Tiki Tubing liberates landlubbers from their stomping grounds for a lazy day of floating on the Amite River. After a six-minute jaunt in the Tiki shuttle, freshly minted mariners launch their inflatables for a four-hour drift past scenic vistas as they Huck Finn their way downstream toward their parked cars. The Amite River’s three-foot depth and slow current is safe for the entire family, and its abundant sandbars and riverbank beaches inspire ample opportunities for picnic stops, play time, and challenging boring siblings to sand-angel contests. Trips are designed with diverse standards of comfort in mind, and Tiki’s array of tubes for rent run the gamut from simple rings ($19) to the Cadillac-esque two-seater Tiki Tiger ($39) with padded backrests and business-class leg room.
At Metro Bowl, 40 slick lanes, state-of-the-art equipment, and flavorful concessions sate pin-busting cravings within a newly renovated interior. Monitors track and display scores as bowlers compete against friends, family, or time-displaced future selves. Large pizzas from the concession stand fill the air with tantilizing scents, and arcade games entertain players in between sets. Given the alley’s high volume of food, fun, and heavy objects, it’s no wonder that the space often attracts big name athletes, including former LSU football player and Indianapolis Colt Joseph Addai.
Adventure Quest Laser Tag feeds fun glands in a futuristic facility that houses a 6,000-square-foot, multi-level Mayan-ruin laser-tag arena that provides ample obstacles to duck and dive behind while avoiding the crosshairs of fellow competitors' phasers. You can also choose a session of bumper cars, in which children learn the tenets of seatbelt safety and the lifelong importance of owning a superabundant bumper, or cosmic golf, with nine holes of ancient obstacles illuminated by black light. Adventure Quest Laser Tag provides a customizable day of family fun, supplanting wrestling sessions for the remote control, greased-up chicken-chasing races, and greased-up wrestling sessions against remote-hoarding chickens.
Enter the gates of Carousel Gardens Amusement Park to spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl, board knocking bumper cars, and glide down the 40-foot fun slide, in addition to basking in the glee rays of more than 10 other timeless amusement-park behemoths. The Ferris wheel produces sky-skimming panoramic views, and a miniature train offers a leisurely tour through picturesque City Park. Flying horses meditate about infinity as they make rounds on the historic wooden carousel while riders reminisce about simpler times when animals were all carved from gilded logs. Smaller children can wander in wonder around Storyland, located next to the amusement park, which brims with more than 25 larger-than-life playground pieces inspired by well-known children's stories and rhymes.
Witches Brew Tours guide groups and walking tours through all angles of the haunts and mysteries of the French Quarter, where spirits, witches, voodoo, and vampires dwell. Fully licensed guides tell tales of vengeful ghosts and the history of Marie Laveau, the Queen of Voodoo. Guests can participate in walking, trolley, or mule-drawn-carriage tours through the city’s winding streets or the maze of mausoleums at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.