Off to the Big Easy? Whether you’re going for Mardi Gras or for more of a cultural experience, there are so many hidden gems to see. The best way to take in the flavor of this city is through walking tours. You can explore the French Quarter, learn about the ghost tales, and end the evening with some live Jazz. Here are a few walking tours we would recommend.
Historic New Orleans Tours will give you a nice 3 – ½ hour jaunt. Starting in the French Quarter you will see historic landmarks such as the Edgar Degas House. Walking along the bayou you will take in the Old Spanish Fort and Lake Pontchartrain. A little rest is given during your streetcar ride down the majestic St. Charles Avenue. You will also see where the levees broke and the efforts to rebuild are taking place after Hurricane Katrina, including some celebrity projects. Check them out here.
No trip to New Orleans is compete without taking in a ghost tour or two. French Quarter Phantoms specializes in these haunted rendezvous. They are a small operation that limits group sizes so that everyone can hear their master storytellers set the stage for a haunting affair. The most popular walking tour is the Ghost and Vampire Tour. The one mile walk takes about an hour and a half allowing plenty of time to see the mysteries held within the French Quarter.
Crescent City Nights Walking Tour starts with dinner at Tujague’s Restaurant, a New Orleans tradition. Following a sumptuous meal, a short walk will take you to a local jazz club. Enjoy live music while you digest and take in the frivolous atmosphere. Next up is a stroll down Bourbon Street complimented with historical stories and lore. The evening finishes with refreshments at Cafe du Monde. Good food, good music, maybe a little dancing, all wrapped up into a memorable walking tour.
Some other notable tours around New Orleans include Louisiana Plantation and Swamp Tours. The latter will be done by boat though, not on foot. By boat you can also cruise the Mississippi and take in the sights as you float on by. Don’t miss out on the history and frivolity of New Orleans when you travel south. Take in a walking tour and immerse yourself in the culture. Happy travels and wandering!