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9 New Orleans Walking Tours We Love

Discover the best New Orleans has to offer on foot. What better way to explore a city, new or old, than by dodging annoying traffic, long lines, and crammed tour busses? Learn why this city that straddles the great Mississippi River is synonymous with expertly prepared cuisines, jazz music, and Mardi Gras. Are you planning a trip to the most unique city in North America? We’ve compiled a list of the top walking tours of New Orleans, so you don’t have to. 

 

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Take your chance to “pinch the tail and suck the head!” when you explore the cuisine of the Big Easy with Sidewalk Food Tours of New Orleans

  1. Join the culinary experience of a lifetime with Sidewalk Food Tours

 

Treat your tastebuds; believe us, they will thank you. Are you looking to taste the very best eateries in NOLA? Join us on the Sidewalk Food Tour of New Orleans for an authentic dining experience. Chow down on fresh oysters, freshly baked beignets, classic Creole soul food, spicy Tex-Mex, and so much more. Take a walking tour through the French Quarter or Lower Garden District neighborhood, or both if you think your belly can handle it! Visit award-winning eateries, learn all about the history of The Big Easy, and admire the beautiful architecture. In a city that’s jam-packed with restaurants, you’ll want a local to guide you past the tourist traps and take you right to the belly of the beast. We show you what the other tour groups don’t. Experience the tastes, smells, and sights of New Orleans like you never have before. 

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Get spooked and tag along on the New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo and Vampire Walking Tour and see what the streets of NOLA have to offer after dark

  1. Get your creep on at the New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo, and Vampire Nighttime Walking Tour

 

Boo! Did we scare you? Ever wonder what happens in New Orleans after dark? When the sun sets, the spirits rise. This ghost, voodoo, and vampire walking tour gives you an inside peek at the city’s most eerie and creepy sites at night. Don’t wander the dark roads of NOLA alone, join a group of fellow paranormal enthusiasts, and take on the quest together. Attractions include the LaLaurie Mansion and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. Hear haunting stories about the city’s legendary tales of wickedness, witchcraft, voodoo, ghosts, and vampires. You can’t help but feel the presence of the dark souls of NOLA’s past. If you’re lucky or not so lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the lonely phantom who walks the dark roads at midnight. Walk under the moonlight with your local guide who is ready to take you on this ghostly experience! 

 

  1. Visit the souls long gone on the St. Louis Cemetery Number One Historic Tour

 

It’s your chance to pay a visit to the oldest and most famous cemetery in New Orleans. Buried here are some of the most notable former residents of NOLA including Marie Laveau, Homer Plessy, and Nick Cage. Pay your respects at the tombstones and learn about the enchanting history that lies inside the cemetery’s walls. The St. Louis Cemetery was first built in 1789. Can you find the oldest gravestone? Learn all about different burial customs and traditions unique to New Orleans. Walk through the graveyard to check out the beautifully ornate headstones. On this tour, you will get to hear all of the good, bad, and ugly stories of New Orleans’s most famous and infamous previous residents. 

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Release your inhibitions and have a drink or two with the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour

4. Drinks are on them at the New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour

New Orleans isn’t only famous for its haunted spirits, but also the ones poured in a glass on Bourbon Street. This tour was featured on the Travel-Channel and is a must for anyone who enjoys an adult beverage, or two, or three. The journey begins from Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River, where your tour guide will enlighten you with the stories behind some of the world’s most famous cocktails that got their start in NOLA. For two and half hours, you and fellow thirsty tourists will walk around the French Quarter learning about the neighborhood and enjoying the city’s most iconic cocktail bars. Expert mixologists will create strong drinks for you while they tell you a bit about the drink’s origins. Sip, sit, and mingle with like-minded individuals on this cocktail tour. 

