Top 20 Things To Do In New Orleans, USA 2023

Top Tours and Activities In New Orleans, USA


Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans

800 Reviews


A grand mélange presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures starting with a boat tour of the cypress swamps. Enjoy a traditional lunch at one of the oldest Plantations in the south, Oak Alley Plantation, followed by a guided tour of this grand mansion. Later in the afternoon visit Laura, a Creole Plantation and her historic slave quarters surrounded by sugar cane fields. The small-group atmosphere with maximum 13 people ensures a more personal experience.

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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

701 Reviews


Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! Cruise along the Mississippi River while enjoying live jazz music, a buffet dinner and gorgeous sights. This authentic paddle-wheel steamboat in New Orleans is one of only six still operating on the Mississippi River.

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New Orleans Cooking Class

530 Reviews


Take an entertaining and informative cooking class at the New Orleans School of Cooking! Located in a renovated molasses warehouse built in the early 1800s, this cooking class brings you to the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Learn the basics of Louisiana cooking from professional chefs and learn how to make classic New Orleans specialties such as gumbo, jambalaya and pralines. Enjoy the finished delectable dishes accompanied by complimentary beer, iced tea and coffee, and take the recipes home with you!

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New Orleans Original Craft Cocktail Walking Tour

422 Reviews


Let the good times roll as you discover the Big Easy’s vibrant drinking culture on the original cocktail walking tour of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter’s famous bars and restaurants and have the option to sip the city’s iconic libations, including the Sazerac and Pimm’s Cup. On the 2.5-hour tour, learn the classic stories behind these unique concoctions as you wander through the colonial architecture of one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, drinking in history and culture as you go.

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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

384 Reviews


Explore New Orleans at your own pace on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. Enjoy commentary aboard the double-decker bus and hop off at any of the eighteen stops around the city including Jackson Square, French Market and the Arts District. This is a fun, entertaining, informative and flexible way to experience New Orleans.

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Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

382 Reviews


Board the historic Steamboat Natchez to the delightful tunes of the Steam Calliope. Experience the sights and sounds of river life that enchanted characters of history and literature - like Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer - and see the bustling activity of America's second largest port!

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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

360 Reviews


Nowhere is Louisiana’s wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans . After crossing the Mississippi River, take a boat ride through these swamps and bayous and be on the lookout for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds. Hear stories from your guide about local Cajun culture and the mysteries of the swamps and bayous.

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New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

350 Reviews


Find out what all the fuss is about on this half-day food tour of some of the best food in New Orleans' famous French Quarter! Food and History mixed together. Your PASSIONATE and KNOWLEDGEABLE guide will escort you to famous restaurants in the French Quarter, including a few commonly mentioned in cookbooks. You will sample a variety of authentic tastings. Depending on your food tour time, options may include, Seafood Gumbo at a Ralph Brennan's restaurant, Seafood or Short Rib or Brisket of Beef Po-Boys, Alligator Sausage, Muffuletta, Jambalaya, Creole Brisket in a pre civil war Creole restaurant, Pralines, Boudin beignets, Cajun Pork Rinds and stroll pass the famous Cafe du Monde. Learn about the rich legacy of fine food in the French Quarter and which hotspots to check out on your own later; you can even work with your guide to customize the tour to your interests. Referred to as Culture With A CulinaryTwist

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Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans

338 Reviews


An airboat tour through Louisiana’s famous swamps is the perfect way to experience the untamed side of New Orleans. Aboard a small airboat, explore marshes and travel deep into secluded bayous as you cruise up to 45 mph (72 kph)! Enjoy the lush scenery, watch for wildlife, and hear entertaining stories and facts from your guide on your roughly 1.5-hour airboat ride. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.

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New Orleans Cemetery and Voodoo Walking Tour

321 Reviews


Follow the ghosts of the numerous characters of New Orleans' mysterious past! Tour one of the city’s most haunted cemeteries, St Louis Cemetery No. 1 and visit the tomb of the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Marie Laveau. Your guide will explain the unique above-ground burial custom and will give you an in-depth overview of the fascinating evolution of voodoo.

