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New Orleans: Ghosts, Vampires, & Voodoo French Quarter Tour

1. New Orleans: Ghosts, Vampires, & Voodoo French Quarter Tour

Listen to stories of witchcraft and keep watch for spirits on a guided city walking tour of New Orleans. Explore the historical French Quarter, as you indulge in stories of magic, ghosts, vampires, and voodoo practitioners from your expert guide. Travel to several of the city's venerated neighborhoods, soaking up stories about the witches, ghosts, vampires, and Voodoo practitioners who have contributed to the city's colorful past. Meet your local guide and set off on a journey through New Orleans’ haunted history. Pass outside well-known sites such as Muriel’s Restaurant and the Old Ursuline Convent. See the exterior of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, where bloodletting and leeching took place in the 19th century. From the outside, see the house where Jacques Saint Germain — who was rumored to be a vampire — once lived. Plus, hear chilling tales of LaLaurie House and its mistress, Madame LaLaurie. Let your guide entertain you with local folklore as you continue past the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. The final stop of your activity is outside Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, where your spooky experience will end.

From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Tour

2. From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Explore New Orlean's history on a guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation, named for the double row of southern live oak trees that date back to the 18th century. Learn all about plantation life from your traditionally-dressed tour guide and see antique farm machinery up close.  Benefit from pickup at your accommodation in New Orleans, and then make your way to the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie for your guided walking tour of its grounds.  Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Oak Alley was named after the 28 huge oak trees that line the road leading up to – and pre-dating – the plantation house.  Admire the Greek Revival architecture of the main plantation house, built in the 19th century for one of the wealthiest families of the South. See original features, including antique farm machinery, and avail of amenities such as a restaurant and souvenir shop. Throughout your tour, be led by a guide wearing authentic plantation-style clothes and hear about the first example of Antebellum restoration along the legendary River Road.

New Orleans: Cemetery Tour

3. New Orleans: Cemetery Tour

This 2-hour walking tour takes you inside the walls of New Orleans’ oldest and most interesting burial grounds. In the company of a local guide, you’ll explore the ancient maze of above-ground tombs and learn about fascinating local burial practices. After meeting your guide at the Morning Call Coffee Shop, you’ll walk to the cemetery to explore curiosities and hear tales of some of the city’s personalities. You’ll see the final resting place of many of New Orleans’ most notable celebrities. On this tour that’s been recommended by the Travel Channel, A&E, and the History Channel, you’ll learn the history of voodoo and its connection to the French Quarter on a journey back through time.

New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Murder Tour

4. New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Murder Tour

Learn about the ghostly history of New Orleans on this tour of the French Quarter. Visit famous landmarks, hear fascinating stories, and immerse yourself in the haunted world of this atmospheric district. Make your way to the French Quarter to meet your historian guide. Visit places like the infamous Lalaurie Mansion (as seen on 'American Horror Story Coven'), May Bailey's Brothel (as seen on Travel Channels 'Ghost Adventures'), and many other sites. Embark on the only ghost tour in New Orleans with access inside a haunted building. Enjoy a tour that is kid and alcohol friendly. Take a leisurely stroll through the haunted history of New Orleans´ French Quarter with frequent stops and restroom breaks.

New Orleans: Garden District Walking and Storytelling Tour

5. New Orleans: Garden District Walking and Storytelling Tour

Start your 2-hour tour with a brief history of New Orleans and the Garden District. Walk along elegant tree-lined streets and discover the neighborhood's distinctive architectural style. Learn about the risk-takers, speculators and dreamers who established it as a wealthy suburb after the Louisiana Purchase. Peek inside the gates of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which is currently closed to the public, where your guide will explain New Orleans' interesting above-ground interment customs. At the end of the tour, continue to explore the cemetery and the Garden District, or head over to Magazine Street for great shopping and fun dining and cocktail options.

