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Adventure Travel to New Orleans: 7 Destinations for Visitors Looking for Excitement

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By    |   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 07:56 PM

Adventure travel to New Orleans is abundant and can include graveyards, voodoo, alligators, airboat rides, and scootering through the narrow streets of the old city.

Here are seven ideas in and around New Orleans for those looking to find some excitement:

1. Voodoo Tours: New Orleans has a mystical history that involves the practice of voodoo. Plenty of tour operators explore the artifacts, facts, and fiction surrounding this faith, which believes in both a visible and an invisible world. Voodoo practitioners believe those who have gone before are still around in spirit.

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Tours for those adventure travel-minded visitors to the Big Easy range from those that delve into the academic facts of the faith — like Haunted History Tours — to those that purport to take visitors to haunted spots in the French quarter on Ghost Tours. Try Bloody Mary’s Tours for an unabashed flair that focuses on the adventure of the city’s voodoo history. Bloody Mary will give you a psychic reading, too.

2. Cemetery Tours: While they may sound closely connected to ghost tours, the cemetery tours are actually a separate adventure and can encompass some interesting architecture as well as experience of the unusual burial practices in New Orleans. Cemetery Tours given by the Legendary Walking Tours group focus on the history that can be taught and the cultural importance of the "City of the dead."

3. Alligators by boat: The adventure-minded might try a small boat tour with Cajun Encounters. One of several companies offering swamp tours, this 10-passenger boat offers the opportunity to get into narrower creeks in the swamp. They boast the ability to get the adventure travel-seeker close to wildlife, which means a better chance to see alligators, wild boar, snakes, and even a black bear.

4. Scooter Tours: Adventure travel in New Orleans is speedy and easy with a scooter rental. Scooters can be rented from New Orleans Adventure Tours. Scooters give easier access to the narrow streets with scarce parking in the French Quarter and allow visitors to explore outlying neighborhoods with ease.

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5. Airboat Swamp Rides: A ride on an airboat provides a unique way to experience the swamplands and nature near New Orleans. Airboat Adventures can be found 30 minutes south of the French Quarter. The company offers a two-hour tour that goes after wildlife viewing and scenic experiences. The Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour also offers airboat rides.

6. Bourbon Street Adventure: Whether Mardi Gras or any day of the year, it may go without saying that New Orleans' infamous Bourbon Street offers adventure travel topped with whiskey and slung with beads. Before picking out your favorite stops for drinks, dinner and music, try taking a walking tour to learn the history of this famous corridor.

Learn how the street is not actually named after a drink, but rather French royalty, and how it grew into an adult-centered playground. Try a free walking tour of the street included in French Quarter tours to get tips on how to enjoy and appreciate this famous adventure travel destination.

7. Hurricane Katrina Experience: While no adventure travel-minded visitor would want to relive the real experience of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, a unique exhibit in the Louisiana State Museum on Jackson Square tells the story of the most harrowing days of this historic city.

The exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to witness the artifacts from a time that challenged and changed the people of New Orleans and the whole country. As a bonus, a Mardi Gras exhibit in the same building allows visitors to experience New Orleans' greatest yearly adventure.

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Adventure travel to New Orleans is abundant and can include graveyards, voodoo, alligators, airboat rides, and scootering through the narrow streets of the old city. Here are seven ideas in and around New Orleans for those looking to find some excitement.
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