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French Quarter

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26,289 Reviews
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
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Awesome walking tour
Josh was an awesome tour guide. He was very knowledgeable on the history of New Orleans and answered every question in detail. He create a fun atmosphere during the tour and I believe this helped us to enjoy walking in the heat . The group was small and intimate so it feel like w personalize tour of the French Quarters. I highly recommend taking this tour . Big shout out to Josh !!!!
Patrick_S, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Horse Carriage Ride, the breezy way to tour New Orleans
Andrea_K, Jul 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
The horse carriage ride with David as a guide was the most wonderful easy way of touring the French Quarter and adjacent neighborhoods. The guide was telling us all the historic secrets of every house and building we passed, and took us through quiet charming colorful streets. The tour was perfect and David gave it so much character and insight that we would take the Horse Carriage Ride again!
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Tour was fun!
Autumn_L, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historic Segway Tour
Tour guide was great! Segways were fun! It was a great way to see the French quarter! We felt safe! It was just 2 of Us on the tour and he took his time with us and personalized our experience
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French Quarter pics
AnitaMahiri, Jul 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot
Our photographer Roxiana was very professional, on time, very knowledgeable of the French Quarter, we loved her. She was on time and selected awesome areas to take our pictures. Keep up the superb work Roxana
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Fun For All!
Kurt_S, Jul 2021
Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French Quarter
Our tour guide did a fantastic job ushering our large group through a Saturday night in the French Quarter. The history behind the city + folklore was interesting and left our group wanting to know more. Our youngest kiddo (7) and our teenager enjoyed the tour, plus the adults enjoyed the 2 for 1 Hurricanes at the starting point. We'll be back!
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Fun Carriage Ride
Debra_M, Jul 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Jonathon was a fantastic tour guide. Loved the stories he told us! We were on Big Bertha’s maiden trip and she did pretty good. I loved going out of the French Quarter into the surrounding neighborhoods. I would do it again in a minute.
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Great!
Jesse_L, Jun 2021
French Quarter Drunken Ghost and Vampire Tour
Coty was really good and knowledgeable. Highly recommended checking this out and learning more about the history of the French quarter.
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A little bit of history
Stephanie_M, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Cheryl was great and very knowledgeable. I definitely recommend taking the tour at the beginning of your vacation so you notice the various details of each building while visiting the French Quarter.
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Great Experience - thank you Dave!
Corinne_C, Jul 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour
This tour was awesome! Dave did such a great job showing us around the French Quarter. Highly recommend going on this tour if it’s your first time visiting NOLA. The history is rich.
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Great experience across generations
Jennifer_M, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historic Segway Tour
John was amazing! He kept us safe, allowed us to have fun and also taught us so much about the history of New Orleans and French Quarter! This tour allowed us to create amazing memories with a grandfather, daughter and grandson (72, 46, and 17). The segways were fun and we had a blast! I would highly recommend!!
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Excellent bike tour
deepjk2005, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Bike Tour
My family had a great time with our guide Corina. She understood the pace of our group as we had age group ranging from 10-73. The bikes were comfortable, and provided us with good information of the French Quarter. She also took us to some good spots where we could get good family pics. Thank you for the wonderful bike tour.
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French Quarter Tour
LuAnne_S, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Great tour! Learned so much about the history of The French Quarter Yvonne is an excellent guide and storyteller!
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Fun and interesting tour
Justin_M, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Karen was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. The tour provide a lot of history of the French Quarter and the architectural landmarks.

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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