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New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

1. New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

Descend into the dark history of New Orleans on a guided walking tour through the French Quarter. Feel a chill as you pass the sites of hauntings, including the Lalaurie Mansion. Hear the horrible tales behind each turn from your guide. Meet at Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo Shop and follow your guide to the darkest corners of the city. Delve deep into the terrible past of the French Quarter as you visit the locations of documented sightings. Pass historic buildings with dark roots, including the Napoleon House and the Lalaurie Mansion. Walk in the footsteps of sinister characters who call New Orleans home, and learn about the city's lesser-known history from your guide. Make a stop at a haunted bar and hear the story behind its chilling reputation.

New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

2. New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

This 2 hour long walk through the historic French Quarter starts at the Louisiana Welcome Center in the lower Pontalba Rowhouse in Jackson Square. Historically used as a parade ground, it is now full of musicians, tarot card readers, and street performers. You will then see the mighty Mississippi where steamboats dock and gigantic container and cruise ships pass. You will then walk downriver along the old French Market to the Ursuline Convent. This is the oldest building in the Mississippi Delta from Colonial times and housed some very adventurous and courageous nuns who came here in the early 1700s. You will pass the house of famous jazz player, Danny Barker who is legendary among the city's jazz musicians. You will then come to one of the many former macaroni factories of the lower French Quarter, proof of the major role that Sicilian immigrants played in the city's history. You will come across the house of Vincente Nunez, a Spaniard, whose carelessness caused a fire that destroyed 80% of the city in 1788. You will then see several of the city's former slave markets and learn about Jean Francois Merieult, an influential and powerful Creole businessman and slave trader. After a stop at Preservation Hall, the city's holy grail of traditional jazz, the tour ends in Jackson Square with a story about the famous Madame de Pontalba, a French baroness and businesswoman with an eye for beautiful architecture.

New Orleans: History of the Crescent City Group Tour

3. New Orleans: History of the Crescent City Group Tour

Listen as your guide tells you all about the wild history of New Orleans. Be transported through time as your experienced storyteller paints a detailed picture of what life was like during different eras of French Quarter history. Hear about how Yellow Fever took a toll on the city. Let your guide regale you with the story of the famous Jackson Square and the establishment of La Nouvelle Orleans. Become enlightened about how enslaved people lived and their impact on religion and culture. Discuss what makes the architecture so incredibly unique. Cover the historical red light district to the earliest notes of sweet jazz. Laugh and cry as you grapple with all that New Orleans has gone through to get where it is today. Take an adventure through the real, gritty history of New Orleans.

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4.4 / 5

based on 109 reviews

Perfect mix of history and haunt! Our tour guide, Ariadne, was engaging and humorous! We would definitely recommend this tour. It won't break your budget and is quite the bargain for what you get. Such a nice way to see the Quarter and learn about the darker side of N'awlins.

Had a great experience with Claire. The ghosts and legends tour with educational and entertaining!

Lex was amazing! We really enjoyed her knowledge and quick wit! She was an excellent storyteller!

It was great! Tickets were super easy to snag and the tour was very interesting and informative.

Randy was a very knowledgeable and interesting guide