New Orleans Souvenirs

12 New Orleans Souvenirs

This post covers some of the best New Orleans souvenirs, as well as tips and tricks to help you save both time and money.

Shopping can be a very entertaining part of any travel excursion. Having such a unique culture, New Orleans makes shopping a priority. Read more »

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New Orleans Weather in October

New Orleans Weather in October is perfect with warm but pleasant days and mild to cool, comfortable nights. 

This is the driest month of the year in the Big Easy and the best time to take one or more of our walking tours.

 

Early in the month, the days are warm with afternoon temperatures in the low to mid-80s f (about 29C).

Days with 90 f (32C) or higher temperatures can be expected only on about 1 day during the early part of the month. 

Early morning low temperatures will dip into the upper 60s (about 20C).

As the month progresses, afternoon temperatures fall to the mid to upper 70s (about 24C) and overnight lows fall into the upper 50s (about 14C).

 

Skies will be clear or partly sunny on about 22 days with cloudy weather on about 9 days. 

Some rain can be expected on about 6 or 7 days, however, significant rainfall of 0.5 inches (about 13mm) or more occurs, on average on about 2 days each October.

 


What to Wear in New Orleans in OctoberNew Orleans Weather in October

(Image to the right is of our French Quarter Tour with Tour Guide Joanne on Oct 18, 2013).  

We can forgive you if it looks like summer to you. After a hot and humid summer, we cool down slightly.  

Be sure to pack both long pants and short pants. The same goes for shirts. Also, be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat, and sandals.

Summer dress works well for New Orleans this month, however, a light sweater may be in order for the cooler nights towards the end of the month.


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What to Do in New Orleans in October

Of course our free tours.  It’s also great weather for a swamp tour.  You can also check the events calendar at the convention and visitors bureau’s website.

For more on what to do in New Orleans in October, read our comprehensive post.

Written by Fred Pickhardt

 

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Garden District Walking Tour

This post provides details for our daily, guided walking tours of the Garden District as well as our self-guided GPS-enabled audio tour and other options.

It also covers things to do, how to get here, what to see, restaurants, bars, and shopping.   Read more »

New Orleans Neighborhood Guide | Tips for Tourists

This guide provides information about the most well-known and important neighborhoods in New Orleans, including maps listing each of the notable attractions in the area.


French Quarter

This is the most well-known neighborhood in New Orleans, and it’s home to some of the most historic sites in the entire city.

If you want some help finding all the biggest landmarks and figuring out where everything is located, consider taking our pay-what-you-wish French Quarter walking tour.

Alternatively, you could also watch our abridged virtual tour of the French Quarter to get a sense for why this is one of the most popular neighborhoods in the Big Easy.

 

 

One of the most popular areas on the edge of the French Quarter is Bourbon Street, a place filled with great food, great drinks, and fantastic music.

We have a guide to Bourbon Street which can help you find the best things to see and do in this part of the city. You might also want to check out our post on New Orleans safety tips before heading out.

Alternatively, you can also watch our virtual tour of Bourbon Street to get a feel for what you can expect and why you should visit.

 

 

This map pinpoints some of the major attractions in the area, making it easier to find locations you might want to visit.

 

 


Garden District

The Garden District is a small neighborhood filled with large, beautiful houses, mansions, and historic buildings. This is also where you will find one of the most notable cemeteries in the entire city.

We offer a pay-what-you-wish Garden District walking tour which will help to introduce you to the neighborhood and learn about its history.

You can also watch our virtual Garden District walking tour below to get an idea of where everything is located and what you might want to see in the area.

 

 

One of the most notable sites in the Garden District is St. Louis Cemetery #1, and we also offer a pay-what-you-want walking tour of this location as well.

The map below will provide a list of important attractions in the Garden District to help you find locations you might want to visit.

 

 


Warehouse District

This neighborhood is filled with fun attractions and activities that tourists might want to check out. Although we don’t currently have a tour in the area, there are a lot of things to see and do in the Warehouse District.

To get a better idea of what you can find in this part of the city, consider watching our virtual tour of Canal Street and the Central Business District.

 

 

If you’re curious about where to go in this part of town, the following map includes dozens of locations you might want to check out.

 

 


City Park

This isn’t a neighborhood in the sense that there are people who live here, but it is one of the most beautiful and interesting areas in all of New Orleans.

There are a lot of things to see and do in this park, and you can learn more about some of these activities and attractions in our guide to City Park.

We don’t currently offer a walking tour of this area, but we do have a virtual tour of City Park that you can watch below.

 

 

Use the following map to find the best attractions and activities in City Park.

 

 


Treme

This is one of the most historic neighborhoods in New Orleans, and it’s home to many important landmarks you should definitely experience at least once during a trip to the Big Easy.

We currently offer a pay-what-you-want Treme walking tour which covers some of the most significant sites and provides information about the history of the area.

