Activities & Things to Do in New Orleans: Tours, Attractions, Dining, Cruises & More

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Steamboat Natchez

Journey back in time to the classic days of steam and paddle boats along the Mississippi River with the Steamboat Natchez cruise. With this fun and exciting cruise, you can enjoy a variety of different options to make this activity perfect for you and your family including a jazz music cruise, lunch cruise, and an evening dinner cruise. Take in the beautiful sights along the river as you enjoy a delicious meal, listen to great live music, and spend time on this historic steamboat cruise.

Double Plantation Tour

Explore the past of the southern life on this Double Plantation Tour to see the deep history of the area. Choose two out of the three plantations to customize your experience and explore the historical sites during your time on this in-depth tour including the Whitney Plantation, Laura Plantation, and the Oak Alley Plantation. Take a self-guided tour of the homes, slave cabins, and beautiful grounds as you learn about the rich history at each location of your choice on your next trip to New Orleans.

St Louis Cemetery Walking Tour

Enjoy the haunted history of the city of New Orleans with this walking tour of the historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. The cemetery opened in 1789 and is known for its unique burial method of the above-ground tombs. Along this tour, you will learn about the many famous and historical people buried at the cemetery including chess player Paul Morphy and the well-known voodoo queen Marie Laveau who lived through the 1800s and holds multiple legends and lores surrounding her.

Hurricane Katrina Bus Tour

With this bus tour of the city, you will be taken to learn about the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and see multiple sites along the way on the path of the hurricane. Head to multiple districts, a lighthouse, and the levee that broke during Hurricane Katrina. Not only will your guide teach you about the bad destruction of Hurricane Katrina, but also the rebuilding efforts to the homes and businesses of the area to show how everyone came together as a community to help one another after this devastating loss to the city. This tour will touch your heart and give you a better understanding of the powerful events that took place during the storm.

Historical Attractions / Landmarks

French Quarter

The most notable and historic area of downtown New Orleans, the French Quarter is known as the oldest section of the city. The city was founded in 1718 and developed a central square which is now commonly called the French Quarter. The district as a whole has been designated a National Historic Landmark with individual buildings and areas themselves Historic Landmarks as well. The area is filled with historic buildings from the 18th and 19th century and includes something to see and explore around every corner.

Bourbon Street

Located in the heart of the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans, Bourbon Street is famous for its bars, live music, and vibrant nightlife that has been a part of this historic street since the 1880s. 

Garden District

Originally developed in the mid to late 1800s, the Garden District holds a beautiful collection of preserved historic mansions. The street was originally developed with only a few homes per block and large landscaped gardens surrounding each home, giving the historic district its name. During the 19th-century, the lots were subdivided and became more urban with it losing a large portion of the gardens and adding late Victorian period style homes.

Jackson Square

This historic park is located in the French Quarter and played a central in the history of the city of New Orleans. The square is known for where Louisiana was made United States territory in 1803 during the Louisiana Purchase. The park includes a statue of Andrew Jackson, walkways for a lovely stroll, iron fences, and is located right in front of the gorgeous St. Louis Cathedral.

The Arts in New Orleans

  • New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Contemporary Arts Center
  • Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art

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New Orleans offers the French Quarter Walking Tour to all visitors interested in a guided on-foot tour that lets people get up close to the most historic highlights of this famed neighborhood.
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This tour is an amazing way to learn all about the area while enjoying a stroll along some of the most gorgeous estates in the southern antebellum region. Enjoy a 6-hour adventure seeing both the Whitney and St. Joseph Plantations for a historical journey.
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This tour allows you and your family to enjoy the beauty of Louisiana! Combining history with thrills and a way to get out and experience nature, this tour truly captures the essence of Louisiana and its culture.
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This amazing tour gives guests the opportunity to learn about plantation history at some of the most beautiful southern estates. Plus, it is all topped off by an awesome pontoon boat ride through the Bayou!
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This awesome tour includes an immersive look at two historic plantations and tops it off with a fun Airboat Swamp Tour. You will learn some Louisiana history as well as have fun in the swamp!
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These cruises are a great way to have an unforgettable experience in the area while also celebrating Mardi Gras and the jazz culture that makes New Orleans totally unique.
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Make your visit to New Orleans something to remember, Paddle and Wheel is a unique way to learn more about famous places and landmarks, the tour includes a two-hour cruise departing from the French Quarter located in Toulouse Street.
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Get to know the historical background of the city of New Orleans during a tour through the Whitney Plantation and all of the interesting and historical background of the city.
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