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New Orleans Tours and Things To Do

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A city full of rich history and storied culture, New Orleans holds something for every traveler. Whether you're bringing the whole family or flying solo, the city and area that surround it will entertain, inform and amaze you.

There are countless things to do in New Orleans.  Start with a New Orleans city tour and learn the city’s story while visiting a vast array of attractions and historic sights. Then venture into the unknown via a swamp tour, where you'll have an unforgettable adventure in the rich swampland and picturesque bayous that surround the city. Before you leave, travel to the nearby plantations that dot the Mississippi River and be amazed by the historic, beautiful homes that have stood for hundreds of years. There are plenty of tours in New Orleans to choose from, and you won't be disappointed.

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New Orleans Tours

  • City Sightseeing Tours

    City Sightseeing Tours

    Travel around New Orleans in style on an exciting open-top, double-decker bus with City Sightseeing New Orleans. Hop on and off, their tour service takes you around town from the French Quarter to the Central Business District to the Garden District in an entertaining, informative and flexible manner. Get a coupon for your tour at
  • Tours by Isabelle

    Tours by Isabelle

    Tours by Isabelle is the oldest locally owned and family-run New Orleans tour company, providing first-class, small-scale, personalized service since 1979. Experienced and knowledgeable driver guides and comfortable, top-of-the-line 13-passenger vans will make you fall in love with Louisiana! Get a coupon for your tour at
  • Tours by Isabelle

    Livery Tours

    Livery Tours offers the premiere touring experiences in New Orleans on lluxury vehicles, professional chauffeurs, and degreed historian tour guides. In addition to walking tours of the French Quarter and the Garden District, as well as their Private City Tours, their historians can also tailor a tour designed for any specific request i.e. Hollywood South Movie Tour, Cocktail Tour, African American History Tour, etc. Get a coupon for your tour at
  • French Quartour Kids

    French Quartour Kids

    This tour company doesn't have certain tours for kids, it’s all for kids. Recommended for boys and girls aged 6-13, these tours are educational and entertaining. Trained teachers lead groups through the French Quarter, where they take a step back in time and learn all the elements that shaped New Orleans into the culturally rich city it is today. Adults will love it too!
  • Ghosts And Spirits Tour

    Ghosts & Spirits Tour

    Many people call New Orleans the most haunted city in America. After this tour, you'll understand why. This nighttime tour travels through the French Quarter where you'll learn about the history and ghost stories of the Vieux Carre while visiting some of the most haunted sites in the city, if not the entire country.
  • New Orleans Original Cocktail Tour

    New Orleans Original Cocktail Tour

    The New Orleans Original Cocktail Tour is a perfect way to start your getaway in the Big Easy. Travel through the historic quarter and visit some of the most famous bars and restaurants in the city to learn about their famous spirits like the Sazerac, Pimm's Cup and even the famous or maybe we should say infamous Hand Grenade.
  • Cities of the Dead

    Cemetery & Voodoo Tour

    The Cemetery & Voodoo tour takes you deep inside of St. Louis Cemetery #1, where both the most famous and the most infamous residents of New Orleans are buried. Including in those buried at this famous cemetery is Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans.
  • French Quarter Tour

    French Quarter Tour

    Tour the French Quarter with a local expert and learn about the secrets of one of the oldest and most colorful neighborhoods in the country. The tour takes you from the banks of the Mississippi River, through the French Market and Jackson Square before exploring the streets that make the city so famous.
  • Super City Tour

    Super City Tour

    The Super City Tour offers a broader overview of New Orleans with a narrated sightseeing throughout the city. The tour travels through the world famous French Quarter and Jackson Square, a stop at one of the city's historic above ground cemeteries, through Bayou St. John to hear legends of voodoo and piracy, along St. Charles Avenue the home of the historic streetcar and mansions of the king and queens of Mardi Gras.
  • Big Easy Jazz Tour

    Big Easy Jazz Tour

    Learn about the history of jazz in New Orleans from its birthplace in the Big Easy to the legends that made this city their home to the musical notes that flow through the streets today. There's no better way to learn about the music then while enjoying VIP seating in the patio of Musical Legends Park. Tour includes complimentary cocktail to start your night and a choice of cocktail or cafe au lait and beignets at its conclusion.
  • Hurricane Katrina Tour

