Best City Tours in New Orleans
There are so many things to do in New Orleans, from touring the swamps, to shopping, to learning about hauntings and history. Pick something you enjoy or want to learn more about and dive into New Orleans’ unique culture and exciting stories! Here are some New Orleans tours to add to your bucket list.
French Quarter Tours
When visiting the New Orleans’ French Quarter for the first time, it may seem beautiful but also confusing (there’s so much to take in!). There are so many pastel-colored walls, secret gardens, and gorgeous wrought-iron balconies. It is easy to enjoy the beauty, but how can you learn more about the history of the place?
Take one of the walking tours of the Vieux Carre. Specialized guides bring the neighborhoods of the French Quarter to life with all of their expert knowledge. You can learn everything about spirited cocktails, Creole cuisine, antebellum architecture, and so much more. You may also learn chilling tales about vampires and voodoo, which helps tourists understand the neighborhood’s intriguing past.
The gardens in New Orleans are indeed a lovely sight. You’ll see lush, green gardens with Live Oaks and Spanish moss, accented with art. Take some tours of the hidden courtyards and gardens to truly get the most out of your visit to New Orleans. Visitors can tour both private and public gardens, depending on the tour.
Uptown & Garden District Tours
There are lots of things to explore in Uptown, such as visiting the cities of the dead, riding a bike around the city like a local, and checking out the beautiful, ornate homes of the Garden District.
There’s so much more to New Orleans than just Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. The city has many distinct neighborhoods with their own unique and exciting stories, culture, history, and activities.
Check out some of the artists, restaurants, and indie shops that have popped up in neighborhoods such as Marigny, Bywater, and Mid-City. These are ideal places for tourists in search of experiences way from the beaten path. If you are accompanied by one of the local guides, you’ll learn a lot about the culture and history of places like Treme or Bywater. Then you can stick around the neighborhood to do some shopping, take in the atmosphere, and eat some good food.
Many of the plantations that line the Mississippi River bring the Antebellum south to life and throwback to the city’s agrarian history. The closest plantation available to tour is located about an hour from New Orleans, but there are several others further out as well. When visiting these mansions, you’ll hear stories from different perspectives, from the local families that built them to the slaves who worked there.
You’ll learn why kitchens were not part of the main house and how residents lived without some of the conveniences we have today. Many of the plantations serve lunch, so you can make a whole day out of it, or you can just visit one or two, it’s up to you! Some plantations also offer overnight accommodations with dinner and breakfast.
Done touring New Orleans for the day, or maybe you need a break from the city? Head on over to Delacroix and come fishing with us at Whiskey Bayou Charters. We may not be a tour, but we’ll definitely take you out on the water for the fishing trip of a lifetime!