Devoted to preserving Cajun culture by sharing it with the public, Cajun Pride Tours’ knowledgeable and passionate guides lead groups on tours that explore area swamps, plantations along the Great Mississippi River Road, and the historic districts of New Orleans. They also stroll along city streets in the French Quarter in New Orleans, the Garden District, and areas that display the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina. On boat trips, groups can spot friendly gators while floating through the Manchac Swamp—a protected area that prohibits any hunting, fishing, or tickling of the native wildlife. A short drive past the swamps drops tourists off near the area’s plantations that are notable for their history, architecture, landscaping, and insight into Creole culture.
Their engines emitting a basso purr, a fleet of Honda ATVs and Polaris RZRs tears across more than 450 acres of lowland trails and overgrown puddles at the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Against the watercolor blur of the swampy land, the company’s photographers work to capture action shots of riders surrounded by veils of mud waves in midair. To ensure safety on excursions, ATV Swamp Tour’s instructors prepare patrons to lead the all-terrain vehicles over hills, through deep mud, and around water obstacles. Properly equipped with helmets, boots, eye protection, and knowledge of the ATVs' fears, riders explore sandy beach areas and wooded trails while catching glimpses of native cranes, alligators, and wild hogs.
Creationz by You grants each of its guests total artistic license?but not without guidance. Attend one of its canvas-painting parties and you'll leave with a masterpiece of your own creation. Adults eat snacks and take advantage of the studio's BYOB policy as they follow along with an instructor to complete that night's themed painting, while kids might paint their canvasses with flaming baseballs or peace signs. And, besides canvas painting, students can also enroll in classes that help them hone their painting technique or learn to etch glass.
Within the springy confines of Space Walk’s Vertical Rush, tykes ricochet like excited electrons across tunnels, slides, and climbing walls. The springy obstacle course is one of hundreds housed inside Space Walk of Greater New Orleans’ 43,000-square-foot facility. Though those bounce houses typically measure 15’x15’, the facility can supply revelers with inflatables that measure up to 23-feet tall.
To ensure safe gravity defiance, trained bounce experts help parents hone in on an inflatables that suits tykes’ ages, interests and varying Buzz Aldrin impersonations. Additionally, the staff not only delivers and sets up houses, but happily trains party throwers in proper bounce-house technique, along with scrubbing down the houses before and after use.
At Snap Fitness’ 24-hour gym, guests come and go armed with their access keys and are able to work out at their convenience. Around the gym, rows of cardio machines and stacks of free weights stand by as personal trainers show guests the most efficient ways to pump iron and bench-press their old refrigerators.
With 17 years of teaching experience and 31 years of perfecting his guitar virtuosity, sage of the six-string Ron Hotstream enlightens guitar players of all skill levels with personalized instructions for each student. Veteran tone-seekers can receive instructions to hone their abilities, and aspiring Yngwie Malmsteens will discover basic chord formations and picking techniques so that they can develop their skills properly. Once students have mastered the basic skills, they may decide the style of their instruction—from blues to rock to country—and which songs they want to learn how to play. Ron Hotstream teaches at C&M Music Centers in Kenner (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and Mandeville (Monday and Wednesday) and is able to accommodate all guitar players, whether they are interested in obtaining a grasp on modal jazz or set on wailing 17-minute solos while riding on the back of a wild chimera.