Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
- Type: Museums, Tours
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Even if you aren't in town for the actual festival, don't miss your chance to go behind-the-scenes of one of America's most renowned (and most raucous) celebrations. Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World offers a close-up look at some of the most flamboyant floats and costumes used during New Orlean's most famous party. Take the guided tour through the maze of props or sit in on one of the multimedia presentations to learn more about the festival’s history. Just make sure to bring your camera: Before the tour, visitors are invited to try on authentic Mardi Gras costumes.
Perched on the edge of the Mississippi River in the Lower Garden District, Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with tours offered every 30 minutes. Admission costs approximately $19.95 for adults, $15.95 for seniors, and $12.95 for children ages 2 to 12. For more information, check out the official website.