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$49 for 10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Yoga Vibe ($110 Value)

Yoga Vibe

Highlands/Perkins

Trained instructors strengthen both mind and body as they lead students through Vinyasa flow classes

$110 $49

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Ziplining and Zoo Visit for Two or Four at Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo (Up to 46% Off)

Gators and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo

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Zipliners fly over live alligators as they careen from tower to tower, afterward enjoying friendly zoo animals including goats and lemurs

$119.90 $69

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One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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One or Three Months of Unlimited Cardio Kickboxing Classes at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts International (Up to 74% Off)

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts International

Lafayette

Cardio-kickboxing classes distill the techniques of martial arts into a fun, energetic workout designed to burn calories

$60 $16

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$44 for Four Personal-Training Sessions at The Bar Milton Strength & Conditioning ($156 Value)

The Bar Milton Strength & Conditioning

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Personal trainers call upon at least 15 years of experience as they customize fitness regimens to meet clients' needs

$156 $50

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$65 for $119 Worth of Services at World Martial Arts

World Martial Arts

Kenner

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$119 $65

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Paintball Package for 4, 8, or 12 with Equipment at Splat Zone Paintball (53% Off)

Splat Zone Paintball

Bossier City

JT SplatMaster paintballs are fired across woodsball field and Graveyard, PSP, and The Swamp paintball fields

$40 $19

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Five Fitness Classes at The Genesis Experience (76% Off)

The Genesis Experience

The Centre

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$45 $11

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Two or Four Weeks of Unlimited Kickboxing or Boot-Camp Classes at Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 71% Off)

Blacklist Martial Arts & Fitness

Houma

Instructors urge students through classes in muay-Thai style strikes and other moves, or a circuit of cardio and resistance-training

$99 $33

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$29 for 10 Kickboxing Classes and a Pair of Gloves from My Dojo Kickboxing ($220 Value)

My Dojo Kickboxing

Multiple Locations

One-hour kickboxing classes combine cardio and resistance training; two locations hold sessions five days a week

$220 $29

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$22 for a Swamp Tour via Boat for Two from Cajun Pride Tours (Up to $48 Value)

Cajun Pride Tours

LaPlace

As a boat drifts through protected swampland, tourists catch glimpses of friendly gators and learn facts about wetlands and Cajun culture

$48 $22

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5 or 10 Introductory Sessions with a Uniform at Live Confident Martial Arts (Up to 78% Off)

Live Confident Martial Arts

Slidell

Experienced instructors introduce new students to martial arts techniques and equip them with a uniform

$110 $29

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Four Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit APAR (65% Off)

Crossfit Apar

Gonzales

Four sessions of technique training redeemed on a Saturday or Sunday, plus four weeks of group training

$225 $79

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Three Games of Laser Tag and Soda for Two or Four at Safari Quest Family Fun Center (Up to 55% Off)

Safari Quest Family Fun Center

Hammond

Soft drinks fuel excursions to 3,000-sq.-ft. laser-tag arena with nine styles of game play

$39 $19

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One, Two, or Three 2015-2016 Golf Passes from Blue Sky Media (Up to 77% Off)

Blue Sky Media

Multiple Locations

Enjoy rounds of golf at up to 35 different courses, including Horseshoe Bay, The Tribute, and Bridlewood golf course

$99 $39

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$40 for $80 Groupon — NOLA BJJ

NOLA BJJ

Gretna

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$80 $40

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Concealed Handgun Permit Course for One or Two at St. Bernard Indoor Shooting Center (Up to 47% Off)

St. Bernard Indoor Shooting Center

Arabi

NRA-certified instructors, including those with military and law-enforcement backgrounds; 13 50-foot lanes

$140 $75

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18-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four Including Cart Rentals at Fennwood Hills Country Club (Up to $55 Off)

Fennwood Hills Country Club

Fennwood Hills Country Club

Tight, tree-lined fairways, treacherous bunkers, and five ponds that come into play make up the bulk of difficulty on the nine-hole course

