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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.

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New Orleans: Ghosts, Vampires, & Voodoo French Quarter Tour

2. 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.

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New Orleans: History and Haunts Carriage Ride Night Tour

3. 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: French Quarter Ghost Tour

4. New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost 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.

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New Orleans: Night Cemetery and Ghost BYOB Bus Tour

5. New Orleans: Night Cemetery and Ghost BYOB Bus Tour

A visit to New Orleans famous “Cities of the Dead” is a must-do for anyone visiting this city. Hauntingly beautiful and elaborately ornate, these cemeteries also hold stories of ghosts, past and present, which will chill you to the core. This cemetery tour is offered under the cover of night. You'll leave the French Quarter behind as your bus creeps along Esplanade Avenue to what used to be the edge of town, but is now the bustling neighborhoods of Mid-City and City Park. There are 42 cemeteries in the New Orleans area, and throughout this experience you will visit several of them. Your guides will discuss the unique burial rituals and practices during the stroll, as you are offered an up-close and personal look at some of the most popular cemeteries.

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New Orleans: Cemetery Tour

6. 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 Haifa Cuisine and Hooka Bar, 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.

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New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

7. New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

Make your way to the Jax Brewery building just outside of Landry's Seafood to meet your local licensed guide who will be waiting for you just outside the building 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. The tour is alcohol friendly (feel free to bring a drink with you), and is a 2-hour leisurely stroll just under a mile long with frequent bar stops and restroom breaks.

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New Orleans: French Quarter, Voodoo & Cemetery History Tour

8. 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.

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New Orleans: 2-Hour Ghosts & Vampires Walking Tour

9. New Orleans: 2-Hour Ghosts & Vampires Walking Tour

Take a thrilling 2-hour walking tour around the haunted streets of New Orleans’s French Quarter and learn about some of the mysteries of the spooky city. Led by professional guides and storytellers, you will get an intense tour of grisly ghost stories and blood-thirsty vampires. Departing every night at 06:00 PM and 08:00 PM, the tour takes a walk through the dark streets and shadowy corners of the city’s most famous neighborhood. You will hear about Madame Lalaurie and her love of torture and learn why you should fear the Mad Butcher. Discover if there are vampires in the Ursulines Convent and what happened to the beautiful Octoroon Mistress. To steady your nerves, enjoy buy one get one free hurricane drinks in the hour prior to each tour. Just head to the Voodoo Lounge and grab your 2-for-1 cocktail as you prepare to embark on the most gruesome journey of your life! You will get a lot of great laughs with a little chill up your spine…

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New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo & Vampire Adults Only Tour

10. New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo & Vampire Adults Only Tour

At Hottest Hell Tours we evolve our tours weekly as new stories are unearthed and the spirits guide us - no two tours are exactly the same. A night with one of our local experts can cover murder, music, mayhem, and more. Choose between a standard tour, or an option with HELLVISION, where we bring handheld projectors to visually recreate some of the most frightening scenes of the past. All travelers meet under the glowing arch of Armstrong Park, where some of the earliest gatherings of Voodoo and Hoodoo practitioners took place. Depending on your guide, you might take a short walk near the old Parish Prison, the haunting site of The American Mafia. Here we reveal the hidden history of organized crime in North America, from the largest mass lynching in U.S. history, to one of the nation’s most notorious and unsolved cases of serial murder: the dreaded Axe-man. For those who love more recent macabre moments, tour-goers might request the tragic, ripped-from-the-headlines reality of a pair of star-crossed lovers whose relationship ended in dismemberment and demonic possession. On any given night we might visit Marie Laveau’s house, the famed Voodoo Queen who once ruled New Orleans from the shadows. Or maybe you’ll hear about the scandal of the Sultan’s Palace, the scene of an infamous orgy turned into a grotesque blood bath. A stroll to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop brings you to one of the oldest bars in North America, still haunted by boozed-up patrons from its treacherous past. From there, all roads lead to Madame Lalaurie. Travel through the black and blood red history of the city once called “The Hottest Hell,” guided by living experts who can curate the tour of your dreams - or nightmares - depending on your mood.

