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French Quarter

French Quarter

Free admission
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Basics

The French Quarter—also called the Vieux Carré, or “old square”—is centered on Jackson Square, which is overlooked by St. Louis Cathedral. The busy area is best navigated on foot, and while you can of course wander around on your own, guided walking tours are the best way to experience the quarter.

Learn about New Orleans' culinary and cocktail history on a food tour; take a haunted tour in the evening; or combine a visit to the French Quarter with a visit to another part of the city (such as the Garden District) or a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
$33.00 per adult
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Senior touring needs
We are seniors who walk slowly and need to sit frequently. Please create/offer senior-oriented tours with a slower pace and sit down options.
David_L, Dec 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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French Quarter & Marigny
Franny_M, Dec 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
A pleasant and informative ride through the French Quarter and Marigny. The guide and Ginger were in sync. The guide handled Ginger exceptionally well when she had a few spooky moments.
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Great team
ppsinc, Nov 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Jonathan our guide and Coco Cola our mule were a great team together. Jonathan was very informative and even got to speak in Dutch to one of us. Highly recommend this tour of the French Quarter and Marigny neighborhood.
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Great toue
ppsinc, Nov 2022
French Quarter Historic Segway Tour
We covered a lot of ground on this segway tour of the French Quarter. It's such a great way to get around. Great tour and AJ was super nice and knowledgeable.
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Understanding New Orleans through the history of it!s cuisine
Tammy_S, Nov 2022
New Orleans Taste of the French Quarter walking Food Tour Du jour
Linda did a great job taking us around the French quarter and telling us the story behind the food we sampled and the places we passed and visited. Linda has an open, friendly and welcoming personality we were lucky to have her as our guide. I re ona d taking this tour at your first day in New Orleans it is a great way to get to know the place.
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Informative and fun
Dianne_O, Nov 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Learning about the french quarter even though we have been to New Orleans several times! Our guide, Tish was terrific!
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A must do tour for history and architecture lovers
Amy_W, Oct 2022
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
This tour was amazing! Guy was very, very knowledgeable regarding history and architecture and was an excellent guide! I had a solo tour booked last minute- not an issue and not cancelled by the operator due to a predetermined quota number which was pleasantly surprising. The tour is based in fact and research- is not a gimmicky tour with a basic guide. Guy had a binder of maps, historical figures, etc.- very professionally done. I highly recommend this tour of the French Quarter!
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Amazing! Well worth the time
Xuezhi_Y, Nov 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Josh gave us such an amazing French Quarter District tour. Highly recommended! He knows everything about this place (he’s got a history major :)) and he’s so hospitable about answering our questions. And he even got a list of every awesome place about New Orleans for everything! I tried the Beignet places he recommended and they are awesome! Our stay is about to be over but I’ll definitely come back and try the jazz bar he recommended next time!
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Five Stars for Nate
Jennifer_S, Nov 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
This was a fantastic way to see a lot of the French Quarter, get snippets of significant history, and learn about some of the lesser known native cuisine development. Nate was our guide and did an amazing job of keeping it interesting and relevant. His love of food and history was evident throughout. His stop selection was a great exposure to the area’s culture.
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A Fantastic Way to Spend an Evening - and Drinks!
James_S, Nov 2022
New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter
Five of us went on this tour together. Our guide was knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining. The drinks were great, both in introducing us to new things about cocktails as well as specifically new cocktails we can enjoy. The venues about the French Quarter were very accommodating and interesting. All around, this was a great event for us - recommend!
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All was memorable and...
Lauren_D, Oct 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
All was memorable and very interesting. Jack was attentive to details which included safety crossing the street and our endless questions.
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New Orleans Bus Tour
Lisa_H, Jul 2022
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
David was Awesome! Informative and knowledgeable. Bus was clean and cool. I learned alot about New Orleans and highly recommend this tour!
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Exceptional tour guide....
Debra_G, Jun 2022
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
Exceptional tour guide. Fun filled with wit and knowledge that made the tour interesting. Bus was clean , cool and comfortable. Debra
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly, so wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • New Orleans loves parades, which occur on many holidays throughout the year and often march through the French Quarter.

  • Hard-partying Bourbon Street is infamous, but it's not indicative of the whole French Quarter—and it's easy to avoid if it's not your scene.

  • Much of the French Quarter is wheelchair accessible, although some historic buildings and attractions may not be. Just watch out for cracked or narrow sidewalks.

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How to Get There

The French Quarter runs from the Mississippi River northwest to Rampart Street, and from Canal Street northeast to Esplanade Avenue. It's incredibly compact and parking can be extremely difficult, so it's best to walk there if you can. Streetcars run along the riverfront, Canal Street, and Rampart Street. Most city tours pass through the French Quarter as well.

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When to Get There

New Orleans is exceptionally busy during major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival (usually in February and April, respectively). Like much of southern Louisiana, the weather is typically hot and humid throughout the summer months. The winter months are cool and comfortable, though there may be periodic downpours; hurricane season runs roughly from June to November.

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History Runs Deep in the French Quarter

It's easy to think New Orleans is just a party town, but it has a rich history as well. The Pontalba Buildings are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States, while the French Market is the country’s oldest public market; the quirky Pharmacy Museum is a treasure trove of medicinal history; and Tennessee Williams used a French Quarter house as the setting for A Streetcar Named Desire. Meanwhile, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in the city—and likely the oldest bar in the US.

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French Quarter
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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