$100 $45

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Sugar-Cane Plantation Tour for Two or Four at St. Joseph Plantation (Up to 33% Off)

St. Joseph Plantation

Vacherie

Tours of sugar-cane plantation, birthplace of architect H.H. Richardson, explore original slave cabins and other historical structures

$30 $20

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One-Hour Horseback Trail Ride for Two, Four, or Six from Wolfshohl Horse Training (Up to 62% Off)

Wolfshohl Horse Training

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Equestrian guides lead groups of 14 or fewer patrons on relaxing ride past gardens and along wood-lined trail

$90 $39

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Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting for Four or Six at Landry Vineyards (46% Off)

Landry Vineyards

B

Guests sample all available wines after visiting the cellar and winery on a one-hour vineyard tour

$45 $25

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$69 for $125 Worth of Race-Car Driving at Circuit Grand Bayou

Circuit Grand Bayou

Belle Rose

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$125 $69

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$46 for $84 Worth of Services at Israeli Krav Maga Louisiana

Israeli Krav Maga Louisiana

Boutte

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$84 $46

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$49 for $140 Worth of Dance Lessons — SHALL WE DANCE STUDIOS

Shall We Dance Studios

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Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$140 $49

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20 Martial Arts Classes at Mike Bonstaff's Academy of Tae Kwon Do (48% Off)

Mike Bonstaff's Academy Of Tae Kwon Do

Destrehan

Tae Kwon Do classes taught by Grandmaster Mike Bonstaff; includes official student uniform

$200 $104

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Guided Tour for Two or Four at Nottoway Plantation & Resort (Up to 51% Off)

Nottoway Plantation & Resort

White Castle

Knowledgeable guides lead visitors through painstakingly restored 64-room antebellum plantation with rich history

$40 $20

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18-Hole Round of Golf Including Cart Rental for Two or Four at Beauregard Country Club (Up to 46% Off)

Beauregard Country Club

3E

Golfers play 18 holes on the country club’s challenging PGA course, and the BCC time program keeps playing times reasonable

$70 $39

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One or Two Months of Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiujitsu, or Karate at Walker Martial Arts LLC (Up to 79% Off)

Walker Martial Arts LLC

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Martial-arts aims to teach disciple, self-esteem, increase stamina, and build strength as students focus on the study of self-defense

$85 $19

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Three-Lap Drive or Ride-Along in an Exotic Supercar on a Real Racetrack from Xtreme Xperience (Up to 54% Off)

Xtreme Xperience

NOLA Motorsports Park

Drive exotic cars like a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Nissan, Audi, and more at high speeds on a professional racetrack

$279 $129

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Chalmette Battlefield Cruise for One or Two on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen (Up to 50% Off)

Creole Queen

Riverwalk Marketplace

2.5-hour narrated tour on a 800-passsenger vessel propelled by a 24-foot authentic paddlewheel

$27 $15

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Pinch-Bowl Party for Up to Six, or BYOB Painting Party for Two or Four at Artistico Express (Up to 55% Off)

Artistico Express

Baton Rouge

Kids and adults paint tiles and pinch bowls with colorful paints, stamps, and sponges before pieces are sent to the kiln to be fired

$110 $49

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Two or Four All-You-Can-Play Wrist Bands with Large One-Topping Pizza (Up to 50% Off)

Kiddie Mia's Family Fun Center

Broadmoor, Anderson Island, Shreve Isle

Game room with kiddie rides, air hockey, basketball hoops, and arcade games

$19.75 $10

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

$300 $20

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All-Day Paintball Package for 4, 6, or 12 with Equipment Rental at Paintball International (Up to 85% Off)

Paintball International

Levena Paintball

Equipped with rental paintball markers and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

$120 $19

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Five Personal Training Sessions at Fit Training (65% Off)

Fit Training

Lake Charles

From the merchant: Personal Fitness Training using the most effective training strategies to achieve health goals includes diet does/don’t

