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Jackson Square Tours

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Jackson Square
In the heart of the French Quarter lies Jackson Square, one of New Orleans’ most famous locations. A National Historic Landmark, it is home to St. Louis Cathedral and is often filled with locals and tourists who come to stroll the paths, catch the buskers and street performers in action, or just sit in the shade and watch the world go by.
 
The Basics
Jackson Square, originally known as Place d’Armes, is one of New Orleans’ most storied spots. Built in 1721, it is lined with historic buildings that have played an essential part in the development of the city. On one side, you’ll find the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase (when the US bought the state of Louisiana from the French) was signed back in 1803. Next door is St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in North America, while in the center of the square, you’ll find a statue of the seventh US President Andrew Jackson, for whom the square is named.
 
For more than 50 years, local artists have sold their works in the square, and visitors love to browse the paintings and pick up a souvenir to take home. French Quarter walking, Segway, and carriage tours frequently stop at the square to explore the historic landmarks and learn more about New Orleans’ history.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The main entrance to the square is from Decatur Street, opposite the French Market.
  • Keep an eye out for the Upper and Lower Pontalba apartment buildings, the oldest such complex in the United States.
  • Carriage rides around the French Quarter leave from Jackson Square.
  • To find out more about the history of the square and its buildings, you can join a guided New Orleans tour.

How to Get There
Jackson Square is bordered by Chartres, St. Peter, St. Ann, and Decatur streets and is just a short walk away from the Mississippi River. The square is a public park and easily accessible on foot or by public transport (the 5 and 55 bus lines stop at Decatur and St. Peter), or as part of a guided walking tour of the city.
 
When to Get There
Jackson Square is open seven days a week, from 8am to 7pm in summer and 8am to 6pm in winter.
 
Enjoy a Beignet and Coffee at Café du Monde
Just across Decatur Street, you’ll find the Café du Monde, a must-visit on any trip to the city. Open 24 hours, people flock here from all over the world to enjoy a sugar-dusted beignet (a fried pastry similar to a doughnut) washed down with a cup of chicory coffee.
Address: Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116, USA
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French Quarter Food TourHalf-day Tours

French Quarter Food Tour

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On our 3 hour walking food tour of New Orleans French Quarter, you will savor delicious foods from 5 restaurants, mom-and-pop shops and bakeries. In addition to all the delectable food, your guide will discuss the history, culture and food scene of the neighborhood. Our tours are storytelling through food. We call our French Quarter Food Tour "The Classic Six" because you will be tasting the quintessential New Orleans food staples. Join us on a 3 hour food extravaganza, as we eat our way though The Quarter...
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New Orleans Haunted Ghost TourHistorical Tours

New Orleans Haunted Ghost Tour

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Discover the spooky side of New Orleans with a historian-led walking tour. Visit haunted locations throughout the French Quarter such as the Lalaurie Mansion and May Bailey’s Brothel. Hear stories from local history over the leisurely stroll. This tour is kid-friendly and based on historical research.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans History and Cocktails Small-Group TourPrivate and Luxury

Lonely Planet Experiences: New Orleans History and Cocktails Small-Group Tour

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Explore New Orleans’ exciting cocktail scene on a guided tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Avoid the tourist traps and learn about the city’s long cocktail history, including the origins and influence of its legendary Sazerac. Visit a centuries-old bar, check out off-the-beaten path haunts in the French Quarter, and sample five cocktails included in the tour price.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking TourCultural Tours

New Orleans Voodoo and Cemetery Walking Tour

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New Orleans is one of America’s most haunted and mystical city’s and this walking tour covers the main highlights. Learn about voodoo magic and listen to gruesome tales as you walk through the French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Walk through Jackson Square, Louis Armstrong Park, and Cemetery #1 as you go beyond colonial history and discuss the development of the city’s unique culture.
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Private New Orleans Ghost, Vampire & Voodoo TourPrivate and Luxury

Private New Orleans Ghost, Vampire & Voodoo Tour

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Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ haunted side on this private evening walking tour. As you explore haunted sites in the French Quarter, such as the LaLaurie House and many others, your local guide will entertain you with stories about ghosts, voodoo, vampires and witchcraft that are sure to give you goose bumps! You'll also stop by a local bar to enjoy drinks (not included.) Tour ends a few blocks from departure point in the French Quarter. Please contact local supplier to confirm tour time on your selected day.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Haunted Crawl: New Orleans Exclusive Haunted TourPub Tours

