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New Orleans: Voodoo Queen Tour of French Quarter

1. New Orleans: Voodoo Queen Tour of French Quarter

Marie Laveau is arguably one of the most famous people that lived in New Orleans. This tour is all about her life and what made her so fascinating. While walking with your tour guide through the French Quarter you will get to see where her childhood home was, visit the birthplace of Jazz, and get an understanding of the Code Noir. There will be an opportunity to go into an authentic voodoo store, see a voodoo temple, and dispel popular myths about the religion of Voodoo. Many people don't understand that Voodoo is still practiced today and Marie Laveau started it all. If you want to learn the truth about Voodoo this is the tour for you.

New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo, and Vampires Guided Tour

2. New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo, and Vampires Guided 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.

New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

3. New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

This 21+ ghost tour takes you on a chilling journey through the French Quarter, delving into its dark history filled with spooky and grisly tales of death, murder, and the haunting remnants of slavery. Prepare to be captivated by the eerie stories and haunted past of this historic neighborhood as you walk through the shadows of New Orleans. This two-hour tour with your 5-star tour guide will leave you with a newfound respect and reverence for a city with a deeply complicated and fascinating past. Start your experience at Witches Brew Gallery & Haunted Sanctuary where you can leave an offering at Papa Legba's-- he is the road opener in Vodou, and will open many roads for you on your journey through the city. End your experience near Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, one of the oldest running bars in the United States.

New Orleans: 2-Hour French Quarter History and Voodoo Tour

4. New Orleans: 2-Hour French Quarter History and Voodoo Tour

Follow your licensed guide, a master storyteller, through New Orleans' French Quarter. Learn about the neighborhood's interesting past and travel through its adventurous history as you discover what makes the French Quarter one of the most unique and friendliest places in the United States. Meet your guide and begin touring at Congo Square where you'll learn about the history of voodoo, the slave trade, and the indigenous peoples of New Orleans. Hear the story of the infamous Voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, and visit the site of her former home. Afterward, stop at the historic Supreme Court building for tales about Louisiana politicians and court cases such as Huey P. Long, Edwin Edwards, and Plessy vs. Fergusson. During your tour learn about the city's music, food, architecture, culture, literary history, and Bourbon Street. Your tour ends at Jackson Square where you can admire even more of the city's architecture and see St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytère, and the Cabildo.

New Orleans: Get Swept into the Night with a Live Jazz Tour

5. New Orleans: Get Swept into the Night with a Live Jazz Tour

After meeting your guide, you will explore the area originally known as Congo Square, one of the first locations in the city where enslaved people and free people of color were allowed to socialize. As we go, you will learn first about the historical origins of jazz and chat about one of the jazz greats, Louis Armstrong himself. Head into the Vieux Carre, or the French Quarter, and follow the route your guide will have chosen to ensure the best music is heard. Discover Bourbon Street, where you might catch a busker performing at the French Market. Being with a local, get an expert insight into how to make the most of your time in the city, and how the clubs and venues operate. The tour will end at a top jazz club where you can sit and relax as you take in a live performance. Sip on your cocktail and enjoy the live sounds from local performers. In New Orleans, there’s always the opportunity for an element of surprise. Keep on the lookout for impromptu street performances during your adventure, which always make the night special.

New Orleans: Scenic City Bike Tour

6. New Orleans: Scenic City Bike Tour

Explore New Orleans in a fun and eco-friendly way on a small-group bike tour that winds through the Big Easy’s oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods. Cycle along a flat and leisurely route from the famous French Quarter to less-visited neighborhoods like Esplanade Ridge, City Park, and Bayou St. John, learning about the city’s rich history and modern culture along the way. After getting fitted on a bike in the French Quarter, ride through this storied neighborhood. Then go beyond the touristy boundaries to explore more of the city, following leafy Esplanade Avenue to the green expanse of City Park, visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, and other interesting locations along the way. After visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, cruise past swampy vistas in City Park. You'll traverse through Bayou St. John, a historic waterway that was used by Native Americans and French settlers alike, and learn why it was so instrumental in the city's founding. This bike tour includes visits to the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Esplanade Avenue, St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, City Park, Bayou St. John, Mid-City, the Lafitte Greenway, Louis Armstrong Park, and Congo Square.

