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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
$26.67 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Won Us Over With Personality
Great guide, Yvonne. Good stories. Need more stops, less time at each. Didn’t feel like a “tour.” Definitely knew her stuff. Always good to talk to a friendly, knowledgeable local. Might be worth checking out, if you don’t want to cover much ground and like story time.
Brian_C, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Great experience, good...
Johnna_Z, Jun 2022
New Orleans French Quarter Food Adventure with 4 Food Stops and 6 Food Samples
Great experience, good food, and getting to know more about the French Quarter history. Thanks!!……..
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Food that's worth the wait!!!
Tammy_T, Jun 2022
New Orleans Signature Tastes and Flavors of Mardi Gras in the French Quarter
The food was delicious. It took a minute to get to our first stop but it was worth the wait. Be sure to bring your appetite. You will get a history lesson of the French Quarter. Take lots of pictures. Denise is an excellent guide.
star-5
Great experience
Kimberly_P, Jun 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Our guide was Mark with his mule Cole. Mark was funny and told us great stories about the history of the French Quarter. Would definitely recommend! .
star-5
great walking tour for those interested in getting and overall history and introduction to the French Quarter.
Ashley_C, Jun 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
This was a great walking tour for those interested in getting and overall history and introduction to the French Quarter. Joos was a fantastic guide that gave an informative and entertaining tour. We took teenagers and also a baby in a stroller. We highly recommend this tour.
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Informing Tour
George_T, May 2022
New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo Tour or Cemetery Insiders Tour
William was very punctual and friendly. He is very knowledgeable about the architecture of the French Quarter and the story behind voodoo. If you’re looking for a great way to spend an hour and a half, then William is the guide for you!
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Great Experience!
Brian_F, Jun 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Laurent was awesome!! I'll recommend this tour to anyone I know coming to the city. The portions were way larger than expected and the food was excellent! Great way to see the French quarter, learn history of New Orleans, and get tips from locals!
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Excellent tour
Peter_R, Apr 2022
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Guy our tour guide was great. Very knowledgeable. Great personality and explained everything about the French Quarter.
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Graduation Celebration Trip
Nicole_S, Jun 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
We had a great time on our 1 hour tour! Our driver John was knowledgeable, friendly, and funny! We loved learning the history of the French Quarter and the buildings. Lagniappe, our mule, was sweet and well taken care of.
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Totally worth it
Tami_T, Feb 2022
French Quarter Haunted Excursion In New Orleans
This was really great! Coty was our guide. He was very knowledgeable & has a great booming voice so everyone could hear. He was a great storyteller & kept everyone engaged. He was late (about 15 minutes), though he did text & let us know. We did the day tour & were able to stop for beverages which was great because we were on a birthday trip with a large group. It was definitely worthwhile to get a different view of the French Quarter.
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Put it on your must do list
Rosemarie_K, May 2022
New Orleans Original Flavors walking Food Tour of the French Quarter
Kim out Tour guide was truly great with personal knowledge of the French Quarter. We were treating well during our food stops. The food was plentiful and very good. We learned a lot about the city and felt that we certainly got our moneys worth from this tour. Thanks Kim!
star-5
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
star-5
Fun and informative
Nick_E, Jun 2022
NOLA's BIG 4 PRIVATE EXPERIENCE: French Quarter/Garden Dist./Cemetery/City Park
Paul was fun, engaging and very knowledgeable. The tour was comfortable, clean and very informative. We’ve been to NOLA several times but never experienced it quite like this. Highly recommended!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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