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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
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A great first tour!
Our tour guide Libby was great. She shared lots of local history in a funny and interesting way. This was our first tour on our first visit to town and helped orient us to where things are. Libby also tried to keep us in the shade as much as possible, which is important because it gets really hot here!
Mark_J, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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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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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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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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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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Great experience. Can hardly wait to go again
Drew_R, Mar 2022
French Quarter History Tour with Cafe Du Monde Option in New Orleans
Outstanding tour. Very personable and knowledgeable tour guide. Great tour of the French quarter. Definitely would go again
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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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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
star-5
Great Walking Tour with Food!
Virginia_S, May 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Nate was a wonderful guide around the French Quarter, sharing historical information and taking us to places for many of New Orleans delicious food. Highly recommend this tour!!!
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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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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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Great Experience!
Naomi_E, May 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Our family had a great time on the walking tour of the French Quarter. Carmel was a great guide - very knowledgable and engaging. We all really enjoyed our tour!
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Interesting Tour - Highly Recommend It!
Angela_D, Apr 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Our tour guide Tish was a very knowledgeable and passionate pro who was a great story teller and we learned so much about French Quarter history on this tour. Nice leisurely pace, we found shady spots to stop, and Tish provided a lot of interesting information. Highly recommend this tour and this guide!

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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