New Orleans Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

7. New Orleans Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. NOTE: This 2-mile-long tour covers the essentials of New Orleans in 1 to 2 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins alongside the Mississippi River. From there, you’ll stroll along the riverfront to Washington Artillery Park for great views of the city’s beautiful Jackson Square. Then you’ll stop by the world-famous Cafe du Monde French Market and hear some fascinating history of this must-see hotspot. As you wander deeper into the French Quarter, the vibrant sounds of jazz invite you to the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Here, uncover the city's unrivaled musical history, from the birth of jazz to its evolution into a global phenomenon. Turning onto St. Philip Street, you’ll be greeted by a golden statue of Joan of Arc, where you’ll dive into the longstanding connection between New Orleans and France. Then you’ll turn back the clock further to hear what this land used to be before European colonization. Next, stop at the birthplace of Danny Barker and revisit the journey of this legendary banjoist and guitarist. Then continue on to the BK Historic House and Gardens, the site of a dramatic (and violent) true story of mafiosos and one stubborn local businessman. As you approach the LaLaurie Mansion on Royal Street, you’ll discover the spine-chilling true history behind this landmark, which inspired a season of American Horror Story! Making your way to Bourbon Street, you’ll experience the pulse of New Orleans. The bustling street, filled with bars, clubs, and eateries, is the city's beating heart, and there’s never a dull moment to be found here! As you walk, you’ll also get acquainted with the difference between Cajun and Creole, the origins of Mardis Gras, and so much more. Then you’ll pay a visit to Louis Armstrong Park and learn about this jazz legend, his early years, and his everlasting impact on music. The last stretch of the tour features some of the most lavish mansions in the French Quarter, as well as tales of the fires which nearly wiped New Orleans off the map! At last, your tour concludes at Saint Louis Cathedral, just a couple blocks away from the spot where it began.

New Orleans: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

8. New Orleans: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

Take in the vibe in New Orleans on this guided bike tour to city sights like Armstrong Park, Congo Square, and an above-ground cemetery. Admire the architecture in the French Quarter and the historic Faubourg Marigny district.  Meet your guide at the centrally-located office of the activity provider. Get fitted with a helmet and a high-quality bike. Take off on and adventure through the city. Ride to the part of the Mississippi River that overlooks Jackson Square. Visit the top landmarks in the French Quarter and learn about the rich history and incredible people that influenced the culture of the city. Experience the charm of the Faubourg Marigny district which dates back to the early 1800s and is home to the famous Frenchman Street. Peddle down Esplanade Avenue in the shade of old-growth oak trees with rows of the magnificent homes of the creole elite. Head to an above-ground cemetery and learn about New Orleans' funeral traditions. Roll around City Park, which is home to one of the largest mature live oak trees in the world. Keep an eye out for turtles and tropical birds along the way. Make a brief stop at Cafe Du Monde in the park where you have the chance to purchase some world-famous beignets (deep-fried pastry). Continue along the tranquil Bayou of St. John. Enjoy a peaceful ride through Armstrong Park to Congo Square, the heart of New Orleans’ jazz traditions. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

New Orleans: Urban Cultural and Historical City Tour

9. New Orleans: Urban Cultural and Historical City Tour

Enjoy a tour of New Orleans and be immersed in the city's rich history and culture while exploring various areas and learning more about each one with a guide. Stop at historical sites, museums, and markets. Explore some of New Orleans' most unique and iconic locations related to historical events and figures on this tour. See sites relating to Creole History, Plessy vs. Ferguson, Solomon Northrup, and historic cemeteries. Experience unique sites like Congo Square, the birthplace of Jazz, Antebellum Slave Quarters, Musicians Village, Treme, the oldest African-American neighborhood, and the Lower Ninth Ward. See other important areas related to the city's history, like areas of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, the Civil Rights Trail, and more.

