French Quarter
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Our most recommended French Quarter Day Trips

  • New Orleans: Daytime City Helicopter Tour

    1. New Orleans: Daytime City Helicopter Tour

    Hop aboard the helicopter at New Orleans Lakefront Airport, just 15 minutes from the French Quarter, and get ready to experience New Orleans from a new perspective. Choose between two different flight options. Choose the 15-mile option to fly over the city for approximately 12-15 minutes. Experience sites from above such as Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market, and Bourbon Street. In addition to getting a close-up aerial view of the French Quarter, you will pass by the Central Business District, Canal Street, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and fly over City Park. This park is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana’s Children’s Museum, and the Bayou Oaks golf course. Next door is the Fair Grounds, home to the Louisiana Derby as well the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Choose the 30-mile option and get the opportunity to fly over both the city and...

    our pilot Mark was very professional and kept the tour very interesting! it was quick but very worth while.

  • New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

    2. 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

    Our family was so happy we chose this. We saw parts of New Orleans that we otherwise wouldn’t have, plus we had a lot of fun together. We’ll do one of these in every city we travel to from now on!

  • New Orleans: Private City Lights Helicopter Night Tour

    3. New Orleans: Private City Lights Helicopter Night Tour

    Marvel at the sparkling lights and unparalleled views of New Orleans by night as you soar overhead on a private helicopter tour. Experience the tranquility of the night as you fly over the city that never sleeps.  This helicopter night tour takes off from New Orleans Lakefront Airport, only 15 minutes from the French Quarter. Choose between two different flight lengths. The first is a 15-mile route and soars over the busy French Quarter. Experience the lights of Canal Street as well as the colorful Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The second flight length is a 30-mile route where you can enjoy more time flying over the city with time spent over Uptown and the Garden District to see sights like Tulane University, Loyola University, and Saint Charles Avenue.

    The tour was fun. Really enjoyed seeing the city from a different point of view.

  • From New Orleans: Tour of Destrehan Plantation

    4. From New Orleans: Tour of Destrehan Plantation

    Established in 1787 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Destrehan Plantation remains the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. After being picked up, take a short 35-minute drive to the plantation house for a 1-hour guided tour and then take 45 minutes to explore the grounds on your own. The plantation’s history consists of many notable people and events. The plantation served as a home to Marie Celeste Robin de Logny and her husband Jean Noel Destrehan, the most successful sugar producer in St. Charles Parish and one of the driving forces in Louisiana Statehood. The plantation exhibits an original document signed by President Thomas Jefferson and Secretary of State James Madison, appointing Jean Noel to the Orleans Territorial Council responsible for creating Louisiana’s civil law of government.   Destrehan Plantation was the site where...

  • New Orleans: Christmas Eve Bonfire Experience

    5. New Orleans: Christmas Eve Bonfire Experience

    For many years this Cajun community has built huge wooden structures along the Mississippi River levee to be lit up in flames. The bonfires, built in the shape of cabins, tepees, or riverboats, light the way for Papa Noel to arrive in Bayou Country. Choose between two ways of experiencing the "feux de joie", or fires of joy:  1) Bonfire Express Tour This tour includes round-trip narrated motorcoach transportation from New Orleans to the bonfire site. A police escort will then accompany a “sleigh of coaches” to view the bonfires.  2) Bonfire Adventure Tour This tour includes round-trip narrated motorcoach transportation from New Orleans to the bonfire site. A police escort will then accompany a “sleigh of coaches” to view the bonfires. After seeing the bonfires, you will enjoy a guided tour of the San Francisco Plantation, built in 1855. Reported to be the most opulent plantation ho...

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What people are saying about French Quarter

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based on 439 reviews

Our family was so happy we chose this. We saw parts of New Orleans that we otherwise wouldn’t have, plus we had a lot of fun together. We’ll do one of these in every city we travel to from now on!

our pilot Mark was very professional and kept the tour very interesting! it was quick but very worth while.

We enjoyed ourselves the tour was amazing everyone was amazing!!!

A great experience. Definitely recommending to everyone I know.

For my first helicopter ride it was a pretty nice experience.