New Orleans: Laura Creole Plantation Guided Tour

6. New Orleans: Laura Creole Plantation Guided Tour

Experience the disappearing world of Creole Louisiana on a 75-minute guided tour of the Laura Plantation main house, gardens and slave quarters. Located on the West bank of the Mississippi in the heart of Plantation Country – the main house dates from 1805 and has been restored to the time when it functioned as both a family home and the office for the sugar plantation. Visit the raised basement and galleries, men's and women's parlors, service rooms and common rooms. Walk through the 200-year-old sugar plantation homestead, including 3 gardens: Jardin Français, the kitchen potager & BananaLand grove. Continue the tour on the grounds with 12 buildings on the National Register, including animal barns, overseers' cottages and the 1829 Maison de Reprise. Hear intimate stories about four generations of free and enslaved members of the Creole families who lived here. Gleaned from handwritten memoirs and archival documents from the United States and France, each story told in the 1805 Maison Principale, on the grounds, and in the original 1840s slave cabins is a true, personal account of the women, children and men who spent their lives on this sugar farm. Spend time touring the onsite museum exhibit on your own after your tour ends. When Laura Plantation opened to the public in 1994, it became the first historic attraction in Louisiana to include stories of enslaved Africans as part of the tour. Today the permanent exhibit "From the Big House to the Quarters: Slavery on Laura Plantation" is dedicated to telling the authentic story of the enslaved community of this Créole farm.

New Orleans: 5 in 1 Ghost & Mystery Evening Tour

7. New Orleans: 5 in 1 Ghost & Mystery Evening Tour

Join a 2-hour guided walking tour with the oldest and most successful locally owned tour company in New Orleans. Haunted History Tours offers a 5-in-1 tour led by licensed guides and master storytellers. Get a comprehensive introduction to ghosts, Voodoo, vampires, unsolved mysteries, the occult and all things paranormal. If you only have enough time for a single tour, this tour provides 5 of the most amazing, eerie and paranormal aspects of the history of North America's most haunted city. Be sure to bring your camera. Ninety per cent of Haunted History Tours’ participants capture paranormal activity in their photos!

New Orleans: French Quarter Food Tour with a Local

8. New Orleans: French Quarter Food Tour with a Local

Discover the rich culinary heritage and history of New Orleans on a guided walking tour of the famous French Quarter. Sample local specialties as you learn about the various cultural influences which have shaped Cajun country. Meet your guide on the banks of the Mississippi River, and start your culinary journey with the most important meal of the day, a tasty breakfast. Try the beignet, a deep-fried sweet dough treat.  Head next to the oldest public market in the United States, the French Market. A destination popular with visitors for over two centuries, here you will try a local dish from one of the stalls and meet some colorful local characters. Begin exploring the streets of the French Quarter, which is often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans. Next, try some traditional gumbo, perhaps the most famous dish of New Orleans. Learn why its recipe sparks much controversy amongst chefs and discover how hundreds of years of history have helped shaped this dish, and how it varies from restaurant to restaurant throughout the area.  Finish the tour with something sweet, some rich local praline made from the region’s generous array of pecans and locally grown sugarcane.

New Orleans: Garden District Tour

9. New Orleans: Garden District Tour

Set off to admire houses and mansions of various styles, from the Italianate to the Gothic, Romanesque and Greek Revival. Marvel at the sweeping front porches, turrets, cast-iron balconies, colonnades, 30-foot columns and double-pitched roofs. Follow in the footsteps of the authors, poets, movie stars, artists and sports legends who have made the Garden District their home. Be mesmerized by the towering Southern live oak trees, magnificent Crepe Myrtles and stunning magnolias that can make walking through the neighborhood feel like walking through a fairytale. Learn the rich history of the area and how it fits into the overall story of New Orleans. Hear about the jealousy and mistrust that led to the "new money" of the "garish" Americans trying to show up the splendor and glory of the "old money" Europeans on the other side of town. Visit the city's oldest municipal cemetery at Lafayette #1 (outside only), and discover where so many famous movies and TV shows have been shot. Hear about the above ground burial practices of New Orleans, and join in some gossip about the dead.

New Orleans: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

10. New Orleans: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ mysterious history on a guided city walking tour. Wander through the historical neighborhood of Tremé / Lafitte — the home of jazz — as you hear about local culture, burial rites, and voodoo practices. Meet your guide and start your tour with a stroll through the lively French Quarter. Learn about the neighborhood’s history and local African American culture as you make your way to Louis Armstrong Park.  Follows the paths through the park to the area formerly known as Congo Square. Discover the history of this place, where enslaved people would meet to socialize and dance on their days off. Continue onto the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 — the oldest of the city’s cemeteries. Learn why the dead are buried above ground, and how the vaults are built. Hear the history of a voodoo practitioner called Marie Laveau and other important residents and stories from your expert guide.

