Things to do in Bourbon Street

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New Orleans: French Quarter Sightseeing Carriage Ride

1. New Orleans: French Quarter Sightseeing Carriage Ride

Discover the French Quarter of New Orleans on a traditional mule-drawn carriage ride. Admire sights like Napoleon House, the French Market, and Bourbon Street. Hear about local culture and facinating historical anecdotes from your guide. Learn the basics of New Orleans's history as you travel in style around its vibrant streets. Discover fascinating anecdotes about the people and places that have contributed to making New Orleans truly unique and unforgettable from your licensed local guide. See French Quarter sights like the Saint Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, Napoleon House, the French Market, and Bourbon Street. Ride through the Faubourg Marigny with its unique architecture and live music venues. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that group carriage tours travel at a leisurely pace. Choose from a private or shared carriage tour depending on which option you book as you enjoy a day out to remember in a horse and cart.

New Orleans: Haunted French Quarter Carriage Tour at Night

2. New Orleans: Haunted French Quarter Carriage Tour at Night

Explore the iconic French Quarter of New Orleans on a carriage tour at night and get introduced to the ghostly lore and legends. Pass by Bourbon Street, Napoleon House, and more while listening to true stories of ghosts, voodoo, and vampires from your guide. 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 that holds 1 to 4 passengers.

New Orleans: Combo Cocktail and Food History Tour

3. 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.

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

4. City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

Take in the highlights of New Orleans on a 3-hour city tour. Visit the historic French Quarter, and see Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and more. Continue to areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, including the 9th Ward. See Harry Connick Jr.'s Musicians’ Village and the work by Habitat for Humanity. Visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries, where you'll see the unique above-ground tombs. Head to New Orleans City Park, and pass by Lake Pontchartrain – the largest lake in Louisiana. In the Garden District, see the iconic streetcars and historic mansions. The tour ends with a visit to the central business district.

New Orleans: French Quarter Food and History Walking Tour

5. New Orleans: French Quarter Food and History Walking Tour

Head on a culinary exploration of New Orleans and discover the flavors of the French Quarter. Bring an appetite and get ready to explore the history of the area through its food. Sample staples and local favorites like beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, char-grilled oysters, and, of course, po’boys. Your adventure begins just down the street from the famous Café du Monde. Meet your guide and try one of their famous beignets fresh from the fryer. Enjoy this fried treat in true local style, as a late breakfast snack. Next, head to a beloved local gumbo shop to try their version of this famous stew with both Cajun and Creole influences. Discover the origins of the dish as you eat and learn more about the building where you’re enjoying it. After taking in the sounds of some talented street performers, make your way to New Orleanians’ favorite restaurant on Bourbon Street. Try traditional jambalaya and a freshly fried Louisiana delicacy as your guide explains this eatery’s surprising connection to local jazz legend Louis Armstrong. From there, step into the oldest continuously operated family-owned restaurant in the entire country. Take the opportunity to purchase a drink of your choice and step into the elaborate private dining rooms owned by local Mardi Gras krewes. Your next stop is the place where New Orleanians know to go for incredible oysters. Try the delicious char-grilled variety along with a shrimp po’boy. After that, get a glimpse of New Orleans’ Italian-American heritage. Stop by a traditional Italian-style grocery store to pick up some muffulettas. This hearty sandwich is the ultimate New Orleans street food experience. Finally, it’s time to visit the colorful French Market. Explore the different stalls and stop for a seasonal sweet treat from one of the best vendors in the entire place.

New Orleans: French Quarter Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

6. New Orleans: French Quarter Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Explore the French Quarter of New Orleans with a local photographer with a passion for lively, colorful photos. Pose for incredible pictures in front of memorable landmarks. Meet your local photographer-guide in the French Quarter to start your tour. Take a relaxed walk around the neighborhood to find great spots to take photos. Follow your guide through this stunning part of New Orleans and learn about its history. See St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Stop for your photographer to snap amazing photos of you with recognizable New Orleans landmarks as your backdrop. Choose between focusing on the French Quarter or taking in all the highlights of New Orleans. Let your photographer help you find the right poses to capture you at your best, ensuring you have great photos to take home.

New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

7. New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

Sink your soul into the seductive spirits of murder, suicide, and the paranormal on this unique walking tour in New Orleans. Uncover the dark history of the city through the nightmarish tales of your guide. Begin near Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz and New Orleans voodoo, and hear about the square's darker side. Partake of elixirs, leave offerings of baubles and beads, and pray its enough to keep the demons of New Orleans from leaving you in a spiraling quagmire of insanity. Raven’s Omen will burn through the hottest hell as it sends the chill of death to your soul. Unearth the Devil’s Empire and feel its lifeless grip as the pulse of New Orleans sends you further into the shadows. Is it voodoo posession, madness, or PTSD? Hear the story of Zack and Addie to find out.

New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

8. 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

New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

9. New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

Your tour begins on Bourbon Street where you’ll meet your local expert guide. Set off to learn how this area developed from a seedy slum into one of the preeminent pleasure districts in the United States. You will also swing into a bar to learn about (and enjoy too if you wish) one of the many cocktails created in the French Quarter, before pausing on Royal Street to see some of the best street musicians in America and learn about the creation of Jazz music. From there, your guide will take you to Jackson Square where you’ll see landmark buildings like the Pontalba apartments (the oldest continually-occupied apartments in America), the St. Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo (where the Louisiana Purchase was signed). You will then step inside the Presbytere for a guided tour of the interior, including exhibits on Mardi Gras and Hurricane Katrina. You can’t visit New Orleans without a close encounter with the supernatural, so your next stop is one of the most haunted buildings in the city, where you will take a tour of its interior which includes the infamous seance room. Whether you’re a skeptic or a believer, this is an experience not to be missed. After swinging through the old French Market and stopping at the best spot to take pictures of Jackson Square, you'll head down to the riverfront to watch the steamboats go up and down the mighty Mississippi River.

New Orleans: French Quarter Saint & Sinner History Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Bourbon Street

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 848 reviews

An amazing activity and beautiful way to see the city. Lucy was our guide. She was fun and gave great info and recommendations for further exploration. Marie the mule was smart and sweet adding to the charm of the tour!!

We had an awesome time getting a view of the city on our first night. Our guide gave a great tour and description(spooky voice and all) of all the famous and haunted spots. We definitely recommend this tour.

The ride was fun and educational. We were close enough to all the sites of interest and had plenty of time to see them. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Best value for the money.

Marti was excellent and very informative about New Orleans, it’s history and the rich architecture.

Overall great experience. Got to try a variety of food and drinks at some great spots in the city