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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
$26.67 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent tour
Our tour guide Elliot was fun and very knowledgeable. The tour exceeded our expectations. Every question was answered and we had more ideas of what we were interested in visiting for the next couple of days. Tour groups were small enabling us to hear everything and interact with our guide. I would definitely recommend this tour.
Linda_C, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-5
Great little walking tour in FQ!
Saswato_R, Nov 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Josh was a great tour guide who told fun stories and history about the French Quarter. Nice little tour and recommended for people first time visiting FQ. Josh also mentioned food spots/bars from his local experience, so always great to get insights from a local. Pleasant day in late November so weather was perfect. Probably wouldn't do a walking tour if it was too humid / muggy outside. thank you Josh!
star-5
Best tour and tour guide in NOLA!
MARK_K, Nov 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Laura was absolutely phenomenal! She combined history and humor to make this THE best food tour anywhere. Book this tour with her is a must. The instructions are dead on when they say DON'T EAT beforehand! We ate at the best non tourist food spots in the French Quarter. Did I already mention DON'T EAT beforehand! Thanks Laura for making our 25th wedding anniversary weekend in New Orleans a most memorable experience! Dr. M. K. Kearse
star-5
Lovely architecture tour
AlineDang, Nov 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Guy our guide was very knowledgeable and gave a detailed tour of architecture in the French Quarter. He was a delight to learn from.
star-5
Great Torah to know history of French quarter and enjoy special foods
Junping_Y, Nov 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Great Torah to know history of French quarter and enjoy working in the Area and special foods. The tour lady was wonderful and very knowledgeable for all kind of all questions.
star-5
Fabulous!
Kelli_N, Aug 2021
French Quarter Historic Segway Tour
We loved this excursion! Our guide, Jon, was great and so knowledgeable about the history of the city. The segways were so fun! My 18 and 21 year old kids loved it! Very glad we did this! You see so much of the french quarter! Definitely recommend!!
star-5
Josh did an excellent job...
Tim_F, Nov 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Josh did an excellent job and was a pleasure to listen to as he explained the history the French Quarter area and New Orleans. We would definitely recommend him as your tour guide.
star-5
You won’t regret it :)
Emily_H, Nov 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot
This was such a fun way to see a slightly different side of the French quarter. Our photographer Roxana was so incredibly friendly and knew all the best spots to hit. We got some great shots in the end that we’ll forever cherish.
star-5
History lesson painlessly
david_L, Oct 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour
The history of New Orleans was facinating. It was a leisurely walk in the French Quarter .the guide was excellent and knowledgeable.
star-5
Great way to start your trip in NOLA
Andrea_R, Nov 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Kristi did a great job. The food stops were good, she had good recommendations on where to go beyond that and how to get there. The anecdotes about the history of the state and the locations we were going to was good. I also appreciated that she enforced the covid requirements and wasn’t pushed around by the people that thought they could bully their way around it.
star-5
Great way to see the city and avoid the heat!
Teri_D, Jul 2021
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
Our tour guide was great. He was very knowledgeable, funny, and accommodating. Pickup was on time . Bus was clean. Great experience!
star-4
Wanted more food.
Devin_B, Jul 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Tour was great, very informational. We learned a lot especially the difference between Cajun and Creole. I’m not sure what the tour was pre-COVID (PC) but I believe we had a total of 5 food stops and noticeably missing from the tour was poboys and beignets. Guide was very knowledgeable and personable and would def go again but hopefully it will be more robust in the future.
star-5
Satisfied customer
Felicia_C, Jul 2021
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
Excellent and knowledgeable guide with humor you can’t bet that!!! The bus was clean and ver comfortable.

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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