Ghost - Haunted - Cemetery Tour, New Orleans

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  • Scene of pure evil, leading to hauntings
    Scene of pure evil, leading to hauntings
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  • Any vampires in the windows?
    Any vampires in the windows?
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    Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
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    Cemetery Tours

    by TravellerMel Written Jun 5, 2013

    I definitely recommend taking a guided tour of the New Orleans cemeteries - they are very interesting and distinctive of New Orleans. Although it is possible to buy a guide book and go by yourself (there is no "admission fee" to the cemeteries), several of the ones you will want to visit (St. Louis #1 and Lafayette #1, for example) are located in sketchy neighborhoods on the outskirts of the French Quarter, and can be dangerous at dusk. I recommend booking a guided tour for several reasons - they are not terribly expensive (around $20, often discounted); there is safety in numbers; and mostly - a professional tour guide will be able to give you the history of the city, cemetery, and the notables within the cemetery. It just makes it more enjoyable, in my never-to-be-humble opinion. :-)

    I have taken cemetery tours with several companies in New Orleans - the tours themselves are very similar, but a good guide can make all the difference!

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    Ghost Tour

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 7, 2012
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    As part of our conference, the scheduled activity was a 'ghost tour' through the French Quarter. The tour consisted of hiking through a couple of places throughout the Quarter, then our guide would tell a story of what happened in a particular house/locale, and then a relate a few stories of people of have seen a ghost since that time happened. Whether or not any of the stories are legit is probably beside the point - it really comes down to whether or not your guide is engaging (as ours was.) Midway through the tour, there's a stop at Lafitte's Blacksmith shop, where you can indulge in a voodoo daiquiri. The atmosphere here in the evening - with the flickering candles for light, is pretty cool.

    As I said, some of the stories are pretty good, and the two hours passed by quickly. Not an awful way to spend an evening.

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    Bloody Mary's Haunted Pub Crawl - French Quarter

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 22, 2011
    Ghosts? At Bourbon Orleans Hotel.
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    Bloody Mary's Haunted Pub Crawl is a great tour of the historical and often seedy side of the French Quarter. We met our guide at Lafitte's Blacksmith shop, where he introduced himself and the tour, and even spit a bit of whiskey into the bushes to feed the spirits. After a few photos in Lafitte's, we wandered down to the high-end Bourbon Orleans Hotel, where we peeked into the upstairs ball room looking for ghosts. Next we wandered around St. Louis Cathedral to see the courtyard behind the church, Faulkner's house, Pirates alley, and Jackson Square. We next stopped at the Alpine bar for a quick drink, before stopping by the New Orleans Pharmacy museum, then a stroll through some of the old areas of prostitution, before ending at May Bailey's Place, the first license brothel in New Orleans. As the tour ended, we camped out at May Bailey's and shared a few beers with our guide.

    The tour costs $25 per person and takes 2.5 to 3 hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the city and its history.

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    French Quarter Phantoms

    by Jefie Updated Jul 22, 2011

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    A creepy shadow on the cathedral!
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    In a city where cemeteries count as some of the most popular attractions, it only makes sense that ghost tours would be popular too! There are several companies offering guided haunted walks through the French Quarter and after reading some reviews, we decided to go with the French Quarter Phantoms. It's the only ghost tour we went on so I can't compare it with the others, but we had a fantastic time on the tour! Our guide was one of the most entertaining I've ever had - she really knew how to tell a story and she made us laugh all night long! The stories were well researched and included a lot of historical information about New Orleans, which is exactly what I like in a ghost tour. Among other things, we heard about the history and ghosts of the Cornstalk Hotel and Andrew Jackson Hotel, and made the obligatory stop in front of the LaLaurie Mansion, which is often described as the city's most haunted location. And to make things even spookier, I and another lady on the tour might have seen a ghost walk by as we were getting ready to cross the street. It was one of the weirdest sensations ever!

    The French Quarter Phantoms ghost tour runs every evening at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Tours start at Flanagan's Pub and tickets cost $20, and you get a 2 for 1 special on Hurricanes at the pub. As our guide said, the more people drink, the funnier she gets!

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    Ghostly Walk

    by Rixie Updated Jun 30, 2010

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    The AJ Hotel - not so scary in daylight

    If getting drunk on Bourbon Street isn’t your idea of a fun evening, take a New Orleans ghost tour with French Quarter Phantoms. It’s an interesting and educational way to see the French Quarter. I wasn’t enthusiastic when my family wanted to take a ghost tour, because I have an overactive imagination and can manage to freak myself out quite nicely without any help. But our tour guide, Jessica, was perfect. Her goal was not to scare us but to inform us. She was more like a historical lecturer and had a laidback sense of humor that I enjoyed -- the kind of person I wouldn’t mind talking to at a party.

