What are the best tours of New Orleans?
New Orleans is a vibrant and culturally rich city. I fell in love with this city the first time I arrived on a visit back in 2001 and that’s why I started my own walking tour company in 2012. So what tours do I recommend for first time visitors? If I have to be honest, there are countless companies offering a wide range of tours to explore its history, music, cuisine, and unique atmosphere. In my experience of being a tour guide here since 2011, Here are some of the best tours you can take in New Orleans:
French Quarter Walking Tour:
The French Quarter is the heart of New Orleans, known for its charming streets, historic architecture, and lively atmosphere. A guided walking tour will take you through the neighborhood’s highlights, including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and Bourbon Street, while providing insights into the city’s history and culture. Many people erroneously judge the French Quarter as being a tourist trap, and while it is touristy it is still unique. It is one of the few existing entact old neighborhoods in the United States, featuring buildings dating back to before the USA even existed. That’s why we are so happy to offer a Free Walking Tour of the French Quarter daily at 10am.
Garden District Walking Tour
The Garden District is renowned for its stunning mansions and beautiful gardens. It should be on everyone’s bucket list. Join a guided walking of the Garden District or check it out at your own pace on a self-guided tour. There’s lots to do, like admire the elegant architecture, learn about the district’s history, and catch glimpses of celebrity homes.
Swamp and Bayou Tour:
Explore the unique ecosystem of Louisiana’s swamps and bayous on a guided tour. You’ll have the chance to see alligators, birds, and other wildlife, while learning about the region’s ecology and folklore. Airboat and kayak tours are popular options for getting up close to nature.
Jazz Music Tour
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, and a music tour is a must for music lovers. Visit famous jazz venues, such as Preservation Hall and Tipitina’s, and learn about the city’s musical heritage. Some tours also include live performances and the opportunity to meet local musicians.
New Orleans is renowned for its delectable cuisine, influenced by Creole, Cajun, and French traditions. Take a food tour to sample dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, and po’ boys. You can also learn about the city’s culinary history and visit popular eateries and markets.
With its rich history and reputation for being haunted, New Orleans offers numerous ghost tours. Join a guided tour in the evening to explore the city’s spooky side, visiting haunted locations and hearing chilling tales of voodoo, ghosts, and paranormal activity. Everyone thinks they have to book a ghost tour in the city but we think New Orleans rich history which you can learn on our historic walking tours is unsettling enough.
Experience the charm of the Mississippi River with a riverboat cruise. Enjoy live jazz music, dine on delicious Creole cuisine, and take in the breathtaking views of the riverfront. Some cruises also offer historical narration and optional harbor or swamp tours.