$235 $82

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$65 for $145 Groupon — Mile High Karate - Bossier City

Mile High Karate - Bossier City

Bossier City

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$145 $65

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Four Weeks of Unlimited CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Houma (65% Off)

Crossfit Houma

Houma

From the merchant: One full month of CrossFit classes at Louisiana’s first CrossFit gym; includes a two-week beginner’s course

$200 $70

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Gym Access & a Fitness Assessment with Option for a Group Training Session at Gym Matrix (Up to 73% Off)

Gym Matrix

GYM MATRIX

Ex footballer shares the workouts he did with pro athletes in group training sessions that maximize results for all fitness levels

$99 $27

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$40 for One Month of Unlimited CrossFit at Fortitude Crossfit ($99 Value)

Fortitude Crossfit

Slidell

Certified CrossFit trainers lead high-intensity routines of functional exercises to foster endurance, stamina, and strength

$99 $40

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$66 for $120 Worth of Horseback Riding — Stewart Horsemanship

Stewart Horsemanship

Hammond

From the merchant: Professional instructor leads a private class, showing students how to safely take care of horses and ride

$120 $66

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Five or Ten Introductory Sessions with Uniform at Just For Kicks Black Belt Academy (Up to 79% Off)

Just for Kicks Black Belt Academy

Meraux

Black belt instructors guide students of all levels through self-defense classes designed to promote self-confidence

$100 $23

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Paint-Your-Own or Wheel-Throwing Pottery Class for Two at The Purple Penguin Art Company (Up to 71% Off)

The Purple Penguin Art Company

Thibodaux

Customers can paint a pre-made piece of pottery of their choice or learn wheel-throwing techniques while making a piece of their own

$100 $29

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2.5-Hour Swamp Tour via Kayak with Photos for Two or Four from Gravity Trails (Up to 54% Off)

Gravity Trails Swamp Kayak Tours

Pearl River

Explore the swamp via kayak, paddling through Spanish moss-covered cypress swamps

$236 $115

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$137 for $249 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Action Martial Arts

Action Martial Arts

West Monroe

From the merchant: Nine weeks of physical fitness and martial arts training, plus a traditional uniform

$249 $137

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18 Holes of Golf with Cart Rental for Two or Four at Bayou Barriere Golf Club (Up to 47% Off)

Bayou Barriere Golf Club

Belle Chasse

Water hazards on 20 of 27 holes challenge golfers at this course along the Intracoastal Canal; cart rental included

$80 $45

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5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes from Get Fit Don't Quit Outdoor Bootcamp (Up to 57% Off)

Get Fit Don't Quit Outdoor Bootcamp

West Bank Bridge Park

Instructor Donrell pushes boot campers through intense workouts held at West Bank Bridge Park

$60 $26

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Pub Cuisine at Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe

Saint John

Venue with live acts offers food such as pork sliders, wings, smoked sausage sandwiches with caramelized onions, and mushroom swiss burgers

$20 $11

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$80 for $150 Groupon — Bigworldlittlegirlart

Big World Little Girl Art

North Fort Polk

From the merchant: All-inclusive package for six children includes themed canvas, all materials, setup, and breakdown

$150 $80

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Three or Six Introductory Aerial-Silks Classes at Yoga& (Up to 57% Off)

Yoga&

Denham Springs

Learn acrobatics on silk fabric hanging from the ceiling; increase flexibility and strengthen muscles

$45 $22

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The Sweet Spot New Orleans: Red Light Special at Eiffel Society on Friday, January 30, at 7 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

The Sweet Spot New Orleans: Red Light Special

Eiffel Society

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Poets, burlesque performers, comics, and other artists explore sensuality in a high-energy performance devoted to “pop erotica”

$22.09 $11

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$31 for $56 Toward Two 30-Min Private Violin Lessons

Grace Notes Music Studio

Baton Rouge

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$56 $31

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Four or Eight Fitness Classes of Choice at Peak Physiques (Up to 68% Off)

Peak Physiques

Shreveport

Clients may opt for their choice of fitness classes, such as yoga, Pilates, zumba, boot camp, full-intensity training, or hip-hop

$60 $25

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Five Yoga Classes at Full Bore Yoga (64% Off)

Full Bore Yoga

Metairie

Instructors teach classes such as beginning, mommy-and-me, and rock out yoga, as well as morning meditation.

