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French Quarter Tours

The French Quarter, with its vibrant atmosphere and unique blend of architectural styles, is easily New Orleans’ most famous and most popular area to visit. It's also the city's oldest neighborhood, and its elegant streets are lined with an appealing mix of lively bars—especially along the legendary Bourbon Street—historic monuments, delicious restaurants, and inviting jazz clubs.

The Basics
The French Quarter—also called the Vieux Carré, or “old square”—is centered on Jackson Square, which is overlooked by St. Louis Cathedral. The busy area is best navigated on foot, and while of course you can wander around on your own, guided walking tours are the best way to experience the quarter. Learn about New Orleans' culinary and cocktail history on a food tour, take a haunted tour in the evening, or combine a visit to the French Quarter with a tour of another part of the city, such as the Garden District, or a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly, so wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • New Orleans loves parades, which occur on many holidays throughout the year and often march through the French Quarter.
  • Hard-partying Bourbon Street is infamous, but it's not indicative of the whole French Quarter—and it's easy to avoid if it's not your scene.

How to Get There
The French Quarter runs from the Mississippi River northwest to Rampart Street, and from Canal Street northeast to Esplanade Avenue. It's incredibly compact and parking can be extremely difficult, so it's best to walk there if you can. Streetcars run along the riverfront, Canal Street, and Rampart Street. Most city tours pass through the French Quarter as well.

When to Get There
New Orleans can be lovely year-round, so the best time to go is based on your tolerance for crowds and weather. The city is exceptionally busy during major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival (usually in February and April, respectively). Like much of southern Louisiana, New Orleans weather trends from hot and humid to simply mild and humid, with summer being the hottest. The winter months are cool and comfortable, though there may be periodic downpours; hurricane season runs roughly from June to November.

History Runs Deep in the French Quarter
It's easy to think New Orleans is just a party town, but it has a rich history as well. The Pontalba Buildings that surround Jackson Square on two sides are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States, while the French Market is the country’s oldest public market. The quirky Pharmacy Museum is a treasure trove of medicinal history. Tennessee Williams used a French Quarter house as the setting for “A Streetcar Named Desire” (a house he later bought), and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in the city—and likely the oldest bar in the US.

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French Quarter History and Ghost Buster Tour, New Orleans, null
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French Quarter History and Ghost Buster Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of creole ladies and gentlemen in the French Quarter. Depart Pirates Alley to share ghost stories, some of which are already over a ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

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This New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour is a 3 in 1 multifaceted tour which includes the unique history of our amazing city and culture, reported haunting ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans

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AWESOME, TRICENTENNIAL, NEW ORLEANS & FRENCH QUARTER INTRODUCTION! See New Orleans in the morning with a guided stroll through the French Quarter on this ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl

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Savor the culinary history of New Orleans with this 3-hour cocktail and food tour of the French Quarter.

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.16
Haunted French Quarter Tour, New Orleans, Food Tours
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Haunted French Quarter Tour

Take a spooky stroll through the French Quarter on this haunted, 2-hour walking tour in New Orleans. Venture into the realm of the unknown by touring ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Haunted Houses of the French Quarter Walking Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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Haunted Houses of the French Quarter Walking Tour

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Peek into New Orleans' mysterious past with this 2-hour walking tour of the haunted French Quarter. Visit a haunted property that's more than 200 years old.

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Cemetery and French Quarter Walking Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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Cemetery and French Quarter Walking Tour

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Spend some time learning about the fascinating history of one of New Orleans' oldest neighborhoods with this 2-hour French Quarter and cemetery walking tour.

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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New Orleans French Quarter Jogging Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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New Orleans French Quarter Jogging Tour

This New Orleans FRENCH QUARTER JOGGING TOUR is a 3 in 1 multifaceted tour, which includes the unique history of our amazing city and culture, Cemetery and ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: Flexible

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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

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Find out what all the fuss is about on this half-day tour of some of the best food in New Orleans' famous French Quarter. Your knowledgeable, passionate guide ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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New Orleans' City of the Dead Cemetery No. 1 Tour, New Orleans, Food Tours
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New Orleans' City of the Dead Cemetery No. 1 Tour

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Learn about the supernatural side of New Orleans, including the city's most famous voodoo queen, on this walking tour that takes you to the French Quarter and ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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