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French Quarter

French Quarter

Free admission
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Basics

The French Quarter—also called the Vieux Carré, or “old square”—is centered on Jackson Square, which is overlooked by St. Louis Cathedral. The busy area is best navigated on foot, and while you can of course wander around on your own, guided walking tours are the best way to experience the quarter.

Learn about New Orleans' culinary and cocktail history on a food tour; take a haunted tour in the evening; or combine a visit to the French Quarter with a visit to another part of the city (such as the Garden District) or a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez.

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French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
$26.67 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Best tour and guide ever.
Eliot was smart, informed and entertaining. Every tour guide should be so good. Rejecting my review for two few words us a major negative.
Harley_B, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New Orleans

star-5
Great overview of the French Quarter
Lori_F, Oct 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Peak was very knowledgeable about the history of the French Quarter and knew a lot of details. I walked away with a much better understanding of the history of the area.
star-5
Best Tour in New Orleans
Keith_M, Oct 2021
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option
Susan had exceptional knowledge and access to a wide variety of food venues throughout the French Quarter. She knew history, helped folks with dinner reservations and provided numerous recommendations for our epicurean delight.
star-5
French Quarter Horse Carriage tour
Daniel_S, Oct 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
Mike or driver had a lot of interesting history about NOLA. Beautiful French Quarter tour is a must!
star-5
Great tour!
Sharon_P, Oct 2021
New Orleans Small-Group French Quarter Food Tour
Thanks to Lauren for a fun, informative and delicious tour! We made several stops in the French Quarter to try gumbo (you MUST add a lump of potato salad to it…delish!) beignets bananas foster, jambalaya, mufalletas. Everything was excellent and Lauren brings her knowledge of NOLA food and history in a charming and entertaining way!
star-5
Fabulous!
Kelli_N, Aug 2021
French Quarter Historic Segway Tour
We loved this excursion! Our guide, Jon, was great and so knowledgeable about the history of the city. The segways were so fun! My 18 and 21 year old kids loved it! Very glad we did this! You see so much of the french quarter! Definitely recommend!!
star-5
Two thumbs up for Mark and Cole
Lee_C, Oct 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
The most memorable parts of the experience were learning about life in the French Quarter and the history behind the 4 legged tour guides. Mark, the human tour guide, is witty and super knowledgeable. Cole, our 4 legged friend, kept us on the street and out of the ditches. Great tour. Highly recommend!
star-5
History lesson painlessly
D_L, Oct 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour
The history of New Orleans was facinating. It was a leisurely walk in the French Quarter .the guide was excellent and knowledgeable.
star-5
Great tour!
William_L, Jul 2021
French Quarter Historical Sights and Stories Walking Tour
Elliot did a great job of telling us the most interesting parts of the french quarter! He was friendly and easy to talk with.
star-5
Great Carriage Ride
Maureen_C, Oct 2021
French Quarter & Marigny Neighborhood Carriage Ride
The carriage ride was our first tour of the French Quarter. Our guide, Mark, was very friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. We learned a great deal on the tour which helped us navigate through the Quarter much better. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great!
Jesse_L, Jun 2021
French Quarter Drunken Ghost and Vampire Tour
Coty was really good and knowledgeable. Highly recommended checking this out and learning more about the history of the French quarter.
star-4
A little bit of history
Stephanie_M, Apr 2021
New Orleans French Quarter Architecture Walking Tour
Cheryl was great and very knowledgeable. I definitely recommend taking the tour at the beginning of your vacation so you notice the various details of each building while visiting the French Quarter.
star-5
Great way to see the city and avoid the heat!
Teri_D, Jul 2021
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter & Cemetery
Our tour guide was great. He was very knowledgeable, funny, and accommodating. Pickup was on time . Bus was clean. Great experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The French Quarter is very pedestrian-friendly, so wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • New Orleans loves parades, which occur on many holidays throughout the year and often march through the French Quarter.

  • Hard-partying Bourbon Street is infamous, but it's not indicative of the whole French Quarter—and it's easy to avoid if it's not your scene.

  • Much of the French Quarter is wheelchair accessible, although some historic buildings and attractions may not be. Just watch out for cracked or narrow sidewalks.

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How to Get There

The French Quarter runs from the Mississippi River northwest to Rampart Street, and from Canal Street northeast to Esplanade Avenue. It's incredibly compact and parking can be extremely difficult, so it's best to walk there if you can. Streetcars run along the riverfront, Canal Street, and Rampart Street. Most city tours pass through the French Quarter as well.

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Trip ideas

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When to Get There

New Orleans is exceptionally busy during major festivals such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz & Heritage Festival (usually in February and April, respectively). Like much of southern Louisiana, the weather is typically hot and humid throughout the summer months. The winter months are cool and comfortable, though there may be periodic downpours; hurricane season runs roughly from June to November.

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History Runs Deep in the French Quarter

It's easy to think New Orleans is just a party town, but it has a rich history as well. The Pontalba Buildings are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States, while the French Market is the country’s oldest public market; the quirky Pharmacy Museum is a treasure trove of medicinal history; and Tennessee Williams used a French Quarter house as the setting for A Streetcar Named Desire. Meanwhile, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop is one of the oldest buildings in the city—and likely the oldest bar in the US.

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