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New Orleans St. Louis #1 Cemetery, Voodoo, and French Quarter Tour

311 Reviews


Discover St. Louis Cemetery #1 " where Marie Laveau" ( The Voodoo Queen) is laid to rest along with 100,000 other souls....Our Above Ground Tombs gives you a glimpse of our rich history in New Orleans... All Tours are lead by Master Story Tellers that will captivate you as you learn why we bury above ground, the history & culture of Voodoo as well as rich French Quarter history and architecture. You will visit Marie Laveau's Tomb & the gravesite of Nicholas Cage just to mention a few. " Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1".....

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New Orleans French Quarter Segway Tour

311 Reviews


Discover the rich history and vibrant culture of New Orleans on this guided Segway tour. At a relaxed pace, explore the bustling French Quarter, cruise along the Mississippi River, stop by Louis Armstrong Park -- the birthplace of jazz -- and visit Jackson Square, surrounded by some of the oldest buildings in the US such as the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed. Your guide will teach you about the city's architecture and French and Spanish colonial past. Choose a 2-hour tour or upgrade to the 3-hour tour.

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New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

309 Reviews


Admire the posh homes of New Orleans' Garden District on this morning walking tour. Observe impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture including mansions belonging to Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock and John Goodman. See where Confederate leader Jefferson Davis died, pass by the gates of an above ground cemetery, and learn about the history of the Garden District from your guide.Your tour includes roundtrip transportation from the French Quarter.

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Small-Group Tour of Oak Alley and Laura Plantation from New Orleans

302 Reviews


Go beyond New Orleans to tour two grand Louisiana plantations on the banks of the Mississippi River. Watch historian guides bring to life the history of Oak Alley Plantation, named after a double row of live oaks planted nearly 300 years ago. Then tour the Creole Laura Plantation with its sweeping sugarcane fields and historically significant slave quarters. Admire several other plantations on the Great River Road from afar, and learn their unique stories. This small-group tour allows a limited number of people to ensure a more personalized attention from your guide.

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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

288 Reviews


Enjoy a fully narrated city tour of historic New Orleans, where you will visit the world famous French Quarter, Jackson Square, Audubon Park and even uncover the mysteries surrounding Voodoo. Then take to the waters on the Natchez Riverboat for a 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi River. Come and discover New Orleans today!

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New Orleans Food and History Tour

219 Reviews


This New Orleans food tour has every culinary taste covered. With a history-savvy guide leading the way, you’ll walk from classic Creole restaurants and neighborhood sandwich shops to hot sauce bars and artisanal candy stores. Visit up to six locations to sample diverse foods representing the breadth of Louisiana’s culinary heritage, including dishes like seafood gumbo, Creole brisket, po-boys and pralines. Learn about the historical origins of each cuisine and, when possible, hear the chefs discuss their influences. Enjoy plenty of food on this afternoon tour.
*all venues are subject to change based on availability

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Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

209 Reviews


Indulge in a luxurious evening in New Orleans on the Steamboat Natchez -- authentic steampowered paddle-wheel steamboat still operating today on the Mississippi River -- with this Viator Exclusive. After being welcomed aboard with a Champagne cocktail, go on a private boat and engine room tour led by the first mate. Then settle into your reserved seat in the dining room and listen to live jazz as you savor a buffet dinner full of local favorites. If your looking for a little more, upgrade your your cruise to include an open bar option for the entire duration. Don’t miss this opportunity to cruise through New Orleans in style on an exclusive Viator tour that can’t be booked anywhere else!

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Small-Group New Orleans Bike Tour

179 Reviews


Explore the history-rich neighborhoods of New Orleans on a 3.5-hour bike tour in the morning or afternoon, and see the sights with a local guide! While riding around seven of the city’s most exciting districts, learn about the city’s evolution from a small French colony to a fast-growing commercial center and multicultural hub. Cycle through the French Quarter and bohemian Fabourge Marigny; marvel at millionaires’ mansions on Esplanade Avenue; and pass top New Orleans attractions such as St Louis Cemetery 3, City Park and more. Tour departs from 214 Decatur Street.

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New Orleans City Bus Tour

176 Reviews


This city sightseeing tour lets you absorb centuries of history, culture, sights and sounds of the dynamic city New Orleans. The famous French Quarter, the elegant Garden District and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway are just a taste of what you’ll experience on this insightful tour.

