Find out why New Orleans is known as the “most haunted city in America” on this thrilling night-time tour through the French Quarter in New Orleans. Hear ghostly stories about haunted hotels and our courthouse; visit sites, and hear stories that were featured on both the Discovery and History Channels. You will learn more about the area’s history and traditions. Highlights include checking out voodoo ceremonial relics and a kit designed for the slaying of vampires from eccentric members of New Orleans’ past.
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It’s not just what you see in New Orleans that will amaze you – it’s what you might not see. Scare up a few extra bucks and tour the “Most Haunted City in America” with an educated, entertaining guide who can bring the dead to life for you.
We recommend some of these cool opportunities to learn about the legends and folklore that has helped make New Orleans famous. Why just come here to drink spirits when you might actually get to see one?
On the NewOrleansGhostAdventuresTour, you can tour New Orleans famous above-ground cemeteries or “Cities of the Dead” and hear spooky tales along the way from actual historians. This company also gives you the chance to step inside these old houses at night, rather than just view them from the curb. You’ll hear about famous New Orleans Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau and witches from real historians.
Prefer a night tour? Gray Line Tours offers a nigh time Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour that’s sure to send a chill up your spine. You will tour allegedly haunted sites previously featured on those ghost shows we all love on cable TV. You can also view a genuine “vampire slaying kit”, relics of a real voodoo ceremony, and more. They invite you to bring your camera because you never know who you’ll spy lurking in the background of your selfie.
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The tours ought to get you started exploring the "haunted" history of New Orleans.
Ghosts! Vampires! Voodoo! The French Quarter is known far and wide to be one of the most haunted neighborhoods in the country. The best way to tour these haunted locations is by carriage ride at night on a Royal Carriages History & Haunts Night Tour, the 2018 Louisiana Attraction of the Year Award Winner. Trot around the streets of the French Quarter hearing stories that give life to things that go bump in the night. Find out if your hotel is haunted. Hear about the ghost of the pirate Jean Lafitte and the murderess Madame LaLaurie.
New Orleans Ghost Adventures Haunted Houses & History Tour
Guests on this tour will have the rare opportunity to investigate “haunted” locations investigated by real ghost hunters as seen on the New Orleans edition of the Travel Channel's hit show Ghost Adventures. Learn about voodoo, a magical practice centered on African beliefs and rites, as you make your way through St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (here lies forever the world-famous voodoo queen, Marie Laveau). You’ll also visit Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District, which is replete with 19th-century Southern mansions. A two-hour tour brings you in touch with grandiose homes and their gardens as well as these cemeteries, with its above-ground tombs and built-in chills. Get more info at NewOrleansGhostAdventuresTour.com.
Experience the old world of New Orleans as you explore ancient cemeteries and are regaled with tales of haunted sites. You'll see breathtaking views of the French Quarter, explore historic architecture, and more! Learn more at NewOrleansLegendaryWalkingTours.com
If you enjoy a good ghost story, you’ll love these New Orleans ghost tours—they’re a scream!
Until You Get Here…
Below is some information on other sites rumored to be haunted in New Orleans to conjure up your appetite for adventure!
During the Civil War, the Hotel Provincial was used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. Guests and maids have told of encounters with ghostly men on crutches and spirit surgeons. Once, a security guard said he stepped off the elevator onto the second floor into a hospital scene from the past -- nurses rushing frantically from patient to patient. He stepped back into the elevator without saying “boo.”
Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop
And if you suspected Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop at 941 Bourbon Street was haunted, you’re not alone. The privateer Jean Lafitte himself is said to keep an eye on the fireplace in his former Blacksmith Shop built in the late 1700s, a front for his smuggling operation, where it’s believed he hid his booty. While some of the regulars swear the place is haunted, others claim those who’ve witnessed the apparitions couldn’t pass a sobriety test. You be the judge.
St. Louis Cathedral
In 1769, a group of French rebel leaders were executed by the Spanish for insurrection against the crown. To set an example, the bodies were left outside in Jackson Square to rot in the heat and rain. The French community was horrified, but no one was brave enough to challenge the Spanish leaders. Then nothing short of a miracle occurred. Pere Dagobert, the beloved priest of the Church St. Louis, later St. Louis Cathedral, showed up at the homes of the slain men and summoned their families to the church where to their amazement they found the bodies of their loved ones. It’s a mystery to this day, but somehow, under the watchful eyes of the Spanish soldiers, the priest had recovered the bodies. Then in a terrible rainstorm, Pere Dagobert performed a funeral mass and led the procession to Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1. Today, on rainy mornings before sunrise, some say they hear Pere Dagobert singing the Kyrie.
Le Petite Theatre du Vieux Carré
At Le Petite Theatre du Vieux Carré, right off Jackson Square at 616 St. Peter Street, it has been rumored that you might bump Caroline, an actress who performed here in the 1930s. One day, while joking with a director on the third-story balcony, she tumbled over the railing. According to legend, she slammed to the courtyard below where she died, dressed for the evening’s performance in a white wedding gown. But Caroline isn’t the only legendary ghost haunting Le Petite. Others include the Captain, the suitor of another actress who used to perform here. There have been reports that he settles into his balcony seat while modern-day actors rehearse in hopes of catching a return performance by his lover.
Ursuline Convent at 1100 Chartres Street, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, is rumored to have a few ghosts – vampires, even. In the 1700s, the Catholic Diocese sent young girls from the French convents to New Orleans to find husbands and spread Christian values. They carried coffin-shaped chests as their suitcases. The chests were called “caskets,” and the young women became known as “the Casket Girls.” According to superstition, the caskets held vampires from the old country, and they were stored unopened in the attic, sealed shut with nails and screws blessed by the Pope himself. Legend has it that in the 1970s, after spotting a set of the attic’s shutters half open, two ghost hunters hid in the convent’s courtyard to try to catch the vampires on film. Legend has it that their bodies were found the next morning, drained of blood with a few mysterious scratches. (Those in the know say the shutters said to have been sealed shut with nails were installed 100 years later to protect from hurricanes.)
The Bourbon Orleans
The Bourbon Orleans at 717 Orleans Avenue is the site of the Orleans Ballroom, home to the famous Quadroon Balls, the grandest social events of the nineteenth century. Today it is said to also be the home of a lonely ghost dancer, seen twirling beneath the ballroom's crystal chandelier, and a ghost nun, from the time when a convent and a hospital were on the site. They say a man working alone on a stairwell felt a slap on his face after uttering an obscene word. Apparently, a sister was offended.
One of the most notorious haunted houses in America is LaLaurie Mansion at 1140 Royal Street. In 1832, Creole socialite Delphine LaLaurie and her doctor husband moved to these splendid quarters, where they entertained lavishly. But although Madame LaLaurie was quite beautiful, she was also quite mad – a murderess, in fact. Come learn all about her on a visit to this historic home, once owned by actor Nicholas Cage.
The raised center-hall Creole cottage at 1113 Chartres has been lived in by several famous residents, including Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, the Southern commander at the disastrous Battle of Shiloh. It’s said that around 2 A.M., the ghosts of the general and his troops have been known to reenact that famous battle in the hallway outside the ballroom. The soldiers first appear in full Confederate dress, then slowly turn tattered and bloody. In his 1996 book New Orleans Ghosts, Victor C. Klein writes that "Men with mangled limbs and blown-away faces swirl in a confused dance of death." The despondent ghost of General Beauregard repeatedly whispers, “Shiloh.”
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