If a trip to New Orleans is on your bucket list, make it an extended vacation so you can take in all the lively, one-of-a-kind tours the city offers. Whether it’s on foot, bike, Segway, horse-drawn carriage or boat, you’ll never forget your sightseeing adventures in The Big Easy. For the best things to do in New Orleans, take advantage of the dozens of New Orleans tours that specialize in everything from homes and gardens to ghosts and goblins.
Taking an architecture tour of New Orleans is a must-do. The town has an abundance of historic mansions and plantations in various architectural styles, including Victorian, Greek Revival and Italianate. You can find them everywhere from The French Quarter to the Garden District and beyond.
Hauntings and Voodoo Tours
Visit the eerie underworld of New Orleans with a tour of spine-chilling hauntings, infamous cemeteries and secret voodoo temples. You can learn about voodoo’s West African roots, popular superstitions and rituals, and the history of Marie Laveau, known as New Orlean’s most famous voodoo priestess. The Voodoo Museum of New Orleans in the French Quarter is a must-see, especially for its authentic voodoo ritual relics.
French Quarter Tours
The French Quarter is a vivid mix of eccentric and eclectic houses, restaurants and pubs any time of the year, not just during Mardi Gras. Take a walking tour of The French Quarter, known as one of the oldest residential communities in the country and honored as a National Historic Landmark in 1966, and enjoy the added bonus of people-watching.
There’s nothing quite as unique as visiting the beautiful bayous, swamps and wetlands of Louisiana by airboat. Safely meet and greet native swamp residents, including alligators, snakes, egrets and other wildlife. You’ll also get to discover the hidden bayou villages filled with mysterious Cajun history.
Hop aboard an authentic steamboat paddle wheeler for a historic and picturesque afternoon cruise with lunch or a nighttime jazz and dinner treat on the Mississippi River. Boat tours are popular and offered year round in New Orleans. Relax while you listen to the rush of water through the paddle wheels.
Drink and Spirits Tour
Creole cooking isn’t the only treat in town. New Orleans has drinking tours all year. You’ll learn the best breweries, wineries and distilleries in town, along with the reason why New Orleans is known as “the cradle of civilized drinking” thanks to its celebrated cocktail culture.
New Orleans is known for its unusual collection of specialty museums in town in addition to the Voodoo Museum. For war buffs, visit the National WWII Museum to view rarely seen artifacts. Kids will love the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, a museum devoted to bugs and butterflies. Medical professionals love the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum located at the first licensed apothecary shop, which also happens to sell voodoo potions and other oddities.
New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, celebrates music year round not only with the annual Jazz Fest, but with tours of recording studios, homes and bars where some of the most famous musicians lived and played. You can take an evening tour to hear the best live local music at clubs along Frenchmen Street.
Anyone with a green thumb and an eye for beauty will love touring the elegant gardens of this city. Between the oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, you’ll find hidden courtyards landscaped with exotic tropical plantings and swathes of manicured blooming gardens. Some tours take you into private gardens if they’re open during the time of year you’re visiting. If you prefer to tour gardens on your own, take the cable car line that runs along St. Charles Avenue to view the Southern-style gardens.
New Orleans is a gastronomical adventure. Satiate your senses with a culinary tour of the city’s notable restaurants. From seafood gumbo to po’ boys and muffulettas to beignets, your palate will never settle for bland food again after eating yourself through N’Awlins.