American Association of Orthodontists 2014 Social Program

New Orleans, Louisiana
Friday, April 25, 2014
American Association of Orthodontists 2014 Social Program
Friday, April 25, 2014 - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tour Desk, Hall E at the Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States

Map and Directions

Airboats, Plantations, and Cooking, Oh My!  View the French Quarter, the Garden District, or the Swamp!  New Orleans, where there is always more than meets the eye.

Come see all the different ways you can experience New Orleans!

Tour Desk is located at Hall E at the Convention Center
Tours leave from the curb cutout outside of Hall E
Online Registration will close on Friday, April 18, 2014 with on-site ticket sales subject to availability.
Cancellations prior to Friday, April 4, 2014 will receive a refund of the ticketed price.  Any tours canceled after Friday, April 4, 2014 are not eligible for a refund.

Tour Desk Hours:
Thursday, April 24th   2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday, April 25th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, April 26th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Sunday, April 27th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, April 28th 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, April 29th 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Airboat Swamp Tour - Enjoy the majestic Swamps of Louisiana – fast paced!  Imagine gliding through the wetlands at up to 45 mph, viewing Louisiana’s native flora and fauna from alligators to egrets and from snakes to cypress trees.
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Behind the Scenes of Mardi Gras - Travel to Mardi Gras World to take a look at the behind-the-scenes magic of Mardi Gras.  Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World is New Orleans' showcase of carnival, with thousands of sensational sculptured props and breath-taking giant figures on display year-round. Next travel to the Presbytere, originally built as a residence for the clergy of St. Louis Cathedral but used for various other purposes, now houses a dynamic, 16,000-square-foot exhibit, Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana.



Belles and Bayous - Experience the elegance and “swampiness” of Louisiana all in one day!  Oak Alley beckons the visitor to discover fascinating moments from three centuries reflected in the colorful cultures and traditions unique to life along the banks of the lower Mississippi River. The next stop is the Louisiana Swamp, where the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, ducks and many species of water snakes await. These waters support the most abundant swamp life in the United States. Ask questions of your captain about the Cajun people, wildlife, or how the swamps recover after large tropical storms.
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Big Easy Venture - French Quarter and Riverboat - Learn the “real history” while sauntering down the sidewalks of Royal, Bourbon, and other quant streets named after both saints and sinners. Delve into the unique historic beginnings of this important port city while marveling at the unique European-style architecture with its elegant wrought-iron work, tall mason walls, and painted stucco work.  Next take a trip down the Mississippi River on the Steamboat Natchez. Enjoy a one and one half hour harbor cruise along the Mississippi River including a traditional Creole lunch buffet. 
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Cemeteries and Voodoo - Today, enter the gates of the "cities of the dead" for a guided tour of the cemetery and be immediately greeted by decorative, rusty ironwork, and blinded by the sun bleached tombs . Upon departure of the Catholic cemetery, guests visit the Guadalupe Chapel and the Ursuline Convent; the finest example of French colonial architecture in the country. Constructed between 1748 and 1752, the Ursuline Convent was built for nuns whose mission was to nurse the poor and teach adolescent girls. 
Cookin' New Orleans Style - Come learn the basics of Louisiana Cooking in a way you will never forget! Experience the fun, food and folklore of New Orleans at The New Orleans School of Cooking! Watch as our expert Creole and Cajun chefs demonstrate the natives’ secrets in a three hour private class. Some of the specialties learned daily are: Jambalaya, Crawfish Pies and Filé Gumbo (just to name a few)! The demonstration is complete with lunch and recipes to take home so you can re-create the fabulous food you’ve tasted! Fun is a primary ingredient in a Louisiana kitchen as experts season guests with history, trivia and tall tales. It's a "ga-ron-teed" good time for all!
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French Quarter Walking Tour - Come learn the “real history” while sauntering down the sidewalks of Royal, Bourbon, and other quant streets named after both saints and sinners. Delve into the unique historic beginnings of this important port city while marveling at the unique European-style architecture with its elegant wrought-iron work, tall mason walls, and painted stucco work. A licensed professional guide also highlights important landmarks like Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, Presbytere and more. Of course, a stroll through the French Quarter is never complete without a stop at New Orleans’ famous Café du Monde. Come see, hear, smell and taste to taste a bit of true New Orleans history!
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 French Quarter Walking Tour with Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch - Come learn the “real history” while sauntering down the sidewalks of Royal, Bourbon, and other quant streets named after both saints and sinners. Delve into the unique historic beginnings of this important port city while marveling at the unique European-style architecture with its elegant wrought-iron work, tall mason walls, and painted stucco work. A licensed professional guide also highlights important landmarks like Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo, Presbytere and more. After the tour, venture down Royal Street to taste delicious Creole cuisine at the Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch!
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Garden District Gems - Journey with us to the "American" section of town, the Garden District, built in the 1850’s by successful entrepreneurs to rival the architectural splendor of the Creoles’ French Quarter. Marvel at the examples of Greek revival and Italianate architecture, shady oak trees and colorful lawns. During the tour, enjoy a private visit to a Garden District Mansion. The Van Benthuysen-Elms Mansion, a beautiful example of Italianate style architecture, provides exquisite grandeur to St. Charles Avenue and the Garden District of New Orleans. The historical Elms Mansion is complemented with period furnishings and surrounded by lovely gardens and patios. 
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Louisiana Swamp Tour - Today venture to “where the wild things are” just outside the Big Easy! Hailed by a seasoned swamp, enjoy a Louisiana Swamp Tour guests view first-hand the nesting and breeding grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, ducks, and many species of water snakes. Guests also learn the importance of swampland in protecting New Orleans from devastating tropical storms and how Cajuns use the land, natural vegetation, and wildlife as valuable resources for hundreds of years. Come explore one of the many reasons why Louisiana is known as “Sportsman’s Paradise!"