$50 $18

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Three or Six Personal-Training Sessions at Survival Fitness (Up to 77% Off)

Survival Fitness

Bossier City

Expert trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through intense one-on-one personal training sessions

$120 $30

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Four or Six Kickboxing Classes with Gloves at Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Houma (Up to 83% Off)

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Houma

Mystic

Dedicated instructors emphasize physical and mental discipline as they lead students in high-impact kickboxing classes

$99 $19.99

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A Private Music Lesson from No Drama (44% Off)

Crossfire Music School

Marrero

Music lessons on any instrument of your choosing

$25 $14

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$30 for a 30-Day Gym Membership with Three Personal Training Sessions at Koko FitClub ($186 Value)

Koko FitClub

Multiple Locations

Programmed key loads automated gym's workout equipment with exercises tailored to individual goals

$186 $30

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One or Three Months of Boot-Camp Classes at American Fitness Boot Camps (78% Off)

American Fitness Boot Camps

Multiple Locations

Group motivation and individual attention combine in boot camps held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the afternoon and evening

$150 $39

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Kayak Rental for Two or Four From Bayou Adventure (Up to 51% Off)

Bayou Adventure

Lacombe

Adventurers traverse the bayou’s majestic waters in kayaks

$70 $35

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10 or 16 Krav Maga or Martial Arts Classes at Inspired Martial Arts (Up to 90% Off)

Inspired Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Students boost cardio health while strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and coordination, and learning skills for self defense

$229 $25

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Studio 504 – An Absolut New Year's Eve Disco at House of Blues New Orleans on December 31 (Up to 50% Off)

House of Blues New Orleans

House of Blues New Orleans

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DJ Jermaine Quiz spins disco mashups at New Year’s bash; exclusive Groupon perks include VIP lounge access, wine, party favors, and photos

$100 $50

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One, Three, or Five Personal Trainer Sessions — Amanda Gonzalez (Up to 73% Off)

Amanda Gonzalez

Highlands/Perkins

Experienced personal trainer and yoga instructor Amanda Gonzalez helps clients achieve and exceed their personal fitness goals

$120 $45

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$36 for $80 Groupon — UNIVERSAL FITNESS & OUTREACH

Universal Fitness & Outreach

Shreveport

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$80 $36

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5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes at Pilates with Beth (Up to 57% Off)

Pilates with Beth

Metairie

Exercisers use the Pilates Reformer to boost strength and flexibility and develop long, lean muscles

$115 $55

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Adult or Junior Tennis Lesson for One or Two at Bossier Tennis Center (Up to 38% Off)

Bossier Tennis Center

Bossier City

Adult tennis lesson or junior lesson for ages 5–14 takes place on lighted clay or hard courts

$12 $8

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Two Hours or a Full Day of Gaming at uGAM3 (50% Off). Four Options Available.

uGAM3

Houma

Gamers can play on 20 computers and 6 console stations

$12 $6

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90-Minute Boat Tour of Jean Lafitte National Park for One or Two from Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours (Up to 46% Off)

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours

Marrero

Local guide leads 90-minute boat tour through the swamplands of Jean Lafitte National Park, where gators, snakes, egrets, mink & nutria live

$25 $15

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Shooting-Range Package for Two or Four with Gun Rentals at The Shooters' Club (Up to 41% Off)

The Shooters' Club

Harahan

14 25-yard lanes; NRA-certified instructors and specialists with military and law-enforcement backgrounds

