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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
Fab French Quarter
Learning the history of the French Quarter and New Orleans. Josh was a great guide. Very informative
Robyn_S, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

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Fun activity in the French Quarter
David_F, Jan 2022
Small-Group French Quarter Cocktail and Foodie Crawl
Fun way to get to know the French Quarter. Great selection of venues, cocktails and food. Learning the history of the area along the way.
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Great Location, knowledgeable guide, perfect introduction to the Quarter
Michael_C, Jan 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
The guide, Josh, was excellent, knowledgeable, and hit the high points in our two hour stroll through the French Quarter. Maybe a bit too much time on Katrina but we had heard a lot about it the day before on our paddle boat cruise on the Creole boat. Particularly enjoyed the history of the Ursuline nuns as well as the focus on architecture and some of the unique structures in the Quarter. A must see/do for anyone seeing New Orleans for the first time.
star-5
Pleasant and informative way to see the French Quarter.
Elaine_J, Jan 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Highly recommend the carriage ride as a pleasant way to get an overview of the French Quarter. You’ll see a larger area than you would by walking; Hear some interesting stories and history of the city and it’s inhabitants; and discover what places you’ll want to walk to after the tour. Brook was an entertaining, knowledgeable friendly tour guide, with some very good recommendations. Highly recommend her.
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John our guide was...
Kimberly_C, Jan 2022
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
John our guide was wonderful. He was so down to earth and had a colorful way of narrating our trip. He had a good working knowledge of the French quarter and it’s history.
star-4
Great tour
Sara_J, Jan 2022
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
A very interesting and informative tour of the French quarter. The small group size was great and made it more fun.
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Hidden Gem Bike Tour!
Danielle_B, Dec 2021
New Orleans French Quarter and Garden District Bike Tour
We absolutely LOVED this bike tour! Our tour guide, Jeff, was the best. He guided us through the French quarter and Garden district providing us with the rich history of New Orleans and some fun anecdotes. The bike ride was smooth and easy. We highly recommend Jeff’s tour 😊
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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.
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An absolute must-do when...
Brandie_B, Dec 2021
Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour Of The French Quarter
An absolute must-do when visiting the French Quarter! Family friendly and a fun experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept us engaged the entire time. Highly recommended!
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Carriage Ride Experience
Lamerice_H, Dec 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Had a blast, the driver was amazing, descriptive, and very funny! Enjoyed riding through the French Quarters and hearing the history!
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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.
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It was perfect.
maryjo_k, Jan 2022
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Our guide, Kristi and the history of NOLA she explained to us. Not too much walking and we saw alot.
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History and cocktails mix well
Amber_L, Jan 2022
New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter
Nate was very good. Highly recommend. Nate was very knowledgeable on many aspects of history of New Orleans not just the drinks. Great conversation and the drinks were amazing.

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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Trip ideas

Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans

Best Weekend Getaways from New Orleans


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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