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New Orleans: 2-Hour Haunted Cemetery and City Tour at Night

1. New Orleans: 2-Hour Haunted Cemetery and City Tour at Night

Explore the spooky side of New Orleans on a 2-hour tour of the city and one of its most haunted cemeteries. Listen to chilling tales from your local guide and learn about the darker parts of the city's history. Begin your tour in the heart of the French Quarter. Meet your guide and board the bus to head to the tour's first location. Along the way learn some fascinating New Orleans Voodoo history. Arrive at the first stop, an above-ground cemetery. Learn about some of its most notorious residents including those who still walk among us today. Next, follow your guide to a burial ground containing 1000s of spirits who met their unfortunate fate in a tragic event. Finish off the tour by stopping at a haunted mansion, the Coven House from "American Horror Story". Here you will have the opportunity to take a picture before going back to the French Quarter.

New Orleans: 2 & 3 Days Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Walking Tour

2. New Orleans: 2 & 3 Days Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Walking Tour

Explore the best of New Orleans on this open-top double-decker bus tour of the city’s key attractions. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with strategically placed stops, regular pickups, and onboard commentary from a guide to learn about the city’s history. Begin your sightseeing tour at any of the stops on the route. Grab a comfortable seat on the lower deck or on the open‐air upper deck for the best views. Hop on and off at any of the route’s locations. Between stops, stroll through New Orleans's colorful neighborhoods and make use of your exclusive deals and discounts. .The 2-day hop‐on hop‐off pass includes a Garden District guided walking tour. The 3-day ticket, in addition to the Garden District guided walking tour, includes guided walking tours through the French Quarter to see gems of New Orleans architecture. These are the stops:• 700 Decatur Street, Jackson Square• Market Place Near St Peters Street • Esplanade Avenue • Treme, Rampart & Ursulines Avenue• Basin Station Visitor Information Center • Canal Street• Riverfront Creole Queen • Central Business District • Louisiana Superdome • The National WWII Museum • Magazine Street • Garden District • St. Charles Avenue • Arts District • Harrah's Casino on S. Peters Street• Canal Place 

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.

New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

4. New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

Start at the Lafayette cemetery, where you will learn about the unique funeral customs and traditions of New Orleans. During the guided walk to the first restaurant stop, you will explore the architecture of the Garden District, home to historic mansions, colorful shotgun houses, and hauntingly beautiful oak trees. Then, check out local shops on Magazine Street. Visit three food stops that highlight Cajun and Creole flavors and history. The first food stop is an indulgent taste of Creole fusion and the multicultural influences that shaped the 300-year-old city. You'll also learn the history of the Cajun people and the influence of their hunting and farming society on the food culture of Louisiana. Along the way, visit locally-owned shops and an art gallery before finishing on a sweet note at the dessert stop for specialty, filled beignets, and cafe au lait. The first two food stops include either a choice from a menu of craft beers from local breweries, a cocktail, house sangria, or mimosa. Non-alcoholic drinks are also included and vegetarians and many dietary allergies can be accommodated. You'll also get plenty of recommendations for local fun on your trip so book for the start of your time in New Orleans.

New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

5. New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

Explore the French Quarter and the Garden District by bike on this bike tour of New Orleans. Start your bike tour at the Mississippi River overlooking Jackson Square and ride through the historic heart of New Orleans. Cycle through the French Quarter, stop outside historic landmarks, and learn about the history of New Orleans. Next up is the Garden District. Hear about New Orleans pre-and post-Civil War history and gain insights into Southern life throughout these eras. Pass by opulent mansions built in the 1800s and filming locations throughout the Garden District. Visit one of New Orleans's above-ground cemeteries and learn about how the lives of loved ones are commemorated in New Orleans culture and traditions.

