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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: French Quarter Ghost and Murder Tour

3. 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: Cemetery Tour

4. 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.

New Orleans: Garden District Walking and Storytelling Tour

5. New Orleans: Garden District Walking and Storytelling Tour

Start your 2-hour tour with a brief history of New Orleans and the Garden District. Walk along elegant tree-lined streets and discover the neighborhood's distinctive architectural style. Learn about the risk-takers, speculators and dreamers who established it as a wealthy suburb after the Louisiana Purchase. Peek inside the gates of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which is currently closed to the public, where your guide will explain New Orleans' interesting above-ground interment customs. At the end of the tour, continue to explore the cemetery and the Garden District, or head over to Magazine Street for great shopping and fun dining and cocktail options.

New Orleans: Frenchmen Street VIP Live Music Pub Crawl

6. New Orleans: Frenchmen Street VIP Live Music Pub Crawl

Experience some of the best live music at Frenchmen Street's hottest clubs on this VIP pub crawl tour. Dance to live bands and enjoy signature drinks at each venue. Take photos of eclectic and unique art during a visit to the Frenchmen Art Market. Gather with your group and guide, then head to the first bar where a bartender will show you how to make a premium Louisiana cocktail, such as a Sazerac or Pimm's Cup. Try the famous Booty Shaker Shot and another specialty cocktail. Continue to experience the Frenchmen Street scene and meet new friends as you hop to more bars and see Frenchmen Street’s art market. Listen as your guide details several French Quarter ghost stories and tales of musical New Orleans from 1718 to now. Your tour guide will help you be in the right place at the right time to see Jazz, brass bands, Latin, funk, electronic, rock, blues, Americana, zydeco, EDM, hip hop, and local DJs. Inside the over 20 bars and clubs on the street, you can find just about every style of music.

New Orleans: Cocktails & Brunch Crawl in the French Quarter

7. 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 several iconic dishes and drinks during the tour. 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 traditional 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. While on tour try many iconic dishes such as beignets, calas, boudin, frog legs, alligator, duck jambalaya and more. 

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: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

9. New Orleans: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ mysterious history on a guided city walking tour. Wander through the historical neighborhood of Tremé / Lafitte — the home of jazz — as you hear about local culture, burial rites, and voodoo practices. Meet your guide and start your tour with a stroll through the lively French Quarter. Learn about the neighborhood’s history and local African American culture as you make your way to Louis Armstrong Park.  Follows the paths through the park to the area formerly known as Congo Square. Discover the history of this place, where enslaved people would meet to socialize and dance on their days off. Continue onto the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 — the oldest of the city’s cemeteries. Learn why the dead are buried above ground, and how the vaults are built. Hear the history of a voodoo practitioner called Marie Laveau and other important residents and stories from your expert guide.

New Orleans Garden District Tour

10. 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.

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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

DJ our tour guide was excellent! He’s extremely knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and enjoyable. The food was really good and so were the drinks. I would definitely recommend.

Coty is the best tour guy of NOLA - so much history and so many random stories / facts. Couldn’t have asked for a better time!

The experience was great and the guide Charlie was very knowledgeable.I would highly recommend

Very informative tour from a true local. Our guide was proud of her city.

Sandra Dee is an amazing tour guide! This tour is so fun and informative.