We have exciting local activities for you at EPIC 2018!

Scheduled for Monday, October 15, you can reserve your spot as part of your conference registration.  Cost to participate is listed with each description.
Registration for each is limited so sign up early!

National World War II Museum Tour

Time:

9:00am – Leave the Hyatt Regency
9:15am – Arrive at the WWII Museum
12:00pm – Optional: Beyond All Boundaries Film
Lunch on your own at the WWII museum restaurants (not included in the cost)
3:00pm – Depart the WWII Museum
3:15pm – Arrive at the Hyatt Regency

Cost: $79
This includes museum admission and round-trip transportation.

Attendees who sign up for this tour will visit one of the nation’s finest attractions – the National World War II Museum.  This landmark museum celebrates the spirit, teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice of the men and women who fought on both sides during World War II.  Corporate sponsors, as well as veterans and their families, donated an impressive collection of artifacts from the Battle of D-Day and subsequent campaign.  State-of-the-art interactive exhibits include oral histories from veterans worldwide, artifacts, documents, photographs, hands-on activities, and never before seen film footage.

Each guest on their own can have the chance to view the award winning documentary, Beyond All Boundaries, the museum’s signature cinematic experience. Presented on a 120-foot immersive screen, this 50-minute multi-sensory film tells the tale of the greatest generation’s journey from Pearl Harbor to America’s final victory in the War That Changed the World. Viewing the film is optional and is not included in the cost below. You can purchase it separately upon arrival to the museum.

What to Bring:

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You are mostly indoors so you may want a light jacket.

National World War II Museum photo by Paul Broussard

Airboat Swamp Tour

Time:

8:30am: Leave the Hyatt Regency
9:30am: Arrive at Swamp Tours
9:45am: Board Airboats for Tour
11:30am: Return to dock
12:00pm: Depart Swamp Tour
1:00pm: Arrive at Hyatt Regency

Cost:  $139
This includes the swamp tour airboat, a licensed professional tour guide, round-trip transportation and a light snack.

You will venture into a land of timeless beauty where exotic plants and animals thrive in unsurpassed splendor…the very definition of Cajun Country!  A professional tour guide will tell you a little bit about Louisiana Swamplands as a motor coach transports you to Jean Lafitte for a Swamp Tour.  Here, everyone will board a tour boat captained by experienced guides who will point out indigenous plants and animals while cruising through the bayou.  The Captain will also share the history of the Cajun people who inhabit this area.  Alligators, turtles and egrets are but a few of the possible animal sightings on this watery eco-journey.  The experience may even culminate with a surprise guest! 

What to Bring:

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing…and plan to get wet, at least a little. Depending on the weather, bring sunscreen, a hat, bug spray and bottled water.

Garden District & Historic Mansion Tour

Time:

9:00am – Leave the Hyatt Regency New Orleans
9:45am – Walk to Lafayette Cemetery #1
10:20am – Tour the Opera Guild Home
11:00am – Walk through Garden District Neighborhood
12:00pm – Arrive at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans

Cost:  $89
This includes the Garden District & Historic Mansion tour, a licensed, professional tour guide, round-trip transportation and a short stop for refreshments.

Attendees will visit the “American” section of town that was built to rival the architectural splendor of the Creoles’ French Quarter!

Everyone will enjoy a walk through New Orleans’ elegant Garden District, once part of the plantation owned by Bienville, the founder of New Orleans. This historic district is known for its marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. The homes of former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras are located here, as well as the home of the premier family of football – the Manning’s – where Archie lives and Peyton and Eli grew up. Other highlights are the former residence of celebrated author Anne Rice, as well as the house where Jefferson Davis died in 1889, and Toby’s Corner, the oldest house in the area (built in 1838) and a stop at Lafayette Cemetery, one of our Cities of the Dead, to learn about our unusual above-ground burial system.

A short stop for refreshments at an historic mansion is included on our stroll through this beautiful section of New Orleans.

What to Bring:

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Depending on the weather, bring sunscreen, a hat and bug spray.

Join the fun with other EPIC 2018 attendees and sign up for one of these fantastic New Orleans attractions today before they fill up!

Garden District photo by Zack Smith

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Header photo courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; Paul Broussard, Photographer, Pat O’Brien’s