Historic New Orleans Walking Tours

Historic New Orleans Walking Tours
New Orleans is steeped in Creole history and tradition. The Crescent City is most famous for the annual Mardi Gras. Home of Creole and Cajun cuisine and the birthplace of vibrant jazz music, the multicultural city is unique and diverse. The French Quarter is the oldest and quaintest neighborhood in the Big Easy; take a walking tour in this architecturally rich district. If voodoo, ghosts and cemeteries perk your interest, there are tours that will captivate and spook you.

French Quarter Phantoms Walking Tour

This company covers phantom, history, ghost and spiritual tours. During the Phantom Tour, true and spooky stories reveal the French Quarter's deepest and darkest secrets. Each night at 8 o'clock, a master storyteller dressed in black shares beguiling stories of vampires, ghosts, murders and disease. For history buffs, take the two-hour daytime Historic Tour and admire the unique architecture and remarkable wrought iron work. Scandalous and fascinating tales are told while meandering through the neighborhood. Add the 45-minute St. Louis cemetery tour for an extra $10. Order tickets online. Prices: $23 and $16. Children under 10 are free.

625 St. Philip St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(888) 90-GHOST

Friends of the Cabildo Walking Tour

For an in-depth historical tour, Friends of the Cabildo traces the history of six New Orleans museums. The tour starts at the 1850 House on Jackson Square. It's operated by the Louisiana State Museum and tour proceeds benefit a nonprofit volunteer group providing support to the Louisiana State Museum. For local interest, the Mardi Gras Museum, Presbytere and Arsenal all have entertaining exhibits. Go back in time and imagine New Orleans life in the mid-1800s at the 1850 House. The Old U.S. Mint and "Madame John's Legacy" are two more tour perks. Customized tours are available. Tours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m Tour prices: adults $15, students $10, children 12 and under free.

701 Chartres St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 523-3939

Monde Creole Walking Tour

The Mondo Creole walking tour has been rated the best walking tour in New Orleans. This must-do tour retraces the steps of five generations of a Creole New Orleans family. The factual tour spins a story based on one family member's memoirs consisting of 5,000 pages of legal documents. Stroll among the slave quarters and visit fanciful townhouses, private courtyards and tiny cottages. Your guide will transport you to the past when Creoles lived charmed and tragic lives Reservations are required. One tour daily at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday tour at 10 a.m. Ticket prices: adults $20, students $15. Cash only.

624 Royal St.
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 568-1801

Article Written By Susan Fogwell

Susan Fogwell is a flight attendant for a major airline and a freelance travel and lifestyle writer. Her far-flung travels have taken her to six continents. As a seasoned traveler, Fogwell has written hundreds of travel articles for a variety of print and online publications, including the "LA Times," "Orlando Sentinel" and "Caribbean Compass."

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