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Mississippi River Tours

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Mississippi River
A central character in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the mighty Mississippi River has long captured the American imagination. Originating in Minnesota and sweeping across 95 river miles (153 kilometers) south to New Orleans where it spits out into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi is the largest river system in North America and has gained an almost mythical place in American history.

The Basics
The river divides New Orleans in two, and experiencing it is a fundamental part of any trip to the Big Easy. One of the most iconic Mississippi River experiences is a river cruise aboard a paddlewheel riverboat to the tunes of live jazz music in New Orleans, with options for brunch and dinner experiences. Swamp and bayou tours of the Mississippi River Delta show off the region’s wildlife (alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget your camera; the Mississippi River affords stellar views of the city’s skyline.
  • Some of New Orleans’ riverboats are wheelchair accessible on certain decks.

How to Get There
The Mississippi riverfront is an easy walk from anywhere in the historic French Quarter. The Riverfront streetcar follows the banks of the river, stopping at Canal Street, Toulouse, Dumaine, Ursulines, and French Market stations.

When to Get There
The best time to enjoy the Mississippi River in New Orleans is from February to May, when the weather is comfortable, and there’s plenty going on in the nearby streets and neighborhoods. Expect temperatures between 86°F (30°C) and 94°F (34°C) in summer.

Points of Interest on the Riverfront
Many of the most popular attractions in New Orleans are situated on or near the Mississippi Riverfront, including the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Mardi Gras World, Harrah’s New Orleans casino, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and Crescent Park.
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Steamboat Natchez Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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Journey back in time to when cotton was king and New Orleans was a budding port town that dazzled visitors with its colorful Creole culture. Board the historic Steamboat Natchez for a morning or afternoon float down the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, enjoy live music and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion offers an optional buffet lunch (additional expense).
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner CruiseHalf-day Tours

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

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Experience the dazzle of New Orleans at night with a romantic dinner cruise aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez. Journey through time on this paddle-wheel boat ride along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, cozy up with family and friends and delight in the sparkle of the urban shoreline at dusk. This excursion includes a Creole‐inspired dinner and live jazz music.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New OrleansNature and Wildlife

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

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Discover the mystique of the swamps and bayous on a sightseeing boat tour from New Orleans. Travel deep into the secluded bayous across the Mississippi River to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife. Your guide will provide commentary on Cajun culture and the myth‐laden swamps while you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New OrleansDay Cruises

Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

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Partake in a classic New Orleans tradition with a lovely jazz brunch aboard the famous Steamboat Natchez! Journey through time on this cruise along the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion includes a delectable brunch loaded with famous Louisiana dishes and live music from a local jazz trio.
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! Enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. Then board the famous Steamboat Natchez for your iconic New Orleans river cruise.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room TourDay Cruises

VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

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Step up the luxury of your Steamboat Natchez excursion on this Viator VIP dinner cruise. Your experience begins with a complimentary Champagne cocktail while you take a guided tour of the boat’s authentic fixtures and spaces such as the engine room. In the dining room, you’ll have a reserved table where you can relax, indulge in a sumptuous buffet and enjoy a live jazz performance. If you want to go all out, upgrade to a full‐bar option.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Whitney Plantation TourDay Trips

Whitney Plantation Tour

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Travel back in time to the era of the antebellum South on a guided afternoon tour from New Orleans to the Whitney Plantation, a former indigo and sugar plantation on the River Road now dedicated to promoting an understanding of slavery in Louisiana. Learn about the realities of plantation life through museum exhibits and recorded narratives as you tour the 18th-century Spanish Creole main house and historical slave cabins with a guide.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking TourCultural Tours

French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour

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Delve into the stories behind the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans during a French Quarter walking tour. Take in famous landmarks including Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and the Mississippi River, along with lesser-known places of interest. Hear from your guide about the architecture and heritage of the district, and get the inside scoop on recommended places for shopping and dining as well.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans VIP Sightseeing Flight Including Champagne and Chocolates or Wine and CheeseWine Tastings

New Orleans VIP Sightseeing Flight Including Champagne and Chocolates or Wine and Cheese

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Add magic and romance to your New Orleans vacation with an unforgettable VIP sightseeing flight! Choose between champagne and chocolate or wine and cheese as you glide by small plane over urban New Orleans and the surrounded wetlands. On the 45-minute flight, hear colorful tales of the city from your experienced pilot and enjoy aerial views the French Quarter, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the winding bayous and more. Sightseeing requests are welcome!
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  • 45 minutes
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  • 45 minutes
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour

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Explore New Orleans' history, culture and architecture with a 2-hour walking tour through the French Quarter’s atmospheric streets. Stroll alongside a local guide as you hear about the multicultural heritage of the Vieux Carre, and spot the distinctive architectural styles that tell the city’s stories. Learn about the slaves that found community in Congo Square. Finish your walk with tips on how to eat, drink and live it up like a local — or yat — in New Orleans.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History TourCultural Tours

New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on this 2.5‐hour historical walking tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
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New Orleans City Tour with Swamp Tour OptionsDay Trips

New Orleans City Tour with Swamp Tour Options

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Travel through the bayou on this three-hour New Orleans city tour with optional swap adventure. Journey with your professional guide in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus as you learn about the history, culture and highlights of southern Creoles. You'll see major city highlights, plus areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and have the opportunity to add an optional swamp tour to this already comprehensive trip.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License RequiredFull-day Tours

Fly a Plane in New Orleans: No Experience or License Required

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Get your flying chops in beautiful New Orleans with a personal 50-minute flying lesson! No prior experience is needed for this excursion, which includes a 20-minute on-ground lesson and 30 minutes of flying time in the company of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified instructor. You’ll help guide the small plane through take-off and landing, and — once airborne — maneuver over New Orleans’ famous sights such as the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and the sleepy Louisiana bayous.
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New Orleans French Quarter Kids and Family TourCultural Tours

