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How to Spend 2 Days in New Orleans

How to Spend 2 Days in New Orleans

With two days in New Orleans, you’ll be enchanted by its top-notch restaurants, charming neighborhoods, historic streets, and intriguing ghost stories. For a taste of it all, spend a day exploring the city, then day trip to the surrounding Cajun Country. Here are a few ways to maximize two days in and around the Big Easy.

Day 1: Explore the City

**Morning:**Get to know the French Quarter, the historic heart of New Orleans. Explore the narrow streets, marveling at the Spanish architecture and soaking in the history at major sights such as Jackson Square, the French Market, and the riverfront. Be sure to try Café du Monde’s famous beignets and café au lait. A hop-on, hop-off tour is a great way to access the city without wasting any time.

**Afternoon:**Discover the leafy Garden District on a walking tour. Just upriver of the French Quarter, this area is home to stately mansions and lovely architecture. There’s history here, too, at places like Lafayette Cemetery #1, where the eerie above-ground tombs house some of the city’s most famous residents.

**Night:**Eager for ghost stories? This notoriously haunted city has them in spades. Nighttime ghost tours wend through the Garden District and the French Quarter, offering a peek into the city’s creepy past. You’ll learn plenty of history this way, too, as you tour haunted mansions, bars, and restaurants.

Day 2: Get to Know Cajun Country

**Morning:**Rise early and take a leisurely ride over the Mississippi River and into Cajun Country, a short drive from New Orleans. The vibrant Cajun culture comes alive here as you spend the day on a Cajun country tour learning about the region’s food, music, history, and natural environment.

**Afternoon:**Step aboard an airboat with a Cajun guide for a wildlife-spotting expedition in one of the area’s cypress swamps. Learn about native birds, healing plants, and the swamp’s most famous reptile, the massive alligator. You’ll hear plenty of colorful stories from your native tour guide along the way.

**Night:**End your day with a tour of a nearby plantation, one of the engines of the South’s pre–Civil War economy. Options include the Laura Plantation and Oak Alley, both of which stand as stately tributes to the antebellum age. Learn about this important piece of history as you tour the homes, view the slave quarters, and walk the verdant grounds.

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Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans

Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans

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Go beyond the French Quarter and discover the unique Cajun and Creole cultures of New Orleans during this full-day swamp and plantation tour. Venture deep into the bayous, with a small group limited to 8, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Houmas House and Laura plantations. Upgrade your ticket to include a high-speed airboat ride through the bayous.
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  • 9 hours
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$194.00
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New Orleans Airboat Ride

New Orleans Airboat Ride

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Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride. This boat tour winds through the mossy cypress swamp close to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, named for the 19th‐century pirate and smuggler. While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from a native guide as you admire lush, forested shoreline and spot local wildlife.
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  • 2 hours
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$55.00
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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Walking Tour

New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo & Vampire Walking Tour

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Exploring New Orleans in the evening can seem like an intimidating quest on your own, but this ghost, voodoo, and vampire walking tour takes you to the city’s most eerie sites at night in the safety of a group with a knowledgeable guide. Stop by top attractions such as the LaLaurie Mansion and New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, all while listening to your guide’s detailed stories of the paranormal and beyond.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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  • 2 hours
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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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Experience the civilized and the wild on a plantation tour and educational swamp boat ride from New Orleans. On this half-day journey, visit Destrehan Plantation to experience the early 19th Century South including a Slave Revolt Museum. Next, head into the marshy swampland for a boat ride and some wildlife spotting. Enjoy guided commentary as you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes and native birds.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some the French Quarter’s most famous restaurants for some of the area’s most delicious food. Enjoy tastings that could include seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, and beignets. You also learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets.
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  • 3 hours
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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

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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New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

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Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District. On this walking tour, marvel at the enormous antebellum mansions, learn about some of the district’s famous residents including Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock, and visit homes used in the films 'Interview with a Vampire' and 'Dracula 2000.' See the elaborate above-ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery, one of the city’s most significant ‘Cities of the Dead’.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans

Small-Group Tour of Laura and St. Joseph Plantations from New Orleans

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Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ rich and conflicted past on a small‐group plantation tour. Take a journey through Laura Plantation and St. Joseph Plantation, spying other historic plantations as you travel the Great River Road. View stunning architecture and enduring sugar cane fields while learning about the plantations’ fascinating—and somber—histories from expert guides.
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  • 6 hours
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Small-Group Airboat Swamp Adventure and Plantation Tour from New Orleans

Small-Group Airboat Swamp Adventure and Plantation Tour from New Orleans

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Take a wild ride through the bayous of Cajun Country on this airboat adventure from New Orleans. In a small group, wind through tree‐lined swampland and spot abundant local wildlife, including nutria, alligators, and giant catfish, and stop at Destrehan Plantation to get a taste of the elegant antebellum south.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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