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Bourbon Street Tours

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The infamous Bourbon Street, also known as Rue Bourbon, conjures up images of endless partying, drinks of all shapes and sizes, strips clubs, bachelorette parties, and of course, Mardi Gras. Outside of Mardi Gras season, visitors flock to this playground of the South for its Creole restaurants, live music venues, souvenir shops, and well-known drinking establishments.

The Basics
It would be a shame to visit New Orleans and not spend at least a little time on Bourbon Street, and the experience can be vastly different by day and night. Many walking tours of the French Quarter make a stop along the famous street, including voodoo, literary, music, and heritage tours. Those who’d like to see the street at its debaucherous best can opt for an evening pub crawl to some of the city’s most legendary party venues.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bourbon Street is a must-see for first-time visitors and partiers.
  • Daytime walking tours show off a much different vibe than nighttime pub crawls.
  • It’s legal to consume alcohol while walking on Bourbon Street.
  • Visit by day and by night to get the full experience.
  • Even by day, Bourbon Street can be R-rated, so it may not be appropriate for children.

How to Get There
It’s easy to walk to Bourbon Street from just about any place in the historic French Quarter. Visitors coming from Uptown can ride the historic St. Charles streetcar to Canal Street and walk a few blocks.

When to Get There
While it’s possible to catch beads from Bourbon Street’s famous balconies throughout the year, peak season lasts from February to May, when mild weather and festivals like Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival pull in visitors from far and wide. Another popular time to visit is over Labor Day Weekend, when the street hosts the LGBTQ-friendly Southern Decadence Festival.

Boozing on Bourbon Street 101
Many visitors comes to Bourbon Street, one of the most famous streets in America, to drink, and there are numerous options to do so. Well-known watering holes include Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (one of the oldest buildings in the French Quarter), the Old Absinthe House (sample the Absinthe House frappe), Cafe Lafitte In Exile (the oldest gay bar in the country), and Pat O’Brien’s, home of the hurricane cocktail.
Address: Bourbon Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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39 Tours and Activities to Experience Bourbon Street

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Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of Bourbon Street

Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of Bourbon Street

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Led by local historian, lean about the rich & diverse history of the world's most famous or "infamous" street. Explore Bourbon street during off peak hours to avoid crowds and distractions.You’ll start at the top near Canal st and end at America’s oldest bar, that has been serving drinks since 1732. Halfway through we’ll stop for Louisiana’s official state doughnut and Big Easy style coffee with chicory, a local favorite. Listen to stories & tales about the city's most recognized cocktails and which libation was even a favorite of founding father, Benjamin Franklin. You'll learn about the origins of Bourbon st starting in the 18th century with the royal family of France. As you make your way down the street you’ll hear how the street modernized during WWII and the population change with the influx of servicemen and how The Big Easy was once home to the most popular burlesque acts in the US as well as one of the hot spots for the mafia in the 1950s and political corruption.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$24.00
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New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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Go for the gastronomic gusto on a food‐filled walking tour of New Orleans! Journey with a savvy local guide to popular Creole eateries, markets, and artisanal shops to sample diverse foods that define Louisiana’s culinary landscape. Stopping at several locations, savor such classic bites as seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, po'boys, and pralines. Along the way, meet local chefs and learn about New Orleans’ rich culinary history.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery History Tour

New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery History Tour

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Rich history and voodoo legends make New Orleans one of the most fascinating places to visit, but if you see the sights alone, you could miss out on some of the key details that bring this vibrant city to life. This New Orleans voodoo tour takes you through the city during daylight hours—perfect for those you don’t want to get too scared, but still want a look into the city’s mysterious past.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Haunted Pub Crawl in New Orleans

Haunted Pub Crawl in New Orleans

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Experience New Orleans’ dark side on a fun paranormal-themed outing. Take an affordable group walking tour through the French Quarter with an entertaining guide. Hear stories about ghosts and vampires, unsolved murders and mysterious hauntings as you walk from bar to bar, equipped with a real EMF Meter-Paranormal Detector and grabbing drinks to go.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.00
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New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

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Get the best of Louisiana with this historical tour that combines all the flavors of New Orleans with a trip into the past. You'll follow your expert guide to eight different locations throughout the city that include Creole restaurants, cocktail lounges, sandwich shops and pre-Civil War bars. This tour includes samples of up to ten different dishes, plus four full-sized drinks that showcase the best of Louisiana's culinary and cocktail heritage. This is the perfect tour for foodies and allows travelers to sample the best in a single afternoon!
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  • 4 hours
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$130.00
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New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot

New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot

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Savor your New Orleans experience with a professional photographer to show you around the French Quarter and capture high-quality photos of the excursion. The local photographer not only knows the top photo spots in the city but can also share other details about the sights throughout the tour. This enables you to maximize your time and take home photos.
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  • 1 hour
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French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