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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

171 Reviews


Soak up the beauty of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! On this Sunday brunch cruise, travel along the Mississippi River while enjoying live jazz music and savoring a lovely buffet brunch. This authentic paddle-wheel steamboat will whisk you away to the romance and ambiance of yesteryear. Don't forget your camera, as you'll see amazing panoramas of New Orleans' skyline!

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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (With Transportation)

149 Reviews


Meet your guide for pickup in downtown New Orleans and head for a 2-hour boat tour in Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve that is one of the last protected wetlands in Louisiana. Visit a Cajun village only accessible by boat; learn about the animals and plants in the lush swamps; and get close to wildlife with an expert local guide.

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New Orleans Vampire Tour

140 Reviews


Visit the dark and mysterious world of the undead on this popular New Orleans vampire tour. Walk with your theatrical guide through the French Quarter and hear haunting legends of New Orleans’ famous vampires – ‘real’ and fictional. Visit sites associated with these creatures of the night, where you’ll hear chilling tales and learn of scandalous acts. Stop at a notable vampire tavern as well as movie locations from ‘Interview With a Vampire’ and other blood-sucking stories. Be sure to bring garlic along – just in case!

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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)

131 Reviews


Take a short drive from New Orleans to visit Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve that is one of the last protected wetlands in Louisiana, during a 2-hour boat tour. Visit a Cajun village only accessible by boat; learn about the animals and plants in the lush swamps; and get close to wildlife with an expert local guide. This tour does not include transportation.

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New Orleans Power Pass™

125 Reviews


For as low as $40 a day, see more and save more with New Orleans Power Pass! For one low price, visitors receive free entry to all the most exciting attractions in town -- a combined value of almost $500USD in admission fees.

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New Orleans Mardi Gras World Behind-the-Scenes Tour

123 Reviews


Get a unique behind-the-scenes look at the makings of Mardi Gras with this all-access tour of Mardi Gras World in New Orleans. Perfect for the whole family, this guided tour shows you where the magnificent floats for the famous Mardi Gras parades are made. Witness the hard work and artistic skill that goes into every float, and learn about the history of the festive Mardi Gras tradition from your guide. Try on Mardi Gras costumes, pose with props, and enjoy a slice of famous King Cake after your tour!

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New Orleans Haunted History Ghost Tour

120 Reviews


Take a romp through the haunted French Quarter on this famous New Orleans ghost tour. During your 2-hour evening walking tour, explore the grim and ghastly deeds of New Orleans’ haunted history as you follow your entertaining guide down dark and sinister streets. You’ll learn about infamous events that occurred long ago and be chilled by evidence of phantoms and ghosts that abound!

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Jazz Brunch Buffet at the Court of Two Sisters Restaurant

118 Reviews


The Court of Two Sisters' Buffet Brunch boasts is a sumptuous display of hot and cold dishes. They use only the freshest ingredients so the buffet's selections change according to season and time of day.

In the morning, a typical selection of hot dishes includes made-to-order omelets, eggs benedict, sausage and bacon, grits and grillades, and shrimp and veggie pastas with a creamy alfredo sauce. The afternoon's sampling includes Creole jambalaya, turtle soup, oysters Bienville, duck a l'Orange, and shrimp etouffee.

Additionally, one complimentary glass of house wine, champagne or mimosa is included.

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New Orleans Cocktail History Walking Tour in the French Quarter

115 Reviews


Savor tasty cocktails in the French Quarter of New Orleans on a walking tour with an expert local guide. Visit hidden gems enjoyed by locals for centuries, learning from your fun and knowledgeable guide about the historic venues you see and legendary cocktails you sip. Discover the origins of the grasshopper, learn the truth about absinthe, and sample a Sazerac concocted from a 19th-century recipe. Each stop features a classic cocktail, mixed by renowned bartenders who add a signature twist. It's a perfect tour for cocktail and culture enthusiasts!

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Tour of Oak Alley Plantation

114 Reviews


Feel the gentle breeze of southern hospitality on a tour that takes you back to a time of mint juleps, gracious living and the glory of the Old South. Oak Alley is your destination on this 4.5 hour tour, that takes you into the stunning plantation home, built over 165 years ago. Listen to fascinating and amusing stories of the home and its history, presented by your professional guide.

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French Quarter Walking Tour

111 Reviews


Stroll along quaint streets of the French Quarter to Jackson Square on the Mighty Mississippi. Explore the French Market while your guide shares stories about New Orleans' oldest neighborhood.

