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Lower Ninth Ward Tours

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Lower Ninth Ward
A shell of its former vibrant self, the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood is still dotted with the abandoned houses and overrun, empty lots that serve as reminders of the devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina. The working class and predominantly African American neighborhood suffered the worst impacts of the 2005 storm, with floodwaters reaching 12 feet in some places, lifting houses from their foundations.

Visitors to the region today will find some reminders of that troubled time—a handful of eerie search team marks still adorn garage and home doors—but the vibe in the Lower Ninth today is one of hope, inspiration, and resilience. Revitalization and repopulation has been painstakingly slow, but new construction is taking place, including more than 100 ultramodern and energy-efficient homes built by a foundation headed by the actor Brad Pitt.

Other popular Lower Ninth Ward sites include the Fats Domino House (1208 Caffin Ave.), actually a recording studio for the famed French Creole pianist and singer-songwriter; the striking, Victorian-style “steamboat houses” (Egania Street), which withstood some of the storm’s worst impacts; the Jackson Barracks Military Museum (6400 St. Claude Ave.) featuring military artifacts, weapons and memorabilia owned by the Louisiana National Guard; and the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum (1235 Deslonde Street) with displays and oral histories from neighborhood residents.

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The Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans is in the easternmost downriver portion of New Orleans and is connected downtown and the rest of the city by a bridge over the Industrial Canal. Several tour outfits offer walking or driving tours that explain the differences in the landscape since Hurricane Katrina. Bicycle rentals for self-exploration are also available in the area.
Address: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

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Immerse yourself in the culture, history, and landscape of vibrant New Orleans on this half-day tour with a small group of 15 people or fewer. This experience combines elements from several disparate tours, including those focusing on architecture, the Garden District, historic cemeteries, the French Quarter, and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Hotel pickup included.
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Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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Although not your typical tour of New Orleans, this expedition through the Big Easy takes in some of the major points of interest, including the French Quarter, Treme, the Esplanade, the Garden District and the Metairie Cemetery. Relax in air-conditioned minibus comfort, and listen as a guide leads you through one of America's most historic cities.
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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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Maximize time in New Orleans with a sightseeing bus tour. Explore beyond the beauty of the French Quarter to see other neighborhoods including the Garden District, Treme, and the 9th Ward. Learn about city culture and history as you travel along Frenchmen Street, Esplanade Avenue, and more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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See the many faces of New Orleans on this 3-hour private tour. Your guide, a local historian, will lead you through the Lower Ninth Ward and the ever-evolving Warehouse/Arts District. Explore the scenic Garden District, known for its oak-lined streets, lush gardens, and impressive Victorian mansions. End your tour with a visit to the historic Lafayette Cemetery.
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Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ top attractions and the grandeur of antebellum history on this combined city and plantation sightseeing tour. Start with a bus tour, including the French Quarter, the Garden District, the Ninth Ward, and City Park. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history from your friendly local guide. Then head to Oak Alley Plantation to view stunning architecture, oak-lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields.
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This tour combines a comprehensive New Orleans city overview with a rough-and-tumble swamp boat adventure—all with included transportation that makes logistics a breeze. Learn about New Orleans history and culture as you pass by classic sites such as the French Quarter and Lake Pontchartrain, and then transfer to an swamp boat to explore the swamps. You might even see an alligator! Opt to eat lunch at a local restaurant at the end of the tour.
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Full Day New Orleans City Tour and Swamp Boat Tour

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Maximize time in New Orleans with a combination bus tour and swamp boat tour. Learn about the history and architecture of the city during an air-conditioned minibus tour. Travel to the swamps for a boat ride and see alligators in their natural environment. Hotel pick-up is included.
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See the highlights of New Orleans—from the French Quarter to the Garden District—and learn about the history and culture of the city from your personal guide. A private tour enables you to prioritize the parts of the city that interest you most. Plus, traveling in a private vehicle lets you see more of the city without driving in the hectic traffic or tiring yourself out walking from place to place.
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Treat yourself to New Orleans 'your way' on a 3-hour private city tour! By luxury car or SUV, travel through the French Quarter, St Louis Cemetery No 1, the Garden District, the Ninth Ward and City Park. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history from your personal chauffeur. On this highly flexible tour, you have the liberty to request stops for photo ops and to get a better look at a favorite location.
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