French Quarter and Cemetery Walking Tour

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Explore the rollicking history and ghostly legends of some of New Orleans’ most iconic locales on this walking tour of the French Quarter. Learn about the city’s roots as an 18th-century French colony and hear tales of famous former residents, from Creole aristocrats to voodoo priestesses. Visit neighborhood landmarks like Jackson Square, the French market, the Cabildo, and Café du Monde, plus the captivating above-ground tombs of historic cemetery St Louis No. 1.
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  • 2 hours
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$30.00
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New Orleans Music Heritage Tour

New Orleans Music Heritage Tour

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Take a walk through 300 years of New Orleans’ musical history on this tour led by a local Louisiana record man. Discover how the city became the heart and soul of the American blues scene, and visit legendary music-making haunts including Preservation Jazz Hall, Place de Armes, the Royal Orleans Hotel and several recording studios. Stroll down iconic Bourbon and Frenchmen streets while hearing tales of local jazz and blues legends like Allen Toussaint, James Booker, Fats Domino, Louis Armstrong and more.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Carriage Tour of French Quarter in New Orleans

Private Carriage Tour of French Quarter in New Orleans

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Experience New Orleans from a perspective rare to visitors on a carriage ride through the French Quarter. In addition to navigating for you, your guide tells anecdotes about the historic landmarks from Jackson Square to Bourbon Street. Booking a private tour ensures the itinerary is customized to your own interests, whether it be a food–themed tour or a quiet, romantic ride.
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  • 1 hour
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New Orleans Helicopter City Tour

New Orleans Helicopter City Tour

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Get amazing aerial views of New Orleans on this 15-mile helicopter tour. While listening to guided commentary from your pilot through your headset, you and just a two other passengers will fly over Jackson Square, the French Quarter, City Park, and Lake Pontchartrain, among other landmarks.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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French Quarter Food Tour

French Quarter Food Tour

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On our 3 hour walking food tour of New Orleans French Quarter, you will savor delicious foods from 5 restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and bakeries. In addition to all the delectable food, your guide will discuss the history, culture and food scene of the neighborhood. Our tours are storytelling through food. We call our French Quarter Food Tour "The Classic Six" because you will be tasting the quintessential New Orleans food staples. Join us on a 3 hour food extravaganza, as we eat our way though The Quarter...
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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New Orleans VIP Bar & Nightclub Crawl

New Orleans VIP Bar & Nightclub Crawl

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Tap into the New Orleans party scene on a 3-hour pub crawl through the French Quarter! Follow your savvy guide through the legendary party district and enjoy free entry at four happening venues. Don your Mardi Gras beads, saddle up for a mechanical bull ride, enjoy exclusive drink specials and dance the night away!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.00
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Private Guided Walking Tour of Bourbon Street

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Private Guided Walking Tour of Bourbon Street

Learn about the rich & diverse history of the world's most famous or "infamous" street. Explore Bourbon street in the morning hours to avoid crowds and distractions.You’ll start at the top near Canal st and end at America’s oldest bar, that has been serving drinks since 1732. Halfway through we’ll stop for Louisiana’s official state doughnut and Big Easy style coffee with chicory, a local favorite. Listen to stories & tales about the city's most famous cocktails and which libation was even a favorite of founding father, Benjamin Franklin. You'll learn about the origins of Bourbon st starting in the 18th century with the royal family of France. As you make your way down the street you’ll hear how the street changed with the influx of sailors in the 40s and the local fame of its burlesque dancers in the 50s and 60s and their involvement with notorious politicians & mobsters of the time. Your local guide will share personal stories & secrets from growing up in the Big Easy.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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New Orleans Scavenger Hunt Adventure

New Orleans Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Among the best ways to get a feel for New Orleans is to get out and walk it, but the standard self-guided tours can get a bit dull. Take one of these 3-hour smartphone-guided scavenger hunts and a three-hour window of your day will suddenly turn into adventure. Solve puzzles, study clues and celebrate at the finish, all while navigating the historic streets and taking in the sights of the Big Easy.   
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$21.34
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New Orleans Music Walking Tour

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New Orleans Music Walking Tour

