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New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

1. New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

Sink your soul into the seductive spirits of murder, suicide, and the paranormal on this unique walking tour in New Orleans. Uncover the dark history of the city through the nightmarish tales of your guide. Begin near Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz and New Orleans voodoo, and hear about the square's darker side. Partake of elixirs, leave offerings of baubles and beads, and pray its enough to keep the demons of New Orleans from leaving you in a spiraling quagmire of insanity. Raven’s Omen will burn through the hottest hell as it sends the chill of death to your soul. Unearth the Devil’s Empire and feel its lifeless grip as the pulse of New Orleans sends you further into the shadows. Is it voodoo posession, madness, or PTSD? Hear the story of Zack and Addie to find out.

New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

2. New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

Begin your walking tour at the award-winning Red Fish Grill in the French Quarter neighborhood of New Orleans. Begin with alligator sausage and seafood gumbo, with freshly-baked French bread and homemade butter as you learn a bit about the colonial period of Louisiana’s history. Move four blocks down and enter Pepper Palace to discuss the Cajun influence and sample an unlimited variety of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, Buffalo Wings sauces, salsas, dry rubs, and more. Receive a free bottle of Louisiana-style hot sauce when shopping there.  Afterward, visit Leah’s Pralines, a 3rd generation family-owned candy store. Sample traditional pralines and their unique Bacon Pecan Brittle. Then, visit the iconic Napoleon House restaurant for two of their specialties — muffuletta sandwiches and a refreshing Pimm’s Cup cocktail. Arrive at the award-winning Dickie Brennan’s Tableau to sip your next cocktail: the French 75, a combo of fresh lemon, brandy or gin, and bubbles. After Tableau, visit the Creole Cookery for their slow-cooked red beans and rice. From there you pass through famous Jackson Square towards Café du Monde, then along the French Market area, ultimately landing at the James Beard Award-nominated Cane & Table. Sample their unique curry pork skins and a classic daiquiri.

New Orleans: French Quarter Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

3. New Orleans: French Quarter Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Explore the French Quarter of New Orleans with a local photographer with a passion for lively, colorful photos. Pose for incredible pictures in front of memorable landmarks. Meet your local photographer-guide in the French Quarter to start your tour. Take a relaxed walk around the neighborhood to find great spots to take photos. Follow your guide through this stunning part of New Orleans and learn about its history. See St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Stop for your photographer to snap amazing photos of you with recognizable New Orleans landmarks as your backdrop. Choose between focusing on the French Quarter or taking in all the highlights of New Orleans. Let your photographer help you find the right poses to capture you at your best, ensuring you have great photos to take home.

New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

4. New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

Turn New Orleans into a giant board game with the Urban Adventure Quest interactive scavenger hunt. Combine the thrill of the race with a unique sightseeing experience of the city. Beginning near the downtown waterfront, let your smart phone guide you along the Mississippi river and through some of the city's renowned marketplaces, solving riddles, finding clues, and completing challenges, all the while discovering more about the area's history. Hustle through the sights and sounds of the city, from Jackson Square along its many fabled streets, meandering through famous landmarks as well as New Orlean's many overlooked treasures. There are few tours of the city quite as exciting, and even fewer as unique! Points of Interest on Your Quest: • Spanish Plaza • Water Front • French Market • Cafe Du Monde • Jackson Square • Washington Artillery and Cabildo • Bourbon Street

New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

5. New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

From the beginning faith has ruled this great city. For some, it has created rumors of conspiracy, witchcraft, and vampires. For others, it inspired greatness. Lives have been lost and battlegrounds drawn, but New Orleans’ eclectic belief systems have created a sense of acceptance found nowhere else. Did you know that the famous voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, was also a devout Catholic? Surprises abound on this inspiring journey. Join the most unique and interesting walking tour in New Orleans. New Orleans is a hot, humid and sometimes unforgiving place where in the dead of summer the air takes on the quality of a crawfish boil. It is a long, drawn out fever that seeps into the bloodstream and compels even the sweetest from small town America to do obscene things. This is the real New Orleans which does not fit neatly into the category of "American" city. It is a black water port, Caribbean and lawless; settled by thieves, prostitutes, and the other criminally disposed. It is also Catholic and pious with Roman altars trimmed in gold. It is equally black magic, voodoo, and the steady throb of African drums. New Orleans is sex and confession. It is sin and forgiveness. This is the place where God and the Devil shook hands so the party could go on. New Orleans is a city for the sinner and the saint. This is a tour that takes you through the sweat soaked madness of our best and worst. Get lost in this strange city and explore its dark past because this is not your grandmother's tour.

