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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
US$33.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Interesting Tour
This was one of the most interesting tours we have ever taken. So many stories about the buildings around Jackson Square. Enjoyed hearing about the French, Spaniards and Italians.
Kathleen_S, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Amazing tour guide and great dive into History
Mohnish_R, Jan 2023
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Great experience and amazing tour guide. It was a perfect dee dive into history of New Orleans and the French quarters.
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We love our French...
Tatiana_D, Jan 2023
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
We love our French Quarter historical walking tour with Carmel. She contacted us via text to provide us with a very detailed meeting point información four hours prior to the scheduled tour. She made sure everyone in the tour was present. She was very knowledgeable about the history of the city. I’d definitely recommend this tour to anyone.
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Great toue
ppsinc, Nov 2022
French Quarter Historic Segway Tour
We covered a lot of ground on this segway tour of the French Quarter. It's such a great way to get around. Great tour and AJ was super nice and knowledgeable.
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Fantastic Tour!
Kurt_H, Jan 2023
New Orleans Culinary Tour: French Quarter Food Adventure Includes 5 Food Samples
Neil was an excellent tour guide and host. We thoroughly enjoyed this culinary tour through the French Quarter visiting his favorite family owned restaurants.
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French Quarter food tour
Jay_M, Jan 2023
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
The walk around the French Quarter was great, the food was excellent, And Jack our guide was amazing
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Understanding New Orleans through the history of it!s cuisine
Tammy_S, Nov 2022
New Orleans Taste of the French Quarter walking Food Tour Du jour
Linda did a great job taking us around the French quarter and telling us the story behind the food we sampled and the places we passed and visited. Linda has an open, friendly and welcoming personality we were lucky to have her as our guide. I re ona d taking this tour at your first day in New Orleans it is a great way to get to know the place.
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Great walking tour
Tanyalee_B, Jan 2023
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
We enjoyed our walking tour led by Carmel. She was extremely knowledgeable and led us to see so many great sights in the French Quarter. We highly recommend this tour!
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Informative
Natashia_H, Dec 2022
New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo, and Cemetery History Walking Tour
Enjoyed learning more of the history behind the legends and myths of NO and the French quarters. The whole family enjoyed the tour.
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Great orientation to New Orleans
Michael_G, Jan 2023
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Our tour guide Renee blended her knowledge, wit, and wisdom into an engaging and provocative tour. It helped us better appreciate New Orleans and informed our wandering around the French Quarter over the rest of our stay. We're glad we started with this tour
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Our guide was very...
RachelK, Jan 2023
Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French Quarter
Our guide was very entertaining and we loved hearing all the insider stories of the French Quarter! We would recommend this to friends.
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Our guide was...
Janee_P, Jan 2023
New Orleans Original Flavors Food Tour of the French Quarter Bon appe'tit
Our guide was knowledgeable and personable. Great experience for a nervous first time solo traveler, all the fun of exploring with the safety of a group.
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Worth every penny
Eileen_C, Jan 2023
New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District Bike Tour
Jeffrey was an excellent guide who made the ride informative and fun. He was also extremely professional and cautious regarding safety. A wonderful experience I would do again in a heartbeat! What a great way to see the city!
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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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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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What are the nearest attractions to French Quarter?
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