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Explore the world’s richest musical city. Starting with Louis Armstrong Park and Congo Square, historic site of African slave gatherings, it is the only place in North America where pure West African religious ritual and musical traditions were performed. Congo Square is the wellspring of all New Orleans music and so many of world-famous songs. Visit the building which housed Cosimo Matassa’s groundbreaking J&M Studios - the true birthplace of rock’n'roll. See the New Orleans Musicians Tomb. The first burial to take place was for Lloyd Washington of the Ink Spots on October 23, 2004. The Musicians Tomb was restored and is administered by Robert Florence of NOLA Historic Tours. Learn about the Second Line & stroll down Basin Street to the remains of Storyville, fabled red light district whose parlors presented Buddy Bolden and Jelly Roll Morton. Then move through the Tango Belt to May Bailey’s and the French Opera House, ending with the legendary Preservation Hall.
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  • 2 hours
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Highlights and Secrets of New Orleans’ French Quarter

Highlights and Secrets of New Orleans’ French Quarter

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Get to know the French Quarter in depth with the benefit of insightful commentary on this guided tour. You'll learn much more than you would simply exploring on your own; stroll the narrow streets and stop at some of the neighborhood's highlights such as Cafe du Monde, the Presbytere, and one of the neighborhood's most haunted houses.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$65.00
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New Orleans Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

New Orleans Private Photo Shoot with Professional Photographer

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We offer a beautiful option of a private photoshoot in a Masquerade promt in the heart of New Orleans
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  • 30 minutes
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$70.00
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New Orleans Voodoo History Walking Tour

New Orleans Voodoo History Walking Tour

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Capture the spirit of New Orleans and the city’s voodoo culture on this 1.5-hour walking tour. Learn about the African-based spiritual folkways as you make your way to through New Orleans. Visit real voodoo altars, and hear stories about the voodoo practices that started over 100 years ago. Enter a mysterious world of spells and rituals, and gain a better understanding for the people who practiced them.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$25.00
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Private French Quarter Pedicab Tour

Private French Quarter Pedicab Tour

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Get all the benefits of a bike tour without breaking a sweat on this private pedicab tour of New Orleans. Roll through the French Quarter at a leisurely pace aboard one of the city’s classic pedicabs—a three-to-one guest-to-guide ratio ensures personalized attention the entire time. Pass sights including Jackson Square, Cafe Du Monde, Bourbon Street, and more, easily snapping photos from the back of the cab.
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  • 1 hour
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$95.00
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of New Orleans Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of New Orleans Private Tour

Street performers on every corner, classic colonial architecture, and a resilient spirit; New Orleans is a magical place! On this private tour, get ready to discover the best highlights the city has to offer, as well as its unique hidden gems with your favorite local. Get ready to experience New Orleans the local way. Enjoy the city to the max and hear more about the origins, history, and culture of New Orleans. Hear about the city’s colonial roots as you wander around its heritage sites, visit the place said to be its oldest bar, and learn about ancient religion at the Home of the Voodoo Queen. Follow your local host through the streets of the French Quarter to see the famous French Market and meet local artists. Hit Bourbon Street’s quirky shops and walk along the grand Royal Street to see one of the city’s most photographed buildings. Need something to eat along the way? It has to be the city’s much-loved beignets!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Light Up Bike - Party Music Ride

Light Up Bike - Party Music Ride

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Join the Most Famous Party on Wheels! A New Orleans Original Ride the Light Up Bikes Join the Music Night Ride We Ride a Bit We Stop Sites - Food - Drinks - Party Spots - Pics Fun - Social Easy on the Ride Heavy on the Fun
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  • 4 hours
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$48.00
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New Orleans Virtual Self-Paced Guided City Tour

New Orleans Virtual Self-Paced Guided City Tour

Learn about New Orleans before you visit or while you plan your trip! Watch from anywhere and make virtual stops at more than 25 videos around the city. Explore New Orleans' unique above-ground burial processes, learn how to make a Sazerac cocktail, and hear stories about New Orleans' haunted history. Plus, when you book an in-person tour with Southern Style Tours, your purchase will be discounted by the amount you paid for the virtual tour. New stops are added regularly, so don't pass up this chance to see New Orleans without the crowds
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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New Orleans City Lights Night Helicopter Tour: 24-30 minutes

New Orleans City Lights Night Helicopter Tour: 24-30 minutes

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This nighttime helicopter tour lets you soar above such iconic New Orleans sights as the Superdome, the GNO Bridge, and the French Quarter, taking in views through your helicopter's panoramic windows. A bird's-eye view of New Orleans' city lights and special photo ops at the Superdome makes this tour a great choice for couples or travelers celebrating a special occasion.
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  • 24 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$249.00
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New Orleans City and Swamp Helicopter Tour

New Orleans City and Swamp Helicopter Tour

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- Experience 30 miles of New Orleans city views. - Approximately 30 minutes of flight. - Brilliant aerial views of Jackson Square and Bourbon Street. - Intimate glimpses of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. - Chilling sights of the abandoned Six Flags theme park.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.00
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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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What are Bourbon Street hours of operation?
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Bourbon Street hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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