New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

6. New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

Enjoy a totally unique walking tour through New Orleans' Garden District and marvel at the opulent 19th-century mansions that are so common in this area. With your experienced guide, you will learn about the history behind these magnificent homes, the former owners, visitors and about the city of New Orleans in general.  Get to witness mansions that so often tell the story of wealth found and sometimes lost, during the second half of the 19th century. Marvel at the homes, designed with a love of Greek Revival and Italianate building styles, with some of them reminiscent of grand plantation mansions.  Your leisurely walk starts by visiting two iconic mansions, the Bosworth-Haus and, the Burnside Mansion. The former owners, one a successful ice-magnate, the other a plantation owner lived in decadent homes with stunning architectural features, all of which you will get to admire during this tour.  After a stop at the oldest municipal cemetery where you will learn about the city's above-ground burial traditions, you will get to visit Commander's Palace, one of New Orleans' most famous restaurants. Culinary stars such as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse trained here under the watchful eyes of other master chefs and its owner, Ella Brennan. The tour's next stop is the Eustis-Haus, which was built for the daughter of a cotton factor and is now the home of Hollywood movie actress Sandra Bullock, who purchased it for $2.25 million. Nearby you will get the chance to see the Lonsdale house on Prytania Street. His house is the oldest in the Garden District and today belongs to a wealthy local tea and coffee importer. The walk ends at the Rink, a former skating rink that today houses a local coffee shop, an independent bookstore, and small boutiques.

New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

7. New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South in this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood with an expert local guide. Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. Here you will learn how New Orleans’ most famous confection was brought to the city from Europe, and will even be able to taste one hot out of the copper pots. Next, you’ll hop onto a street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Avenue, en-route to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, tree-lined streets is home to some of the best-preserved, pre-Civil-War mansions in America, as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the area, as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and now owned by famous people such as Beyonce and Sandra Bullock. Along the way, you’ll stop off at one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. You’ll also learn about the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level. For the highlight of the tour, you will step inside the Elms Mansion, a 150-year-old Italianate home that is one of the most impressive in the city. As you tour the opulent rooms, you will learn about the businessmen and plantation owners who built these stately residences, and the wealthy world that they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your tour ends in the mansion’s beautiful garden, with an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the shade of the largest magnolia tree in the south.

New Orleans: Garden District Tour

8. New Orleans: Garden District Tour

Take a walk down the streets of New Orleans' earliest neighborhood and discover amazing architecture, historical landmarks, colorful characters, and fascinating stories which make New Orleans a city like no other.  Begin your tour with a stroll through one of the most unique neighborhoods in America, the Garden District. Walk by magnificent houses and gardens as you listen to stories of America's most successful citizens who have made the District their home, including authors, poets, and actors.

New Orleans Sightseeing Tour by Air-Conditioned Minibus

9. New Orleans Sightseeing Tour by Air-Conditioned Minibus

Discover the highlights of New Orleans in comfort on a 3-hour sightseeing tour by air-conditioned minibus. Visit areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, along with historical landmarks such as Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the former seat of the Spanish colonial city hall at The Cabildo. Get an overview of the famous French Quarter so that you can explore the district at your own pace later. View the 100-year old homes along Esplanade Avenue on the way to the Dueling Oaks in City Park. Explore one of the city's cemeteries on foot and learn why the dead are buried in reusable tombs above the ground. Venture down St. Charles Avenue to explore the American side of the city and see some of the homes of the elegant Garden District. Pass the residence of the Gothic fiction writer, Anne Rice. Discover where Hurricane Katrina broke the levee and swept away the houses in the Lower 9th ward. Learn how the residents are rebuilding their lives.

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 visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, a historic 19th-century cemetery with above-ground tombs & statuary characteristic of the area.

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What people are saying about Garden District, New Orleans

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,989 reviews

This was such a fun tour! We stopped at 3 different places to eat/drink and got to learn about the area and New Orleans in general at each stop and in between. Michelle was so nice and incredibly smart! The food we had (red beans and rice, napoleon, stuffed beignets and roast beef po boys) was all delicious! Highly suggest doing this tour and seeing the area!

One guide for the two of us provided a wonderful conversation on the history of the city, the garden district, cuisine, music, everything and anything.

Our bus tour was excellent the hostess was very informative and very knowledgeable

To begin with our guide could not have been better. Sedna was AMAZING !!

She was very knowledgeable and she made the entire tour a pleasure.