oldest and biggest parade floats and attractions for each Mardi Gras season, with over 500 floats built and decorated each year. When you begin your Mardi Gras World tour, you’ll get an overview of the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans before our guides take you through our float den, where our artists work year-round to build spectacular floats and props. You never get this close to the floats while they’re rolling in Mardi Gras parades, and this is certainly the only place to see how these amazing pieces come to life each year. When you’re sightseeing in New Orleans or looking for fascinating tours in New Orleans, this is something you just can’t miss. Come see where the Mardi Gras magic is made!

Led by: Dan Deanda, West Florida Regional Planning Council

New Orleans 10 Years After Katrina | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet in lobby at 12:30pm
Cost: $20 per person
Sign up for tour through conference registration or login to your account
Limit: 40 people

This private tour lead by Lynn Dupont, Principal Planner at The Regional Planning Commission will encompass a broad perspective of the land use changes over time in the New Orleans area and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the region.The tour will head out to the east and visit the lower 9th ward, St. Bernard Parish – loop up to New Orleans East to get a sense of the scope of the devastation and then head to Lake Pontchartrain to view the pump stations and the lake neighborhoods that are still rebuilding. The Regional Planning Commission with its 42 member board is responsible for major transportation network construction and rehabilitation in coordination with LA DOTD for the 8 parish region of southeast Louisiana. RPC provides a platform for local governments and partnering agencies to collaboratively address regional transportation, land use and certain environmental and economic issues. RPC makes extensive use of data sets (both public and private) to inform decision makers and establish project priorities. This was particularly relevant in the rebuilding effort in the 10 years following Katrina. This is a tour you won't want to miss!

Historical River Boat Cruise | 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Meet in lobby at 1:00pm
Cost: $35 per person
Sign up for tour through conference registration or login to your account
Limit: 25 people

Focusing on the critical Battle of New Orleans, this cruise offered twice daily is narrated by a costumed re-enactor who takes guests on a journey through the history of the city as we sail downriver to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and the historic Chalmette Battlefield. Highlights of the tour include the founding of the city by the LeMoyne brothers, the expansion of the city into the “French Quarters” of the Treme and Marigny, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Battle of New Orleans. A one-hour shore excursion at the battlefield features a guided tour and talk by National Park Rangers.

Led by: Kathy Molin, City of Raleigh, Host Committee Co-Chair

Tuesday, August 1

New Orleans Street Car Tour | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Meet in lobby at 3:00pm
**There is no cost but registration is required** (Group will be taking the trolley to the RTA so please bring $3.00 for transit fare with you)
Limit: 25 people

Wednesday, August 2

Tour of Tulane University | 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Meet in lobby at 1:00pm
**There is no cost but registration is required**
Transportation will be provided to and from the campus
Limit: 40 people

1:0PM-Board bus(es) at Sheraton

Arrive appx 1:30PM- Drop off at Tulane University front entrance 

1:30PM-1:45PM- Walk though Academic Quad

1:45PM-2:00PM- Tour Devlin Fieldhouse and Howard Tilton Memorial Library

2:15PM-2:50PM- Student Union (LBC) and campus bookstore

3:00PM-3:45PM- Tour Reily Recreation Center and Yulman Stadium

3:45PM-4:00PM- Transportation operations and bus fleet
Bus will arrive back at the Sheraton approximately 4:15PM-4:30PM

Led by: Craig Cotton, Texas Tech University, Host Committee Co-Chair


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