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New Orleans: History and Haunts Carriage Ride Night Tour

1. New Orleans: History and Haunts Carriage Ride Night Tour

A carriage tour at night is a wonderfully spooky way to see the town, learn a bit of history, and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure. Visit famous haunted locations and be introduced to the ghostly lore and legends that New Orleans' French Quarter is known for. Thanks to 300 years of tragedy, New Orleans is filled with true stories of ghosts, voodoo, and vampires.  With so much paranormal activity happening in the city, the best way to tour these haunted locations is by carriage ride at night. Historical stories of love and tragedy come to life as the professional tour guides explain the legends and lore, in addition to historical narration detailing all major landmarks throughout the French Quarter. On the haunted tour, expect Voodoo galore, and learn about how Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen, applied her magical powers to shift the course of love, luck, and law in New Orleans. Learn about the bevy of haunted restaurants, like Muriel’s, where numerous seances have been held over the years. Witness the site of a 19th-century massacre, said to still hold ghosts of the tragedy.  You may even discover that your hotel is haunted, as the carriage ride rolls past all of the most haunted hotels in the French Quarter. Group carriage tours travel at a leisurely pace and with small groups exceeding no more than 8 passengers per carriage. For a more exclusive experience you can reserve a private carriage which holds 1 to 4 passengers.

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New Orleans: 2-Hour Sinister Criminal Intentions Murder Tour

2. New Orleans: 2-Hour Sinister Criminal Intentions Murder Tour

Maybe ghost stories don’t quite pique your interest, but you will have that curiosity about the dark side of humanity. Some of the most terrifying things are what people do to each other, and perhaps you will want to glimpse into this corrupt corner of existence. You'll be brought on a tour of the sordid details behind New Orleans’ dark bloody murders. You’ll visit locations in the French Quarter where the echoes of gruesome crimes of murder still cry out. The city, while soulful and charming, has always had a seedy side from its beginnings. From being settled by the dregs of France—people offered to be released from poorhouses and prisons if they boarded ship for Louisiana—to the delinquency and depravity of today, where the unspeakable still happens. And you’ll see where it all happened, and understand the history behind it.

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New Orleans: Evening Jazz Discovery Tour With a Local Guide

3. New Orleans: Evening Jazz Discovery Tour With a Local Guide

This music tour of New Orleans begins just outside the French Quarter at the historic and beautiful Louis Armstrong Park in the Tremé neighborhood. Within the park, your guide and group will talk about the historical origins of jazz and discuss one of the jazz greats, Armstrong himself.  From here, you'll make your way to the popular Marigny neighborhood, named after the nobleman and good-time guy of the same name. Updated for modern thirsts, Marigny is a hip nightlife area that appeals to New Orleanians and visitors alike. Your guide will lead the way, either on foot or by streetcar, making sure to point out a few popular local music and nightlife haunts along the way.  Soon you will arrive at the famous Frenchmen Street, the largest concentration of live music venues in the city. Your guide will take you inside some of his/her favorites. Being with a local, you’ll have access to the best options, depending on the day of the week, time of day and band schedules. And to top it off, you will receive a free beer at one of the stops and you’re very welcome to purchase additional beverages as and when you want them.  In New Orleans, there’s always the opportunity for an element of surprise. Be on the lookout for impromptu street performances, which always make the night special. And if the timing and mood is right, you’ll get behind the scenes with one of the bands in between sets.  In addition to getting your groove on and enjoying the sights and sounds of Frenchmen Street, your tour will endat the nightly art market. This is another lively spot where the city’s artists show off their best work, from handmade sculptures to local photography.  If (well, let’s be honest, when!), at the end of the tour you're still craving more, your guide will point out other great locations in the area for dinner, drinks and of course, more great music!

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New Orleans' Lower Garden Food Tour

4. New Orleans' Lower Garden Food Tour

Stop at 5 delicious tasting destinations, and hear from the food vendors themselves in an unforgettable historic and cultural experience. Discover 2017’s Best New Restaurant in America, the world’s first Creole Taqueria, America’s best donut, and more. Walk through the leafy, tree-lined streets amidst the towering antebellum mansions. See first-hand the old world charm that makes New Orleans one of America’s most special cities. The tour takes place right at the foot of Magazine Street, NOLA’s greatest shopping destination, with six gorgeous miles of every type of shop, restaurant and bar you can imagine. This tour features America’s most famous bologna sandwich, meal-sized gourmet donuts, and a mix of flavors from Korea, Vietnam, Mexico, and more.

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New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

5. New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

From the beginning faith has ruled this great city. For some, it has created rumors of conspiracy, witchcraft, and vampires. For others, it inspired greatness. Lives have been lost and battlegrounds drawn, but New Orleans’ eclectic belief systems have created a sense of acceptance found nowhere else. Did you know that the famous voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, was also a devout Catholic? Surprises abound on this inspiring journey. Join the most unique and interesting walking tour in New Orleans. New Orleans is a hot, humid and sometimes unforgiving place where in the dead of summer the air takes on the quality of a crawfish boil. It is a long, drawn out fever that seeps into the bloodstream and compels even the sweetest from small town America to do obscene things. This is the real New Orleans which does not fit neatly into the category of "American" city. It is a black water port, Caribbean and lawless; settled by thieves, prostitutes, and the other criminally disposed. It is also Catholic and pious with Roman altars trimmed in gold. It is equally black magic, voodoo, and the steady throb of African drums. New Orleans is sex and confession. It is sin and forgiveness. This is the place where God and the Devil shook hands so the party could go on. New Orleans is a city for the sinner and the saint. This is a tour that takes you through the sweat soaked madness of our best and worst. Get lost in this strange city and explore its dark past because this is not your grandmother's tour.

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New Orleans: Mafia, Sex, And All That Jazz Walking Tour

6. New Orleans: Mafia, Sex, And All That Jazz Walking Tour

For the past 300 years New Orleans has hung precariously to the lower lip of a country that doesn’t know quite what to make of it. Known for a culture of decadence that was unprincipled and downright sinful at times, the New Orleans of old was a place where foreign cultures mixed and the castoffs of society found a home. Join your friendly local guide for a two-hour walking tour through the epicenter of it all: the French Quarter.  Learn about iconic local personages like Silver Dollar Sam, Diamond Jim, Emma Johnson and her House of All Nations, and Norma Wallace. Walk down Bourbon Street at the historic heart of the French Quarter crammed with bars and strip clubs. Explore the area where Storyville was located and learn about the history of the legendary tenderloin district that beckoned all comers between 1898 and 1917. Meet the King Fish, Governor Huey Long, who fathered modern Louisiana through patronage and payoffs. He might have become President — if he hadn’t been assassinated. Due to its adult content, you must be at least 18 years old to take this tour. 

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What people are saying about New Orleans

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 19 reviews

She was a very knowledgeable person and very enthusiastic when she tells the history of the areas we visited, my husband and I enjoyed every moment of the tour and we learned so much about the French quarter for our first visit to New Orleans please keep up the good work.

We love our carriage ride! Our driver Emily was super sweet and knowledgeable. We got to see parts of the French quarter we’ve never seen before. I’d highly recommend this to anyone.

Guide was very informative and kept you interested. Carriage and mule were very clean and taken care of. Nice tour of French quarter.

Amazing tour guide. A little difficult to get there and back if you don’t have a car, but it was worth it.

It was a fun tour not everything was absolutely the truth but entertaining guide was fun.