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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.

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

2. 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: Laura Creole Plantation Guided Tour

3. 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: 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 Tour

5. New Orleans Garden District Tour

The New Orleans Garden District is a beautiful and ornate neighborhood with gorgeous, historic houses and mansions dating back to the antebellum days of the Old South. This historic neighborhood is comprised of the world’s largest collection of 19th-century southern-style mansions, some of which are still known by the names of families that built them. This whole area was once a number of plantations, eventually sold off in parcels. Originally the Garden District was developed with only a couple of houses per block, each surrounded by a large garden, giving the district its name. Bring your camera! This two hour walking tour is best enjoyed on foot in order to fully enjoy the exquisite examples of quintessential New Orleans architecture: white columns, scroll work of a cast iron fence, or a romantic Romeo and Juliet style gallery. You'll also go by Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, a historic 19th-century cemetery with above-ground tombs & statuary characteristic of the area.

New Orleans: Cemetery Tour

6. 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.

From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation Tour

7. 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: Haunted Pub Crawl

8. 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.

New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

9. 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: Tremé African American & Creole History Tour

10. New Orleans: Tremé African American & Creole History Tour

Take a guided walking tour of Tremé, the birthplace of New Orleans jazz and the center of the city’s Creole culture. Your licensed guide, a local historian, will tell you about this vibrant neighborhood’s African-American history and the rise of the civil rights movement. As you explore this area, you’ll visit St. Augustine Church, The Tomb of the Unknown Slave, and the only laundromat that made its way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Jelly Roll Morton, Alphonse Picou, and Trombone Shorty are just some of the New Orleans jazz greats who were born here. Along the way you’ll see locations from the set of the HBO series Tremé and learn about the city’s modern brass band tradition. Today this neighborhood is still home to musicians as well as artists and craftsmen who contribute to the development of the ongoing neighborhood story.

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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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based on 2,153 reviews

Great guide with lots of history, stories, and architecture. Really liked her (Yvonne) and the other must have bc the other people on the tour had booked her for this tour after having her the day before on a different tour.

Zelda was a great tour guide around this fascinating cemetery. Perpetual care is a must!

Dartania was a great and thoughtful guide, we really loved our tour

So glad to be able to tour this cemetery after covid

great walk with good information and delicious food!