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AUG 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 2 0 1 8 / 2 0 1 9 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 52 Explore Uncommon Natural Surroundings Louisiana's plentiful swamplands and forests are open for exploration at a variety of parks and the state's mild weather allows for year-round outdoor experiences. Just north of Alexandria, Kisatchie National Forest offers nature lovers opportunities for biking, fishing, canoeing, swimming and horseback riding. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve near New Orleans provides an up-close look at the state's well-known marshlands. Groups can view alligators and turtles in the wild via a guided boat tour through the marsh or simply by walk- ing through the park at their own pace. And if visitors are looking to get up close and personal with additional animal life, the Audubon Zoo is located in historic Uptown New Orleans. Nottoway Plantation The Nottoway Plantation offers an opportunity to travel back in time to the antebellum era. The largest existing antebellum mansion in the South, the home serves as a historical marker as well as a hotel. There are daily tours as well as numerous ballrooms and meeting rooms to accommodate conferences and weddings. There is also The Mansion Restaurant, which serves Creole-inspired cuisine and offers a wine list of more than 200 bottles. For special events, the plantation provides the Oscar's Dining Room for private rental. Graveyard Extravaganza New Orleans is not short on spooky, spiritual experiences and the many above-ground grave- yards throughout the city are commonly known as "cities of the dead." Groups can revisit the past by exploring these historic sites on their own or take guided tours through one of the city's many operators. For a supernatural expe- rience, haunted tours are available. Notably, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 – one of the French Quarter's most famous cemeteries – is home to the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Catherine Laveau, and attracts many visitors seeking her blessing. n A B C D E F 1 2 3 4 5 6 Alexandria.........................B3 ........................ 53 Baton Rouge ................... D4 ........................ 53 Ferriday ........................... C3 ........................ 54 Florien...............................A3 ........................ 54 Gonzales ......................... D4 ........................ 54 Hammond .........................E4 ........................ 54 Houma ..............................E6 ........................ 54 Jefferson ...........................E5 ........................ 54 Kinder ...............................B4 ........................ 55 Lafayette .......................... C5 ........................ 55 Lake Charles ....................B5 ........................ 56 Lake Providence .............. D1 ........................ 56 Many .................................A3 ........................ 56 Metairie .............................E5 ........................ 56 Monroe/West Monroe ...... C2 ........................ 56 Morgan City ..................... D6 ........................ 56 Natchitoches .....................B3 ........................ 56 New Iberia ....................... C5 ........................ 56 New Orleans .....................E5 ........................ 56 Ruston ..............................B2 ........................ 61 Shreveport/Bossier City ......A2 ........................ 61 Slidell ................................ F5 ........................ 61 City Map Location Page Louisiana Mansions, Swamps & Cemetaries Jennings Gator Chateau The state of Louisiana beckons visitors to feed their souls, and groups that accept that invitation are sure to find no shortage of agreeable experiences. The boot-shaped state is home to Cajun food, world-class jazz, extensive history and enough culture to fill event calendars again and again. From lively Mardi Gras days and Bourbon Street festivities to the state's deep Native American heritage and unique natural landscape, there is much for groups to discover in Louisiana. Nottoway Plantation Photos courtesy of Louisiana Office of Tourism

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