Alternatively, you could also check out our virtual tour of Treme to get an idea of what makes this neighborhood so special.

 

 

If you want to see as much of Treme as possible, use the map below to find attractions and notable sites you might want to visit.

 

 


Frenchmen Street and Marigny

This is another popular neighborhood in New Orleans located very close to the French Quarter. One of the main draws of the Marigny is Frenchmen Street, a location known for its great music venues.

We currently offer a pay-what-you-want walking tour of Frenchmen Street and the Marigny which can help you become more familiar with these surroundings.

If you can’t manage to take our walking tour, we also have a virtual tour of Frenchmen Street that covers a lot of the same ground.

 

 

For more advice on where to go and what to see in this part of the city, check our guide to Frenchmen Street with 12 places for live music.

You can also use the map below to figure out where Frenchmen Street is located, how to get there, and what to see in the area.

 

 


Esplanade Avenue and Bayou St. John

Located just north of Treme, this neighborhood is actually quite close to City Park, and there are a lot of historic sites to see in the area.

This is where the French initially settled in New Orleans, so there are a lot of beautiful old houses in the area, including landmarks such as the Charpentier House, Degas House, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.

If you’re willing to pay for admission, you can actually enter Degas House and experience one of the oldest houses in the city. Tickets are included with some New Orleans tourist passes.

This is also where you’ll find Bayou St. John, and we actually have a virtual kayak tour of the bayou that you can enjoy below.

 

 

You can learn more about some of the best sites to see in this neighborhood by taking our self-guided tour of Esplanade Avenue and Bayou St. John.

Use the map below to find even more attractions in the area that you might want to visit.

 

 


Center City

This neighborhood is just north of the Garden District and it’s notable mostly because of its civil rights history. 

Dryades Street was the site of a historically significant boycott, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded with the help of Martin Luther King Jr. right here in Central City.

Today there is a MLK Statue and Memorial on Claiborne Avenue, and they hold an annual parade on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

This is also the site of Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 and St. Joseph Cemetery. If you’re interested in seeing some of the beautiful and unique cemeteries in New Orleans, these are both great locations to visit.

Check this guide to Central City for ideas of other landmarks you might want to visit in the area.

Alternatively, you can also use this map to find more attractions and figure out where all of the landmarks are in Central City.

 

 


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How Safe is New Orleans for Visitors?

A lot of people worry about how safe it is to visit New Orleans, and while this is a generally valid concern, they are often a bit overblown. 

This post will cover some of the most common questions visitors have when coming to New Orleans and provide 6 tips for staying safe during your visit. Read more »

WHAT TOUR SHOULD I TAKE IN NEW ORLEANS?

Not sure what tour to take?

 

 

Figuring out what tour to take can be a hard choice! We offer a number of a tours, so we thought we’d put all the public tours we offer in one place to help you decide.

WHAT TOUR SHOULD I TAKE IN NEW ORLEANS?


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What tours are being offered as public tours right now?

Keep in mind that any tour we offer can also be booked as private tour, but we also offer a lot more types of tours as private tours! You can read about those here.

St. Louis Cemetery #1 – this tour is NOT running because the cemetery is closed for restoration.


Can’t make any of the tours on our Public Tour Schedule and don’t want to book a private tour? We also have a number of Audio Tours available and you can take any of our Virtual Tours via our YouTube Channel

 

New Orleans Tourist Traps

 

Kid Friendly Tours

We don’t put age limits on any of our tours but these tours are best for younger visitors:

  • French Quarter
  • St. Louis #1 Cemetery
  • French Quarter Food
  • Voodoo
  • Music and Arts
  • New Orleans Ghost Tours

Adults Only Tours

  • Cocktail Tours – this one is obviously 21+ if you want to try to cocktails. Younger guests can join the tour but may have to wait outside some of establishments.

Nighttime Tours

There is a lot to do in New Orleans at night, but are some tours you can take after hours.

  • Cocktail 
  • Ghost Tours

True Crime, Scandals & Ghost Tours

  • Ghosts of New Orleans

Local Neighborhood Tours

  • Garden District
  • Frenchmen Street & Marigny
  • Treme

Best Tours for First Time Visitors

We think all of our tours are great for first time visitors. And what tour you would like really depends on… YOU! 

But these are the most popular tours for first time visitors. 

