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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: Daytime City Helicopter Tour

2. New Orleans: Daytime City Helicopter Tour

Hop aboard the helicopter at New Orleans Lakefront Airport, just 15 minutes from the French Quarter, and get ready to experience New Orleans from a new perspective. Choose between two different flight options. Choose the 15-mile option to fly over the city for approximately 12-15 minutes. Experience sites from above such as Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral, the French Market, and Bourbon Street. In addition to getting a close-up aerial view of the French Quarter, you will pass by the Central Business District, Canal Street, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and fly over City Park. This park is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana’s Children’s Museum, and the Bayou Oaks golf course. Next door is the Fair Grounds, home to the Louisiana Derby as well the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Choose the 30-mile option and get the opportunity to fly over both the city and the swamps for a total flight time of approximately 24 minutes. Fly over an abandoned theme park, see a NASA rocket building facility, and soar over the swamps along Lake Borgne. Flying back towards the city you will pass by the Chalmette Battlefield and follow the mighty Mississippi River back to the French Quarter and Central Business District to see all of the sights on the 15-mile tour as well. At the end of the tour the helicopter will land back at New Orleans Lakefront Airport.

New Orleans: Drunk History Walking Tour

3. New Orleans: Drunk History Walking Tour

Visit historic and cultural landmarks and walk the streets of the Vieux Carre on this 2-hour tour. See the exact place where the Louisiana Purchase was signed in 1803, the famous St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square, and many other sites that played a vital role in New Orleans's history. A New Orleans tour would be incomplete without stories of voodoo, ghosts, and vampires. Find out where the most predictable ghosts and vampires lurk. You’ll also visit the most haunted house in the city. Your guide will tell you how the practice of voodoo came to New Orleans. Learn about Marie Laveau, the voodoo queen, and visit the property given to her as payment for her magic. You’ll also see locations where voodoo ceremonies were held. Check out some of the French Quarter’s friendliest and most historic bars. This tour passes dozens of bars at every turn. Feel free to stop in and refill your cup.  Boozers, history buffs, and paranormal enthusiasts alike are sure to have a blast on the Drunk History of New Orleans walking tour. Rewrite history by putting your own spin on some of New Orleans’ most talked about historical events and haunted locations. This tour is for all ages (although some locations do not allow children inside). If this is the case, the tour guide will wait outside by the door while the adults go inside to get refills on drinks.

New Orleans: French Quarter Ghost and Legends Walking Tour

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

If you find thrills in bumps in the night and tales of ghoulish goings-on, then this 2-hour romp through haunted New Orleans in the tour for you! The New Orleans Ghost & Haunted History Evening Tour has been featured on the History Channel and recommended by Travel Channel as The Number 1 Tour in New Orleans. The Ghost Tour will take you deep into the terrible past of the French Quarter. It kicks off at Rev. Zombie’s Voodoo shop, a fitting place to begin an evening descent into the city’s grim and grisly history. You’ll visit several locations in the French Quarter that are associated with documented hauntings. This is no horror movie work of fiction – this is the real deal! Prepare to be thrilled and chilled by stories of real paranormal activity, and to walk in the shadows of ghastly spirits and ghosts. You will even visit a haunted bar along the way! Over 90 per cent of tour participants have reported capturing photos of supernatural activity! Join the tour and you’ll learn why New Orleans is known as America’s most-haunted city.

New Orleans: Voodoo, Mystery and Paranormal Tour

5. New Orleans: Voodoo, Mystery and Paranormal Tour

Investigate why New Orleans is considered the most haunted city in America on a 1 to 2-hour tour that explores its dark side. Hear about countless unsolved mysteries and some strong paranormal activities along the way. Visit multiple locations of unsolved murders and suicides. Get the facts about real, documented reports of vampires and ghosts that roam the streets of the French Quarter. Discover the locations where vampires held their victims and fed off of them. Learn about the traditional burial practices of New Orleans, and stop at many of the attractions and National Historic Landmarks that the city has to offer. Your guide will use an EMF meter or ghost/paranormal detector during the tour. Visit over 15 different locations, including St. Louis Cathedral, St. Anthony's Garden and The Cabildo, the former seat of the colonial government. Go to The Presbytere to admire one of the best examples of colonial Spanish architecture, see the Old Ursuline Convent, Jackson Square and the Sultan's Palace, where legend has it a mass murder took place. You'll also have thee opportunity to stopalong the way and buy drink to enjoy during the tour. Discover the most haunted house in New Orleans at the Lalaurie Mansion and learn about the "Mistress of Death."

