Since the birth of New Orleans in 1718, visitors have toured the city by carriage. It’s the proper way to see the French Quarter and the most authentic view of the city. Ride through the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans in an intimate, one-of-a-kind experience. Each carriage driver is a local, professional, and licensed tour guide offering a unique, personal presentation of each historically accurate tour.
What’s unique about the New Orleans carriage industry is the simple fact that instead of horses, mules are used to pull the carriages throughout the French Quarter and surrounding areas. A mule is the offspring of a donkey and a horse, and is known to be one of the hardiest animals on Earth. Mules are considered to be smarter, stronger, and more sure-footed than horses. The primary reason mules are used in New Orleans is due to their natural ability to be more resistant to extreme temperatures like heat and humidity. Most carriage mules in New Orleans are crossed with either Percheron or Belgium draft horses, which are bred to pull heavy loads. Historically, mules in New Orleans were used for deliveries and transportation, pulling streetcars and even the Mardi Gras floats throughout the city.
There are a few different companies to choose from, the oldest being Royal Carriages who has specialized in breathtaking views and authentic New Orleans culture for over 75 years. All carriage tours discuss history, culture, and architecture. Specialty carriage tours include a visit to St. Louis Cemetery #1, stories of ghosts and vampires, and more.