  • French Quarter
  • Garden District
  • St. Louis Cemetery #1
  • Voodoo

Best Tours for Locals / Repeat Visitors

Same as above – we think all our tours are great for everyone! What you find interesting is will influence what tours you’ll like best. But we have a number of tours that are more popular with locals:

  • Frenchmen Street & Marigny
  • Treme
  • Voodoo
  • Music and Arts
  • Civil War

 


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Tour Summaries

French Quarter Walking Tour: Join Free Tours by Foot on our French Quarter Tour, as we wander the historic streets and alleys of the Old District, passing by the street theater, peeking into historic churches, discovering hidden courtyards, all while entertaining you with stories of authors, artists, priests and pirates.  Join us as we uncover the real French Quarter. 2 hours

Garden District/Lafayette Cemetery Tour: The Garden District, or ‘Lafayette City’, as it was once known, is just a short streetcar ride from the French Quarter, but it feels like a world apart. Excluded from early 19th Century Creole society, newly arrived Yankees got to work creating their own city. The result is one of New Orleans’s most desired neighborhoods and one of the nation’s most beautifully preserved city districts and it’s home to the rich, the famous, the strange and the dead!

St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour: St. Louis #1, ‘The City of the Dead’, is just blocks away form the French Quarter, whose raucous streets are filled with life all hours of the day. Made famous worldwide in the 1969 movie Easy Rider, it is the oldest active cemetery in New Orleans – founded in the late 18th century. The cemetery contains a labyrinth of tombs, unique to most in the U.S., which hold the remains of some of the city’s important historical figures, including, as legend would have it, Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau. There is a $2/person fee at booking time.  Fees collected by tour companies on behalf of the Archdioceses will go to the preservation of this historic cemetery.

New Orleans Ghost Tour: Join Free Tours by Foot as darkness envelops the city and we explore the haunted history of the French Quarter – New Orleans’ spookiest, most haunted district – and hear accounts of love-lured specters, tormented souls of war, vile traitors, and the sorrowful woes of the repentant dead. This is no ordinary New Orleans ghost tour! Though our tours work on a pay-what-you-like basis, we must charge a $2.50 ticket for parties of 5 or less for our ghost tours.  Unfortunately, high demand coupled with high no-show rates has made staffing these tours problematic and has led to increased administrative costs.  Refunds will be processed for cancellations of 24 hours or more.

Voodoo Tour: Join Free Tours by Foot on our New Orleans Voodoo Tour as we seek to illuminate one of New Orleans’ most unique subcultures. From its roots in West Africa to the modern day temples inside the French Quarter, we will explore the history, culture, and beliefs of both historic and current practitioners.   Along the way, our guides will explain the truth behind the more popular superstitions and the meaning within some of the stranger rituals.  The tour ends with a stop inside one of the modern day Voodoo temples and a chance to pick up some New Orleans “gris-gris” to take home!

French Quarter Culinary Food Tour: Our French Quarter Food & History Tour will make you understand New Orleans’ love of food.  Every visitor coming to New Orleans should try the many local dishes, but be warned: many fall in love with it and will crave it for as long as they can think.  During our French Quarter culinary history tour, we will combine history and story-telling so that you have the education under your belt to be the most discerning foodie in one of the best culinary cities in the world.  As we travel from stop to stop during the French Quarter our guides will weave the lore of what dishes make New Orleans food identity.  Our expert guides will share personal anecdotes about some of New Orleans most famous restaurants and chefs.  Walk with us past famous landmarks such as the St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Your personable guide will describe the beautiful architecture and intriguing history.  Most importantly you will learn the differences between Creole and Cajun cuisine!

Marigny Tour: We will stroll through the Marigny. We will visit the suburb’s historic locations and beautiful Creole homes. The tour will point out some of the popular local music venues and restaurants. We will also discuss Bernard de Marigny, a noted gambler, duelist, politician, and founder of this unique neighborhood. Throughout everything we will discuss the Creoles and their way of life.

Music, Arts and More Tour: Through sites in the French Quarter, Treme and Marigny neighborhoods, we’ll get to know the roots of New Orleans music, plus some insight into its artistic, literary, and masking traditions. In addition to the street music, street art, and galleries we’ll pass by in person, this tour is enhanced with audiovisual elements to bring every story to life. We also provide tips on what music events are happening during your stay.

Civil War: Through key sites in the French Quarter, your guide – a published Civil War historian – will illustrate New Orleans’ role in the war that divided the United States.

Cocktail Tour: The French Quarter is full of iconic bars, and this tour will take you through a variety of the highlights, including samples of a few essential beverages and the option to buy others. Cocktails are a great lens into New Orleans’ past, and these drinks will illustrate every era of our three-century history.

Treme Tour: Located just outside the French Quarter, the Treme is considered the first black neighborhood in the United States and has retained many of its West African cultural roots into the present day. This tour explores the history of this neighborhood through its artistic traditions, its role in the American Civil Rights Movement, and the changing status of African-descended New Orleanians from early colonial days through the Louisiana Purchase, the abolition of slavery, and today.

New Orleans Bike Tours: Our pay-what-you-like bike tour schedule is currently running on a limited schedule.  Therefore, Free Tours by Foot is proud to work with Crescent City Bike Tours. The folks at Crescent City Bike Tours offer our guests a discount when they book through their website. Be sure to enter code FTBFbike to get your discount.