Mississippi River Tours

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A central character in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the mighty Mississippi has long captured the American imagination. Originating in Minnesota and sweeping across 95 river miles (153 kilometers) south to New Orleans where it spits out into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi is the largest river system in North America and has gained an almost mythical place in American history.

The Basics
The river divides New Orleans in two, and experiencing it is a fundamental part of any trip to the Big Easy. One of the most iconic Mississippi River experiences is a river cruise aboard a paddlewheel riverboat to the tunes of live jazz music in New Orleans, with options for brunch and dinner experiences. Swamp and bayou tours of the Mississippi River Delta show off the region’s wildlife (alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget your camera; the Mississippi River affords stellar views of the city’s skyline.
  • Some of New Orleans’ riverboats are wheelchair accessible on certain decks.

How to Get There
The Mississippi riverfront is an easy walk from anywhere in the historic French Quarter. The Riverfront streetcar follows the banks of the river, stopping at Canal Street, Toulouse, Dumaine, Ursulines, and French Market stations.

When to Get There
The best time to enjoy the Mississippi River in New Orleans is from February to May, when the weather is comfortable, and there’s plenty going on in the nearby streets and neighborhoods. Expect temperatures between 86°F (30°C) and 94°F (34°C) in summer.

Points of Interest on the Riverfront
Many of the most popular attractions in New Orleans are situated on or near the Mississippi Riverfront, including the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Mardi Gras World, Harrah’s New Orleans casino, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and Crescent Park.
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New Orleans Night Sightseeing Flight

Delight in sweeping views of New Orleans at twilight on an evening sightseeing tour! Choose a 30-, 45- or 60-minute flight time, and glide by small plane over dazzling urban New Orleans and the surrounding wetlands. You’ll hear colorful tales of the city from your experienced pilot and glimpse famous sights by night including the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and the sleepy Louisiana bayous. Sightseeing requests are welcome!
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$150.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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$150.00 USD

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

Experience the dazzle of New Orleans at night with a romantic dinner cruise aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez. Journey through time on this 2-hour float along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, cozy up with family and friends and delight in the sparkle of the urban shoreline at dusk. This excursion includes a Creole‐inspired dinner and live jazz music.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$48.00 USD
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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

Partake in a classic New Orleans tradition with a lovely jazz brunch aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez! Journey through time on this 2‐hour cruise along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion includes a delectable brunch loaded with famous Louisiana dishes and live music from a local jazz trio.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$34.00 USD
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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

Discover the mystique of the swamps and bayous on a sightseeing boat tour from New Orleans. Travel deep into the secluded bayous across the Mississippi River to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife. Your guide will provide commentary on Cajun culture and the myth‐laden swamps while you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$51.00 USD
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Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

Step up the luxury of your Steamboat Natchez excursion with this Viator VIP dinner cruise. Your experience begins with a complimentary Champagne cocktail while you take a guided tour of the boat’s authentic fixtures and spaces such as the engine room. In the dining room, you’ll have a reserved table where you can relax, indulge in a sumptuous buffet and enjoy a live jazz performance. If you want to go all out, upgrade to a full‐bar option.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$150.00 USD
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New Orleans VIP Sightseeing Flight Including Champagne and Chocolates or Wine and Cheese

Add magic and romance to your New Orleans vacation with an unforgettable VIP sightseeing flight! Choose between champagne and chocolate or wine and cheese as you glide by small plane over urban New Orleans and the surrounded wetlands. On the 45-minute flight, hear colorful tales of the city from your experienced pilot and enjoy aerial views the French Quarter, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the winding bayous and more. Sightseeing requests are welcome!
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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$129.99 USD
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  • Duration: 45 minutes
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Your Backstage Pass Walking Tour of Culinary and Cocktails

Taste your way through New Orleans history on 2.5-hour culinary and cocktail tour of the French Quarter! With a friendly guide, journey to rich historic landmark like Jackson Square and past eclectic Creole buildings. You’ll get the story behind Bourbon Street as you pass local haunts, stopping at two venues to sample iconic cocktails and cuisine. Your tour ends at St Louis Cemetery No. 1, one of New Orleans most revered ‘Cities of the Dead’.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$95.00 USD
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$25.00 USD
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Your Backstage Pass Walking Tour of the French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery

Explore the historic heart of New Orleans’s mystery and revelry on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Hear tales of pirate captains, voodoo queens, and legendary Bourbon Street bars while exploring the city's multicultural legacy, and pay a visit to the oldest burial ground in town at the famous St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 — a must-do Big Easy experience that’s only possible with an official guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$65.00 USD
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New Orleans Sightseeing Flight

See New Orleans in a whole new way on an exhilarating sightseeing flight! Choose a 30-, 45- or 60-minute flight time, and delight in lovely aerial views as you glide by small plane over urban New Orleans and the surrounded wetlands. You’ll hear colorful tales of the city from your experienced pilot and glimpse famous sights including the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and sleepy Louisiana bayous.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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$114.99 USD
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New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

Avoid hours of walking between landmarks on an active and convenient bike tour through the heart of New Orleans. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides little–known facts and anecdotes about the city’s must-see landmarks, from the Mississippi River to Congo Square. Bottled water and a small group size ensure a comfortable tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$40.00 USD
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Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required

Get your flying chops in beautiful New Orleans with a personal 50-minute flying lesson! No prior experience is needed for this excursion, which includes a 20-minute on-ground lesson and 30 minutes of flying time in the company of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified instructor. You’ll help guide the small plane through take-off and landing, and — once airborne — maneuver over New Orleans’ famous sights such as the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and the sleepy Louisiana bayous.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
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$242.00 USD
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  • Duration: 50 minutes
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