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    Creole PubCrawl

    by maryboudreaux504 Written Jan 29, 2013

    If you are coming to New Orleans anytime soon, whether it be the Super Bowl or Mardi Gras, you HAVE check out Creole PubCrawl. They go around to some really interesting bars and restraunts in New Orleans' Warehouse distrcit where you get to try a specialty drink at each one. It's all led by a very informed tour guide that gives you the historical background of some of the landmarks you pass by between each bar. Creole PubCrawl has both historical crawls and party crawls during the week. You do need to have at least a group of six, but that makes it great to enjoy with a good group of friends. I can't wait until my friends come in town for Mardi Gras, and I can take them on a crawl. It's much better than taking them to the French Quarter where they really don't get to see the true culture of NOLA.

    Statue on Fulton St.
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    French Quarter Culinary History and Tasting Tour

    by laurenzi1 Updated May 4, 2011

    The jury is still out on this one… by looking at the photos, I thought we would inside different kitchens watching them make a local dish. This is not the case; we had samples at each restaurant, but did not enter any kitchens. Knowing this upfront, I think you will enjoy the tour and this history that makes up NOLA. Our tour was during Easter weekend, so maybe this affected the actual kitchen tour. The last place where the lady makes red beans & rice was the best and most informative part of the tour. I really enjoyed her demonstration of making a roux and different kinds of spice additives.

    $46 per person – 3hr tour.

    Seafood gumbo - Antoine���s restaurant Turtle soup - Desire Restaurant Roux demostration Roux demostrtion
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    walk tour in GARDEN DISTRICT

    by mindcrime Written Dec 24, 2010

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    After seeing the Lafayette Cemetery #1 we spent some time (about 90’) at the Garden District.
    We walked for an hour around the district for some blocks and we stopped several times in front of some houses, we didn’t see any from the inside though but the guide told us which ones we could visit some other days and times. We didn’t return but we kept walking on our own after the tour ended. It’s easy to do it on your own too and just enjoy the architecture of the beautiful district which is full of trees and some of the houses have some wonderful gardens (didn’t you guess that?).

    It’s better to do it early in the morning so to avoid the heat, we felt safe there but we wouldn’t bother to come in the evening, the daylight will help to admire the architecture anyway…

    There many impressive houses and mansions here, now I can understand why I saw so many books about the architecture of the area in the local bookstores, most of the structures are great ones, many of them based on the greek revival style. Have in mind that Garden District was once called Lafayette, and it was a different city from the French Quarter that was built by Creoles(18th century) while here was the Americans that came at the beginning of the 19th century. The Americans had different language, religion and culture but what we really saw during our tour was the different architectural style, so different to colonial Louisiana.

    The streets we focused more were Prytania St, Coliseum St, Camp St, First St, Second St and Third St. I’m sure there were much more to see but we couldn’t walk more with the high heat. Some of the house are famous from movies (like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) while some other structures belong to famous actors (pic 5 shows the chapel that belongs to Nicolas Cage, once to Anne Rice)

    house at Garden District house at Garden District house at Garden District house at Garden District Our Mother Of Perpetual Help chapel
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    FREE Tour of the French Quarter Riverfront

    by TravellerMel Written Mar 4, 2009

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    Every day at 9:30 a.m., rangers lead riverfront history walks to the Mississippi River, just over the levee from the visitor center, to share the story of how the city began. 25 free tickets per tour are given out beginning at 9:00 a.m. Walks last about an hour. First-come, first-served; each person wanting a ticket must be present.

    This was an EXCELLENT tour - each of the three stops encompassed a different aspect of the city: the history of the city, history of the people, and history of the architecture and culture of New Orleans. I lived in New Orleans for 13 years, so much of the history was familiar; even so, I learned some new things too. Our guide, Ranger Danny, was a very interesting speaker and answered questions and had "visual aides" - but it was very conversational, not at all like a lecture. I would recommend this tour to all visitors and locals alike.

    NOTE: The tour is FREE, but if you enjoy it, please return to the visitors center and drop a few dollars in the donation box.

    Hang a shingle and they will come... Ranger Danny Ranger Danny Ranger Danny Ranger Danny
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    Free Walking tour and talk from Parks Service

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Jun 30, 2008

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    They used to give free walking tours of the French Quarter, but since there are other companies that have a business doing this, they decided to stop cutting into their business. They do still do a brief walking tour, but it's concentrated on the riverfront. The talk is still worth it too. He goes into the history of New Orleans, and a lot about the river and the flooding.