New Orleans French Quarter Kids and Family Tour

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Get your kids marching to the tune of New Orleans on a family-friendly romp through the French Quarter. Explore the city’s history with pictures and stories, from pirates and voodoo to jazz and Cajun culture, and treat young tastes buds to some local snacks. An entertaining guide tailors games and activities to kids’ ages on this small-group tour that has the whole family wearing Mardi Gras beads and stomping in a second-line parade, just like locals.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise & City Tour BundleDay Cruises

New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise & City Tour Bundle

Enjoy a fully narrated city tour of historic New Orleans, where you will visit the world famous French Quarter, Jackson Square, Audubon Park and even uncover the mysteries surrounding Voodoo. Then take to the waters on the Natchez Riverboat for a 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi River. Come and discover New Orleans today!
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Helicopter City Tour Private and Luxury

New Orleans Helicopter City Tour

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Get amazing aerial views of New Orleans on this 15-mile helicopter tour. While listening to guided commentary from your pilot through your headset, you and just a two other passengers will fly over Jackson Square, the French Quarter, City Park, and Lake Pontchartrain, among other landmarks.
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  • Free Cancellation
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 20+ Attractions and ToursSightseeing Passes

The New Orleans Sightseeing Flex Pass: Save Big on 20+ Attractions and Tours

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Experience the best of the Big Easy at a great value with the New Orleans Sightseeing Pass. With immediate activation, the pass gives you access to your choice of three or five of the city’s top attractions and tours, from Mardi Gras World and paddlewheel cruises to plantation, cemetery, and swamp tours. It’s valid for 30 days, so keep your pass handy and customize your visit on the go with a guidebook listing opening hours, directions, and other helpful info.
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  • 30 days
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  • 30 days
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The New Orleans Sightseeing Day Pass: 20+ Attractions & Tours in The Big EasySightseeing Passes

The New Orleans Sightseeing Day Pass: 20+ Attractions & Tours in The Big Easy

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Experience the best of New Orleans on your own schedule and at a discount of up to 50% with the New Orleans Sightseeing Pass. Save big at top attractions like the Audubon Zoo, Mardi Gras World, the WWII History Museum, Houmas House Plantation, and the Cabildo, and get around town hassle free with an included hop-on hop-off bus pass. Choose the pass that fits your plans, with 1- to 5-day options available.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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  • 1 to 5 days
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New Orleans Sightseeing FlightPrivate Sightseeing Tours

New Orleans Sightseeing Flight

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See New Orleans in a whole new way on an exhilarating sightseeing flight! Choose a 30-, 45- or 60-minute flight time, and delight in lovely aerial views as you glide by small plane over urban New Orleans and the surrounded wetlands. You’ll hear colorful tales of the city from your experienced pilot and glimpse famous sights including the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and sleepy Louisiana bayous.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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New Orleans Night Sightseeing FlightPrivate Sightseeing Tours

New Orleans Night Sightseeing Flight

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Delight in sweeping views of New Orleans at twilight on an evening sightseeing tour! Choose a 30-, 45- or 60-minute flight time, and glide by small plane over dazzling urban New Orleans and the surrounding wetlands. You’ll hear colorful tales of the city from your experienced pilot and glimpse famous sights by night including the French Quarter, the Mississippi River and the sleepy Louisiana bayous. Sightseeing requests are welcome!
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour
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Private Helicopter Sightseeing Flight in New OrleansPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Helicopter Sightseeing Flight in New Orleans

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Helicopter Tours. Yeah, we got dat! Take your date, friends, or family sky dancing above the crescent city and sparkling lights of the Big Easy! Leave the traffic and tourists below and go vertical for an unforgettable 12, 20, 30, or 40 minutes sightseeing helicopter tour over New Orleans! While aboard the helicopter, listen to city tales from the pilot and look out over famous New Orleans neighborhoods such as the French Quarter. The itinerary can be tailored to the sights that the group wants to see, but typically flights include views of the impressive Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Port of New Orleans and Mississippi River.
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  • 12 to 40 minutes
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  • 12 to 40 minutes
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New Orleans Night Helicopter Sightseeing FlightPrivate Sightseeing Tours

New Orleans Night Helicopter Sightseeing Flight

New Orleans at sunset and lit up at night is a sight to behold. Take to the skies or a helicopter tour over the Big Easy and see how the city sparkles! Leave the traffic and tourists below and go vertical for an unforgettable 15, 20, 30, or 40 mile sightseeing helicopter tour over New Orleans! While aboard the helicopter, listen to city tales from the pilot and look out over famous New Orleans neighborhoods such as the French Quarter. The itinerary can be tailored to the sights that the group wants to see, but typically flights include views of the impressive Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Port of New Orleans and Mississippi River.
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  • 12 to 40 minutes
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A Locals' French Quarter Tour Mountain Bike Tours

A Locals' French Quarter Tour

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We will be touring all around the Historic French Quarter and 2 historic surrounding neighborhoods of the Marigny and Treme. We will talk about the rich cultures, people and traditions of these neighborhoods that date back to the 1700's. From our beginnings as a Native American trading post to a raughty French penal colony to the rich African culture of music and Mardi Gras revelry, we will cover it all! 300 years of Creole history from a 6th generation New Orleanian! We start at the Mississippi river and take our time strolling through the French Quarter and chronologically move from the Quarter to the Treme and Marigny. Stops such as Jackson square, Congo square, St. Augustine Church and Frenchmen street and on to the French Market. Mid tour we will grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant and continue on to the most historically significant stops in the French quarter and surrounding neighborhoods.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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