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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter, Graveyard

98 Reviews


Spend an unforgettable 3 hours on our comfortable air conditioned Mini-bus and get an overview of New Orleans. Experience the history and culture of the Creoles with your licensed tour guide. No trip to New Orleans would be complete without seeing the highlights of our city and the some of the areas affected by Katrina’s flood waters.

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New Orleans Ghost, Voodoo and Vampire Tour

97 Reviews


Immerse yourself in New Orleans’ haunted side on this spooky nighttime walking tour. As you explore haunted sites in the French Quarter, such as the LaLaurie House and Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop, your local guide will entertain you with stories about ghosts, voodoo, vampires and witchcraft that are sure to give you goose bumps! You'll also stop by a local bar to enjoy drinks (not included) and mingle with your fellow travelers.

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The National WWII Museum Ticket New Orleans

91 Reviews


Step inside The National WWII Museum in New Orleans with an general admission ticket, and then spend as long as you like exploring this must-visit attraction independently. Discover thousands of World War II memorabilia and artifacts, and learn all about wartime events from the museum's information displays.

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Small-Group Swamp Tour by Airboat with Downtown New Orleans Pickup

83 Reviews


Experience the other Swamp Tour in New Orleans. This destination is only 35 minutes from New Orleans yet a world apart. Hold onto your hat! This New Orleans airboat tour is a high speed adventure that is part tour and part ride. This boat has a maximum of six passengers to ensure a small, personal and uncrowded experience.

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Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans

78 Reviews


Take a thrilling airboat ride through the wetlands near New Orleans and plenty of alligators on this active, family-friendly tour. Travel over bayous and open waterways around the colorful, historic fishing village of Jean Lafitte, named after a 19th-century smuggler. Spy alligators in the wild -- as well as raccoons, native birds and large river rodents called nutria -- as your native guide provides commentary. Your 4-hour tour includes round-trip transport from New Orleans and 1.5 hours on the boat. This tour is an easy way to get out and experience the rich natural landscape around New Orleans.  The airboat holds 15-27 passengers.

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New Orleans City Sightseeing and Hurricane Katrina Small-Group Tour

56 Reviews


The tenacious city of New Orleans showcases her rebuilding efforts and her Southern charm on this combination city tour that includes both the city’s old familiar sights and the realities of Hurricane Katrina. Some parts of the city – like the historic French Quarter – were left nearly untouched by the 2005 hurricanes while others were ravaged by the catastrophic failure of the levee system. This enlightening tour winds these disparate halves of the city into a contemporary overview of modern-day New Orleans.

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Small-Group Airboat Swamp Adventure and Plantation Tour from New Orleans

56 Reviews


Get ready for an exhilarating two-hour airboat ride deep into secluded bayous in Cajun Country. You will see all sorts of wildlife on your journey - alligators, giant catfish and nutrias. Then, continue onto Destrehan Plantation for a glimpse into the historic past of New Orleans. The small-group atmosphere with maximum 13 people ensures a more personal experience.

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Houmas House Plantation Tour with Transportation

45 Reviews


Journey back in time at the Houmas House Plantation as you take a guided tour of the antebellum mansion, just a short drive from New Orleans, and learn about the old South. Costumed staff bring the period to life as they explain the history of this former sugar plantation, and you have time to walk around the lavish gardens before or after your mansion tour.

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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

38 Reviews


See a variety of wildlife on a swamp boat ride and explore an authentic southern plantation on this tour from New Orleans. See alligators, egrets, raccoons and snakes during your ride around a private Louisiana swamp after taking a tour of Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented French Colonial style house in the Lower Mississippi Valley.

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Hurricane Katrina Tour of New Orleans

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Witness the devastation and recovery from Hurricane Katrina on a guided tour that takes you through hard-hit neighborhoods of New Orleans such as the Ninth Ward, Lakeview, Gentilly and St Bernard. See high floodwater marks and levees that failed as you hear firsthand accounts of the storm from your expert guide. Take in the storm-damaged home of musician Fats Domino, the Hurricane Katrina Memorial and rebuilding projects championed by celebrities. Learn what caused the destruction as well as the history of New Orleans from your knowledgeable local guide on this comprehensive tour.

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