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New Orleans: 1-Hour Carriage Ride Through the French Quarter

1. New Orleans: 1-Hour Carriage Ride Through the French Quarter

Discover the historic neighborhoods of New Orleans in a traditional mule-drawn carriage, taking in the vibrant history, culture, and architecture of the French Quarter. Relax and travel in style through some of the most exciting neighborhoods in America. Learn the basics of New Orleans's history as you travel in style around its vibrant streets. Discover fascinating anecdotes about the people and places that have contributed to making New Orleans truly unique and unforgettable from your licensed local guide. See French Quarter sights like the Saint Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, Napoleon House, the French Market, and Bourbon Street. Choose between a walking tour of St Louis Cemetery #1, or a ride through the Faubourg Marigny with its unique architecture and live music venues. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that group carriage tours travel at a leisurely pace and with small groups exceeding no more than 8 passengers per carriage. A private carriage tour for 1 to 4 passengers is also available (if option selected).

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New Orleans: History and Haunts Carriage Ride Night Tour

2. New Orleans: History and Haunts Carriage Ride Night Tour

A carriage tour at night is a wonderfully spooky way to see the town, learn a bit of history, and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure. Visit famous haunted locations and be introduced to the ghostly lore and legends that New Orleans' French Quarter is known for. Thanks to 300 years of tragedy, New Orleans is filled with true stories of ghosts, voodoo, and vampires.  With so much paranormal activity happening in the city, the best way to tour these haunted locations is by carriage ride at night. Historical stories of love and tragedy come to life as the professional tour guides explain the legends and lore, in addition to historical narration detailing all major landmarks throughout the French Quarter. On the haunted tour, expect Voodoo galore, and learn about how Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen, applied her magical powers to shift the course of love, luck, and law in New Orleans. Learn about the bevy of haunted restaurants, like Muriel’s, where numerous seances have been held over the years. Witness the site of a 19th-century massacre, said to still hold ghosts of the tragedy.  You may even discover that your hotel is haunted, as the carriage ride rolls past all of the most haunted hotels in the French Quarter. Group carriage tours travel at a leisurely pace and with small groups exceeding no more than 8 passengers per carriage. For a more exclusive experience you can reserve a private carriage which holds 1 to 4 passengers.

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New Orleans: Manchac Bayou Swamp Cruise with Optional Pickup

3. New Orleans: Manchac Bayou Swamp Cruise with Optional Pickup

Join this tour in the Manchac Swamp on a real life adventure for the whole family. Your local captains will take you on an exciting journey to explore Louisiana's abundant wildlife in the bayous of Cajun Country. Journey by boat, Cajun-style, for a tour through the heart of Southern Louisiana's swamplands. Your swamp boat will take you into the meandering bayous where you'll see moss-draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life, and the creatures who make their homes here. Listen to informative commentary as you sail into the bayou. Swamp creatures are used to seeing the tour boats, so you'll likely catch a glimpse of various birds, snakes, deer, and fish, and possibly even an alligator. As your boat drifts through the waterways, you will learn about the Louisiana Wetlands, the inhabitants of the swamp–particularly the life and habits of the American Alligator–as well as the unique history of the local Cajun town of Frenier.

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New Orleans: Bayou Tour in National Park

4. New Orleans: Bayou Tour in National Park

Bring your cameras and adventurous spirits as you explore the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Meet your guide at the meeting point or at one of the 8 pickup locations in New Orleans (if transportation option is selected), and travel to the swamp. Tours pick up daily from convenient hotels at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. You’ll be taken on a 1.5-hour pontoon boat ride around the waters of the area. Get the chance to spot alligators, local wildlife, and two other friendly creatures, Sunshine the Pig and Patrick the Possum.  Listen to stories and legends told by your informative local guide. Following the tour, enjoy a delicious Cajun lunch at a local eatery down the street, the perfect way to refuel. After lunch, you’ll be driven back to New Orleans and dropped off at the original meeting point or pickup location you have selected.

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New Orleans: High Speed 16 Passenger Airboat Ride

5. New Orleans: High Speed 16 Passenger Airboat Ride

Embark on a high-speed adventure through the swamps and marshes just 35 minutes from New Orleans and experience the amazing scenery by airboat. Slow down or stop to take pictures and get a personal tour from your local captain. Avail of airboats with stadium-style seating so that the person in front does not obstruct your view. Be amazed as alligators come so close to the boat that you can stare into their reptilian eyes! Encounter magnificent birdlife, including bald eagles, pelicans, ospreys and owls. Every tour is unique and you never know what will be around the next corner! Reach speeds of up to 35 miles per hour, propelled by a huge fan that blows air from the back of the boat in excess of 200 miles per hour. Ride in shallow water and access areas where traditional boats cannot go.

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New Orleans Swamp Tour by Tour Boat

6. New Orleans Swamp Tour by Tour Boat

Drift slowly past 2,000 years of Louisiana history on this boat tour. Encounter the beautiful nature and wildlife of the swamp in the company of your expert captain guide. Set sail with your captain, a native of the Barataria Swamps with a background in alligator hunting, fishing and trapping. He will tell you all about the ecology of the swampland. You'll also learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cajuns of the Bayou and see plenty of wildlife, including birds, snakes, turtles and alligators.  The boat passes calmly through beautiful, moss-draped trees and soft waterways for ample opportunities to take pictures. Enjoy an entertaining, educational and exciting tour with a relaxing view of this unique landscape. Note that in the winter, gators mostly hibernate, except to soak up some sun on warmer days, but your local tour can sometimes spot a sunbathing gator for you on the tour. 

