New Orleans Streetcars

New Orleans Streetcars | How to Ride the Trolleys

This post demonstrates how to ride the New Orleans streetcars with tips on choosing the right ticket, seeing the best sights, and understanding the streetcar’s history. 

 

 

In New Orleans, trolleys are called streetcars, and their image is iconic to the Crescent City. The streetcar system is cheap and easy to navigate. 

There are currently 5 streetcar routes: the Riverfront; St. Charles; Canal (Cemeteries); Canal (City Park/Museum); and Rampart/St. Claude lines. Read more »

Things to Do in New Orleans in June 2020

What to Do in New Orleans in June

This post covers the best things to do in New Orleans in June, updated for 2020 including festivals, annual events, free things to do, nighttime activities and family-friendly options.

Be sure to read our master post on things to do in New Orleans for even more ideas.

 

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TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE

Below is a list of the best things to do in New Orleans this June. Take a look at our post, How’s the Weather in June in New Orleans, to help you plan your activities.

Many of the best attractions to visit in this city are included for free with a New Orleans tourist attraction discount pass.

For some of the most popular tours, we have the following articles:

For more ideas, see our post on things to do in NOLA all year long.

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Which New Orleans City Pass Is Best?

This post compares the various New Orleans city passes, attraction combos, discounts, and coupons.  As you look at the different options, keep in mind your budget, interests, and stamina. Everyone’s tastes are a little different, so not all packages are right for all people. Luckily, there are quite a few options. Happy planning! Read more »

How to Get to the French Quarter from the New Orleans Cruise Port

This post explains how to get from the Cruise Ship Terminal at Julia Street to the top neighborhoods, listed below, in New Orleans. We provide directions via public transportation and walking. We also suggest the best locations to meet an Uber or Lyft if you decide to use those services.

Be sure to read our post on things to do in New Orleans when planning your time in the city.

 

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You may find these posts helpful in navigating your way around the city.

Use this Google Map link to get directions from the cruise terminal to anywhere in NOLA.


When leaving the ship, you will be exiting from either the Upper Deck or Lower Deck. If you are leaving from the Upper Deck, you will be guided directly into the shops at the Riverwalk. If you are on the Lower Deck, there will be an elevator that can take you to the Upper Level and shops. 


THE FRENCH QUARTER

The French Quarter is the neighborhood closest to the terminal and it also happens to be the top attraction in the city.  Consider joining one of our pay-what-you-like daily tours of the French Quarter

We also have a GPS-enabled audio tour of the area that you can use at any time you like and a detailed post on things to do in the French Quarter.

 

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On Foot

You can walk through the shops to the right and then through the Hilton hotel. When you exit the Hilton at Poydras Avenue, walk upstairs to the right into Waldenburg Park ,which is one block from Canal Street to the left and the French Quarter.

By Shuttle

Sign to the Riverfront Shuttle

As of late, there has been a free shuttle transporting cruise passengers from the terminal to Canal Street and Convention Center Blvd.

If you exit the Lower Level you will cross over the streetcar tracks see the escalators and signs for the free shuttle.

If you exit the Upper Level, walk through the shops to the exit directly across from where you enter the building. There will be escalators downstairs to the free shuttle.

By Streetcar

The streetcar is not always running to the cruise terminal, but that is likely to change soon. If it is running you will be guided off the ship with signs indicating the streetcar is below.

The fare is $1.25 each way. If you get a transfer you can receive a return trip at the same cost.

Walk down the steps from the gangway and hop on the car at the #9 stop. You will see stop #8 ahead of you and that will be the right direction to go.

This car will go all the way to the Marigny. The French Quarter Stops are #6 through #1.

The Audubon Aquarium can be accessed by stop #6. Stop #1 will be Esplanade Avenue at the border of the French Quarter and the French Market.

By Uber, Lyft or Taxi

Any of these options would be about $6-7 dollars. If you have luggage or a large party, this is a great option. You can catch them where you catch the shuttles or on Convention Center Blvd, just 50 feet beyond the shuttles. A good drop-off location in the French Quarter are the Shops at Canal Place.

TIP: If you are going to the Garden District as well, take the St. Charles Streetcar from the French Quarter to the Garden District, which is an adventure unto itself. We offer a free GPS-enabled audio tour you can use along the ride!

 


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GETTING TO THE GARDEN DISTRICT

The Garden District is the second most popular neighborhood to visit in the city. We offer a pay-what-you-wish Garden District tour that runs daily.

Also, take a look at our post on things to do in the Garden District.

 

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On Foot

The walk from the terminal to the Garden District is exactly 2 miles. When you exit the Upper and Lower decks of the terminal via the shops at the Riverwalk, you will be on Julia Street.