    A story from the tour:

    The present-day Andrew Jackson Hotel was a boys' boarding school in the 1800s, but when a yellow fever epidemic swept the city, all of the students died. The hotel today is said to be haunted by their ghosts. The ghostly happenings are very mischievous, the sort of thing you’d expect from little boys, but it would still scare the bejesus out of me! Guests have reported hearing children laughing and running up and down the halls at night, faucets turn on by themselves, female guests have been awakened by someone tickling their feet. A few of the latter have said they saw a little boy giggling at the foot of their bed. It made me wonder how the ghost tour affects the occupancy rate of the hotel.

    This is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes. Tours last about an hour and a half. Phone for the times -- these have changed, post-Katrina. $20 per person, children's rates. Reservations are necessary, as the size of tour groups is limited. Tips are gratefully accepted by your guide at the end of the tour.

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  • Great City for Ghost Tours!

    by frankkearns Written Apr 6, 2010

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    New Orleans is one of my favourite cities in the world. What could be better than enjoying a Po'Boy or a bowl of gumbo as the notes from the calliope on the steamboat Natchez waft across the French Quarter from the Mississippi? I could happily retire to this city, despite the problems it has. It has an atmosphere of being not quite of this world, and existing strangely outside of time. This surely has something to do with the fact that the place is so haunted! New Orleans has a wide variety of ghost tours on offer, as well as vampire tours, voodoo tours and cemetary excursions. I can highly recommend Haunted History Tours for their ghost and vampire tours. The guides I had were Brent and Jonathan respectively. Both knew their subjects very well, and were extremely informative as well as entertaining. Both tours stopped off at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop - the oldest bar in New Orleans, which was fun. The place is haunted and my camera acted up so much I couldn't get a proper picture there! I also did their Garden District Ghost Tour, which was a laid-back afternoon stroll, and took the subject very seriously, which I like. I also did a Cemetary Tour with Gray Line Tours. We went to St. Louis No. 1, which was fascinating, even though the guide seemed unhappy to be there! No trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to a cemetary, and it was a great experience. The grave of Marie Laveau certainly has something about it. I felt very drained after being near it. All in all, if you haven't been to New Orleans, GO! And make sure to go on some ghost tours while you're there!

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  • ghost tour french quarter

    by henrytudor Written Sep 24, 2009

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    Okay, so heres the deal. Don't waste your money! The tour is boring and the information is questionable at best, and not entertaining. We stood around while our guide recited rehearsed routines about people who supposedly now haunt the french quarter due to their untimely end by fire, murder or syphilis. You would do better to just walk around yourself and spend the money on liquor and make up your own ghost stories.

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  • ghost tour french quarter

    by henrytudor Updated Sep 24, 2009

    Okay, so heres the deal. Don't waste your money! The tour is boring and the information is questionable at best, and not entertaining. We stood around while our guide recited rehearsed routines about people who supposedly now haunt the french quarter due to their untimely end by fire, murder or syphilis. You would do better to just walk around yourself and spend the money on liquor and make up your own ghost stories.

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  • Ghost tour above ground cemetary

    by leftwich Written Jul 23, 2008

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    It is interesting to tour the unique above ground cemeteries in and around New Orleans. There is a lot of history. They have many guided tours to tell you the ghost tales surrounding some of the well know haunted cemeteries. To save some cash, you can tour them yourself and have just as much fun, but don't go alone. Bring, at least, one companion and have fun!

    Check out the new ghost story book by local author
    If One Only Looks: 85 Years of Ghost Stories
    ISBN: 1-60672-060-0
    http://Book.BigRedRabbit.com

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    Walking Ghost Tour

    by eeller1976 Written May 21, 2008

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    One of the most fun things I did while in N.O. was the narrarated walking ghost tour through the French Quarter (at night!) Lots of fun & the guide was very animated in his storytelling which made the tour all the more fun & haunting.
    There are several guide places in the French Quarter but the one I used was N.O. Ghost Tour leaving from Flanagan's Pub on St. Philip St. Cost was $18.00 p/p.