$59.95 $35

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One Month of Group Ex Fitness Classes or a Punch Card for 10 Classes at Pilates Bodies (Up to 63% Off)

Pilates Bodies

Saint John

Group Ex classes limit their capacity to 12 and cover a range of from Pilates Mat to Piloxing, Zumba, Booty Barre, Yoga, and Kettlebell

$80 $30

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Single-Day or Full Registration or Entry to Masquerade Ball at The Hands On Literary Festival (Up to 53% Off)

The Hands On Literary Festival

Hotel Maifon St. Charles

Ring in the new year with a four-day literary festival featuring informative panels and culminating in a masquerade ball

$120 $60

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10 Personal-Training Sessions from Wells Fitnes Baton Rouge (70% Off)

Wells Fitness Br

Greenwell Springs/Central

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$400 $120

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$25 for $45 Toward Three Classes — Shreveport Hoop Group

Shreveport Hoop Group

Highland, Stoner Hill

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$45 $25

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$31 for $50 Worth of Food — Edge Bar and Grill

Edge Bar & Grill

Metairie

Two super-premium mixed drinks or beers, and two 8-ounce filets with garlic mash and garlic bread

$50 $31

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10- or 20-Class Pass with 1 or 2 Private Lessons and Uniform at Kids Love Martial Arts (Up to 91% Off)

Kids Love Martial Arts

Houma

Kids develop focus, confidence, self-discipline, and self-respect while learning self-defense skills that make them bully-proof

$210 $20

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Eight Weeks of Unlimited Karate Classes at Mandeville Karate Training Center (55% Off)

Mandeville Karate Training Center

Mandeville

8-week beginners' package with a uniform; instructors work with new students to learn self-defense, focus, fitness, confidence, and more

$238 $107

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$40 for Two-Hour Kayaking Tour for Two from Kayak-iti-Yat (an $80 Value)

Kayak-iti-Yat

Bayou St. John

Two-hour tours in ergonomically designed kayaks explore historic neighborhoods of Faubourg St. John and Park Island

$80 $40

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BYOB Wine-Glass Etching Class for One, Two, or Four at Create Studios (Up to 54% Off)

Create Studios

Highlands/Perkins

Using provided materials, customers create their own stencils and etch take-home wine glasses during a hands-on BYOB class

$35 $18

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Four- or Six-Week Boot-Camp Programs at Evolution Personal Training (Up to 69% Off)

Evolution Personal Training

Broadmoor, Anderson Island, Shreve Isle

Led by a certified personal trainer, boot-camp programs aim to transform bodies with dynamic, high-intensity exercises

$197 $62

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Authentic Strength and Performance Institute (Up to 71% Off)

Authentic Strength and Performance Institute

Metairie

30-minute classes designed to burn up to 1,000 calories include cardio boxing, TRX suspension training, and total-body conditioning

$120 $39.99

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For the last 20 years, satanic cults, monsters, and the undead have been congregating at The House of Shock to perform unspeakable horrors in the name of Halloween. Envisioned by a crack team of fright experts, including Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, this seasonal haunt has been featured in the Travel Channel's Halloween's Most Extreme, Rolling Stone, Maxim, and Top Haunts magazine's list of the Top 13 Haunts nationwide. The house's exhibits are so scary that they've caused some extreme reactions. Allegedly, one patron's heart stopped beating. After she was resuscitated and rushed to the hospital, it was determined she had technically been dead for a short period.

As a live metal band strikes its first ominous chords, the fright fest kicks off with a nightly horror show of pyrotechnics, death metal, live stunts, and masochists. Adrenaline levels soar as courageous guests tiptoe through the coffins, ornate gravestones, and crumbling mausoleums of an ancient graveyard. The house's professional actors don't just slink by waving chainsaws and body parts—they tear apart bodies and scare the dickens out of guests who brave the interactive horrors of a funeral parlor, a morgue, and a butcher shop's dreadfully rotten cuts of beef. The adventure reaches terrifying new heights in a controversial satanic church, where flickering candles and hellfire cast eerie shadows on demonic worshipers and their torture victims. The onsite Hell's Kitchen churns out thematic eats and adult beverages to help frightened guests regain their senses before they revert to a mental world where the only conflict is over which Teletubby wore it best.