Walk straight 7 blocks to Camp Street, turn left on Camp. After you cross under the interstate, Camp St. will become Prytania Street to the right. Follow Prytania for 1.5 miles until you arrive at 2727 Prytania Street.

Still Perkin Coffeeshop is a great place to take a rest. It is also where our pay-what-you-wish Garden District tour begins.

By Streetcar

When you exit the Upper and Lower decks of the terminal via the shops at the Riverwalk you will be on Julia Street.

Walk 8 short blocks to St. Charles Avenue. Catch the streetcar on the opposite side of the street traveling South/Left.

The streetcar is $1.25 and they take cash only. If you would like to get off in the Garden District get off at Washington Avenue.

Go one block left to Prytania Street where you will see Lafayette Cemetery #1

By Uber, Lyft or Taxi

When you exit the Upper and Lower decks of the terminal via the shops at the Riverwalk you will be on Julia Street.

If you choose to take a rideshare to the District, hail it at Convention Center Blvd. and Julia Street. It should cost $8-$10.

Don’t forget that we offer a  pay-what-you-wish Garden District tour that runs daily. 

 


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GETTING TO THE MARIGNY

The Marigny is the neighborhood right beyond the French Quarter. It is a trendy area that includes the entertainment district “Frenchmen.” We offer a walking tour of the area that is offered seasonally.

 

 

By Shuttle/Streetcar

As of late, there has been a free shuttle transporting cruise passengers from the terminal to Canal St. and Convention Center Blvd.

If you exit the Upper Level walk through the shops to the exit directly across from where you enter the building. There will be escalators downstairs to the free shuttle.

If you exit the Lower Level you will cross over the streetcar tracks see the escalators and signs for the free shuttle. 

Shuttle stops in the French Quarter are numbered #1-6. Stop #1 will be Esplanade Avenue at the French Market.

Stop 1 French Market

If you are traveling with kids, why not visit the Audubon Aquarium which is located near stop #6 at Canal Street.

By Uber, Lyft or Taxi

Catch your rideshare at the corner of Julia Street and Convention Center Blvd. Depending on where you are heading in the Marigny, this can get a little pricey, around $12 to $15.

If you are headed to Frenchmen Street enter Checkpoint Charlie’s as your end destination, 501 Esplanade Avenue.

 


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GETTING TO MID-CITY

To get an authentic sense of New Orleans, we suggest visiting the Mid-City neighborhood. You will find restaurants that locals enjoy and an additional Cafe Du Monde location where you can get beignets!

Visit City Park, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Race Track or historic cemeteries.

 

 

On Foot

This area is a little far from the Cruise Terminal, so we do not encourage walking.

By Shuttle/Streetcar

Hop on the free shuttle transporting cruise passengers from the terminal to Canal Street and Convention Center Blvd.

If you exit the Upper Level walk through the shops to the exit directly across from where you enter the building. There will be escalators downstairs to the free shuttle.

If you exit the Lower Level you will cross over the streetcar tracks see the escalators and signs for the free shuttle. The shuttle will drop you off at the intersection of Canal Street and Convention Center Blvd.

Follow Canal Street and the streetcar tracks away from the river and Aquarium. You will begin to see the Canal streetcar stops; they will say “Car Stop”.

The streetcar will cost $1.25 for a one-way ticket. Make sure you hop on the car that says “MUSEUMS/CITY PARK”.

The Mid-City neighborhood will begin after you cross over Claiborne Avenue and under the I-10 overpass. Consult your destination and choose your stop, as there are many.

If you are trying to make it to City Park, Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans Museum of Art, the Sculpture Garden, or St. Louis #3 Cemetery, ride the car to the end of the line. Consult our posts about these attractions.

By Uber, Lyft or Taxi

Catch your ride at the Corner of Julia Street and Convention Center Blvd. 

If you are trying to visit City Park name your destination as the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans, LA 70124. Expect to pay $15 to $25.

 


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GETTING TO ALGIERS

If you want to have an adventure across the Mississippi to the Algiers neighborhood, a small community with bars, restaurants, and BnBs.

You will have a great view of the French Quarter as you cross the river on the ferry. If you have an exact destination, in mind you can take a car.

Check our post on what to see in Algiers. You will also find detailed instructions for taking the ferry.

 

 

By Shuttle/Ferry

Hop on the free shuttle transporting cruise passengers from the Terminal to Canal Street and Convention Center Blvd.

If you exit the Upper Level walk through the shops to the exit directly across from where you enter the building. There will be escalators downstairs to the free shuttle.