    It starts at 9:30, but they open at 9 and start giving out tickets at 9. If it's the busy season, get there early. I went in June, slow season and there were about 9 people total.

    There is also a very nice display inside the building about New Orleans, the music with earphones sampling all different types, gift shop and bathrooms. The courtyard is very nice too.

    There's also a self-guided walking tour of the French Quarter on their website.

    Open daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. except Xmas & Mardi Gras.

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    Walking Tour, with 'Magic Tours'

    by Tom_In_Madison Written Jun 25, 2008

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    On a hot summer morning, I took this tour w/1 other person. We first got a little background on New Orleans, Tennessee Williams & William Faulkner because they lived their, and we walked past their apartments—a lot on Faulkner because our guide was a great-nephew of the writer, William Faulkner.

    The tour lasted 2 hours to the cemetery and back. There are many reasons why the cemetery plots are above ground, the best is the Spanish that ruled it for a while brought their practices over with them from Spain. Voodoo Queen Marie LeVeau is buried here. The walk out to St Louis #1, and walking around out there isn’t as dangerous as you may have read about. There aren’t people lurking behind the graves ready to jump you. The cemetery is open 9-3pm. You can find a coupon on-line, and it’s only $18 to start with. There are many different walks available.

    Entrance Our guide leaning up against Marie Leveau's tomb Voodoo Queen

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    Haunted History Vampire Tour

    by eshanemorrison Written Apr 28, 2008

    Taking the tour is great, and gives you some ideas of what to look at more closely when you get home. You might not believe what you hear, but you'll still get chills! I did! Try and get Jonathan as your guide.

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    Walking Tour of the Garden District

    by Tom_Fields Written Dec 17, 2006

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    The old French Quarter is the original city of New Orleans. After the Louisiana Purchase, when the city became American (at least on paper), immigrants began to arrive. These were English-speaking, mostly Protestant, and quite different from the old Creole population. The new arrivals settled west of the city, upstream.

    This area became known as Uptown. The wealthier newcomers constructed mansions for their families, in what is now known as the Garden District. This Victorian-era residential area remains the home of many of the city's old-money families. These are well-kept, NOT run-down or subdivided into apartments.

    Gray Line Tours offers a nice guided tour of the Garden District. For a change of pace from the old French Quarter, I recommend it.

    Victorian-era mansions in the Garden District Note the heavy wrought-iron fence A live oak tree shades a mansion Another gorgeous home Three houses for three sisters
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    Walk this way!

    by goodfish Updated Oct 14, 2005

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    You can take a tour of darn near anything in-and-around New Orleans. You can see swamps, plantations, museums, historic districts, spooky places, etc., and can do them by boat, bus, carriage and on foot. Not liking crowds or being hurried, I usually avoid tours like the plague but caved into a walking tour here for the history lesson and safety in a questionable part of town. Historic New Orleans Walking Tours had a good reputation for delivering quality content through very knowledgable guides (ours was a teacher for 30 years). I heard that's not true of every outfit and that some are better spinning tall tales than having their facts in a row.

    Whatever, we took the Cemetery/Voodoo option that included some fine points on French Quarter architecture, visits to Our Lady of Guadalupe church, Louis Armstrong Park, Congo Square, St. Louis Cemetery #1, and wound up at a Voodoo Temple (optional). We had $3 coupons that knocked an already reasonable $15 for 2 hours down to a great-bargain price $12. Good tour - were glad we did it. Other walking tours offered are the French Quarter History tour, Garden District tour, Haunted French Quarter Walk and Jazz Walk. All run about $15 but could change post-Katrina so check their website for tour times, meeting places and rates.

    Good things to know: These treks are HOT in the summer - especially in the cemeteries where there is no shade (our guide referred to the afternoon slot as the Death March). Bring water(!!!), wear comfortable shoes, light clothing and a hat. Tours are first-come, first-served so show up at the meeting place early to make sure you get a spot. They operate rain or shine, only accept cash or traveler's checks, and it's customary to tip the guide at the end. Lastly, I don't know if it's true of all of them but we moved at one very aggressive clip so be prepared burn some calories (although the guide will wait for all to catch up before starting a talk).

