Although the sessions, education and designation ceremony are all important components to the Claims Education Conference, we like to offer plenty of opportunities for social gatherings and networking where the casual exchange of ideas can be very valuable to the learning process. We hope you will consider joining us for some of the activity options that follow.

Experience Emeril’s New Orleans!
Wednesday, May 13th
5:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The recognition and awards chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse has garnered have made him known to food-loving Americans everywhere. His restaurants consistently win critical praise and top ratings.

We have reserved a limited number of tables for our group to dine at Emeril’s with three different seating times available: 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00. We will be able to order directly off the menu and enjoy signature dishes such as New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp, Andouille Crusted Redfish and Banana Cream Pie. Click here to view the menu – this is an event your tastebuds will not want to miss! Experience true New Orleans flavor and join us for this very exclusive dining experience. 

Meals, drinks and gratuity will be paid for by each participant. 

Emeril’s Restaurant is within walking distance of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Join us to walk over as a group or you may also arrange your own transportation via taxi or a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. Transportation will not be provided.

Thursday Afternoon Activity Options

Transportation is provided only for the Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour, the Plantation Mansion Tour, and the Dead of Night Ghost tour. For the Garden District Tour and the Longue Vue House tour, participants will meet at the tour start location and can either use public transportation or utilize a taxi or rideshare service. The Cooking School and Buzz NOLA Bike Tour starting points are within walking distance of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and groups will be led to the tour on foot by conference staff. The Creole Queen Riverboat docks behind the Hilton New Orleans Riverside – look for the statue of the jester.

New Orleans School of Cooking

Thursday, May 14th
12:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cook & eat an authentic Louisiana meal! In this highly interactive class, groups actually cut, season and saute a complete dinner with one of the expert chefs, and afterwards you will be able to sit down and enjoy the meal you have just created.This class is not limited to foodies - all skill levels are welcome to join in on the fun! $160 per person. 

Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour
Thursday, May 14th
12:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join us for a high speed Airboat Ride and Louisiana swamp tour.  You’ll be touring 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp. It’s a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population. You will be immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as you go through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees. During your nearly two-hour tour you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and sometimes hawks, owls and bald eagles. $80 per person.

Garden District Walking Tour 

Thursday, May 14th 
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Garden District was originally developed between 1832 and 1900 and is considered one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the Southern United States. Originally the area was developed with only a couple of houses per block, each surrounded by a large garden, giving the district its name.

The afternoon will be spent exploring memories of New Orleans’ antebellum past, gazing at secluded mansions, and wandering down the brick lined sidewalks. Originally settled by the Americans who migrated here to make fortunes after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, it is now the neighborhood of Sandra Bullock, John Goodman and the Manning football family.

This leisurely, guided stroll also includes a stop at the historic Lafayette Cemetery #1 which is the most filmed cemetery in New Orleans. Most recently scenes from The Originals on the CW Network and NCIS: New Orleans have been filmed here. $30 per person. 


Longue Vue House and Garden Tour

Thursday, May 14th
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Longue Vue House was designed and built between 1939 and 1942 for Edgar and Edith Stern and their three children by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman and architects William and Geoffrey Platt. Shipman, the Platt brothers, and the Sterns worked closely together to create a masterpiece of utility and beauty uniting the house and gardens.

The house consists of three stories and a basement, an unusual feature of New Orleans where most of the city is below sea level. Visitors tour the main living spaces of the house, numbering 20 rooms. The house contains its original furnishings of English and American antiques; European and Eastern European carpets; Modern and Contemporary art; collections of needlework, chintz, haute couture and ethnic costumes; Chinese and European export porcelain; Staffordshire transferware; and creamware and pearlware from Wedgwood, Leeds and other British and continental potteries. Among many varied and fashionably decorated rooms, one can see the Flower Arranging Room; the Blue Room – accurately decorated with blue carpeting, walls and furniture; the Art Gallery; the Drawing Room – which is the most formal room of the house and the setting for the entertainment of such notables as Eleanor Roosevelt, John and Robert Kennedy, Pablo Casals, Jack Benny and others; the Wrapping Room – used only to open mail and wrap presents; and more. Longue Vue House and Gardens is a model of the fashionable, but conservative, taste of wealthy Americans during the 1930s and 40s and a way of life that has all but disappeared.

Learn about a unique aspect of New Orleans history on a docent-led tour of the house and gardens which consist of 14 garden areas and 22 fountains and ponds. $15 per person. 

Creole Orleans Electric Bike Tour

Thursday, May 14th 
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This 12 mile, 3 hour tour will have you Buzzing around on our custom built, ultra comfortable Electric Cruisers. You will get a thorough look at Creole New Orleans past and present. We begin in the French Quarter weaving our way through the historical heart of NOLA visiting famous landmarks that tell the true tales of our city.

If you love the wind in your hair, amazing history, incredible sites, architecture, tales of residents past, and want a taste of the real New Orleans, then this is a must see! Includes electric bike, helmet, bottled water, professional guide and photo stops. $100 per person.


Dinner Jazz Cruise on the Creole Queen Riverboat

Thursday, May 14th
6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Step back into the glamour and romance of the riverboat era with a jazzy dinner cruise. Experience the lively sounds of the amazing Sullivan Dabney, Jr. and the Muzik Jazz Band while enjoying a lavish Creole Buffet in the elegantly appointed dining rooms. After dinner, and maybe a little dancing, enjoy a classic New Orleans cocktail and sweet Mississippi River breezes on the promenade deck as the city skyline slips by under a canopy of stars. This dinner cruise is pure New Orleans! $85 per person, includes dinner, cash bar available.


Dead of Night: Ghost and Graveyard Bus Tour

Thursday, May 14th
6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Climb aboard our comfortable, air-conditioned bus and escape into the darkness with your licensed guide as we take a ride to some of the most haunted locations outside of the French Quarter. You will cross one of the most notorious streets in the French Quarter once referred to as the port of missing men. Hear stories of murder, betrayal, and some of our scariest urban legends. Are they real? You decide! See our famous cities of the dead and hear the ghastly stories that have made New Orleans the most haunted city in America. $50 per person.


Plantation Mansion Tour (taking place on Friday, May 15th)

11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a narrated journey through scenic cypress swamps with a professional historian. Hear of a land of Creoles, pirates, slaves, and voodoo. View Evergreen, Whitney, Felicite’ Columbia, St. Joseph, and Laura plantations before touring the treasure of the Old South, the magnificent antebellum Oak Alley mansion. With 28 three century old oak trees lining its entrance, Oak Alley is an exquisite reminder of a bygone era, an era now “Gone With The Wind.” Note that lunch is not provided; however, there is a snack and gift shop at Oak Alley where you can purchase refresh­ments. $75 per person. 

Many other activity suggestions can be found on the Hotel Information page under Things to Do.