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New Orleans Tours & Tour Companies

Magic Tours offers consistently solid tours, including French Quarter, Garden District and Haunted/Ghost Tour options, http://www.magictoursnola.com/

Racontours for a great Garden District tour culminating in a meal at Commander’s Palace, http://www.racontoursinnola.com/index.html

Save Our Cemeteries is a non-profit organization that offers cemetery specific tours. Proceeds from tour sales go to the refurbishment of crypts and tombs in New Orleans historic cemeteries, http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/

Friends of the Cabildo is essentially the historical society of the French Quarter, and thus they offer an incomparable tour of the Vieux Carre, http://www.friendsofthecabildo.org/

New Orleans Historic Walking Tours would be another good choice for French Quarter and Garden District Tours (avoid the Voodoo Priestess/Chapel if you select the Voodoo Tour, as it is rather whacky, but hey, some of us expect that on such tours), http://www.tourneworleans.com/

New Orleans African American Museum for Treme Tours, http://noaam.org/

French Quarter Phantoms for Ghost Tour, Ghost Hunt and a Treme Walking Tour, https://www.frenchquarterphantoms.com/

French Quartour Kids for a Creole Kids Tour, and sometimes a Creepy Crescent, family-friendly, spooky stroll, both in the French Quarter, http://www.frenchquartourkids.com/

There are many Bicycle Tour companies, but our favorite is Confederacy of Cruisers, http://confederacyofcruisers.com/

Ninth Ward Rebirth Bike Tours will take you into one the two areas that were hardest hit by Katrina levee breaches, http://ninthwardrebirthbiketours.com/

Culinary History Walking Tours. The Culinary Tour is very worthwhile, and includes a seven-course tasting, or you can opt for the Cocktail Tour if you are feeling thirsty, www.noculinarytours.com

Jean Lafitte National Park sites and tours in and around New Orleans, including the Battle of New Orleans in Chalmette, http://www.nps.gov/jela/planyourvisit/index.htm

Treme & Mardi Gras Indian Cultural Tours for food, music and history like you’ve never experienced before, http://www.mardigrasindianshow.com/

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau for a self-guided French Quarter tour material and additional resources, http://www.neworleanscvb.com/

Le Monde Creole for Creole history and various walking tours in the Quarter, http://www.mondecreole.com/

NOLA Guide for Iphone and Android users offers an inexpensive, downloadable tour app. Just search “NOLA Guide” in your App Store, https://www.facebook.com/nolaguidetours

New Orleans Music Tours offers various “music history” walking tours, http://neworleansmusictours.com/

Cajun Encounters will pick-up and drop-off participants at Maison Perrier for Plantation, Swamp or City Tours, and we highly recommend them, http://www.cajunencounters.com/

Tours by Isabelle will also conduct guests directly from Maison Perrier to Plantation Country for tours, or City Tours, and again, we highly recommend them, http://www.toursbyisabelle.com/

Dr Wagner’s Honey Island Tours as an alternative for Swamp Tours offers pick-ups at the nearby Columns Hotel, http://www.honeyislandswamp.com/

Swamp Adventures conducts “Fan Boat” or Airboat Swamp Tours, and offers pick-up and return service to Maison Perrier, http://www.aswampadventure.com/

Arthur Matherne Airboat Tours is also a very good option for tour-goers that have their own vehicles to get to them in Des Allemands, http://www.airboattours.com/

Other activities and tours that we are happy to provide input about include specific plantations, cooking classes, riverboat cruises, kayak tours (swamp and Bayou St. John), rum distillery and brewery tours, cocktail tours, private city tours, Segway tours, architecture tours, movie tours, literary tours and pub crawls, voodoo tours, true crime tours, and even vampire tours.

New Orleans Museums & Historic Destinations


Ogden Museum of Southern Art for a smaller, Smithsonian-partner museum with wonderful exhibitions, http://www.ogdenmuseum.org/

The National WWII Museum is immense and absolutely outstanding, http://nationalww2museum.org/

New Orleans Museum of Art is a world class, classical and contemporary museum in historic City Park, http://www.noma.org/

The Contemporary Arts Center is New Orleans’ modern art museum, http://cacno.org/

Audubon Nature Institute, comprised of the Zoo, Aquarium of the Americas, Insectarium, Imax Theater, Audubon Park and Golf Course, http://www.auduboninstitute.org/

City Park offers botanical gardens, an amusement park, and a golf course, among other things, http://neworleanscitypark.com/

House of Dance & Feathers is the best destination to learn about Mardi Gras Indian history and culture, only in New Orleans, http://houseofdanceandfeathers.org/

New Orleans African American Museum provides a vital source for New Orleans history, http://noaam.org/

Mardi Gras World for Mardi Gras history and a tour of a real float-building facility, http://www.mardigrasworld.com/

Louisiana Children’s Museum, and the name says it all, http://lcm.org/

Confederate Memorial Hall is the oldest museum in the state of Louisiana, and a “must see” for Civil War buffs, http://confederatemuseum.com/

Louisiana State Museum at Jackson Square may always be counted on for outstanding city and state history exhibits, http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/

Historic New Orleans Collection in the Quarter. As with the Louisiana State Museum, the exhibits are always fantastic, but change periodically, http://www.hnoc.org/

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