    Hurricane Katrina Tour

    August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the surrounding regions. This tour gives an eye-witness account of disaster while traveling past a levee that breached and touring the neighborhoods that were devastated and wiped out by the flood waters. When the tour is complete, you'll leave with a better understanding of the events leading up to Katrina, life after the storm and the Rebirth of New Orleans.
  • Gray Line New Orleans

    Gray Line New Orleans

    Gray Line, the world's leader in sightseeing, has showcased New Orleans to visitors from around the world since 1924. From the French Quarter to the swamp, visitors enjoy touring New Orleans' many beautiful and interesting attractions. Gray Line offers a variety of tour packages. (Coupons available at
  • Carriage Tours

    Carriage Tours

    A long time favorite is to tour by horse-drawn carriages, which carry six to nine passengers at a time. To say the very least, the horse carriages definately fit the local architecture and charm of the French Quarter.

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New Orleans Attractions

  • Mardi Gras World

    Mardi Gras World

    If you want a real, behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras, then there's only one way to get it: take a tour at Mardi Gras World. Mardi Gras World creates many of the big, beautiful floats that parade through the streets every Mardi Gras season in New Orleans and around the world. During the tour, you'll get to see floats and props being created from the ground up, try on Mardi Gras costumes, and even eat some king cake.
  • Steamboat Natchez Riverboat Cruise

    Steamboat Natchez River Cruise

    Climb aboard the Steamboat Natchez for a scenic cruise down the Mississippi. Along the way, you'll enjoy the beautiful sights, delicious food and great music. Jazz bands frequent the decks of the boat, as well as the steam powered calliope, or just listen to the sounds of the river. Steamboat Natchez offers daytime cruises, as well as a dinner with jazz cruise that features the Dukes of Dixieland. (coupons available at
  • Musee Conti Wax Museum

    Musée Conti Wax Museum

    It's the best-kept secret in New Orleans. The Musée Conti Historical Wax Museum is fun, historical, educational AND entertaining, making it a New Orleans must-see! Founded in 1963, "The WAX" tells the fascinating story of New Orleans, from the city's founding to the present day. Experience more than 300 years of history, legend and scandal with 154 life-sized figures displayed in historically accurate settings.
  • Royal Carriages

    Royal Carriages

    Take a carriage ride while you're in New Orleans, and enjoy a tour of the French Quarter (Garden District tours are available, too!). Quaint mule-drawn carriages take you past many New Orleans landmarks, including Bourbon Street, the mighty Mississippi, and Jackson Square. (Coupon available at
  • Jackson Square

    Jackson Square

    An afternoon in Jackson Square contributed by Nick Cognevich; photos of Jackson Square and Pirates' Alley by Marc Weitz. To explore one of New Orleans' most famous historic locations, visit Jackson Square at Experience New Orleans.
  • Holidays in New Orleans

    Holidays in New Orleans

    Celebrations and parades occur all year long in New Orleans! Whether it's St. Patrick's Day in New Orleans or Mardi Gras, there's always something to celebrate.
  • Cajun Encounters Tours

    Cajun Encounters Tours

    Cajun Encounters is a locally owned and operated tour company with over ten years of experience. The company takes pride in providing comprehensive, personalized swamp tours, city tours, and plantation tours to both locals and New Orleans visitors.
  • Audubon Zoo

    Audubon Zoo

    One of the country’s top-ranked zoos, Audubon Zoo features an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging and expansive natural habitats, lush gardens and resting spots, a taste of the mystical Louisiana swamp, and hands-on animal encounters.
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

    Walk beneath the vivid Caribbean Reef, marvel at the lush beauty of the Amazon Rainforest, and travel the Mississippi River at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, where penguins,  sharks, stingrays and other deep-sea creatures await your visit.
  • Audubon Insectarium

    Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

    Located in the historic U.S. Custom House on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, the Audubon Insectarium will delight you with "up close and personal" live insect encounters, the inextricably linked stories of the Crescent City and its insects, and “Life Underground,” where you’ll be shrunken to insect size.
  • Entergy Imax Theatre

    Entergy IMAX Theatre

    The wonders of nature are magnified at Entergy IMAX® Theatre, where larger-than-life adventures expand with the help of the world’s most advanced motion picture technology.
  • Southern Seaplanes

    Southern Seaplanes

    For more than 55 years, Southern Seaplane has been traveling above the swamps of Louisiana and its beautiful coastline, sharing their knowledge in a variety of tours for business and pleasure.

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