Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
- Type: Museums, Tours
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Even if you're not 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 flamboyant floats and costumes used during New Orleans' famous party. One thing to know upfront: This isn't a museum — it's a warehouse workshop where current floats are in the process of being completed and old floats are stored. 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.
Some previous visitors were disappointed with the high ticket price, but travelers also concede that it's an experience that can't be missed, especially if you've never attended the city's annual Mardi Gras celebration. "I had second thoughts about going in because it looks kind of tacky from the outside, but I am glad I went in and took the tour," one TripAdvisor reviewer commented.
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 5:30 p.m., with hourlong 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. Your ticket purchase also includes a free shuttle ride from several points downtown and in the French Quarter. There are no designated pick-up times; you'll have to call Mardi Gras World when you're at one of the shuttle's pick-up locations (detailed on a map on its website) and the bus will meet you. For more information, check out the official website.
Nearby Things To Do
The National World War II Museum (National D-Day Museum)0.7 miles away
Louisiana Children's Museum0.8 miles away
Garden District1.2 miles away
Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel0.8 miles away
Loews New Orleans Hotel1.0 miles away
Harrah's New Orleans0.9 miles away