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French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

1. French Quarter Walking and Storytelling Tour

Take a walking and storytelling tour through New Orleans' famous French Quarter. See famous landmarks and learn about local history as you make your way from the jazz fountain to Jackson Square, hearing fascinating stories along the way. The night before the tour, your guide will send an email with their photo, contact information, and directions to the meeting spot. The tour begins at the jazz fountain at the intersection of Decatur and Dumaine Streets in the historic French Market district. These are small-group tours, making for a more comfortable, customized experience.  After a brief overview of New Orleans history, your guide will lead you around the oldest neighborhood in the city, and point out the locations that have made New Orleans famous: St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and the Mississippi River - and lesser-known treasures such as the French Market, an almost 300 year old convent, and courtyards hidden behind the 18th and 19th century buildings. Your guide will also be an enthusiastic storyteller, and the stories about this neighborhood are like no other. Established as a French colonial outpost in 1718, its earliest inhabitants were the quirky, gritty, fascinating types who are still attracted to it today. Every block has a story which will be shared with you. The tour concludes in or next to Jackson Square, but it is by no means over. Your guide is full of recommendations for enjoying the neighborhood and the city further. When you finish the French Quarter tour, you will be energized to go out and explore this jewel of a neighborhood even further, and the knowledge you gained walking with your guide will only deepen your understanding of New Orleans, and  stay with you long after you have left its quaint streets and alleys.

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: French Quarter Food Walking Tour with a Local

3. New Orleans: French Quarter Food Walking Tour with a Local

Discover the rich culinary heritage and history of New Orleans on a guided walking tour of the famous French Quarter. Sample local specialties as you learn about the various cultural influences which have shaped Cajun country. Meet your guide on the banks of the Mississippi River, and start your culinary journey with the most important meal of the day, a tasty breakfast. Try the beignet, a deep-fried sweet dough treat.  Head next to the oldest public market in the United States, the French Market. A destination popular with visitors for over two centuries, here you will try a local dish from one of the stalls and meet some colorful local characters. Begin exploring the streets of the French Quarter, which is often called the Crown Jewel of New Orleans. Follow your guide to some of their favorite palette-pleasing spots to try some cuisine you won’t find outside of Cajun country. Next, try some traditional gumbo, perhaps the most famous dish of New Orleans. Learn why its recipe sparks much controversy amongst chefs and discover how hundreds of years of history have helped shaped this dish, and how it varies from restaurant to restaurant throughout the area.  Finish the tour with something sweet, some rich local praline made from the region’s generous array of pecans and locally grown sugarcane.

New Orleans: 3-Hour Interactive Scavenger Hunt

4. 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 Kids and Family French Quarter Walking Tour

5. New Orleans Kids and Family French Quarter Walking Tour

On the morning of the tour, your guide will meet you in Jackson Square and everyone will toss a penny in the fountain for good luck and put on some Mardi Gras beads. Your family will enjoy a local snack (the snack varies depending on allergies and seasonal availability) while your guide presents you with a quick, easy history of New Orleans (with pictures!). From Jackson Square, you will follow your friendly tour guide through the bustling, colorful streets of the French Quarter, as you learn about pirates, Mardi Gras, voodoo, jazz music, second-line parades, Creole cuisine and history. You will also learn about how kids and families lived in New Orleans in years past. Your children will be captivated by the colorful sights and sounds of this vibrant neighborhood and you will learn a few things and be able to ask your guide to make recommendations of other things to see and do in New Orleans. Along the way, your children will be able to stop and do at least one hands-on activity that New Orleans children love. Like the snack, the activity will vary depending on the ages and abilities of the children on the tour.  Towards the end of your tour, the group will decide on a special occasion and, each with your oun second-line handkerchief, have a traditional second-line parade to a favorite jazz tune. The tour ends in the French Market, where everyone will have one last chance to ask questions before you can eat and shop where New Orleanians have eaten and shopped for generations! Even parents and grandparents love this tour!

New Orleans: French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

6. 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: Total Food, Cocktail and Jazz Tour

7. New Orleans: Total Food, Cocktail and Jazz Tour

Your New Orleans Total Day Tour starts where it all began, on the banks of the Mississippi River. From here, you’ll witness the lifeblood of this region which brought new cultures, new influences and new ingredients to the USA through its ports. Sample the beignet,a breakfast treat, wander through the French Market and try classic and uniquely New Orleans' dishes, as well as the controversial delicacy of gumbo. Before diving into the world of New Orleans cocktail culture, you'll have he chance for a coffee break or to browse souvenirs. Head to Jackson Square to begin this section of the tour which goes beyond Bourbon Street and the tourist trail into the truly unique and historic bars of the city. Visit several historic bars and sample characteristic drinks, such as the Sazerac and the Ramos Gin Fizz and discover why New Orleans has been called "the cradle of civilized drinking". For the beginning of the jazz stretch of this tour, head to the Louis Armstrong park to hear about the jazz legend. From here, make your way to the popular Marigny neighborhood, a hip nightlife area that's home to the famous Frenchmen Street where you'll find the largest concentration of live music venues in the city. Guided by a local, you'll be shown the best night for that day of the week, and you'll even get a free beer at one of the venues. Be on the look out for impromptu street performances. And if the timing and mood is right, you might get to go behind the scenes with one of the live bands. Your total day tour ends at the nightly art market, another lively spot where the city’s artists show off their best work, from handmade sculptures to local photography. If you're craving more at the end of this tour, then simply ask your guide and they will be happy to make further suggestions.

New Orleans Sightseeing Tour by Air-Conditioned Minibus

8. 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.

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What people are saying about French Market, New Orleans

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,099 reviews

KJ was an awesome guide! This was the best tour to date that we had been on and two days later it still ranks #1. Learned alot of New Orleans history in a fun way. Keep up the g4wat work KJ!!

The guy was very knowledgeable of the area and talked about all the houses and their ages and about everything that went on in the history of the area that we toured

Shannon was very entertaining. I know the Axeman isn’t a ghost story, but I think that story would be a fantastic addition to the tour.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the neighborhoods and the architecture of the buildings which we enjoyed learning about

Got lots of historical, architectural information which if we just walked ourselves didn’t get. Good walking tour!!