New Orleans Original Cocktail Late Afternoon Walking Tour

6. New Orleans Original Cocktail Late Afternoon Walking Tour

Welcome to entertainment at its finest. Your tour begins from Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River, where an experienced guide will entertain you with classic stories of the unique concoctions made famous here, and the characters that brought them to life. You’ll visit some of the restaurants and bars along the famous Bourbon and St. Peter’s Streets. You’ll be shaken - and stirred - by the recipes of the city’s most infamous cocktails along the way. From the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup, to the Hurricane and Hand Grenade, you’re sure to enjoy a different view of New Orleans through its history of fine dining and drinking. It's history ...with a twist!

New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

7. New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

Your tour begins on Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide. Set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. You will also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy too if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter, before pausing on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the creation of Jazz music. From there, your guide will take you to Jackson Square where you’ll see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). You will then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. You can’t visit New Orleans without a close encounter with the supernatural, so your next stop is one of the most haunted buildings in the city, where you will take a tour of its interior which includes the infamous seance room. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, this is an experience not to be missed. After swinging through the old French Market and stopping at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square, you'll head down to the riverfront to watch the steamboats go up and down the mighty Mississippi River.

New Orleans: Lewd Spirits Tour

8. New Orleans: Lewd Spirits Tour

Your guides have taken the most raunchy ghost stories, combined them with seedy haunted bars, and put them in a two-hour tour. Your first story starts at a location where spirits and spirits meet. Learn about the grisly murder that still haunts the location and after grabbing your first drink, carry your liquid courage along the streets to your next location and listen to one depraved story after another. After a bit you will be thirsty for more - between every haunted location there is a place to grab another drink. You will visit the dark back streets of the French Quarter where vice ran wild and some of the spirits that are still applying their trade. Along the way, you'll be haunted with stories of adulterers, prostitutes, womanizers, and the plain evil! Their treacherous stories haven’t been forgotten and have left a mark on the locations you’ll visit. You will learn the history behind the stories, and the haunting that still plagues the scenes. Your tour ends on Bourdon Street where debauchery still can be found today.

New Orleans: 1-Hour French Quarter Stroll

9. New Orleans: 1-Hour French Quarter Stroll

Imagine walking into the French Quarter and being swept away by the oldest, most eccentric neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. History, architecture, stories, restaurants, and museums await you on this one hour stroll. Your licensed tour guide will take you deeply into 300 years of history, including French, Spanish and many other cultures, who contributed to the nature of the French Quarter as it is today. Be amazed by the history of many famous restaurants, their beginnings, specialties and often special menus. Napoleon House is not only a restaurant, but has quite a story, concerning Napoleon Bonaparte. Visit the site of the beginning of the Fire of 1788. Learn how this disaster began, the devastation and the rebuilding of the French Quarter. Enjoy the beauty of the colorful architecture, as you take in why it has changed since the French founded the city. See where the Louisiana Purchase was signed. Visit the original beginnings of the city at Jackson Square and wonder at the history and architecture of St. Louis Cathedral and the surrounding buildings. This tour is a leisurely stroll, full of information you never knew about the amazing, sometimes breathtaking, French Quarter.

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What people are saying about Bourbon Street

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 753 reviews

KJ was an awesome guide! This was the best tour to date that we had been on and two days later it still ranks #1. Learned alot of New Orleans history in a fun way. Keep up the g4wat work KJ!!

The guy was very knowledgeable of the area and talked about all the houses and their ages and about everything that went on in the history of the area that we toured

Shannon was very entertaining. I know the Axeman isn’t a ghost story, but I think that story would be a fantastic addition to the tour.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the neighborhoods and the architecture of the buildings which we enjoyed learning about

We loved it! Enjoyed the stories and tales if the past! Will go for more next time!