Walking Tours - New Orleans

April 11, 2022

Soak in the sweet aroma of the Magnolia trees, marvel at the Creole architecture, and devour your weight in crawfish.

Follow along as we take you through the best walking tours of New Orleans.

The Crescent City is steeped in fascinating culture, food, and music. Uncover the secrets of the New Orleans French Quarter, the Garden District, and more by strapping on those shoes.

From spine-tingling ghost tours through haunted cemeteries to mouthwatering journeys featuring gumbo, po'boys, and beignets, the flavors of this eclectic city are worth savoring. Let the city's top tour guides serenade you with their engaging enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for the Big Easy. 

Whether you choose to discover the birthplace of Jazz by foot, carriage, or boat, New Orleans tours capture the magic and enchantment of Bourbon St and beyond. 

Sightseeing Tours

Early Bird French Quarter Walking Tour

Rise and shine, early bird! While waking up with the sun might seem counterintuitive while on vacation, The Savvy Native Walking Tours company swears you'll be singing the praises of New Orleans in the morning. So grab that extra strong latte, and prepare for a scintillating two-hour Early Bird French Quarter Walking Tour.

Your group's early start will afford you fewer crowds and cooler temperatures to enjoy the storied sights of the city. Stroll through the famous St. Louis Cemetery, glimpse tombs from 1789, and view the infamous Creole Cottage. History lovers will lap up the lore and legends of the French Quarter, including spellbinding yarns regarding Pirates Alley and the historic Jackson Square Plaza.

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Dive into the vital role the Mississippi River played in New Orleans' founding and garner newfound appreciation for Crescent City's mixed heritage. 

Beautiful above ground graves in the famous St. Louis Cemetery Number 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana, site of the grave of Marie Laveau, Vodoo Queen.French Quarter Carriage Tours

Leave the walking to our four-legged friends when you reserve a thoroughly romantic French Quarter Carriage Tour. Instead, trot around the St. Louis Cemetery, the Napoleon House, Jackson Square, The Saint Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, and more in charming style.

Your hour-long educational tour is jam-packed with over 300 years of New Orleans history, architecture, and culture. So let your gallant steed stroll you through the French Quarter as you absorb the unique sights of NOLA. Tours departing before 3 pm will be treated to sights of the Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau's tomb, the Italian Benevolent Society Tomb, and the pyramid owned by Nicolas Cage.

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While tours booked for 5 and 6 pm will pay visits to the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, full of Creole Mansions, colorful Cottages, Shotgun Homes, and the harmonious notes of Jazz, this heralded spot is not to be missed. 

photo credit: Jennifer Miller via Facebook

Nature and Garden Tours

Garden District Historical Tour

Everything's coming up roses on your two-hour Garden District Historical Tour. But, much more than flowers, your New Orleans Garden District Tour is the ideal introduction to this affluent area. Appreciate the sweet aroma of roses, magnolias, and more as you spot immaculate gardens, gorgeous plantation-style homes, and famous graves.

A perfect tour for veteran visitors and New Orleans newbies, this family-friendly adventure features a tour of Lafayette Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States. Learn how this area became a trendy homestead for cotton brokers, commission merchants, and other wealthy Americans.

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Snap memorable photos of famous graves, and lean in close to hear the spooky lore and legends regarding their demise. 

outside view of home in new orleans garden district

Garden District / hockley91 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], Wikimedia

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours

Trade in your brightly-hued Hurricane for an afternoon of truly wild adventure when you gear up for an exhilarating Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour. Discover the incredible natural beauty of Southern Louisiana's Swamplands when you travel just 25 minutes outside the city.

Glimpse upon alligators, snakes, egrets, and more as you cruise through the vibrant marshlands of both Jean Lafitte National Park and Barataria Preserve. Experience real-life adventure for the whole family from the comfort of their swamp boats. This 1.5-hour tour is led by authentic Cajun guides who pepper your trip with fascinating facts and lore.

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Bask in the untamed appeal of the Bayou as you speed past Cyprus trees, white-tailed deer, nutria, and mink. Keep that camera fully charged as you never know what mysterious creatures will make their presence in the marshlands known. Brave visitors will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a baby alligator if they choose. 

History and True Crime Tours

Mafia, Murder, Sex & All That Jazz Walking Tour

Ghastly murders, mafia, and madames, oh my! Turn up the sex and scandal appeal when you unearth the darker side of New Orleans. The Mafia, Murder, Sex & All That Jazz Walking Tour is the perfect true-crime aperitif.

Get a taste of the decadence, greed, and power that plagued the French Quarter's early days as you receive your R-rated history lesson. From the history of prostitution to grisly mob crimes, this two-hour sinister sojourn will keep you on your toes.

Appropriate only for those 21 and older, this walking tour includes vivid dramatizations and epic appearances by Silver Dollar Sam, Diamond Jim, Emma Johnson, and more. Next, uncover the origins of Storyville, the legendary and notorious tenderloin district, and get acquainted with the King Fish, Gov. Huey Long. Finally, culminate your stroll of sin with an incredible selfie on Bourbon Street.

