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Best New Orleans Tours and Excursions

Blaine Kerns Mardi Gras World

Blaine Kerns Mardi Gras World

This is a Mardi Gras workshop that is in a historical museum and is one of the world's largest float builders. It is located in Algiers, which is one of the oldest parts of the city. The company houses a museum with a fun, interactive tour and visitors learn about the magic of Mardi Gras. At the end you can dress up in costumes and receive a king cake. It has one of the best gift shops in town.

Lafayette Cemetery number one

Lafayette Cemetery number one

This was founded in 1833 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It was New Orleans first planned cemetery. It is unique because the intersecting avenues that the cemetery was designed and accommodates funeral processions. The cemetery is noted in and Rice's book "interview with the vampire". It is become a national tourist attraction. It offers one hour-long tours of the cemetery and you will learn about the burial practices in the history of New Orleans and see tombs of famous people.

Haunted History/ Ghost Tour

Haunted History - Ghost Tour

You will find tombstones and voodoo that continue to draw tourists to this popular attraction. New Orleans has a haunted history and the Ghost Tour meets at Rev. Zombies Voodoo Capshaw between Bourbon and Royal. It then tours the historically haunted land works of the French Corridor. You will get to visit the St. Louis Cemetery and see the tomb of Marie Laveau, a legendary voodoo priestess. If the tour makes your skin crawl you can try one of the other entertaining tours: Garden District, Haunted Garden District, Spellbound, Vampire or Voodoo Cemetery.

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Longue Vue House and Gardens

This is a historic home that has Greek revival architecture and was built in the early 1940s and will offer a great walking tour of the house in the garden. The tours that are given of this home happen every hour and this home represents an English country estate. The last tour of the day is at 4 PM but a great time to explore the beautiful garden and home is in the early morning. It is located at the edge of Metarie.

Southern Seaplane

Cajun village

You can discover the wonders of the bayous and watch breathtaking views of the city and the Port of New Orleans will in a southern Seaplane Tour. It is located 20 minutes south of the city in Belle Chasse. The airplane tours on a 35 minute or two hour tour. The attractions include landing in an area by you in scouting for national wildlife as well as visiting a Cajun village and interacting with locals such as trappers and alligator hunters. You must make a scheduled tour appointment and prices vary from $85-$135 and require a two-person minimum. See also 6 Ways to Save Money in New Orleans.

Garden District Walking Tour

Garden District Walking Tour New Orlean

Antebellum mansions and weeping willows line the streets of New Orleans Historic Garden District. You can see the beauty of this amazing neighborhood as it was home to the city's plantation wealthy owners and he will find a very informative and relaxing stroll. The walking tour meets at the Garden District Book and you will stroll past cemeteries, private guardians and famous residences. Make sure you call ahead for details and there are no reservations required but arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the tour starts.

City Sightseeing Bus Tour

New Orleans Historic Garden District

This offers visitors a chance to tour the city in the comfort of the big red double-decker bus. You will visit the French Quarter along the Mississippi River and you can plug in your complimentary ear buds and listen to the informative radio audio track. The bus visit sites such as Superdome, Historic Treme and the spooky St. Louis Cemetery. Sightseeing always should include tourism by a bus, as it is a chance to observe the must-see destinations in one ride.

Gray Line New Orleans

The Ghosts and Spirits Walking Tour

Gray Line offers the Ghosts and Spirits Walking Tour that will take you on a deep journey to the cities spooky locales. You will meet the ghosts of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel and be introduced to a full cast of goals that live on the Vieux Carre by a guide. The tour lasts two hours and leaves at 7:30 in the evening. Bring your cameras for there are great shots. The tour will take you through an old slave exchange and the haunted courthouse, which is actually the home of today's state Supreme Court.