Haunted Crawl: New Orleans Exclusive Haunted Tour

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New Orleans is infamous for it's savage and tumultuous past which allegedly has left much of the historic French Quarter, haunted. The Haunted Crawl takes you on a 90-minute tour through the most haunted neighborhood in America, taking you to REAL buildings and homes where these horrors took place. Your tour guide will answer any questions about the stories and hauntings of the eerily creepy history of the oldest sector of the city. You will hear the REAL story and timeline behind the Lalaurie Mansion, Marie Laveau and everything that wasn't explained in American Horror Story. As a bonus, you will find out which celebrities have and still own homes in the French Quarter, where the scenes from famous movies were filmed and who loves this city so much they purchased a mausoleum to be buried in. We have ONE guide and he has over 3,000 tours under his belt and we're confident you will love his stories. This is a boutique haunted tour, we believe in QUALITY, not quantity.
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French Quarter Bar Pit Stop and NOLA Legends TourWalking Tours

French Quarter Bar Pit Stop and NOLA Legends Tour

Discover the French Quarter’s history, lore and legendary drinks on a 2-hour walking tour of the neighborhood with plenty of time refill your to-go cup at bars along the way. Learn the secrets of the Vieux Carré as you visit the city’s most haunted house, try to spot local vampires and a beloved ghost then hear about New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen. See historic sites and a soaring cathedral, and get insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and party like a New Orleans local.
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The Haunted AF French Quarter Tour!Pub Tours

The Haunted AF French Quarter Tour!

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Expect a few laughs, a few chills, and a little morbidity. A walking tour of no more than 15 guests. We’ll get to know each other at the top of the tour--where everybody is from, what other tours they’ve been on, interests, and such. I will customize a walk to include everyone’s interests, ghostly, morbid, or historical. Once underway, we will walk about 1.25 miles (2 km) along the sidewalks of the French Quarter. It won’t be like a death march -- there will be plenty of stopping as I share the stories of the homes, businesses, galleries, and alleyways along the way. Sometimes we’ll even make it to the banks of the mighty Mississippi. Along this walk I will share legends of ghosts, werewolves, vampires, Voodoo, witchcraft, pirates, serial killers, and whatever else comes to mind. I'll sneak in some history, architecture, and such -- you won't even know it happened. There will be a bar break halfway through the tour, and a family friendly option too.
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  • 2 hours
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City Tours Bus Tours

City Tours

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We live the culture, eat the food, dance in the street, been though the storm, and now we can share our experience with you while we share the our city history with you.
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Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City TourDay Trips

Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Spend three hours getting an insider's look at this historic city. Rout the famous cemeteries, iconic plantation homes and Hurricane Katrina landmarks with you professional guide. Learn about Creole history and tradition as you explore the city during this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors, families and history lovers.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Private French Quarter Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private French Quarter Walking Tour

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Take in New Orleans’ distinctive architecture and history on a small-group, 2-hour walking tour of the French Quarter. Step back in time at Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, and learn about the Vieux Carré’s most celebrated (and notorious) characters. See Madame John’s Legacy, visit the Old Ursuline Convent then stop by the home of a famous socialite and suspected serial killer. Explore the neighborhood with a local guide, and get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink like a local in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage TourHorse Carriage Rides

New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour

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Get a taste of 18th-century New Orleans while exploring its most notorious haunts aboard a mule-drawn carriage. Join a small group of no more than eight people for an intimate evening tour through the French Quarter, where rollicking nightlife conceals a past filled with dark deeds, natural disasters, and supernatural sightings. Hear the city's most salacious history from a guide as you clip-clop your way past iron-laced balconies, darkened alleys, and southern mansions steeped in legend.
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Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride Private and Luxury

Cemetery and French Quarter Horse and Carriage Ride

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Opt for an alternative sightseeing experience of New Orleans during a horse and carriage tour of the French Quarter, undoubtedly the city’s most captivating enclave. While your guide provides entertaining narration, canter past landmarks such as Jackson Square, Napoleon House, and St. Louis Cathedral. Plus, stop at St. Louis Cemetery—home to the tomb of Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau—for a short walking tour.
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French Quarter Longboard ExcursionMountain Bike Tours

French Quarter Longboard Excursion

Coast through New Orleans' historic and charming French Quarter on this guided longboard excursion! This 90-minute tour begins with a brief lesson in longboard technique and safety before heading off on your own Riviera bamboo flex board, designed to cruise and bend for ease of riding. Enjoy quality sightseeing around town, visiting locations like the Riverwalk, Jackson Square, Crescent Park and Decatur for a window into the city’s industrial and cultural past.
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Crescent City History TourHistorical Tours

Crescent City History Tour

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Discover the highlights of New Orleans on this 2-hour walking tour of the vibrant French Quarter. A friendly guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, past charming hidden courtyards, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s confluence of cultures and rich traditions. See bustling scenes of local life, peek into the world of voodoo, and view architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Private New Orleans History TourHistorical Tours