New Orleans, LA: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

10. New Orleans, LA: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Step into the shoes of a newly-minted detective, tasked by Commander Mahoney to solve a gripping case... murder on the streets of New Orleans. During this crime solving audio adventure, you'll visit each of the 10 locations marked on the map, either in person or virtually via the web version (included). You'll have the choice to experience the downtown area with the walking map, or go with the driving route on the outskirts of the city. Once you choose, the exact starting point will be revealed. *See images for route New for 2024, you'll also have the option of exploring the downtown area from your couch while playing the web version on any browser enabled device (PC, tablet, cast to Smart TV). You'll park or stop at each location, listen to the audio story and put your detective skills to the test by gathering clues and piecing together the evidence. At the end, you'll make your deductions and issue an arrest warrant. Your all around detective skills will be tested too, culminating in a Case Performance Score to gauge your sleuthing prowess. Suitable for solo detectives, dynamic duos, or groups of mystery enthusiasts, this game will have you immersed in an audio tale full of intrigue. The game awaits, detective – are you prepared to crack the case?

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Louis Armstrong Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

New Orleans: Voodoo Queen Tour of French Quarter

New Orleans: Voodoo Queen Tour of French Quarter

Marie Laveau is arguably one of the most famous people that lived in New Orleans. This tour is all about her life and what made her so fascinating. While walking with your tour guide through the French Quarter you will get to see where her childhood home was, visit the birthplace of Jazz, and get an understanding of the Code Noir. There will be an opportunity to go into an authentic voodoo store, see a voodoo temple, and dispel popular myths about the religion of Voodoo. Many people don't understand that Voodoo is still practiced today and Marie Laveau started it all. If you want to learn the truth about Voodoo this is the tour for you.

New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo, and Vampires Guided Tour

New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo, and Vampires Guided 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.

New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

This 21+ ghost tour takes you on a chilling journey through the French Quarter, delving into its dark history filled with spooky and grisly tales of death, murder, and the haunting remnants of slavery. Prepare to be captivated by the eerie stories and haunted past of this historic neighborhood as you walk through the shadows of New Orleans. This two-hour tour with your 5-star tour guide will leave you with a newfound respect and reverence for a city with a deeply complicated and fascinating past. Start your experience at Witches Brew Gallery & Haunted Sanctuary where you can leave an offering at Papa Legba's-- he is the road opener in Vodou, and will open many roads for you on your journey through the city. End your experience near Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, one of the oldest running bars in the United States.

New Orleans: 2-Hour French Quarter History and Voodoo Tour

New Orleans: 2-Hour French Quarter History and Voodoo Tour

Follow your licensed guide, a master storyteller, through New Orleans' French Quarter. Learn about the neighborhood's interesting past and travel through its adventurous history as you discover what makes the French Quarter one of the most unique and friendliest places in the United States. Meet your guide and begin touring at Congo Square where you'll learn about the history of voodoo, the slave trade, and the indigenous peoples of New Orleans. Hear the story of the infamous Voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, and visit the site of her former home. Afterward, stop at the historic Supreme Court building for tales about Louisiana politicians and court cases such as Huey P. Long, Edwin Edwards, and Plessy vs. Fergusson. During your tour learn about the city's music, food, architecture, culture, literary history, and Bourbon Street. Your tour ends at Jackson Square where you can admire even more of the city's architecture and see St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytère, and the Cabildo.