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  • Ghost - Cemetery Tours

    by touristcat6 Written Mar 19, 2008

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    I love creepy stuff that's true - fact not fiction. New Orleans is one of my favorite places to visit. For that reason - on my many visits I have done just about everyone's ghost and cemetery tours. As the other lady said the one that starts from Flanagan's Pub - 625 St. Philip Street - French Quarter Phantoms - is the one to do. The tour guides are real historians with degrees in Theology and History! The are also great storytellers - its easy to follow their stories, you can ask them questions and they really have a historically accurate sensible answer to give you. They are not "theater rejects" and are not dressed like haunted house characters - they are very upscale - dressing in Black suits / red ties - or all black dress clothing. Sort of Goth meets the Society page. This is the one for the discriminating traveler. You get a great chill up your spine from their excellent delivery but nobody jumps out and pinches you and nobody insults your intelligence by telling you things you know never happened. I ask the lady in the box office if she believed in ghosts - her reply "of course, even the Bible talks about spirits, do I believe in Vampires? No that is fictional, therefore our vampire tales are of vampiric style crimes, " That is the best answer I've ever heard anyone give. Their tour starts at 8 pm every night. I do recommend reservations, they limit their group size and will even put out an extra group if they feel the customer personalities warrant it. Such as if there are several families with young teens or small kids they will put all of them with one guide and put all of the adult only guests with another guide - that way everyone gets a tour with accurate historical information but the adult group gets more gorey detail than the group with youngsters. My tour guides were Mike on the first night and Randy on the second. Both gentlemen were right on the money, and both had unique tours . I toured with them twice this trip and one night they had 2 groups with about 15 people per group, Mike took the families and Randy the adults and the other night they had one group with about 20 - high school students and another group with about 25, mixed aged adults. The other companies I toured with on my last New Orleans trip put like 35- 40 people with one guide and I really had a lot of trouble hearing and seeing everything - not to mention that some of the stories were not appropriate for the type of people in the group. These folks tell me they never put more than 28 people per group - but most of the time try to keep it at 15 people per guide for better entertainment value. I agree.

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  • Love history? Try haunted History Tours!

    by V.Hogle Updated Jun 4, 2007

    In May my friends and I went on a walking Vampire tour of the French Quarter given by Haunted History tours. It was a blast! Not only was the tour guide witty and intelligent, he was informative! We expected a bit of hokiness from the examples of the other tours we had researched. What a relief we picked the company we did. I absolutely recommend this company for when you visit New Orleans. I also recommend Jean Lafittes Blacksmith shop for the best Voodoo drinks EVER and the best service EVER!! The people of New Orleans made my friends and myself feel very welcome in their beautiful city. As a matter of fact, we booked our next trip less than three days after getting home! The only downfall was that we didn't have enough time to absorb it all. I highly suggest staying longer than the two days we had!
    Cheers!!

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    Vampire Tour with Haunted History Tours

    by cromette Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    After a trip back to the room to rest our aching feet, we headed out into the night, to St. Louis Cathedral to join Jonathan with Haunted History Tours for a Vampire Tour of the French Quarter.

    My husband and I have been on many of these tours, and all of the Haunted History Tours in New Orleans. We have done Haunted History’s Vampire Tour probably 4 times now, and their ghost tour at least twice.

    Jonathan put on the best tour we have experienced to date. He was great at handling the crowd, very intelligent, very well-versed and poised, and appeared to have really done his homework. Like all good Vampire Tour guides, he looked the part as well, leaving our kids wondering out loud, “Could Jonathan be a vampire?” The tour was sufficiently creepy to leave the girls talking about it for days, but not scary enough to give them nightmares!

    Very good time.

    Be sure to grab a discount coupon from your hotel, or print one off of Haunted History Tours website.

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    Ghost Tour

    by Tom_Fields Updated Dec 19, 2006

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    You don't need to believe in ghosts or the supernatural to enjoy this tour. It's a fascinating source of local history and folklore--often the things that don't get into the history books. Here sordid tales of murder, intrigue, tragedy, and dark family secrets revealed. Here is the real Gothic side of the old French Quarter.

    These tours usually include some details of local architecture, and those little oddities that somehow get left out of other tours. For example, Romeo spikes. Most buildings here have balconies, an innovation added by the Spanish. On some of their support pillars are sharp spikes. They were meant to discourage any would-be "Romeo" from climbing up to the second floor, where the girls slept.

    I've NEVER experienced a haunting, or other supernatural event. But a good ghost tour is just too much fun to pass up.

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  • Haunted History Tour - Ernie

    by erincoleman Updated Jul 13, 2006

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    If you are going to chose to do a Haunted Ghost tour I highly suggest Haunted History. We only did the ghost tour but when we go back we are definitely taking more tours with this company...especially if we can take them with Ernie! He was an amazing tour guide! Very, very entertaining without being cheesy. He had his own personal story that made the tour better. I don't know if he offers other tours as well but I highly suggest taking the ghost tour with him. We even walked by the next night to say hi to him again. He's awesome!!

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