 

5. It’s your chance to play dress-up at the

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Play some dress up while you learn the history of Mardi Gras on the Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture Tour

Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture Tour

 

Did you know that the First Mardi Gras Parade took place in New Orleans on Shrove Tuesday in 1938? If you ever wanted to dress up in traditional Mardi Gras garb, now’s your chance. This 45-minute tour at the museum grants you unlimited access to the costume closet. Yes, that means you can adorn yourself in one of the many outfits to choose from and take endless photos. Did you know that some Mardi Gras costumes can take up to a year to make? See what goes into designing and creating these intricate displays. The museum has hundreds of the most detailed and stunning costumes on display. Hear all about the history behind the elaborate costumes while getting a rundown of Mardi Gras traditions. 

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If you just can’t get enough of the creep and fangs, the New Orleans Vampire Tour was made for you

6. Grab your garlic necklace for the New Orleans Vampire Tour

 

Discover another side of New Orleans’s mysterious world of the undead. This tour is all about the bloodsuckers! The tour guides know everything there is to know about vampires from their past, present, and future. Walk through the French Quarter and listen to the haunting myths, legends, and vampire folklore stories of NOLA. The French Quarter is illuminated by lamplight, giving it the ultimate spooky sensation after dark. What exactly do vampires do when the sun sets? Learn of their lewd acts and even stop by a vampire tavern. Fans of ‘Interview With a Vampire,’ see the exact location where this creepy classic was filmed. We think Dracula himself could learn a thing or two from the folks who created this tour! 

 

  1. Soak up the Creole culture with the French Quarter Secrets and Bourbon Street Tour

 

Learn all about the unique Creole culture of the French Quarter. Immerse yourself in the combination of Spanish, French, African, and American cultures. How did these cultures blend and become the mixing pot we know and love? Walk down the tapering alleys and narrow streets that gave us jazz music, Mardi Gras, Creole food, voodoo, and so much more. A few of the highlights on this tour is the visit to the most haunted building in NOLA, where you will be inside the world-renowned seance room. Bite into a freshly baked beignet from Cafe du Monde, explore Jackson Square, and learn how Hurricane Katrina changed NOLA forever. Be sure to bring your walking shoes for this one; this tour lasts for three hours. Soak up the history, taste the treats, and educate yourself on what makes New Orleans so special with his half-day adventure. 

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For some light-hearted exploration of the city at it’s finest, take the Stroll with a Local Tour and get acquainted with the Crescent City

  1. If it’s your first time in NOLA, check out the Stroll With a Local Tour.

This fun-loving tour group offers New Orleans visitors an experience similar to one you would have with your best friends. This French Quarter walking tour is perfect for any NOLA newbies, and it’s designed to be an introduction to the city. Learn about the history, fun facts, and stop at some of the most well-known New Orleans gems like the French Market, Ursulines Convent, Royal Street, and the William Faulkner House, just to name a few. You will be treated to plenty of adult beverages from local bars and sweet treats with this guided tour. 

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Step into the shoes of the famous Laffite brothers on the Pirate History Walking Tour

  1. Hope you don’t have to walk the plank at the Pirate History Walking Tour

 

Ahoy maties! Have you ever wondered what the pirate life was really like for real-life buccaneers of the past? This tour will give the song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” a much deeper meaning. The Captain and his loyal crew are there to tell you all about pirate life in the early 1800s. From sword fights, wooden legs, buried treasure, rum, and smuggling these pirates were quite busy. Most of the tour will focus on pirate history in New Orleans and the importance of pirate involvement in the Battle of New Orleans. Be ready to chuckle during this tour, the crew is notoriously funny while indulging you in historically accurate pirate history. All the information on this tour has been fact-checked and heavily researched. What do you think the daily life of a pirate in the 1800s was like in NOLA? They didn’t wake up and have a hot coffee and donut, that’s for sure! This is your chance to walk in the footsteps of the famous Laffite brothers, Jean and Pierre. A pirate will be there to greet you at the meeting point, the Cuban Crafters Cigar Bar. Don’t be late, or the pirates will leave you out to dry.