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Bourbon Street Tours

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The infamous Bourbon Street, also known as Rue Bourbon, conjures up images of endless partying, drinks of all shapes and sizes, strips clubs, bachelorette parties, and of course, Mardi Gras. Outside of Mardi Gras season, visitors flock to this playground of the South for its Creole restaurants, live music venues, souvenir shops, and well-known drinking establishments.

The Basics
It would be a shame to visit New Orleans and not spend at least a little time on Bourbon Street, and the experience can be vastly different by day and night. Many walking tours of the French Quarter make a stop along the famous street, including voodoo, literary, music, and heritage tours. Those who’d like to see the street at its debaucherous best can opt for an evening pub crawl to some of the city’s most legendary party venues.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bourbon Street is a must-see for first-time visitors and partiers.
  • Daytime walking tours show off a much different vibe than nighttime pub crawls.
  • It’s legal to consume alcohol while walking on Bourbon Street.
  • Visit by day and by night to get the full experience.
  • Even by day, Bourbon Street can be R-rated, so it may not be appropriate for children.

How to Get There
It’s easy to walk to Bourbon Street from just about any place in the historic French Quarter. Visitors coming from Uptown can ride the historic St. Charles streetcar to Canal Street and walk a few blocks.

When to Get There
While it’s possible to catch beads from Bourbon Street’s famous balconies throughout the year, peak season lasts from February to May, when mild weather and festivals like Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival pull in visitors from far and wide. Another popular time to visit is over Labor Day Weekend, when the street hosts the LGBTQ-friendly Southern Decadence Festival.

Boozing on Bourbon Street 101
Many visitors comes to Bourbon Street, one of the most famous streets in America, to drink, and there are numerous options to do so. Well-known watering holes include Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (one of the oldest buildings in the French Quarter), the Old Absinthe House (sample the Absinthe House frappe), Cafe Lafitte In Exile (the oldest gay bar in the country), and Pat O’Brien’s, home of the hurricane cocktail.
Address: Bourbon Street, New Orleans, USA
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New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery TourCity Packages

New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery Tour

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Rich history and voodoo legends make New Orleans one of the most fascinating places to visit, but if you see the sights alone, you could miss out on some of the key details that bring this vibrant city to life. This New Orleans voodoo tour takes you through the city and into St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 during daylight hours—perfect for those you don’t want to get too scared, but still want a look into the city’s mysterious past.
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New Orleans Food and History Walking TourDining Experiences

New Orleans Food and History Walking Tour

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The Original French Quarter Seafood Food Tour

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New Orleans Cocktail and Food History Tour

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New Orleans Music Heritage TourCity Packages

New Orleans Music Heritage Tour

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Photo Shoot in French QuarterCity Packages

Photo Shoot in French Quarter

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Haunted Pub Crawl in New Orleans

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New Orleans VIP Bar & Nightclub Crawl

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French Quarter Food Tour

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This self-guided audio tour of New Orleans lets you explore on your own schedule without skimping on the high-quality information you get with a guide. Major French Quarter attractions are included and mapped out for you on your phone, so you can start, stop, and skip around to curate the tour to what you most want to see.
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Private French Quarter Pedicab Tour

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New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot Photography Tours

New Orleans French Quarter Photo Shoot

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Private New Orleans French Quarter and Voodoo TourCity Packages

Private New Orleans French Quarter and Voodoo Tour

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Do you want to see Nicolas Cage's tomb and the tomb of Marie Laveau? Take a stroll down through the supernatural realm of New Orleans. This private tour led by one of our local lore experts include the city's most famous voodoo queen. The walking tour takes you through the French Quarter and St Louis Cemetery No 1. Your group will discover the architecture of the French Quarter and visit the grave of Marie Laveau, the powerful priestess who practiced the religion in and around the quarter in the 1800s. Also, see the future final resting place of actor Nicolas Cage. New Orleans’ history and culture are ever-present in the colorful homes, above-ground tombs, and voodoo legends that you will unearth on this mesmerizing tour.
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New Orleans Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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New Orleans Ultimate One-Hour Helicopter Tour City Packages

New Orleans Ultimate One-Hour Helicopter Tour

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- Experience 60 miles of aerial views around The Big Easy. - Approximately 60 minutes of flight. - Magnificent sights of the swamps and wetlands. - Tour aerial views around NASA. - Breathtaking glimpses of the Crescent City Connection and the Mississippi River.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Bourbon Street hours of operation?
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Bourbon Street hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Bourbon Street?