New Orleans: Get Swept into the Night with a Live Jazz Tour

New Orleans: Get Swept into the Night with a Live Jazz Tour

After meeting your guide, you will explore the area originally known as Congo Square, one of the first locations in the city where enslaved people and free people of color were allowed to socialize. As we go, you will learn first about the historical origins of jazz and chat about one of the jazz greats, Louis Armstrong himself. Head into the Vieux Carre, or the French Quarter, and follow the route your guide will have chosen to ensure the best music is heard. Discover Bourbon Street, where you might catch a busker performing at the French Market. Being with a local, get an expert insight into how to make the most of your time in the city, and how the clubs and venues operate. The tour will end at a top jazz club where you can sit and relax as you take in a live performance. Sip on your cocktail and enjoy the live sounds from local performers. In New Orleans, there’s always the opportunity for an element of surprise. Keep on the lookout for impromptu street performances during your adventure, which always make the night special.

New Orleans: Scenic City Bike Tour

New Orleans: Scenic City Bike Tour

Explore New Orleans in a fun and eco-friendly way on a small-group bike tour that winds through the Big Easy’s oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods. Cycle along a flat and leisurely route from the famous French Quarter to less-visited neighborhoods like Esplanade Ridge, City Park, and Bayou St. John, learning about the city’s rich history and modern culture along the way. After getting fitted on a bike in the French Quarter, ride through this storied neighborhood. Then go beyond the touristy boundaries to explore more of the city, following leafy Esplanade Avenue to the green expanse of City Park, visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, and other interesting locations along the way. After visiting St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, cruise past swampy vistas in City Park. You'll traverse through Bayou St. John, a historic waterway that was used by Native Americans and French settlers alike, and learn why it was so instrumental in the city's founding. This bike tour includes visits to the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Esplanade Avenue, St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, City Park, Bayou St. John, Mid-City, the Lafitte Greenway, Louis Armstrong Park, and Congo Square.

New Orleans Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

New Orleans Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. NOTE: This 2-mile-long tour covers the essentials of New Orleans in 1 to 2 hours. Once downloaded, your tour begins alongside the Mississippi River. From there, you’ll stroll along the riverfront to Washington Artillery Park for great views of the city’s beautiful Jackson Square. Then you’ll stop by the world-famous Cafe du Monde French Market and hear some fascinating history of this must-see hotspot. As you wander deeper into the French Quarter, the vibrant sounds of jazz invite you to the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Here, uncover the city's unrivaled musical history, from the birth of jazz to its evolution into a global phenomenon. Turning onto St. Philip Street, you’ll be greeted by a golden statue of Joan of Arc, where you’ll dive into the longstanding connection between New Orleans and France. Then you’ll turn back the clock further to hear what this land used to be before European colonization. Next, stop at the birthplace of Danny Barker and revisit the journey of this legendary banjoist and guitarist. Then continue on to the BK Historic House and Gardens, the site of a dramatic (and violent) true story of mafiosos and one stubborn local businessman. As you approach the LaLaurie Mansion on Royal Street, you’ll discover the spine-chilling true history behind this landmark, which inspired a season of American Horror Story! Making your way to Bourbon Street, you’ll experience the pulse of New Orleans. The bustling street, filled with bars, clubs, and eateries, is the city's beating heart, and there’s never a dull moment to be found here! As you walk, you’ll also get acquainted with the difference between Cajun and Creole, the origins of Mardis Gras, and so much more. Then you’ll pay a visit to Louis Armstrong Park and learn about this jazz legend, his early years, and his everlasting impact on music. The last stretch of the tour features some of the most lavish mansions in the French Quarter, as well as tales of the fires which nearly wiped New Orleans off the map! At last, your tour concludes at Saint Louis Cathedral, just a couple blocks away from the spot where it began.

