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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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Dark History TourHistorical Tours

Dark History Tour

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The Only tour in the city to focus on the Dark History of New Orleans, the things that made us what we are, but which the city council would just as soon not have you know! Led by pre-Katrina tour guides, and the only company in the city who features people who were licensed pre-Katrina and residents for decades.
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Shared French Quarter Bike Tour in New OrleansMountain Bike Tours

Shared French Quarter Bike Tour in New Orleans

This owner-operated company provides a truly local's perspective. When you ride with Paradise Park you are riding with one of the owners ensuring that your experience is of the highest quality. See the city through a locals eyes. See the city through the eyes of someone who truly loves loves what they do, who truly loves the City of New Orleans, and who truly wants you to love it too.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Shared Garden District and French Quarter Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

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Shared Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

This owner-operated company provides a truly local's perspective. When you ride with Paradise Park you are riding with one of the owners ensuring that your experience is of the highest quality. See the city through a locals eyes. See the city through the eyes of someone who truly loves what they do, who truly loves the City of New Orleans, and who truly wants you to love it too.
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Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of Bourbon StreetCultural Tours

Small-Group Guided Walking Tour of Bourbon Street

Learn about the rich & diverse history of the world's most famous or "infamous" street. Explore Bourbon street in the morning hours to avoid crowds and distractions.You’ll start at the top near Canal st and end at America’s oldest bar, that has been serving drinks since 1732. Halfway through we’ll stop for Louisiana’s official state doughnut and Big Easy style coffee with chicory, a local favorite. Listen to stories & tales about the city's most famous cocktails and which libation was even a favorite of founding father, Benjamin Franklin. You'll learn about the origins of Bourbon st starting in the 18th century with the royal family of France. As you make your way down the street you’ll hear how the street changed with the influx of sailors in the 40s and the local fame of its burlesque dancers in the 50s and 60s and their involvement with notorious politicians & mobsters of the time. Your local guide will share personal stories & secrets from growing up in the Big Easy.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Private Guided Walking Tour of Bourbon StreetPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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Private Guided Walking Tour of Bourbon Street

Learn about the rich & diverse history of the world's most famous or "infamous" street. Explore Bourbon street in the morning hours to avoid crowds and distractions.You’ll start at the top near Canal st and end at America’s oldest bar, that has been serving drinks since 1732. Halfway through we’ll stop for Louisiana’s official state doughnut and Big Easy style coffee with chicory, a local favorite. Listen to stories & tales about the city's most famous cocktails and which libation was even a favorite of founding father, Benjamin Franklin. You'll learn about the origins of Bourbon st starting in the 18th century with the royal family of France. As you make your way down the street you’ll hear how the street changed with the influx of sailors in the 40s and the local fame of its burlesque dancers in the 50s and 60s and their involvement with notorious politicians & mobsters of the time. Your local guide will share personal stories & secrets from growing up in the Big Easy.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New Orleans Holiday Bus Tour: Jingling Through the CrescentChristmas

New Orleans Holiday Bus Tour: Jingling Through the Crescent

Spend Christmas Day on a 2.5-hour tour of New Orleans and marvel at the holiday splendor of the ‘Crescent City.’ Board a narrated coach for a ride through the French Quarter and discover the history of Jackson Square. Motor down Esplanade Avenue to see live oaks strewn with decorations in New Orleans City Park. You’ll travel past Audubon Park on the Carrollton and St Charles Avenue streetcar line, view the Garden District and stroll around the glittering lobby of the elegant Roosevelt Hotel.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans 4 in 1 City Experience: Social Distancing Series Half-day Tours

New Orleans 4 in 1 City Experience: Social Distancing Series

The first of our "Social Distancing Series", our 4 in 1 City Experience - is a fun and interactive private small group tour - maximum of 15 guests - with stops along the way. In order to maintain proper social distancing, this tour will take place on a 30 passenger mini bus and will be filled to 50% capacity to ensure the safety of our passengers, drivers and staff. What does 4 in 1 mean - this means you get 4 of our regular tours bundled into one private experience. A city tour, a cemetery tour, a garden district tour and french quarter walking tour all in one with a special stop at the end for beignets (price not included) We will "pick you up"...whether you are staying at a local hotel or vacation rental, as long as our equipment is within city code to enter your area, we will be there for you. If we are unable to reach your location to pick you up, our customer service representative will suggest a meeting point nearest to your location. Thank you for looking at our new product!
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  • 4 hours
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Haunted New Orleans All-Ages Walking TourHistorical Tours

