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French Quarter

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27,756 Reviews
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
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I really liked when she...
I really liked when she told us about a man turning a whole apartment complex into his own house. It looked so nice and cool when we glanced inside. The tour was really fun and informative. We went back to a couple of the places during the rest of our trip. Libby is the best tour guide I've ever had. Thank you!
Joy_B, Aug 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Awesome food tour
Susan_B, Aug 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Awesome food tour- Our tour guide was Christie and she was knowledgeable funny and kept us interested in the historic French quarters. The food was excellent from the jambalaya gumbo alligator bites and even the praline cookies. You must go on this tour when you’re here you won’t be disappointed. We weren’t.
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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!!
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Candus’s photo shoot experience
Candus_H, Aug 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot
I loved seeing the French Quarter and being able to take memorable pictures there. The photographer was sweet and very helpful with posing ideas.
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History of the French Quarter
Nicholas, Aug 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Josh had great information and pictures to provide the historical details while walking through areas of the French Quarter.
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Tasty, informative tour with an amazing guide
Abigail_L, Aug 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
The food was great and the tour around the French Quarter was beautiful. But the best part of the tour was our guide, Laurent. He was super knowledgeable of everything nola, especially when it came to food! He was also very friendly and funny. What a great tour!
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Victoria_C, Aug 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Josh was great guide and very knowledgeable! I’d recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning about the French Quarter.
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Great!
Jesse_L, Jun 2021
French Quarter Drunken Ghost and Vampire Tour
Coty was really good and knowledgeable. Highly recommended checking this out and learning more about the history of the French quarter.
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Tour was fun!
Autumn_L, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historic Segway Tour
Tour guide was great! Segways were fun! It was a great way to see the French quarter! We felt safe! It was just 2 of Us on the tour and he took his time with us and personalized our experience
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Awesome Experience
Brittany_H, Aug 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Most memorable moments was the storytelling and the history provided! Driver was awesome, knowledgeable, hilarious and even let us off for a potty break! We really enjoyed and learned good hist. About the good old French quarter! I highly recommend
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A little bit of history
Stephanie_M, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Cheryl was great and very knowledgeable. I definitely recommend taking the tour at the beginning of your vacation so you notice the various details of each building while visiting the French Quarter.
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Excellent bike tour
deepjk2005, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Bike Tour
My family had a great time with our guide Corina. She understood the pace of our group as we had age group ranging from 10-73. The bikes were comfortable, and provided us with good information of the French Quarter. She also took us to some good spots where we could get good family pics. Thank you for the wonderful bike tour.
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Fun and interesting tour
Justin_M, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Karen was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. The tour provide a lot of history of the French Quarter and the architectural landmarks.

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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