New Orleans: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

New Orleans: Guided Sightseeing Bike Tour

Take in the vibe in New Orleans on this guided bike tour to city sights like Armstrong Park, Congo Square, and an above-ground cemetery. Admire the architecture in the French Quarter and the historic Faubourg Marigny district.  Meet your guide at the centrally-located office of the activity provider. Get fitted with a helmet and a high-quality bike. Take off on and adventure through the city. Ride to the part of the Mississippi River that overlooks Jackson Square. Visit the top landmarks in the French Quarter and learn about the rich history and incredible people that influenced the culture of the city. Experience the charm of the Faubourg Marigny district which dates back to the early 1800s and is home to the famous Frenchman Street. Peddle down Esplanade Avenue in the shade of old-growth oak trees with rows of the magnificent homes of the creole elite. Head to an above-ground cemetery and learn about New Orleans' funeral traditions. Roll around City Park, which is home to one of the largest mature live oak trees in the world. Keep an eye out for turtles and tropical birds along the way. Make a brief stop at Cafe Du Monde in the park where you have the chance to purchase some world-famous beignets (deep-fried pastry). Continue along the tranquil Bayou of St. John. Enjoy a peaceful ride through Armstrong Park to Congo Square, the heart of New Orleans’ jazz traditions. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour.

New Orleans: Urban Cultural and Historical City Tour

New Orleans: Urban Cultural and Historical City Tour

Enjoy a tour of New Orleans and be immersed in the city's rich history and culture while exploring various areas and learning more about each one with a guide. Stop at historical sites, museums, and markets. Explore some of New Orleans' most unique and iconic locations related to historical events and figures on this tour. See sites relating to Creole History, Plessy vs. Ferguson, Solomon Northrup, and historic cemeteries. Experience unique sites like Congo Square, the birthplace of Jazz, Antebellum Slave Quarters, Musicians Village, Treme, the oldest African-American neighborhood, and the Lower Ninth Ward. See other important areas related to the city's history, like areas of Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, the Civil Rights Trail, and more.

New Orleans, LA: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

New Orleans, LA: Murder Mystery Detective Experience

Step into the shoes of a newly-minted detective, tasked by Commander Mahoney to solve a gripping case... murder on the streets of New Orleans. During this crime solving audio adventure, you'll visit each of the 10 locations marked on the map, either in person or virtually via the web version (included). You'll have the choice to experience the downtown area with the walking map, or go with the driving route on the outskirts of the city. Once you choose, the exact starting point will be revealed. *See images for route New for 2024, you'll also have the option of exploring the downtown area from your couch while playing the web version on any browser enabled device (PC, tablet, cast to Smart TV). You'll park or stop at each location, listen to the audio story and put your detective skills to the test by gathering clues and piecing together the evidence. At the end, you'll make your deductions and issue an arrest warrant. Your all around detective skills will be tested too, culminating in a Case Performance Score to gauge your sleuthing prowess. Suitable for solo detectives, dynamic duos, or groups of mystery enthusiasts, this game will have you immersed in an audio tale full of intrigue. The game awaits, detective – are you prepared to crack the case?

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Hi, don't remember the name of the tour guide, but es skinny blond 35 yours all woman was Great, she was excellent, hair cool attitude and wonderful energy, with a lot of good information and a lot of great ideas to understand the city cultural history. Also Logan thank you very much for waiting for us and call us to confirm and keep up update of the tour. Thanks, Recommended.

Hi, don't remember the name of the tour guide, but es skinny blond 35 yours all woman was Great, she was excellent, hair cool attitude and wonderful energy, with a lot of good information and a lot of great ideas to understand the city cultural history. Also Logan thank you very much for waiting for us and call us to confirm and keep up update of the tour. Thanks, Recommended.

Nika was a great guide! Very funny but professional at the same time. She shared a lot of amazing facts and nice tips! Definitely recommend it! Bonus plus, she mentioned using a more "neutral english accent" which definitely helps a lot when you are a foreigner! Loved her!

Nika was a great tour, with lots of knowledge about Vodoo and the history of the french quarter. Would recommend 😊

The Professor was a great guide and told some great stories