Anytime is a good time to visit New Orleans. December and January are more chill, and it’s much easier to secure tours and hotels, but February and March bring the excitement of Mardi Gras and other celebrations. October, when Halloween events are in full swing (check out our list of cool spooky events), is also a lively time to go, and the weather is much nicer than in the summer. Regardless of when you choose to explore this enriching, whimsical, quirky city, these tours are always a good way to experience it all.
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Small-Group Swamp Tour by Airboat with Downtown New Orleans Pickup
Nothing quite says New Orleans like zooming through surrounding swamplands on a small, six-person airboat. Alligators may pop their heads above the waterline, and the surrounding foliage is the perfect backdrop to the adventure-filled excursion. At times you’ll be puttering slowly to observe the ecosystem closely, then suddenly the boat will be torpedoing over the water. Transportation to and from your hotel is included in this highly rated activity.
Whitney Plantation Tour
Sad but important reminders of Louisiana slavery can be found at the Whitney Plantation, a now historic landmark and museum. An official guided tour takes guests from Toulouse Street to the 18th century Cajun abode. Guests will be guided through the Maine house, and somber slave cabins, while the host will detail what life was like for those who lived at the estate.
New Orleans Food and History Tour
Food is a significant part of history, especially in Louisiana where the culinary scene has been cultivating since before the Civil War. Restaurant dishes can date back centuries, and on this tour, you’ll get to discuss recipes with chefs, of some of the iconic things you’ll taste. The walking tour whisks guests to markets and other snacking points, to savor the creole flavors of the city.
New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter, Graveyard
For a sweeping tour of New Orleans, this luxury three-hour bus tour is a great option, especially if limited on time. From the extreme comfort of your cushy seat, you’ll see the Garden District and French Quarter, while reflecting upon more recent, historical sites such as Katrina impacted areas. While you’ll be stopping at some emotionally triggering places, the excursion is highly informative.
New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter
Food is a key part of the culture in zesty New Orleans, so you can’t go on too many tasty tours. This particular one focuses on renowned restaurants that are even recognized globally at times, so if you are looking for the fast track manual to the best beignets, brisket or gumbo, this is where to start.
Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans
Jazz music, shrimp and grits and views of the Mississippi from an old paddle steamboat—talk about an authentic experience. Families will particularly find this one to be fantastic for kids, teens and adults, as the scenic trek is both relaxing and culturing. Listen to the tunes of talented musicians while gazing toward the banks and enjoying a flavorful brunch.
New Orleans Small-Group Haunted History Carriage Tour
Looking to explore New Orlean’s more spooky side? What could be more awesome than doing it in a fringe topped carriage, drawn by horses? You’ll hit major iconic sites of the French Quarter, included one of the country’s most haunted neighborhoods. The guide will have your spine tingling from unsettling tales, by the time the ride comes to an end.
Night Cemetery & Ghost BYOB Bus Tour in New Orleans
Speaking of spooky, guests who opt to go along on this trek will find themselves beyond the French Quarter, mingling within cemeteries, accessible during this night tour. Guests are allowed to respectfully immerse in old and new resting places that have been rumored to house unsettled spirits. Eek.
Small-Group New Orleans Bike Tour
A bike ride is a nice change of pace for those not so into the super scary side of things. Tours take place in the morning or afternoon and are classified as “half-day” adventures. Helmets and bikes are a part of the fee, as well as a knowledgeable guide that will lead you through both well known, and more off the beaten path areas.
New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter
Just like food, New Orleans has a rather enriching scene centered around spirits and cocktails. Delve into the interesting history of its staple cocktails and try them at bars you’d find locals throwing a few back. You’ll be transported to four “haunts” that have been serving up age-old classics like the, at one time controversial, absinthe.
New Orleans Cooking Class
Visitors can take home the taste of New Orleans by picking up some skills in a cooking class. A master chef will demonstrate different classic cooking methods for beloved dishes like gumbo or pralines, and you’ll, of course, get lots of tastes and samples with traditional sweet tea or craft beer. What’s even cooler, classes take place within a converted 19th-century molasses warehouse.
New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Even if you can’t make it to the annual Mardi Gras celebration, you can still experience the culture and highlights of the event by going behind the scenes at the museum. Not only can guests marvel over floats up close, but they also get to dress up in fun costumes and indulge in the traditional and delicious king cake. This is the next best thing to actually braving the crowds and coming to the city during the festivities.