319 Butterworth St
New Orleans,
LA
US

Clouds of fog roll through darkened halls, concealing mercenaries tracking their target’s movement. Before their trap can be sprung, the unthinkable happens: their vests begin to vibrate as a giggling child yells, "Got you!"Laser Tag of Baton Rouge's family-friendly laser-tag sessions thrust players aged 7 and older into similar faux combat, peppered with flashing lights and thumping music. Players race through a 7,500-square-foot multilevel arena brandishing Gen 6 laser-tag weapons that dole out precise shots and automated score updates. Special scenarios challenge players to work cooperatively toward a shared goal; for instance, in the Fugitive mission, one or two targets must escape a group intent on their capture.

Between bouts inside the arena, players can test their gaming skills at the center's arcade, which is filled with contemporary and classic machines. Each game is outfitted with the Power Play system, a swipe-card-and-sensor combo that tracks remaining game credits, relieving players from the hassle of endlessly fishing for quarters. The arcade also leads to an observation deck that looks onto the laser-tag arena, giving spectators a giant's-eye view of the combat below.

5871 S Sherwood Forest Blvd
Baton Rouge,
LA
US

Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson?s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." During Camp Gladiator Total Transformation, participants lose weight and gain energy in a friendly, positive environment. Over four-weeks, trainers focus on accountability, competition, motivation, and fun at multiple locations. Results are tracked during fitness assessments, body composition tests, and a fitness calendar, while nutrition counseling helps to maximize those results. Click here to view before and after images.

Davidson also leads boot camps in 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified personal trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010?2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.

10705 Ellerbe Road
Shreveport,
LA
US

A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas?its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries?Planet Beach Automated Spa is a futuristic relaxation atmosphere where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.

1000 S Clearview Pkwy
New Orleans,
LA
US

As an expert in kung fu and tae kwon do, Louis Charron had learned to wield his body as a weapon. After a time, however, he felt that his martial arts repertoire had ceased to expand—how was he supposed to respond on a dime to dangerous situations if his technique couldn't adapt? It wasn't until he began to specialize in krav maga that he experienced a combat system that continuously evolved, honing rapid-fire reactions to real-life scenarios. Louis dedicated himself to mastering the same self-defense maneuvers utilized by the Israeli Defense Forces, and today runs Close Combat and Fitness as lead instructor and the Louisiana State Director for the International Krav Maga Federation.

Inside the training facility, Louis teaches students to build from the body's natural movements and ward off armed and unarmed attackers, demonstrating tactics for offense, defense, and evasion. He maintains that fostering a positive mindset can create the best sense of security, second only to the confidence that comes from wearing brass knuckles on your hands and feet. That sense of security can particularly benefit youngsters, who gain the confidence to ignore bullies and the self-discipline to succeed in their studies. Guests of all fitness levels can benefit from his lessons, which have been featured on WWL-TV and Cox Sports Television Fitness 411 for their growing influence on the martial-arts scene.

4407 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie,
LA
US

Though Wow Cafe & Wingery has now found a foothold in more than 60 locations throughout the U.S., the chain still offers the same tasty soul food and wings as it did when it was founded by a trio of Louisianan brothers in 2001. The friendly sports pub still broadcasts the day’s games on various televisions, allowing guests to follow multiple sports or Jenga tournaments as they lick one of 17 delectable sauces from their fingers. In addition to these finger-food staples, guests can devour fajitas, burgers resting between slices of texas toast, and classic New Orleans dishes such as gumbo, catfish, and red beans. Spice-covered tongues cool off with signature drinks such as an italian mango bellini or Louisiana's Abita beer.

509 Bertrand Dr
Lafayette,
LA
US