    French Quarter, New Orleans Plaque at Congo Square Monument at St. Louis #1
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    The Living & The Dead Tour

    by pamstravels Written May 17, 2005

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    The walking tour of the Garden District and the Lafayette Cemetery was one of the highlights of my trip to New Orleans. We chose this tour because our hotel, the Frenchmen Hotel, recommended it. Incredible! We took the St. Charles streetcar and got off at Washington, walked two blocks to Prytania. The tour organizes at The Garden District Book Shop inside The Rink, a building that was actually a skating rink when it was built 100 years ago. Now it is a small shopping center.

    The cost of the tour was well worth the $15 per person. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a bottle of water. This incredibly informative walking tour lasts about 2 hours.
    We knew it was popular when, on a weekday, the tour group had to be split between two guides.

    Because I am a huge Anne Rice fan, I especially enjoyed seeing the tombs used by Lestat in her books and then on the Garden District segment walking by her house. (Unfortunately sold a couple months ago after her husband died)

    The guide talked about arcitecture, history, plant life and told funny stories as we all followed behind her.

    Garden District Tour Guide
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    National Park Service Tour

    by cmarsek Written Oct 31, 2004

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    The National Park Service operates a Visitor's Center from the French Quarter. CHECK IT OUT!! My mother and I took a FREE tour of Historic French Quarter and it was a VERY COMPREHENSIVE tour. The tour guide was excellent and the best part is that it once again was FREE. All you needed was to sign up to guarantee yourself a spot on the tour.

    Our Fearless Guide!
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  • Human Remains Roux

    by kidcharlamagne Written Sep 27, 2004

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    Took the cemetary (St Louis #1) tour with New Orleans Walking Tours. Started off with some background on the city and early burial practices. Then, it was on to the cemetary. Our guide, John, offered an energetic view of the final resting place of the city's famous and infamous. He gave a very detailed description of the process for entombment, which did nothing but add to the creepiness factor. After the explanation, I was paranoid that I was going to see something sticking out of one of vaults that I wish I hadn't. He gave a great presentation at Marie Laveau's site. Speculation or not, I don't care, it was still fun. Then, on to the elaborate monuments and tombs of the city's mayors and paupers. There are over 4000 remains stored in the large Catholic paupers vault! The tour wrapped up with a visit to Priestess Miriam's establishment on Rampart Street. There, you go in and sit on the floor and witness the spectacle that is Priestess Miriam. She discussed afterbirth, afterlife, holistic/hostile healthcare, the womb as the Chamber of Commerce, clowning around, and Wow. Sorry, these subjects are not tied into a neat package; you leave with a sense of huh? Still though, I was petrified that I was going to laugh and then have some sort of bad gris gris placed upon me. So, I nodded along with her like I was totally into what she was saying, you should do the same.

    Final Resting Place of over 4000
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    Garden District/Lafayette Cemetery Walking Tour

    by jadedmuse Updated Aug 8, 2004

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    Offered by Historic New Orleans Walking Tours - no reservations are required for this tour, and the times are 11:00 am and 1:45 pm daily - but it's important to remember that the Lafayette Cemetery is closed on Sundays so if you plan on doing this tour on Sunday, you'll only be able to stand outside the gates of the cemetery while your guide shares all the juicy gossip surrounding some of the more colorful inhabitants.

    I much prefer things up close and personal (er, not too close and personal if you know what I mean! But I am a real cemetery fan and this one is full of interesting info).

    In addition to learning about the peculiar burial rights and traditions that characterize New Orleans (i.e. entire families share a burial mausoleum or sometimes a drawer in a wall if there's not enough money to pay for a plot; the bones are simply shifted over and the new body introduced into the confines -creepy!) and of course the headstones and actual burial crypts themselves are all above ground because New Orleans itself is below sea-level and one too many a time bodies were unearthed and found floating through the city years ago...shiver!), this tour is especially edifying for those who are interested in the antebellum society that formed this area - the background behind the architectural styles and the history behind the design of some of the more famous homes.

    The tour lasts about 2 hours and carries on whether it's sunny or rainy. It's always a good idea to bring a raincoat or umbrella when you go out in New Orleans.

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    Themed walking tours

    by mmcnie Written Aug 26, 2002

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    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.

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    Historic New Orleans Walking...

    by Cynigal Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Historic New Orleans Walking Tours. The Garden District-Cemetary Tour is a must-see.
    You learn a lot about a part of the city that's not the touristy French Quarter. You get to see Lafayette Cemetary #1, Anne Rice's house, and you're in the neighborhood to see the Real World's Belfort Mansion.

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