New Orleans has a vibrant and unique history. This busy port city, situated on a bend of the Mississippi River, was founded in 1718 by French explorers, fur trappers and traders. In 1763, Louisiana was ceded to the Spanish Empire and underwent 40 years under its control before being reclaimed by the French. The French sold it to the United States only 20 days later in the Louisiana Purchase.
Now New Orleans is known for its historical architecture, distinct Creole culture, annual festivals like Mardi Gras, and as the birthplace of jazz music. There’s no better way to experience the unique history of “The Big Easy” than on one of the city’s many historical tours. Whether you want to experience the cuisine of New Orleans or explore its haunted past, our list is sure to have the perfect tour (or tours!) for you to join.
Free Tours by Foot
2613 Laurel St. New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 222-2967
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Free Tours by Foot is the first and only company in New Orleans to offer name-your-own-price tours of the city. Just as the name implies, there is no upfront cost; you pay what you feel the tour is worth. Their walking tours by local guides include the French Quarter, Garden District, St. Louis Cemetery #1, and even a Ghost Tour. This is the perfect tour for those on a budget and who don’t mind walking.
Doctor Gumbo Tours
823 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 473-4823
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Run by a New Orleans native, Doctor Gumbo Tours is the perfect tour for foodies looking to eat and drink their way through the city. Doctor Gumbo offers a Food History Tour, Cocktail History Tour, and a Combo Cocktail and Food Tour for a true gastronomic adventure. Each tour takes you on a leisurely walk around the city where your guide will discuss the history of the area, restaurant dynasties, recipes, and more.
Historic New Orleans Tours
612 Pelican St, New Orleans, LA 70179
Phone: (504) 947-2120
If you want to experience real, authentic New Orleans, then be sure to book a tour with Historic New Orleans Tours. This company offers all the basic tours, like French Quarter and Garden District, but also has some unique offerings like a Scandal Tour and New Orleans Music Tour. The guides are known for being incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining.
The Voodoo Bone Lady Haunted Tours
701 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 267-2040
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Voodoo, vampires, ghosts, witchcraft, and pirates can all be found at The Voodoo Bone Lady Haunted Tours. The tours are run by guides specifically approved by the Voodoo Bone Lady, who is a God-Gifted Psychic and Voodoo Priestess. Explore one of America’s most haunted cities on this unforgettable tour.
New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours
2514 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: (504) 571-9975
More adventurous tourists will love the New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours. Swamp tours are guided paddle tours through the bayous, rivers, and swamps around New Orleans. Guests rave about the laid-back tour, saying it’s great for any age or ability level. Learn about the history of the area and the Gulf Coast ecosystem, the largest and fastest disappearing land mass on the planet. You may even spot an alligator or two!
American Photo Safari
1000 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Phone: (504) 298-8876
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See and experience the best of New Orleans through the lens of your camera. Tours with American Photo Safari combine your traditional sightseeing tour with a photography class. Local, professional photographers guide you through the city and give you tips and tricks for taking the best photos. You’ll definitely come out a better photographer, and more knowledgeable about French Quarter architecture, after this 3 hour workshop.
After a long day of sightseeing, you’ll definitely want to relax and recharge at your hotel. Stay at one of our top picks:
2203 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-3650
323 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 325-2271
2041 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 313-1577