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New Orleans walking tours: Everything you need to know

Kick off your Louisiana vacation with a New Orleans walking tour. What will you do on a walking tour of the Big Easy? You’ll explore the French Quarter and other historical neighborhoods, including the Garden District and the Irish Channel, where you’ll find many pubs and streetcars.

In New Orleans you can pick from a wide selection of both day and night walking tours. Each comes with an experienced guide who can give you lots of background information on the neighborhood or sight that you are touring. New Orleans residents are full of Southern charm and hospitality, so along the way you’ll make lots of friends. Maybe they’ll even give you some suggestions for things to do and see after the tour.

Music tours in New Orleans

You probably know that many talented musicians lived in New Orleans. Walk along Frenchmen Street in Marigny to enjoy street musicians and jazz bands. However, you will most likely see a band playing on the streets anywhere in New Orleans. If you’re in the city during the Mardi Gras celebration, which takes place in the month of February, then you’re even luckier.

Food tours in New Orleans

Creole cuisine, a Louisiana specialty, originated in West Africa and France. Recipes include spicy and well-seasoned foods. If you can take the heat, a foodie tour where you can sample Creole dishes like shrimp gumbo, jambalaya, and etouffee might be ideal. Choose foodie hotspots like Magazine Street for your culinary walking tour. The city’s vibrant nightlife is enhanced by its signature cocktails, like the Hurricane (sounds really dangerous). Thus, a bar tour or craft cocktail walking tour will make for an enjoyable day or evening.

Ghost tours in New Orleans

Yes, New Orleans is a multicultural city, but you’ve probably also heard about its vibrant nightlife and tales of voodoo magic. Consequently, many of its walking tours introduce you to some of the most famous residents of New Orleans - the ghosts, vampires, and goblins. Most tours take place at night and come with a personal guide that will tell you terrifying tales. Several of New Orleans’s cemeteries, such as the Lafayette Cemetery, have above-ground crypts. If you’re really brave, you can book one of these cemetery tours.


What attractions could I see on a New Orleans walking tour?

Be sure to make your way to the French Quarter for the best food and drink New Orleans has to offer. Don’t miss the popular Bourbon Street while you’re there.

The Garden District

Next, you’ll want to tour the Garden District. Here you’ll appreciate the rich history of the community along with its architecture and beautifully landscaped courtyards. On the tour you’ll hear about all the famous people who once lived in the mega-mansions in the Garden District. Have your camera ready in case you see one of them coming outside to grab their newspaper.

New Orleans jazz and music culture hotspots

Take a walking tour around New Orleans to learn about the many musicians who got their start in the Big Easy. Louis Armstrong, also known as Satchmo, was born in New Orleans. He played at many of the clubs in NOLA and later became a renowned trumpet player who traveled the world. You’ll learn all about his beginnings as you walk the streets of New Orleans, with a stop at a former recording studio.

New Orleans historical sights

Explore the history of the city on a walking tour of some of its historical sights. This includes the French Market, Louis Armstrong Park, Basin Street Station, Jackson Square (a historic park), and Chalmette Battlefield.

New Orleans haunted places

Hear the worst horror stories on this New Orleans’s walking tour. Your guide will tell you about murders, disappearances, arson, and many other crimes that have happened in the city. You’ll also tour haunted neighborhoods and buildings to see if you can handle the spookiness.

Unusual walking tours in New Orleans

You can opt for special tours that focus on the contributions of women in New Orleans, crime, and the history of brothels. These are just some of the more unique walking tours you can book while on vacation.

Are there added extras with New Orleans walking tours?

Some walking tours include admission to attractions, complimentary drinks, and possibly even lunch. On food and wine tours, you’ll be able to sample foods and drinks, which are figured into your tour costs.


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What people are saying about New Orleans

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,153 reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! First a shout out to our tour guide Simon, he was superb! He was very knowledgeable about the culture and history of New Orleans, including the origins of the foods we sampled and had a pleasant personality. I enjoyed all of the food, the beautiful architecture of the French Quarter, and the quality customer service render at the restaurants. Overall, a wonderful tour and highly recommended!

It was very informative and exciting. The history is amazing and the guide was very personable and informative. I will be recommending this tour to any one that will head your way.

Very informative. Learned so much about the history of the region. Tour guy was very knowledgeable and answered all questions. As a bonus, he looked like younger Nicolas Cage ;-)

Mac is a fantastic tour guide, my fiancé and I really enjoyed our experience. A must do when visiting NOLA!

Very informative tour from a true local. Our guide was proud of her city.