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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
Fascinating tour of the French Quarter with a warm, funny and extremely knowledgeable guide!
This was an excellent tour: Josh was a knowledgeable and responsive guide- and had good answers to all our questions. We learned a lot about the NOLA history, food and culture and Josh answered all our questions with great stories! I would go again on other tours with Josh!
Laurie_W, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Great information
Brett_N, May 2022
Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French Quarter
We had Phil as our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable about the French Quarter and provided great information and stories about the places we stop. Would recommend Phil and this tour.
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Ride around town
MICHAEL_B, May 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
This was a fun ride learning all about the history of the French quarter and it’s surroundings. Our tour guide knew a lot of information of the history of New Orleans and it was fun to ride around and get close up looks of everything.
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The highlight of our trip!
Kerry_M, May 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Our guide Yvonne told us fascinating facts and stories about the French Quarter and New Orleans. It truly exceeded our expectations, which were high!
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the history of New...
Nathaniel_D, May 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
the history of New Orleans, the tour, nice weather, history about Katrina, the French quarter, everything was nice.
star-5
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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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!
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Wonderful Ride through Downtown New Orleans
Ingrun_M, May 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
If you are tired of the hop-on, hop-off bus experience, make sure to take a leisurely carriage ride through the French Quarter. It was so much fun and our guide, Glenn, was extremely knowledgeable. I also really appreciated it that the tour operator contacted me before the ride to re-schedule our departure time due to a change in weather. Wonderful service!
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Must do in New Orleans
Tom_M, Apr 2022
New Orleans Original Flavors walking Food Tour of the French Quarter
Awesome experience! We visited 4 different restaurants and sampled many tastes of New Orleans. Boudin balls, Beef PoBoy, Muffuletta, Gumbo, Jambalaya and Pralines. The portions were large and very fulfilling. Tish guided us through the French Quarter with a historical and personal perspective. Great way to explore the French Market and cuisine!
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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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Educational
Shawdi_M, May 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Had a great time learning about the French Quarter. The walking tour is not too strenuous and easily done by my older mother. Peak was very knowledgeable about the city. Would have liked to see a bit more sites
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Fun!
Nathaniel_M, Apr 2022
New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour
This tour was exactly as advertised. A great tour of the french quarter that was informative and fun.
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Take this tour!
Stephanie_W, Mar 2022
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
Love this tour. Seated, relaxed driving around new orleans and listening to stories. Our guide was so so so nice. I feel bad for not getting his name🥺. Would definitely recommend this tour. The bus was clean, fantastic sound system in the bus, could hear very clearly what the guide was saying

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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