If you exit the Lower Level you will cross over the streetcar tracks see the escalators and signs for the free shuttle.

When you are let off the shuttle, head to the right and towards the river on Canal Street.

You will see signs leading you down the ramp towards the Aquarium and the public ferry.

The ferry is $2 cash and departs every 15 minutes. The last ferry departs Algiers at 9:30 pm Sun-Thurs and 11:30 pm Fri and Sat.

By Uber, Lyft or Taxi

We suggest catching your car at Julia Street and Convention Center Blvd. Have your destination in mind before you depart. 

Our guide to Algiers can help you decide where you want to go. This ride, however, will cost no less than $18 to get to the Westbank and Algiers. 

 


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GETTING TO CARROLLTON

If you want to catch the World Famous ReBirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf or eat at delicious Jaquemo’s, then you want to visit the Carrollton neighborhood. It is easy to get there with the St. Charles streetcar.

 

 

By Streetcar

When you exit the Upper and Lower decks of the terminal via the shops at the Riverwalk you will be on Julia Street. Walk 8 short blocks to St. Charles Avenue.

Catch the streetcar on the opposite side of the street traveling South/Left. The streetcar is $1.25 and they take cash only.

Stay on the streetcar for about 25 to 30 minutes. You will pass the Garden District, Tulane University, Audubon Park and Zoo, and finally make a right hand turn onto Carrollton Avenue.

Take the 2nd stop once you are on Carrollton. The driver will holler out “Oak Street!”

Once off the car, you can find a lot of restaurants and bars. If you walk left to Oak Street, you will find the Maple Leaf and Jaque-Mos’s.

By Uber, Lyft or Taxi

Pick up your car at the corner of Julia St. and Convention Center Blvd. We suggest Camelia Grill, 626 S. Carrollton, as a centralized location as a drop-off stop. This ride will be at least $20.

 


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May in New Orleans

What To Do in May in New Orleans

This post covers some of the best things to do in New Orleans in May, updated for 2020, including free, family-friendly fun, and nighttime events and attractions. 

 

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN MAY

Below is a Top 10 list of the most interesting things to do in New Orleans throughout the month of May.

Some of the best attractions to visit in this city are included for free with a New Orleans tourist attraction discount pass.

For some of the most popular tours, we have the following articles:

For more ideas, see our post on things to do in NOLA all year long.

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New Orleans Ghost Tours and Haunted Tours

New Orleans Ghost Tours and Haunted Tours

This is a comparison post of the best New Orleans ghost tours, including vampire, voodoo, haunted houses and haunted pub crawl tours in New Orleans. 

 

 

Disclosure: We think you should consider our free tours, but we have also provided other options. While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.

NEW ORLEANS HAUNTED TOURS

New Orleans is rumored to have a strong presence of ghosts and spirits. The city’s reputation for its connection to the supernatural has led authors like Anne Rice (“Interview with the Vampire”) to set their stories here.  

Some episodes of the hit series “True Blood” take place in New Orleans and for those old enough to remember, the James Bond classic “Live and Let Die” weaved the Voodoo culture of New Orleans into its plot.

When you are in New Orleans, you can do more than read a book or see a movie to experience the macabre. You can take a tour and get up close and personal!

New Orleans offers a variety of tours focusing on Louisiana’s haunted past. These tours take you to some pretty spooky places where your guide will tell you chilling tales about the city’s dark history.

In the calendar below, we have listed our tours plus a few other paid tours that have reasonable prices and good reviews. Beneath the calendar, we detail these tours in depth.

 

 


Free Tours by Foot’s French Quarter Ghost Tour

If you’re looking for a fully guided ghost tour, our pay-what-you-like ghost tour is a great choice.

This walking tour visits many legendary locations such as Pirates Alley and The Hotel Monteleone. You’ll hear tales of the chilling history of this haunted city.

We also offer a Voodoo Tour, a Garden District Tour including Lafayette Cemetery and a Saint Louis Cemetery tour, in addition to less spooky tours such as our French Quarter Walking Tour and Frenchmen Street and the Marigny Tour. Read more »

New Orleans Food Tours

New Orleans Food Tours

Free Tours by Foot is proud to now offer our free New Orleans food tours. Learn all about the city’s great foods, including gumbo, jambalaya, po-boys, beignets and so much more.

 

New Orleans Food Tours

 


FRENCH QUARTER FOOD TOUR

The majority of New Orleans food tours are offered in the French Quarter, so there are several options to consider if you’re interested in learning more about the types of meals you can enjoy in this neighborhood.

In this section, we’ll provide information about our own free New Orleans food tour and a few additional outings you may want to consider as an alternative.

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