Hurricane Katrina Tour
“America’s Worst Catastrophe”
Get an eyewitness account of the events surrounding the most devastating natural - and man-made - disaster on American soil with a local’s chronology of events leading up to Hurricane Katrina and the days immediately following the disaster.
Learn the history of the original city, the French Quarter, and why it was built at this particular location along the Mississippi River.
Drive past an actual levee that “breached” and see the resulting devastation that displaced hundreds of thousands of U.S. residents.
Learn the direct connection between America’s disappearing coastal wetlands, oil & gas pipelines, levee protection and hurricane destruction.
See the Lakeview, Gentilly, St. Bernard, and the Upper Ninth Ward neighborhoods.
On the shores of Lake Pontchartrain visit the New Basin Canal Lighthouse destroyed by Katrina but reconstructed and reopened in 2013. Your guided tour of this museum offers a bird’s eye view of the area, including the levees along the lakefront and, in the distance, the longest bridge over water in the world, the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.
After visiting the Levee Memorial Gardens, we’ll make a brief stop in City Park, one of the ten largest urban parks in America. Here you may visit the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and when available you can visit the Café DuMonde Food Truck for a tasty snack.
You’ll be amazed at the volume and variety of products “offloaded” in the multimodal port of New Orleans, the second largest port in the country, and then distributed to your hometown. For example, did you know that 30% of the seafood (fish, crabs, shrimp, oysters, and crawfish) harvested in the lower 48 states comes from the coastal wetlands in South Louisiana?
After this tour, you’ll have a better understanding of events pre- and post-Katrina and the “Rebirth of New Orleans!”
Gray Line contributes $1 per passenger on this tour to LowerNine.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization involved in the long-term recovery of New Orleans’ historic Lower Ninth Ward. A portion of the tour price funds the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, dedicated to restoring and preserving our area’s wetlands.
- New Canal Lighthouse Museum (guided tour)
- London Avenue Canal breach site, Levee Memorial Gardens, and Katrina House Exhibit
- City Park
- Besthoff Sculpture Garden
- Café Du Monde
Child: $31.00 (ages 6-12)
- Group rates apply to a minimum of 10 adults on our regularly scheduled tours.
- Private tours may be arranged at other departure times.
- Reservations are recommended 24 hours in advance.