Bourbon Street balcony in New Orleans

View from the French Quarter in new orleans to Downtown

Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site

Observe the stories of the American South come to life when you book a powerful plantation tour. The Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site provides a first-hand exploration of four generations of Louisiana families, both free and enslaved.

Located just 50 minutes from New Orleans, this fully guided tour paints a vivid picture of both the family and enslaved people that once lived there. Walk under the shaded cover of majestic oak trees, take in the swaying Spanish Moss as you are regaled with intricate portrayals of Lucy More Jones and the rest of the plantation's inhabitants.

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Tour the entire property, including several outbuildings, 1840s slave cabins, gardens, and an entire museum. 

photo credit: Laura: Louisiana's Créole Heritage Site via Facebook

Food and Drink Tours

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option

All that walking is sure to build up quite an appetite. Satisfy your salivating with a fully guided small-group food tour. Your New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option packs plenty of Cajun flavor and fun into a three-hour culinary experience.

Let your fellow foodie guide lead you on a mouthwatering adventure featuring some of the French Quarter's most famous restaurants. Sample morsels of N'awlins favorites include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. You'll be able to take in every magical moment as your intimate tour will consist of no more than 12 guests.

Unlock the secrets of Louisiana cooking as you traipse through the French Market and peek inside kitchens and cafes featured in famous TV shows. Eager to imbibe in a Big Easy cocktail? Popular New Orleans drinks such as the Pimms Cup will be available for purchase. 

Wide shot of an old building in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana

photo credit: Rosie Kerr via Facebook

New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

It's always five o'clock somewhere! So indulge your inner mixologist and unearth New Orleans' liquid culture and history with a booze-filled cocktail tour. Your three-hour New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter is equal parts history lesson and bar crawl.

Slowly sip NOLA's cocktail of choice, the Sazerac, discover the origins of absinthe and watch master bartenders at work. This fully inclusive tour includes four full-sized cocktails at different venues. Stop by a former ice house, get tropical at a tiki-themed oasis, and feel uber fancy at SoBou. Sample pre-Civil War libations, pass by the St. Louis Cathedral, and peek into Peychaud's Bar.

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Finally, conclude your evening of liquid courage with a trip to the Bourbon "O" Jazz Bar to try an obscure yet, delicious Roffignac cocktail. This rouge-colored and fruit-forward beverage is a homage to the city's last French‐born mayor.  

Ghost and Cemetery Tours

History & Haunts Carriage Tours

Are your dogs barking? Give tired feet a rest and dip a toe into the world of occult ghost tours. Your one-hour small group History & Haunts Carriage Tour is an authentic way to explore the haunted history of the French Quarter.

Over 300 years of spine-tingling history come together on this mule-drawn adventure. Listen up as you learn all about New Orleans' Most Famous Murderess, Madame LaLaurie, or the magical prowess of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen. Stop by haunted restaurants and hotels, or gander at one of the oldest bars in America.

Be sure to snap some photos of The Gardette-LaPrete Mansion, the site of an 1800s massacre and one of the French Quarter's most photographed properties. 

photo credit: Royal Carriages via Facebook

4 in 1 Witches, Ghosts, Vampires & Walking Tour

Calling all Twilight fans! Feed your need for broody vampires, ghosts, and more on The 4 in 1 Witches, Ghosts, Vampires & Walking Tour. Fans of all things spooky will be spellbound with delight as they spend 2 hours traipsing through the more sinister history of the French Quarter.

Jump into the real inspiration behind American Horror Story, tour some of the city's most haunted buildings, and get a crash course in witchcraft and Voodoo. Your master storyteller and guide will point out popular locales known for paranormal activity and teach you about the infamous Madame Delphine LaLaurie and one of the world's oldest vampires.

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Wind your way through the gas lantern-lit streets as you marvel at Crescent City's close relationship with the macabre. 

photo credit: Tena Stetler via Facebook

3 in 1 French Quarter, Cemetery & Voodoo Walking Tour

The mysteries and histories associated with Voodoo have long captured the public's imagination. Shine a light on the folklore, landmarks, and occult practices that call NOLA home when you embark on a 3 in 1 French Quarter, Cemetery & Voodoo Walking Tour. Pack those comfy walking shoes as this 1.5-hour tour will take you all over the Big Easy.

From visits to the  St. Louis Cemetery #1 to Congo Square, you will devour every inch of New Orleans superstitions, culture, and traditions. Scope out the tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, snap endless photos of the enviable French Quarter architecture, or get lost in the cultural significance of Louis Armstrong Park.

Take a break at the Basin Street Visitor's Center and settle in for more tales of Storyville, burials, and celebrity gravesites. 

Life moves just a bit slower in the Bayou. Never miss another New Orleans landmark, sight, or incredible tall tale when you opt for a walking tour. Besides the pride of getting in those steps, walking tours allow you to experience the thrill of the Crescent City at close range. Gander at gators and lush marshlands on a swamp tour or trade tantalizing sips of Sazeracs and Mint Juleps on Bourbon Street.

Swoon over seances and Voodoo magic and even stroll past filming sites from American Horror Story! Plantation tours, piping hot gumbo, and plenty of Creole culture make the Big Easy an undeniable getaway.

Tell Us, What's Your Favorite New Orleans Walking Tour?

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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