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New Orleans: Voodoo Queen Tour of French Quarter

1. New Orleans: Voodoo Queen Tour of French Quarter

Marie Laveau is arguably one of the most famous people that lived in New Orleans. This tour is all about her life and what made her so fascinating. While walking with your tour guide through the French Quarter you will get to see where her childhood home was, visit the birthplace of Jazz, and get an understanding of the Code Noir. There will be an opportunity to go into an authentic voodoo store, see a voodoo temple, and dispel popular myths about the religion of Voodoo. Many people don't understand that Voodoo is still practiced today and Marie Laveau started it all. If you want to learn the truth about Voodoo this is the tour for you.

New Orleans: 2-Hour French Quarter History and Voodoo Tour

2. New Orleans: 2-Hour French Quarter History and Voodoo Tour

Follow your licensed guide, a master storyteller, through New Orleans' French Quarter. Learn about the neighborhood's interesting past and travel through its adventurous history as you discover what makes the French Quarter one of the most unique and friendliest places in the United States. Meet your guide and begin touring at Congo Square where you'll learn about the history of voodoo, the slave trade, and the indigenous peoples of New Orleans. Hear the story of the infamous Voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, and visit the site of her former home. Afterward, stop at the historic Supreme Court building for tales about Louisiana politicians and court cases such as Huey P. Long, Edwin Edwards, and Plessy vs. Fergusson. During your tour learn about the city's music, food, architecture, culture, literary history, and Bourbon Street. Your tour ends at Jackson Square where you can admire even more of the city's architecture and see St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytère, and the Cabildo.

New Orleans: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

3. New Orleans: 3-Hour City Bike Tour

Explore New Orleans in a fun and eco-friendly way on a small-group bike tour that winds through the Big Easy’s oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods. Cycle along a flat and leisurely route from the famous French Quarter to less-visited neighborhoods like Esplanade Ridge, City Park, and Bayou St. John, learning about the city’s rich history and modern culture along the way. After getting fitted on a bike in the French Quarter, ride through this storied neighborhood. Then go beyond the touristy boundaries to explore more of the city, following leafy Esplanade Avenue to the green expanse of City Park, visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, and other interesting locations along the way. After visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, cruise past swampy vistas in City Park. You'll traverse through Bayou St. John, a historic waterway that was used by Native Americans and French settlers alike, and learn why it was so instrumental in the city's founding. This bike tour includes visits to the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Esplanade Avenue, St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, City Park, Bayou St. John, Mid-City, the Lafitte Greenway, Louis Armstrong Park, and Congo Square.

New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

4. New Orleans: Heart of the City Bike Tour

On this “Heart of the City” small group bike tour, trace the colonial history of New Orleans and its cultural treasures. Hop on a professionally maintained bicycle and set off with a guide and group of no more than 10 to explore the most famous neighborhoods in the city. Pedal through the flat, storied streets of the French Quarter, Faubourg Treme, and other historic areas while learning about New Orleans history from your expert guide.   Pedal at a leisurely pace along the banks of the Mississippi River and through the oldest parts of New Orleans. Cruise through Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square into the legendary St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Stop along the way to hear about New Orleans heritage, especially the development of jazz and the colorful innovators who created it.

New Orleans: Jazz, History and Art Walking Tour with a Guide

5. New Orleans: Jazz, History and Art Walking Tour with a Guide

Explore jazz in New Orleans’ Armstrong Park on this guided walking tour. Learn how European descendants and people from West Africa and the Caribbean gave birth to this genre. Hear about one of the world's most famous jazz musicians, Louis Armstrong, whom the park is named after. Start underneath the park’s famed lighted arched entrance, exploring the area originally known as Congo Square – one of the first locations in the city where enslaved people and free people of color were allowed to gather and socialize. Hear about jazz’s origins, resulting from a rich mix of cultures in a single city, which combined West African and Caribbean sounds with European musical influences – giving us this uniquely American art form. Listen to the story of Louis Armstrong, one of New Orleans’ most beloved sons, whose career spanned 5 decades in the history of jazz and greatly influenced the genre. As you follow your guide through the park, there’s always a chance of hearing some live jazz from one of New Orleans’ street performers or local musical groups, so keep your fingers crossed. End this tour in the French Quarter with a new appreciation for American music, New Orleans’ famous residents, and the art and sounds of jazz.

New Orleans: Voodoo History Guided Walking Tour

6. New Orleans: Voodoo History Guided Walking Tour

Every New Orleans newcomer wants to learn about voodoo. Shrouded in mystery, driven by beating drums, and populated by some of the most fascinating—and virile—deities in modern theology, voodoo has been intriguing outsiders since it first arrived in New Orleans from the decks of slave and trade ships. But there’s a problem: Voodoo is a deeply misunderstood, ridiculously fetishized, religion, one intentionally painted as “demonic” by Christians and colonizers throughout Louisiana’s history. And so many popular tours and books on the subject are packed with lies our forefathers told, which makes historians and practitioners super sad. Given this city was home to Queen Marie Laveau herself, HH couldn’t just stand idly by while our city’s history was buried under BS. We designed this tour to set the record straight while celebrating the mashup of religions which were woven together to created modern, stateside version of “voodoo” you cannot find outside the Crescent City. You’ll meet your guide on Basin Street, just steps away from the famous tomb which allegedly holds the remains of Marie herself. After a brief lesson on the differences between Haitian Voodoo, New Orleans Voodoo, Santeria, and Hoodoo, guests are led to Congo Square, site of Laveau’s countless ceremonies and rituals. From this sacred ground you’ll make your way to Laveau’s old home, the place she raised her children by day and practiced spiritual workings with a bigass snake around her neck by night. Zombie lore, pandemic history, and the some old timey propaganda await you on Dauphine Street, where your guide will reveal the truth about voodoo dolls and traditional Afro-Caribbean medicine. (Which, fun fact, was often way more effective than Western medicine.) Your guide will then introduce the group to Sanite Dede, the woman who paved the way for Marie Laveau, and the person to make voodoo so popular in the city it had to be banned from the French Quarter entirely. You’ll also learn about secret love affairs, documented miracles, radical healings, spirit summoning, shocking racial crimes, and the very beginning of the abolition movement, all through the lens of ancestor worship and “magic” in America’s Most Haunted City.

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What people are saying about Congo Square

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 378 reviews

Today I had Tim the Tour Guide (friends with Bob the Builder) and it was a great tour! Tim is very knowledgeable, friendly, and open to questions of any sort. The tour was informative and I learned a lot. Thanks!

Scott was so informative and had a very natural way of presenting information that made it easy to absorb. I would absolutely recommend this tour for those that are interested in learning more about voodoo.

Very informative, enjoyable tour. Had Scott as our tour guide and he was really friendly and great at story telling. Definitely recommend!!!

Our tour guide Scott was amazing. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommend a tour with him.

We had an excellent time. Our tour guide was very informative. We would highly recommend