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New Orleans: Walking Tour Inside St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

1. New Orleans: Walking Tour Inside St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Uncover the history of one of America's oldest and most famous cemeteries that is not open to the general public on this walking tour of the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 cemetery. View interesting burial customs and stroll past facinating above ground tombs.  Check in and meet your guide at the Basin St. Station Visitor Center where you can find an array of exhibits about New Orleans, an interactive map of the Hurricane Katrina floodwaters, a café, restrooms, and a gift shop. Get your tour stickers and depart on time for your adventure into the macabre. Head to the the front gates of the St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and listen as you guide takes you back in time with the story of the cemetery. Make your way through New Orleans' most famous tombs and hear about the city's unique burial customs. Get up close to the elaborate above-ground crypts and below-ground sites. Meander among the and find out about the storied pasts of those residing here, including Voodoo Queen Mariel Laveau, the former mayor Homer Plessy and other notable figures from the city's history.

New Orleans: Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark with Exclusive Access

2. New Orleans: Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark with Exclusive Access

Experience the spooky side of New Orleans on a tour of the city and one of its most haunted cemeteries. Listen to chilling tales from your local guide and learn about the darker parts of the city's history. Begin your tour in the heart of the French Quarter. Meet your guide and board the air-conditioned bus. Along the way learn about Voodoo and hear some ghost stories before entering a private, above-ground, exclusive cemetery. Next, follow your guide to a burial ground of spirits who met their unfortunate fate in a tragic pandemic event. Finish off the tour by stopping by a haunted mansion, the Coven House from "American Horror Story" to take a quick picture before completing your tour.

New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Half-Day Tour

3. New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Half-Day Tour

Embark on a half-day tour to the Oak Alley Plantation from New Orleans. Pass under the alley of 250-year-old Oak trees and uncover the history of the Old South on a guided tour of the plantation. Oak Alley is one of the most photographed plantations; it has been the setting for motion pictures such as “Interview with a Vampire" and “Primary Colors.” This visit is a fantastic educational tour to experience with friends or family. After exploring the plantation, treat yourself to a refreshing snack at the on-site café and ice cream parlor. End your tour whilst enjoying the views of live oak trees stretching from the mansion to the gently flowing Mississippi River.

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

4. 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.

New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Murder Tour

5. 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: Oak Alley Plantation & Airboat Swamp Combo Tour

6. New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation & Airboat Swamp Combo Tour

Discover Louisiana on a guided day trip from New Orleans to the historical Oak Alley Plantation, with entry tickets included, and a bayou airboat ride. Benefit from round-trip transportation from your New Orleans hotel. Start your experience with hotel pickup, and relax on the drive to Oak Alley Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of the plantation home by guides in period dress while you hear and learn about the times of slavery.  Take in the house's Greek Revival architecture, the antique farm equipment exhibits, and walk around the grounds where 28 evenly spaced, huge oak trees grow. Browse the blacksmith shop and souvenir shop, or stop for a snack (at your own expense) in the restaurant. Continue onto Barataria Basin for an airboat tour of the bayou swamplands, where your local captain will guide you through the swamps, marshes, and lakes. Travel at high speeds for an exciting ride, then slow down to spot local wildlife on this exciting airboat experience. Look out for alligators, birds, and other animals. Every airboat tour is unique, so you never know what you’ll see. Even in winter — when alligators hibernate — you’ll have a good chance of spotting these reptiles.  Back on dry land, return to the bus for the drive back to New Orleans, where you’ll finish off your trip with a convenient drop-off back at your hotel.