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

6. 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: French Quarter Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

7. New Orleans: French Quarter Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Explore the French Quarter of New Orleans with a local photographer with a passion for lively, colorful photos. Pose for incredible pictures in front of memorable landmarks. Meet your local photographer-guide in the French Quarter to start your tour. Take a relaxed walk around the neighborhood to find great spots to take photos. Follow your guide through this stunning part of New Orleans and learn about its history. See St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, and Royal Street. Stop for your photographer to snap amazing photos of you with recognizable New Orleans landmarks as your backdrop. Choose between focusing on the French Quarter or taking in all the highlights of New Orleans. Let your photographer help you find the right poses to capture you at your best, ensuring you have great photos to take home.

New Orleans: Five-in-One City Walking Tour

8. New Orleans: Five-in-One City Walking Tour

This five-in-one tour combines elements of the following tours: the St. Louis Cemetery Tour, the French Quarter Ghost and Vampire Tour, the New Orleans History Tour, the History and Architecture Tour and The "Dark Side" Voodoo, Mystery and Paranormal Tour.  This walking tour starts in the heart of the French Quarter. From there, explore Louisiana's complex culture, rich history and Voodoo, and experience the magical mystery that makes the city so irresistible! Notice the beautiful architecture throughout the French Quarter that makes it so unique. This tour will visit locations where Hollywood Stars have decided to call the French Quarter home along with locations where scenes from unforgettable movies have been filmed. But wait there is more! Have you ever wondered why New Orleans is considered the most haunted city in America? Explore the "Dark Side" of New Orleans history on this tour. This tour will visit multiple locations of unsolved murders and suicides. Hear real documented reports of vampires and ghosts roaming around the streets of the French Quarter and visit locations where vampires supposedly held their victims and fed off of them! Learn about New Orleans traditional burial practices and how they are different from most. The tour guide will explain to guests why New Orleans has above ground cemetery's and why by tradition for centuries the same vaults have been, and continue to be, recycled and re-used over and over again. This tour stops at many attractions and National Historic Landmarks that this city has offer! Visit over 15 locations during this tour such as The St Louis Cathedral, Cabildo, Presbytere, Ursuline Convent, Jackson Square, The Sultans Palace, and The Lalaurie Mansion known to be the most haunted house in New Orleans!

New Orleans: Historic French Quarter Exploration Game

9. New Orleans: Historic French Quarter Exploration Game

Explore the history of New Orleans’ French Quarter and see landmarks while playing this engaging phone game. Discover St. Louis Cathedral, Café du Monde, Jackson Square, and more. Start the game at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. Play the role of a security guard on a mission to retrieve a stolen artwork from the thief. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will guide you to the next location.  It will take between 2-3 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it.  You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Central Grocery and Deli.

New Orleans: 1.5-Hour Voodoo History Evening Tour

10. New Orleans: 1.5-Hour Voodoo History Evening Tour

This tour is totally unique and is like no other offered in New Orleans. More of an academic tour than a spooky tour, it focuses on the misunderstood and often feared religion of Voodoo. You will learn about the origins of Voodoo, how it came to New Orleans, how it is practiced, and where it stands today. You will also meet Voodoo practitioners and learn why New Orleans Voodoo is very different from the purer form found in Haiti and Africa. This tour is offered at 19:30 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, and last approximately 1.5 hours long. The tour departs from Rev. Zombie's Voodoo Shop, located at 723 St. Peter Street in the French Quarter.

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What people are saying about St. Louis Cathedral

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,281 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!!