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New Orleans ghost tours: Everything you need to know

See for yourself if New Orleans is the most-haunted city in America, as some people say. The popular southern city has a vast history and culture consisting of a terrifying dark mythology and scary supernatural legends.

Join a New Orleans ghost tour to learn more about why the city is home to multiple unsolved mysteries. Hear stories of real documented reports of vampires and ghosts lurking the streets. Explore the dark side of New Orleans on a haunted tour.

What should I expect on a New Orleans ghost tour?

You can expect to wander through horrifying streets while seeing some of the city’s most important landmarks on the way. Two in one! Landmarks may include the famous St Louis Cathedral and Mississippi River.

You'll visit several supposedly haunted spots in the city. Which locations can you expect to visit? Expect to see LaLaurie Mansion, the inspiration for the film American Horror Story, and City of the Dead, the oldest cemetery in New Orleans.

Don’t worry, you aren’t expected to ghost hunt for yourself as an expert local will fill you in. Speak up if you have a question or see something spooky along the way!

For those of you who want to try something a little different, New Orleans offers some haunted pub crawls and haunted history tours. You’ll make your way through the creepiest locations, like America’s oldest building, while stopping for a drink (or three). Sorry to say, drinks aren’t included but they are available and there may be special discounts (who doesn’t love a freebie?).

Some tours offer an extra special something by providing you with a ghost and paranormal detector as you roam the streets ghost hunting. You’ll get your very own device to use on the tour. See for yourselves why New Orleans is the most-haunted city in America!

How long do the ghost tours last?

Most tours that you’ll find are 2 hours long, but you can find some longer ones. In general, they range from 1 hour to as many as 8 (that’s a full day of ghost hunting!)

What should I prepare for on a ghost tour in New Orleans?

For tours that stop by bars or pubs, please remember to bring your passport or ID card. In America, don't forget you need to be 21 or over to buy alcohol.

Weather conditions may vary, so you may want to bring a sweater. Not to mention that this can also serve as a cover to hide from the ghouls…

What makes New Orleans known for ghost tours?

The Louisiana city has a rich history that covers not just ghosts and ghouls, but also voodoos, vampires, witches, and even pirates. The city is also home to the final resting place of many of New Orleans’s most notable personalities. You may have heard about Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, whose tomb is one of the most popular burial sites in the country.

Did you know that New Orleans has a traditional burial practice where the same vaults are recycled and reused?

Visit the location where a young woman broke free after two men had been holding her captive and feeding off her blood! Tours in the French Quarter may cover this spooky spot.

You may also get to see St. Germain House, a former residence of a rumored vampire.

Best areas and neighborhoods for ghost tours around the city

French Quarter

You can be certain that many tours will cover the French Quarter, the oldest area in the city of New Orleans. You’ll hear about the neighborhood’s unsolved and tragic killings, in addition to sightings of ghosts and vampires.

St. Louis Cemetery

Dare to be scared at the City of the Dead (also known as St. Louis Cemetery). Many tours also include the city’s oldest and most interesting burial ground (cemetery). They even bury the dead above ground. Will you make it out alive?



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What people are saying about New Orleans

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,171 reviews

We loved our haunted tour! We have taken one before in NOLA, but we really enjoyed the bus tour and being able to see the cemeteries and take pictures while capturing many orbs in them. We were also introduced to Morning Call, on our short break during the tour, which had fabulous beignets and is open 24/7. We loved our tour guide and bus driver, and we had a great time!

This is the best ghost tour we have ever been on! Jeff was AMAZING! He was so knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor, and truly loves New Orleans. I hope we can come back and visit again. If so, we will definitely take another tour.

James was a wonderful tour guide. gave us all sorts of info that was interesting and entertaining. We would love definitely recommend this tour.

So fun! Interesting historical background as well as spooky stories. Included some photographic and video evidence of hauntings!

Guide was very knowledgeable and open. We learned a lot! We took 3 teenage girls, they really enjoyed it as well!!