Magazine Street: Arts and Antiques, Local Style - Storefronts, items for sale and quaint eateries are just a hint of the diversity that awaits you on New Orleans' Street of Dreams. One of the many great ways to spend time in New Orleans is to stroll along Magazine Street. Explore the world-renowned art galleries, antique shops and specialty boutiques in search of that special gift or memento that recalls the time spent in this magnificent city. Six miles of antiques, furniture, clothing, food, gifts, jewelry and much more in distinctive places that are uniquely New Orleans. 
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New Orleans City Tour - Come absorb the sights and sounds and enjoy an entertaining guided tour of the Crescent City, also known as the Big Easy. A knowledgeable tour guide points out the landmarks and splendid architecture that help make New Orleans famous. The tour includes Jackson Square, St. Louis Cemetery #3, Bayou St. John, the Garden District, the university area, and the Audubon Zoo.  Come and see the sights and hear the stories that make our city “uniquely New Orleans!"
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Oak Alley and Laura Plantations - Come begin your journey down River Road with an exceptional tour of Laura Plantation, including a view of Laura's colorful manor house full of antiques, French Gardens and historic outbuildings. Enjoy a 60 minute guided tour exposing them to intimate and compelling stories, real-life accounts of 7 generations of Creole owners, women, slaves and children who called this typical sugar cane farm their home. Next tour the Oak Alley Plantation, the "Grande Dame of the Great River Road." The Plantation beckons visitors to discover fascinating moments from three centuries reflected in the colorful cultures and traditions unique to life along the banks of the lower Mississippi River. A leisurely stroll through the plantation grounds and gardens entices guests as they view the magnificent oaks and absorb the history of the Great River Road. Nowhere else in the south will you find such a spectacular setting!
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Louisiana Swamp Tour - Today venture to “where the wild things are” just outside the Big Easy! Hailed by a seasoned swamp, enjoy a Louisiana Swamp Tour guests view first-hand the nesting and breeding grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, ducks, and many species of water snakes. Guests also learn the importance of swampland in protecting New Orleans from devastating tropical storms and how Cajuns use the land, natural vegetation, and wildlife as valuable resources for hundreds of years. Come explore one of the many reasons why Louisiana is known as “Sportsman’s Paradise!"
Louisiana Swamp Tour - Today venture to “where the wild things are” just outside the Big Easy! Hailed by a seasoned swamp, enjoy a Louisiana Swamp Tour guests view first-hand the nesting and breeding grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, ducks, and many species of water snakes. Guests also learn the importance of swampland in protecting New Orleans from devastating tropical storms and how Cajuns use the land, natural vegetation, and wildlife as valuable resources for hundreds of years. Come explore one of the many reasons why Louisiana is known as “Sportsman’s Paradise!"
 

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