French Quarter Walking Tour
Take part in many great sightseeing tours of the French Quarter in New Orleans, with the French Quarter Walking Tour, you will get an in-depth look into many amazing and historical locations. The Quarter was founded in 1718 and was the original settlement for the nearly 300-year-old city of New Orleans. Take in the character and inviting courtyards as you stroll through the streets, and learn about French and Spanish rule and the Louisiana Purchase.
Highlight locations you will get to see during the tour include:
- Cabildo - The original was destroyed in 1788 in the Great New Orleans Fire, but was rebuilt shortly after in 1795-1799 for the home of the Spanish municipal government in New Orleans. Additions to the building were later added such as the mansard roof and exterior sculptings. The Cabildo holds a lot of history as it was held the transfer ceremonies for the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.
- Presbytere - The name of the Presbytere comes from it being the former site of the residence of the Capuchin Monks and Presbytery. It was intended to house clergy, but the building was initially used as commercial purposes up to 1834 when it was used by Louisana Supreme Court. It was later sold to the state in 1908 and in 1911 it was part of the Louisiana State Museum. In 1970, it was declared a National Historic Landmark.
- Pontalba Buildings - The matching red-brick buildings are what make up two sides of the historical Jackson Square and were built in the late 1840s. The bottom floors house restaurants and shops while the above floors are used for apartments which are the oldest continuously-rented apartments in the U.S. The buildings became a National Historic Landmark in 1974.
- St. Louis Cathedral - Dedicated to Saint Louis (King Louis IX of France). The original church was a wooden structure built in 1718, the church was destroyed in the Great NOLA Fire and a new church was built in 1794, it has since been added and expanded to in 1850, with little of the original structure remaining.
- Jackson Square - A historic park in the French Quarter where the Louisana purchase was made United States territory in 1803.
- Old Ursuline Convent - Nuns from the Ursuline Convent of Rouen in 1726 came to New Orleans to build a new convent so they could run a hospital and take care of educating the young girls in the area.
- William Faulkner's Home - William Faulkner was an American writer from Mississippi who won a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949. The home is where he wrote many of his novels and is now the site of Faulkner House Books.
- Tennessee Williams Home - Tennessee Williams was an American playwright. His most famous plays include The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and more. He lived in many places to stimulate his writing but at one time he was living in the French Quarter and 722 Toulouse Street, which is the setting for his play Vieux Carre.
- Cafe du Monde - The Cafe du Monde is an open-air cafe established in 1862 and is located in the French Quarter. The cafe serves many historical drinks from the past such as a chicory-blended coffee made during the American Civil War due to the coffee shortage.
- Old French Market - A market that spans six blocks in the French Quarter area of New Orleans. It originally began where Cafe du Monde currently resides and has been renovated and rebuilt a number of times. The market dates back to 1791 but some of the oldest structures in the market date back to 1813.
Highlight your vacation with this beautiful walking tour that will be a fun and history filled adventure for the entire family. Add this to your next New Orleans French Quarter vacation package today.
- Approximately how long does the French Quarter Walking Tour last?
It is approximately 2 hours.
- For what ages is the tour appropriate?
Appropriate for all ages.
- What type of dress & footwear are recommended?
Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
- Is photography / video recording allowed on the French Quarter Walking Tour ?
Both photography and video cameras are permitted.
- Where does the tour meet?
Tour meets at 441 Royal St. (at the corner of Royal and St. Louis Streets) in front of the Royal House Oyster Bar.