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Don't Miss These Must-Do Activities in New Orleans

Don't Miss These Must-Do Activities in New Orleans

Famous for its over-the-top Mardi Gras celebrations, jazz clubs, and decadent cuisine, New Orleans knows how to let the good times roll. But there’s more to this Louisiana port town than an epic party. History buffs can explore the city’s multicultural heritage, from French Quarter convents and war memorials to Garden District mansions. For foodies, Creole cooking classes and food tours offer local flavor, while those with a taste for the macabre might uncover legends of voodoo, vampires, and ghosts on a stroll through the city’s famed cemeteries and other top haunts. Repeat visitors or those looking to venture beyond city limits can chug down the Mississippi on a vintage steamboat or get a glimpse of life in antebellum Louisiana at historic plantations. Whatever your interests, here are our top picks for essential Big Easy experiences. 

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Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option
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Steamboat Natchez Evening Jazz Cruise with Dinner Option

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The Steamboat Natchez is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic experience of New Orleans at night on this romantic riverboat cruise! Journey through time on a 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 (if option selected) and live jazz music.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch from New Orleans
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Small-Group Airboat and Plantations Tour with Gourmet Lunch 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 12, to see Cajun living and spot wildlife like alligators and pelicans on your high-speed airboat ride. Then, admire the beautiful architecture and learn about the history of Houmas House and Laura Plantation. Gourmet, unlimited buffet lunch at Houmas House is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$230.00
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.00
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Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans
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Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley 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 full-day journey, visit Oak Alley Plantation where you'll learn about antebellum life and stroll down its iconic tree-lined esplanade. 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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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.00
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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter with Small-Group Option

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Get more from the city by exploring New Orleans’ food culture with a guide. Stop by some of 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. Learn fun facts from your guide as you walk along the city streets, and if you choose, upgrade to a small-group tour with no more than 12 guests.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

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Peek behind the curtain at the marvel of Mardi Gras with this tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. See the behind-the-scenes work and incredible artistry that goes into preparing for the annual celebration. With a guide, learn the history of the event, and see fantastic floats and props. Get a picture in front of your favorite float, dress up in costumes, and sample some classic King Cake.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour

New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ dark side on this haunted history ghost tour. Hear tales of famous hauntings from your local guide, and visit the French Quarter’s most infamous and eerie locations—hotspots for paranormal investigators and historical videographers. By the end, see the Vieux Carré in a different (and profoundly more ominous) light.
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  • 2 hours
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New Orleans Cooking Class

New Orleans Cooking Class

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Get the full Louisiana dining experience during a fun and educational New Orleans cooking demonstration class. Take a seat amongst other foodies in a converted 19th century molasses warehouse and get ready to learn and eat! Meet a lively local chef and learn the fundamentals of preparing classic Creole dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya, and pralines. Then dig into delicious samples complemented by local beer or a sweet ice tea.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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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New Orleans Drunk History Tour

New Orleans Drunk History Tour

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Explore the French Quarter of New Orleans with an informative guide who shares stories about the history and supernatural side of this historic neighborhood. Visit important locations such as St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square and sites key to the Louisiana Purchase. Learn about ‘Voodoo Queen’ Marie Laveau, see where voodoo ceremonies were once held and visit a haunted house. Your guide allows time for you to purchase drinks at bars along the way, and you can also use authentic paranormal equipment. This entertaining tour provides a fascinating take on The Big Easy.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise
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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 riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! The Steamboat NATCHEZ is taking some time off, but her sister vessel will be taking her place. You’ll get the same authentic riverboat experience of a leisurely, two-hour cruise on the mighty Mississippi, enjoying traditional live jazz, craft cocktails and all the beautiful New Orleans sites. On your city tour, 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.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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