The St Louis cemetery 1 and 2 are a must see. #1 holds the tomb of Mary Laveau the famous voodoo queen of New Orleans. Take a voodoo tour to get more info on here and if you want to learn more about the cemetery as well there are many tours to choose from. Just pick the one that most appeals to you.
Maybe this should be under "Tourist Trap" but here goes. We took one of those "Haunted Tours" early in the evening. I relunctantly went along but it ended up a pretty good tour. I learned that what we see as the "French Quarter" is really Spanish in architecture. And we heard some creepy stories. If you have the time and some extra dough, then maybe you should try one of these tours. It's cheesy - but still worth doing.
You'll find many pamphlets advertising walking tours around the French Quarter. For about $15, a guide will take you to landmarks and explain the area's history. The tours I took were fascinating, and unfold better than stumbling around on your own. These tours are also great to visit neighbourhoods you might otherwise avoid alone. For example, the rough neighbourhood Tremé is pivotal in black New Orleans history.
I was warned that some "haunted" tours are gimmicky money wasters. However, I took both a "historic" and a "spooky" tour, and found the latter to be more educational! So shop around!
Many people would say these are a tourist trap and waste of time. But NO has so much history and folklore that it's good to hear some stories while you're strolling past the buildings. Just pick a theme from Creole culture to gory ghosts, and you'll take home some good stories.
Ghost story tours in the French Quarter
Yes, it's 'touristy'. Yes, it can be a bit overdone. Yes, it's still worth it. Tours of this sort offer an intriguing glimpse into the history of one of the oldest cities in the U.S., in an entertaining way. The best time to go is at dusk, and the best one to take is Richard Rochester's. Richard is a one-of-a-kind, looking [and acting] like a cross between Jim Carrey and Jack Nicholson. He lead our tour in white pants and shirt and a Panama hat, his waist-length hair in a blonde braid trailing behind him.
These tours take you around New Orleans and teach you a bit about the paranormal side of the city. They are a definite must-do!! We took their Voodo and Witchcraft tour, and our host was Rudy Raven. They also have tours on the ghosts of New Orleans, a Voodoo/Cemetary tour, and a vampire tour.
Walking Ghost Tour of the French Quarter.
It was an interesting mixture of history, ambience and local color. The guides were knowlegeable about the history and good story tellers. The tour provides a mix of the old world charm, folklore and superstition that gives one an appreciation of the city it's great character. This is the home of Anne Rice, Lafayette cemetery and Voodoo dolls.
You should try to take one of the tours offered (and there are tons of them!). They have all kinds, from voodoo, to swamp tours. Check the tourist publications.
You get so much information that you wouldn't if just wandering around on your own. It's very interesting.
Take a Haunted History Tour. They are only $15 and they offer some of the following choices: Vampire Tour, Voodoo/Cemetery tour, Haunted History tour, and a Garden District tour.
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