Friday Inspiration Pre-show Tour – New Orleans
Tickets for this tour are limited and will sell out! CLICK HERE to reserve your seat on the HAuNTcon 2015 Pre-show Haunted Inspiration Tour! Friday Feb. 6th. The tour leaves the Belle of Baton Rouge at 8:30 am sharp!
There is so much to see and do in Southern Louisiana that it was difficult to decide exactly what to tour on the 2015 Pre-show tour. What is described below will be an experience like you have never had before, but will remember for the rest of your life!
First let me warn you that this year’s tour has quite a bit of walking, so bring comfortable shoes and sensible clothing. The tour starts off with a short 8 minute walk from the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel to Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, a Gothic architectural treasure standing high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. It is no mistake that the building is called the Castle. It was designed with medieval battlements and towers. The meticulously restored interior is just as fanciful with a huge stained glass ceiling over the central atrium, and it’s haunted! After attendees tour the building, they will be treated to a one-of-a-kind 4D immersive theatrical presentation called “The Ghost of the Castle,” where visitors will come face to face with the ghost of Sarah Morgan, an authentic Civil War-era woman who grew up in the building and loved the castle so much, she never left.
here the tour buses will pick up attendees for the trip to Tickfaw, LA for a lights on backstage tour of the Rise Haunted House, a massive high detailed haunted attraction, The RISE: Dark Souls Unleashed is a 10,000 sf walk-through Dark Attraction that features an abandoned bread & breakfast and secret research lab in the building and an 8,000 square feet New Orleans style cemetery. (There is a lights off full actor tour of this same haunt and their Zombie Paintball attraction on Saturday night). After a tour and a quick lunch of Chicken and sausage Jambalaya, salad bread and dessert, attendees are back on the bus and off to New Orleans.
Next stop is St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, opened in 1789 it is the oldest and most famous of the crypt style cemeteries in Louisiana. Many famous New Orleanians are buried in the crumbling bring and plaster tombs of St. Louis No. 1, but of particular interest, the renowned Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is believed to be interred in the Glapion family crypt, and is still granting wishes to those who know how to ask. The cemetery is still in use and in 2010, actor Nicolas Cage purchased a pyramid shaped tomb to be his future final resting place. (You can’t make this stuff up!)
From there it is a short walk to the Musée Conti Wax Museum and The Art of Wax Sculpture to learn the history of New Orleans. Founded in 1963, this 3rd generation, family owned and operated business is a New Orleans treasure chest of history, legend and scandal. From the city’s fair founding, to thelegendary Battle of New Orleans, to the mysterious world of Voodoo. There are 154 life-size figures sculpted in wax, and displayed in historically accurate settings. They also have a Haunted Dungeon.
Soon attendees will find themselves walking down the infamous Bourbon Street! Home to jazz music, Mardi Gras beads and alcohol rich hurricanes, (Try the hand grenades. Delicious!). Along the way they will see the Marie Laveau House of Voodoo. Part museum, part alter, the store offers talismans, charms, magickal potions, voodoo dolls, gris-girs, and mojo bags, customized for any evil curse, or good ju-ju.
The next stop is a building that was once operated as Black Smith Shop owned by Jean Lafitte; privateer, entrepreneur, sailor, diplomat, spy, and hero of the Battle Of New Orleans. Now a bar, this two story, brick and stone, plain rectangular building was built in the French style and has stood on this spot since sometime before 1772, one of the oldest buildings in Louisiana.
Next stop is the Pirates Alley Café conceived in remembrance of those pirates from around the globe who walked these very streets bringing not only their plundered goods for trade, but also a rich diversity of culture and custom which transformed the port city into one of the most unique spots on the planet. Here attendees can relax or partake of delicious house specialties, the most exotic of all drinks, “Absinthe.” This mystical elixir has been known for over 200 years for its stimulating effects on creativity and its aphrodisiac qualities. (This is an inspiration tour after all!)
The last stop on our walking tour is the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Restored to authenticaly represent a mid-19th Century apothecary shop. Bloodletting, leeches and questionable medical practices are featured on the ground floor. Hand-blown apothecary bottles filled with crude drugs, medicinal herbs, “gris-gris” potions used by Voodoo practitioners and rare patent medicines speak of a time when pharmacists compounded their own medicines and modern medical theory was in its infancy.
Back on the buses, attendees are whisked away on a short ride to Mardi Gras World. Since 1947, Blaine Kern Studios has built breathtaking parade floats for Mardi Gras and parades all over the world. On this private back stage tour attendees will learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition and go beyond its reputation for revelry to get a deeper understanding of the real Mardi Gras.
After catching a quick dinner, attendees will board the bus for the last time this tour and head toward the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel, arriving in time to freshen up before the Friday Night Haunt Tour of the 13th Gate Haunted House and Necropolis 13, both right next door to the hotel.
Pre-show tour fee includes, transportation, admission to each attraction and exhibit, lunch, some snacks and dinner. Tickets are limited and will sell out! CLICK HERE to reserve your seat on the HAuNTcon 2015 Pre-show Haunted Inspiration Tour! Friday Feb. 6th