New Orleans: Swamp Zipline Tour with Transfer Option

7. New Orleans: Swamp Zipline Tour with Transfer Option

Travel to the banks of Lake Ponchartrain, in the quaint historic town of Frenier, to see the Maurepas swamp from a unique perspective. Suspended above it on this zipline tour, admire the animals of the swamp and the panoramic views. Start the day with a transfer from your hotel in New Orleans, if the option is selected. Upon arrival, meet your host who will provide safety equipment and instructions for the day’s activities. Use the lockers provided to store loose items. Begin the adventure from atop a 60-foot start platform. Marvel at the views of the magnificent Maurepas Swamp and Lake Ponchartrain. View the historic town of Frenier and the New Orleans skyline. As you traverse the course, take on five separate zip lines, two suspension bridges, and a one-of-a-kind spiral cypress tree staircase. The swamp zipline course is roughly a half-mile long, and it takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Become immersed in nature. As you soar through the course, you may see alligators, turtles, snakes, whitetail deer, wild boar, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, egrets, herons, and much more from the comfort and safety of the treetops.

New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

8. New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

Let your guide share their passion for food with you on this walking tour of the French Quarter in New Orleans. Enjoy dishes or drinks at each establishment you stop at. Take a stroll by the Mississippi River Levee and Jackson Square. Admire the balconies in the French Quarter. Meet your guide at Bon's New Orleans Street Food and take your taste buds on an adventure. Experience the depth and complexity of local spices as you try a creole and Cajun brunch sampler. Start your day off right with a fruity hurricane cocktail in hand.  Snap pictures of Instagram-worthy dishes that will leave your friends drooling. Soak in the vibe of the French Quarter as you walk past jazz clubs and vividly painted buildings with intricate cast-iron balconies.  View the natural beauty of the grand Mississippi river. See the stately Spanish Colonial style of Saint Louis Cathedral from Jackson Square. Finish your tour full of good food and with a little buzz at Bon's New Orleans Street Food. 

French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

9. French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

Take a walking and storytelling tour through New Orleans' famous French Quarter. See famous landmarks and learn about local history as you make your way from the jazz fountain to Jackson Square, hearing fascinating stories along the way. The night before the tour, your guide will send an email with their photo, contact information, and directions to the meeting spot. The tour begins at the jazz fountain at the intersection of Decatur and Dumaine Streets in the historic French Market district. These are small-group tours, making for a more comfortable, customized experience.  After a brief overview of New Orleans history, your guide will lead you around the oldest neighborhood in the city, and point out the locations that have made New Orleans famous: St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and the Mississippi River - and lesser-known treasures such as the French Market, an almost 300 year old convent, and courtyards hidden behind the 18th and 19th century buildings. Your guide will also be an enthusiastic storyteller, and the stories about this neighborhood are like no other. Established as a French colonial outpost in 1718, its earliest inhabitants were the quirky, gritty, fascinating types who are still attracted to it today. Every block has a story which will be shared with you. The tour concludes in or next to Jackson Square, but it is by no means over. Your guide is full of recommendations for enjoying the neighborhood and the city further. When you finish the French Quarter tour, you will be energized to go out and explore this jewel of a neighborhood even further, and the knowledge you gained walking with your guide will only deepen your understanding of New Orleans, and  stay with you long after you have left its quaint streets and alleys.

New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

10. New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

Make your way to the Jax Brewery building to meet your local licensed guide who will be waiting for you at the entrance to Bon's New Orleans Street Food to check you in with your confirmation email. This tour visits the most fascinating and haunted places throughout the city, including the infamous Lalaurie Mansion (as seen on "American Horror Story: Coven"), and many other sites such as the Sultan's Palace or Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. This is a 2-hour leisurely stroll just under a mile long with frequent bar stops and restroom breaks. Enjoy an alcohol-friendly tour, with opportunities to purchase cocktails at the start of trip.

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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

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4.6 / 5

based on 2,153 reviews

Crissy was a delight! She came with NOLA snacks and lots of fun history. The kids loved the crafts too. It was worth the time and money.

This was our first ghost tour and a definite success. We had Matt as our tour guide and he was great. Loved learning about everything

Absolutely amazing tour led by Peak! She was super informative for anyone who wants to know about the history of the city!

Sean is the greatest spot and storyteller ever and should get several raises.

Great and informative tour around the French Quarter, great guide