Private New Orleans History Tour

Discover New Orleans kaleidoscopic history on a 2-hour private walking tour, exploring highlight landmarks like the bustling French Quarter, Jackson Square, Cabildo, the Ursuline Convent and more. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its eclectic history from New Orleans' French and Spanish roots to its Creole cultural traditions and contemporary culture. A great comprehensive tour for history buffs!
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Private New Orleans City TourHalf-day Tours

Private New Orleans City Tour

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New Orleans is known for it’s hot and rainy days so enjoy a city tour in one of our custom climate-controlled buses. With large windows & comfortable seating you’ll stay cool and dry while visiting historic neighborhoods where larger buses are restricted. Take a spectacular city tour through beautiful New Orleans in one of our climate controlled mini buses. Experience the history, culture and charm of neighborhoods like the French Quarter, Ninth Ward, Treme, City Park, Garden District, and American Sector. On a guided tour of our historic cemeteries you can learn about our unique local burial practices. Walk through one of our so-called Cities of the Dead (above ground cemeteries) and see tombs of rich granite and marble along with stunning sculptures.
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Private New Orleans French Quarter and Voodoo TourPrivate and Luxury

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 Ghost Adventure with Real Paranormal Equipment Historical Tours

New Orleans Ghost Adventure with Real Paranormal Equipment

This tour provides in depth look into the paranormal activity that takes place in Americas most haunted city. Visit the top haunted locations in New Orleans during this investigation. This tour includes the history behind the locations, ghost stories, the background on NOLA Vampires and learn about New Orleans Voodoo. A real EMF meter - ghost/paranormal detector will be used during this tour. Guests will be allowed to stop in bars along the tour route to grab a to go drink and then the tour group heads out to the next location. During this investigation investigators and guests will be visiting many locations covering the 78 blocks that the French Quarter is made of. Guests should keep in mind that the French Quarter is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States. No entry will be gained into any private locations. Narrations and investigation takes place on the sidewalks outside each location.
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Struttin' Down Royal Street Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMapPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Struttin' Down Royal Street Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

If you don't fancy joining a guided tour, downloading an app and following it through New Orleans is a great match for you. As you explore, the GPS locator will trigger insightful commentary through the app, which teaches you about the history, architecture, and culture of New Orleans. You can stop and start whenever you like and explore further on your own. Learn everything there is to know about the history of the French Quarter; topics include Mardi Gras, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Money Wrench Corner, Jackson Square, and others.
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New Orleans City and Swamp Helicopter Tour Private Sightseeing Tours

New Orleans City and Swamp Helicopter Tour

- Experience 30 miles of New Orleans city views. - Approximately 30 minutes of flight. - Brilliant aerial views of Jackson Square and Bourbon Street. - Intimate glimpses of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. - Chilling sights of the abandoned Six Flags theme park.
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  • 30 minutes
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The New Orleans Five in One Extravaganza TourHistorical Tours

The New Orleans Five in One Extravaganza Tour

Get the best of five different New Orleans walking tours all in one with this entertaining romp through the French Quarter. Hear the tales and see the places that make this the most unique and haunted city in America, from voodoo legends and paranormal sightings to haunted cemeteries and Hollywood lore. Learn about the city’s unique founding and the many layers of history that make the Big Easy like no other place on Earth.
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New Orleans Underworld History Pub TourCultural Tours

New Orleans Underworld History Pub Tour

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Hear all about it! True crime, corruption and vice are familiar bedfellows in New Orleans. Toast to the ghost and tag along on this intense underworld, historic and part paranormal tour! Adults Only get the inside scoop, original research, in depth history and real experiences with us! Author, Bloody Mary New Orleans is even bloodline connected to some of the stories we share & part of the scandals too- LOL! (The boss actually invented the Haunted pub tours) Share her ghost hunter tips as we weave in and out of Haunted bars & Historic sites along the way. Let's go back in time, telling histories to reveal the sordid past & present: Corruption, conspiracy, scandals, assassination, Mafia, murder & more. Hear the plots and plans of Patriots & Pirates, Politicians & Presidents, Prostitutes & regular people at the places they sealed their deals. Come Connect with all the Spirits of New Orleans in a Phantasmic Cocktail Walking Tour. History is 1st, ghosts 2nd & drinking is 3rd on the list!
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in New OrleansPhotography Tours

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in New Orleans

Beautifully capture your trip to New Orleans with the help of a professional during a private photoshoot. Forget about selfies and just enjoy the colorful historic scenery as your personal photographer snaps shots of you and your loved ones against the backdrops of the French Quarter or another location of your choice. Receive 15 edited digital images to print or share in less than a week.
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
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