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Culture Lover’s Guide to New Orleans

Culture Lover’s Guide to New Orleans

With French, Spanish, Native American, and African influences, New Orleans has a culture all its own. From jazzy second-line parades and Mardi Gras floats to literary history and cutting-edge art, the city oozes creativity. Whether you want to celebrate today or reflect on the past, here's where to get your culture fix in the Big Easy.  

Explore the City’s Jazz Heritage

New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz, and today's thriving local music scene keeps the tradition alive. Hear top-notch jazz and blues at clubs across the city: at hole-in-the-wall bars, legendary venues such as Preservation Hall, and epic multi-day festivals such as Jazz Fest. Join a jazz tour to discover the music scene beyond Bourbon Street and meet local artists. 

Party Like It’s Mardi Gras

Even if your visit doesn't coincide with New Orleans’ biggest party, you can catch the celebratory spirit of Mardi Gras year-round. Look for handmade masks scattered throughout French Quarter shops, or get a behind-the-scenes look at Mardi Gras craft and culture at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. At this museum and workshop, learn about the history of the famous carnival and admire the details on giant papier-mâché floats and colorful costumes. 

Visit a Historic Plantation

Get a glimpse into the culture of antebellum Louisiana with a day trip to one of the historic plantations just a short drive from New Orleans. Well preserved estates such as Houmas House, Oak Alley, and Laura Plantation contrast stately Greek Revival and Creole architecture with the dark realities of slavery and plantation life. Visit the Whitney Plantation museum for a more in-depth examination of the slave experience in Louisiana.

Get Inspired at an Art Museum

Beat the outdoor elements while admiring local and international art at one of the city’s fine arts museums. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) in City Park boasts robust African, Japanese, and French collections, while the socially conscious Newcombe Museum on the Tulane University campus presents the work of innovative local artists. You can also see where Impressionist painter Edgar Degas briefly lived and worked at the Degas House on Esplanade Avenue.

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Whitney Plantation Tour

Whitney Plantation Tour

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Visit the Whitney Plantation Museum, a former indigo and sugar plantation on the River Road now dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in Louisiana. Learn about the realities of plantation life through museum exhibits and recorded narratives as you explore the restored structures and historical slave cabins. Download the Whitney Plantation app for the self-guided tour of Whitney Plantation Museum.
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  • 5 hours
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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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Peek behind the curtain at the marvel of Mardi Gras with this tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. See the behind-the-scenes work and incredible artistry that goes into preparing for the annual celebration. With a guide, learn the history of the event, and see fantastic floats and props. Get a picture in front of your favorite float, dress up in costumes, and sample some classic King Cake.
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  • 1 hour
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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans
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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans

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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ rich and conflicted past on a small‐group plantation tour. Take a journey through Laura Plantation and St. Joseph Plantation, spying other historic plantations as you travel the Great River Road. View stunning architecture and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantations’ fascinating—and somber—histories from expert guides.
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  • 6 hours
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New Orleans Jazz Tour with Live Music and a Beer
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New Orleans Jazz Tour with Live Music and a Beer

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Experience New Orleans’ vibrant jazz scene on a night out with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about jazz’s origins and culture and visit landmarks like Louis Armstrong Park, Marigny, and Frenchman Street. Enjoy a beer and leave the tour armed with recommendations and insights from your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

Small-Group Louisiana Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans

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Experience the elegance of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this full-day historical plantation tour. In a small group, visit Destrehan Plantation, then Houmas House Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and former slave quarters while hearing fascinating – and often somber – pre‐Civil war histories from expert guides.  You'll also enjoy a private, unlimited gourmet buffet luncheon, served exclusively for your group at Houmas House.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour

Houmas House Plantation Guided Tour

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Discover the grandeur and complex history of New Orleans’ antebellum south on this guided tour of Houmas House Plantation. Experience the authenticity of place as costumed guides narrate the history of this landmark sugar plantation, leading through the mansion’s elegant rooms before you head off for a private stroll through the estate’s stunning gardens. Houmas House is located one hour from New Orleans and 30 minutes from Baton Rouge. Please allow adequate time for travel. Should you miss your scheduled tour, do not worry. Your ticket is good all day and can be used for any of the remaining tour times on the same day.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans

Edgar Degas House Impressionist Tour in New Orleans

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Spend a morning or afternoon in Impressionist‐era New Orleans with a tour of Edgar Degas’ former home and art studio, led by his great-grandniece. See the grand interior spaces that provided the setting for many of Degas works, learn about the artist’s Creole roots and stroll under the beautiful oaken canopy along Esplanade Avenue. Extend your tour with optional upgrades including a courtyard breakfast beforehand or a visit to the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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New Orleans Small-Group City, Cemetery, and Estate Tour

New Orleans Small-Group City, Cemetery, and Estate Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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  • 4 hours
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Music of New Orleans: Listen and Learn

Music of New Orleans: Listen and Learn

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Learn about the music and history of the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans with an expert guide during this 2-hour walking tour. The Treme is known as one of the hotbeds of New Orleans music and one of the oldest African-American neighborhoods in the United States. Your guide brings the story of the Treme to life by playing music recordings that pertain to the places that you visit during the tour. Hear stories about Jelly Roll Morton, Mahalia Jackson, Fats Domino and other greats throughout your tour.
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New Orleans VIP Jazz Club Crawl

New Orleans VIP Jazz Club Crawl

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Gather your most music-loving friends and set off for an unforgettable night out in the Big Easy on this VIP jazz experience in New Orleans. Join the leader of a famous local jazz band on a club crawl that takes you to three of the French Quarter’s premier music venues, where you’ll enjoy some of the best seats in the house and sip complimentary cocktails during live shows. Between sets, meet the musicians for an insider’s look at the city’s world-renowned jazz and blues scene.
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans Drink and Music Tour: From Cocktails to Jazz

New Orleans Drink and Music Tour: From Cocktails to Jazz

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Explore New Orleans’ jazz and cocktail scenes on a fun and far-reaching afternoon tour. With a local guide leading the way, learn about jazz’s origins and explore musical landmarks like Marginy and Louis Armstrong Park. Escape the beaten path in the French Quarter and visit a legendary 18th-century haunt. Enjoy a beer and five cocktail samples included in the tour price.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Oak Alley Plantation Tour

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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum south on a half‐day tour of Oak Alley Plantation. Take a journey through time to the manicured estate and into the gorgeous home, built in 1839. View stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantation’s fascinating – and often somber – histories from expert guides.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Garden District Architecture Tour

New Orleans Garden District Architecture Tour

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New Orleans’ Garden District fascinates with historic mansions, impressive architecture, and colorful history, all framed by ancient live oak trees. On this tour, you’ll walk through the neighborhood learning the history and culture of the area from a local guide. The experience is complete with a stop at Lafayette Cemetery to learn about the city’s famous above-ground “Cities of the Dead.”
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  • 2 hours
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The National WWII Museum Campus Pass + Beyond All Boundaries 4-D Film

The National WWII Museum Campus Pass + Beyond All Boundaries 4-D Film

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Time selected below is for your 4-D film. You may enter the Museum any time BEFORE your movie time to begin touring.
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  • 1 day
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The National WWII Museum Campus Pass Ticket New Orleans

The National WWII Museum Campus Pass Ticket New Orleans

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Witness a different side of New Orleans’s history on a visit to the dynamic National WWII Museum. While away the hours exploring wartime artifacts and discovering fascinating facts and histories at this world-class museum — considered one of the top museums in the nation!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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