Haunted New Orleans All-Ages Walking Tour

Our Dark History New Orleans ghost tour is 90 minutes of story after story about New Orleans, her haunted buildings, haunted cemeteries, haunted parks, and haunted spirits that just won’t leave her alone. You will be led through the French Quarter by one our famous costumed tour guides, along a walking route that covers ~1 mile and visits as many haunted sites in New Orleans that we could cram into 90 minutes. We have the best-trained guides in the industry that will give you an experience to remember!
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans French Quarter, Voodoo and Cemetery TourHistorical Tours

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 Ghostly Galavants Tour: Shadows and Blue OrbsHistorical Tours

New Orleans Ghostly Galavants Tour: Shadows and Blue Orbs

Creep and crawl down to the French Quarter if you dare for this history and hauntings tour. A historic excursion peppered with folklore and scary stories of days past, this is your opportunity to see one of America's most historic and infamous neighborhoods in a new light. Explore NOLA's narrow streets, admire the incredible architecture, and stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cathedral in search of answers.
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Big Easy Food Tours: New Orleans w/ Private Tour OptionHalf-day Tours

Big Easy Food Tours: New Orleans w/ Private Tour Option

New Orleans is all about food! Name any top chef and chances are they're from here, trained here or own a restaurant here. The chefs, along with traditional food ways here, influence food trends on a global scale. Our tour is a window into the heart of the French Quarter dining scene. You will sample dishes from the Grand Dames of the restaurant world, while getting the backstory from local experts. Learn how these icons have flourished for so long. Truth be told, we could offer a half dozen different food tours in the French Quarter and still never cover all the unique, exciting, joyful food experiences here. You get dining experiences here that you simply won't get anywhere else. Our tour is designed to provide a proper, stimulating, edifying and delicious survey of a food Mecca.
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Private Walking Tour of New Orleans with licensed tour guidePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Walking Tour of New Orleans with licensed tour guide

When one thinks of New Orleans, one of the first things that pops into our head is Mardi-Gras and Jazz. But this is not only what New Orleans has to offer. This Private New Orleans Walking Tour has the secrets to what the city truly is! Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the city holds. The city of New Orleans dazzles all the travellers that come across it. It has amazing architecture and of course one of the locations that stands out the most is the French Quarter. In the French Quarter you will find Caribbean, French, Spanish and of course American influences. Discover and explore the city with a local expert at your entire disposition during 2 or 3 hours!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private 3-hour City Tour of New Orleans with driver and guide - Hotel pick upHalf-day Tours

Private 3-hour City Tour of New Orleans with driver and guide - Hotel pick up

When one thinks of New Orleans, one of the first things that pops into our head is Mardi-Gras and Jazz. But this is not only what New Orleans has to offer. This Private city tour of New Orleans has the secrets to what the city truly is! Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the city holds. The city of New Orleans dazzles all the travellers that come across it. It has amazing architecture and of course one of the locations that stands out the most is the French Quarter. In the French Quarter you will find Caribbean, French, Spanish and of course American influences. You will also visit the garden district. Discover and explore the city with a local expert at your entire disposition during 4 hours!
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French Quarter Ghost and Vampire TourHistorical Tours

French Quarter Ghost and Vampire Tour

With a rep as the most haunted city in the United States, New Orleans' long and lurid history no doubt contributes to its paranormal activity. An extraordinary walking tour of the Big Easy, this small-group excursion might very well witness abnormal apparitions, feel cold spots or even capture unidentified figures on camera. You'll seize the opportunity to use specialist ghost-hunting equipment, too.
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New Orleans Supernatural TourHistorical Tours

New Orleans Supernatural Tour

According to subscribers of such theory, New Orleans is a hotbed of paranormal activity. This 2-hour ghost tour is your opportunity to visit locations associated with all-things-supernatural: ghosts and vampires, unsolved mysteries and other unusual activity. A fun experience for adults and children alike, the tour offers the chance to use high-tec ghost-hunting equipment to detect representatives of other worlds.
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