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New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

7. New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

Cruise through the Barataria Preserve and discover the beauty of South Louisiana in a custom-built swamp boat, as you float through a section of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Discover how the seafood from Louisiana’s waters provide a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! After a short motor coach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and Bayous. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and you will get to experience the Cajun “Joie de Vivre.” Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria and many species of snakes. Some wildlife is more numerous during the warmer months of the year. Learn why the wetlands are disappearing due to coastal erosion and discover man’s effort to correct the damage it has done and to restore this vital habitat.

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New Orleans: Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour

8. New Orleans: Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour

Meet your guide in New Orleans, then leave the city behind as you travel back in time to the Oak Alley Plantation, passing by the impressive Lake Pontchartrain. See the plantation's quarter-mile long alley of oak trees, each over 250 years old, and the cypress trees which border the Mississippi River. Explore the plantation with your guide, and listen to stories of its history, which dates back to 1839. Learn about the site’s former uses and residents, and visit the plantation's on-site exhibitions, Slavery at Oak Alley, Blacksmith Shop, and Sugarcane Theater, to find out more about its past.  Afterwards, travel past several of the area’s plantations as you head to the Manchac Swamp. Explore this privately-owned wildlife refuge, and hear about the legend of the Rougarou werewolf. Take a boat ride across the swamp, and get up close to alligators and other wildlife.

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New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation & Swamp Combo

9. New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation & Swamp Combo

Destrehan Plantation is an antebellum mansion, in the French Colonial style, modified with Greek Revival architectural elements. It is located in southeast Louisiana, near the town of the same name, Destrehan. This plantation is about 45 minutes away from downtown New Orleans.   Welcome to the New Orleans Swamp Tours and Wetlands Adventure. See the Cajuns of the bayou living and surviving in harmony with the swamps. Here, the waterways are their highways. From the relaxed comfort of the covered New Orleans Swamp Tour boats, you will drift slowly past a 2000-year-old Indian burial mound, a Cajun cemetery and fishing village. You may see the wildlife that made the Barataria swamps the crown jewel of the Louisiana Purchase. Here, birds, snakes, turtles, fur animals and gators are the king of the swamp and easily spotted in spring, summer and fall. Your captains are natives of the Barataria swamps with a background in gator hunting, fishing and trapping. They will entertain you and amaze you with their knowledge of the ecology of the swampland. They have lived the life. Pick up begins at 8:30am and return by 245pm. Ground transportation included.

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2-Hour French Quarter and Cemetery Tour

10. 2-Hour French Quarter and Cemetery Tour

This is on the top of the list of things to do in New Orleans! Meeting in the French Quarter, you will learn of history from long ago, as well as the many types of architecture and how immigrants influenced history, paint colors, and the architecture! Although this is the oldest cemetery in operation in New Orleans, your guide will disclose the first burial grounds in the city and another cemetery, which was in use before St. Louis #1. You will hear of burial customs, not commonly used in the United States. Prepare yourself!  The architecture in the cemetery is amazing! There are many different types of architecture, as well as burials in this cemetery.  See the massive Society tombs (the Italian, the French, the Batalion of Artillery, the Spanish, the Portuguese and many more!), the tomb of Homer Plessy, Bernard Marigny (the richest, youngest person to live in the city of New Orleans, the also brought the game of craps to America!), and the Protestant section (in a Catholic cemetery). You will be intrigued by the history and burial practices in this City of the Dead! A 10 minute break for refreshments (not included in tour price) at the old train station, now a welcome center, will prepare you for continuing in the French Quarter in the last hour of your tour. Time permitting, your guide may take you through the center with history of the train station as well as Katrina information. You will visit Armstrong Park, formerly known as Congo Square, where Voodoo rituals took place in days gone by. Sometimes you may hear the drumming from a Voodoo practitioner! Thursdays you may participate in the Farmer's Market, by locals. You will next explore more French Quarter stories and the site of Marie Laveau's home, where she raised her children and practiced her Voodoo!  Onward to Jackson Square! You are now on the original ground where the city of New Orleans began! St. Louis Cathedral history is a must, as it is the oldest continuously operating Catholic cathedral in the United States! After finishing the tour make sure to visit for mass or the free tour of this amazingly beautiful cathedral. The history of the flanking buildings on Jackson Square carry wonderful, surprising stories of the Baronnes Pontalba and Spanish rule. These include the Cabildo, the Presbytere and the Pontalba Apartment buildings. Andrew Jackson sits boldly on his horse in the middle of Jackson Square, which was dedicated to him in 1851.

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What people are saying about Louisiana

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 516 reviews

I hate I cannot remember my guide's name but he was awesome! Funny and informative. I'll just say that he loves the Three Stooges lol. Thanks so much for this memorable experience!

We had a wonderful time on our high speed boat ride! Our captain was incredibly knowledgeable and had a genuine desire to educate us on “his” home! 100% recommend!

Best Guide ever!!! Made the experience so much fun and entertaining for adults and kids alike! My 8yo, 19 yo and my husband are still both raving about it!

It was an awesome and very educational experience! I would highly recommend this tour! Ernie was great!

Captain Billiot was so informative of the Swamp and the history of it.