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  • Address: 1400 Washington Ave
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 8am - 2:30pm. Sat 8am - 12pm. Closed Sun and most major holidays.
  • Admission: Guided Tours $15
Few other places on earth can claim a cemetery as both an interesting tourist destination and a cultural icon. New Orleans’ elevation is technically a negative number, so the early settlers to the area had trouble with the bodies of their recently interned washing away come the summer rains. The settlers quickly learned that the only way to properly keep their dead in place was to build raised cemeteries, and thus the tradition of New Orleans’ raised cemeteries took hold. Lafayette Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, and this nearly 200 year-old attraction has a history that goes beyond the raised cement graves. Ripe with ghost stories and notable New Orleans elites, the Lafayette Cemetery, as any tour guide will tell you, holds the remains of only “Americans,” while the also popular St. Louis Cemetery houses what is left of the Creoles.

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The Lafayette Cemetery is free and open to the public year round. Unfortunately, bandits have been known to surprise unsuspecting tourists walking alone at night, so the raised cemeteries of New Orleans are best toured with a guide and as a group.

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Garden District Walking Tour: Mansions and Lafayette Cemetery

4.5 star rating: Recommended 86 Reviews

Admire the posh homes of New Orleans' Garden District on this morning walking tour. Observe impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $37.00

New Orleans Haunted Walking Tour: Ghosts, Vampires, Witchcraft and Voodoo

4 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ haunted side on this spooky nighttime walking tour. As you explore haunted sites in the French Quarter, such as the LaLaurie ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00

New Orleans Vampire Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 79 Reviews

Visit the dark and mysterious world of the undead on this popular New Orleans vampire tour. Walk with your theatrical guide through the French Quarter and hear ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00

New Orleans Garden District Ghost Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Discover the infamous haunts of the New Orleans Garden District on this 2-hour ghost tour, including Lafayette Cemetery. Listen as your theatrical guide shares ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00

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