New Orleans City Passes

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Disclosure: 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. 


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 Tour

New Orleans Ghost Tour

This post is about the best New Orleans ghost tour (and it’s free). 

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.  


Ghost Tour of New Orleans


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.


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’re proud to say that Free Tours by Foot has a 5-star rating on TripAdvisor.


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Reviewers consistently state that our tour guides are quite entertaining as well as very knowledgeable.

USA Today included us in their “10 Best Ghost Tours” in New Orleans writing that “high marks afforded the eerie ghost ramble along French Quarter alleyways and the equally captivating voodoo tour.” 

Being that this tour is so affordable, it is definitely an option for you to consider.

NOTE: Make sure to book these tours ahead of time as they do fill up and are sometimes sold-out.

Some examples of the sites and stories covered on the tour:

  • Pirates Alley/Torture
  • The Octoroon Mistress
  • Yellow Fever
  • The Hotel Monteleone
  • Modern True Crime Stories
  • Locations for American Horror Story Coven
  • and much more.

Tour information

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Meet on the steps at St. Louis Cathedral. Look for your guide with the Free Tours by Foot logo.


New Orleans Ghost Tour Meet Point


Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.

When:  Check out our tour calendar

Cost: 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.


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



The majority of New Orleans culinary 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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How to Get from Newark Airport to Manhattan

How to Avoid Jet Lag

Many of our guests who travel great distances to join us have trouble adjusting to the time difference in their destination city. Here are some tips on how to avoid the dreaded “jet lag”.

What is “jet lag”?

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Things to Do in the French Quarter

Things to Do in the French Quarter

This post covers things to do in the French Quarter, including tips on restaurants and nightlife as well as a self-guided tour. 


What to Do in the French Quarter



Below are 25 essential sights for understanding and enjoying the French Quarter. It’s set up like a self-guided tour.

This tour should take you approximately an hour to ninety minutes if you just walk without browsing shops, bars, and markets.

But why would you do that? All of these sites are visible 24/7, so there’s no rush.

This map and guide serve as a great companion to our guided tour of the French Quarter as well as our ghost, food, and cocktail tours (all in the FQ).

For more detail on Jackson Square, you can also read our article and self-guided tour focused entirely on that area.

Mississippi River

Not included on our map but impossible to miss, the Mississippi River defines one of the French Quarter’s four sides.

As it passes along the edge of the neighborhood, the mighty river has almost completed its grand 2,320-mile journey from its source in Minnesota, touching nine states along the way.

Many explorers struggled on the troubled waters, including the Spaniard De Soto in 1541 and the Frenchman de la Salle in 1682, who claimed the river’s enormous valley, including the present-day state of Louisiana, for France.

In 1699, after de la Salle’s death, another Frenchman, Iberville, was tasked with exploring the lower part of the river; his brother, Bienville, established and named New Orleans in 1718, 100 miles upstream from the mouth.

This began the city’s colonial period, which would last until 1803, ending with the signing of the Louisiana Purchase.

A – Statue of Andrew Jackson on the horse in the middle of Jackson Square615 Pere Antoine AlleyAndrew-Jackson-Statue-French-Quarter s

Andrew Jackson, America’s 7th President, spent a period of time in New Orleans.

This time was capped off by his decisive victory against the British during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

The statue was created by sculptor Clark Mills in 1856, the same year the square was named after Jackson.

Head to the northeast side (the right side if your back is to the water) of the square towards St. Ann Street.

Learn more about Jackson Square!

B – 1850 House Museum 523 St. Ann St  New Orleans, LA 70116

1850 House Museum New OrleansLocated in the Lower Pontalba Building, the 1850 House is a step back into time – to the days of Antebellum New Orleans, often believed to be the most prosperous era in the city’s history. 

Guests to the House are treated to what life and culture were like during the mid-19th Century – from room furnishings, china, and paintings – as well as the history of the Baroness Pontalba and her father, Don Andrés Almonester y Roxas, who between the two of them are responsible for financing and building everything in Jackson Square.

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is $3 for Adults, $2 for Students, Senior Citizens, and Active Military, and Free for Children 12 and Under

Head towards the Cathedral, you should be able to see it from here.

C – St. Louis CathedralSt.-Louis-Cathedral-New-Orleans-French-Quarter s

The oldest continually running Catholic cathedral in the United States, St. Louis Cathedral certainly tops the list of things to see in the French Quarter.

While a church has been located on this site since shortly after the city’s founding, the earliest components of the present structure date to 1789, when it was completely rebuilt after the 1788 fire that burned over 800 buildings.

The majority of the modern structure was built in 1850, with the bell dating to 1819. It is one of the few Roman Catholic churches in the United States that fronts a square, lending a European feel to the area.

A bombing in 1909 damaged the stain glass and galleries. In 1964, Pope John Paul II visited the Cathedral.

Now, turn to the building to the right of the Cathedral.

D – The Presbytère

The-Presbytère-New-Orleans-Tours sThis structure, which was originally meant to be a parsonage but serving many functions in its time, was erected at the location of the original living quarters of the Capuchin Monks.

It was built in 1791 to match the Cabildo, the city hall, found on the opposite side of St. Louis Cathedral. The second story was not completed until 1813.

Today it houses part of the Louisiana State Museum. On the first floor, you can find a Hurricane Katrina exhibit, while the second floor is a permanent Mardi Gras Museum; both are family-friendly.

Walk back past the Cathedral to the building to the left of the Cathedral.

E – The CabildoCabildo-in-New-Orleans-French-Quarter s

Originally built before the fire of 1788, the Cabildo, named for the Spanish city council that met in these walls, was remodeled beginning in 1795.

The Mansard-style roof, typical of mid-19th century France, was added later.

The Louisiana Purchase was signed in the building in 1803. The document granted the U.S. Government everything west of the Mississippi River, plus New Orleans and its immediate surroundings on the east side.

The building was also home to the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1868 to 1910. The groundbreaking civil rights case Plessy vs. Ferguson was tried here.

The Cabildo was named a Historic Landmark in 1960. Today, it is also part of the Louisiana State Museum system, with a broad exhibit covering many aspects of city and state history.

Look back at the Square and notice the two identical buildings on either side. You’ve already visited the 1850 House Museum on the left so head to the right towards St. Peter Street.

F – The Pontalbas

Pontalbas Built in the 1840s by Micaela Almonester de Pontalba.

She was the Spanish Creole daughter of the man who financed the building of the Presbytere, Cabildo and St. Louis Cathedral; she also is responsible for renovations and additions on all three of these buildings.

She dedicated the two Pontalba Buildings to the memory of her father.

Famous New Orleans architects James Gallier, Sr. and Henry Howard were connected to the project. Of the four floors, the first houses shops, and restaurants, while the upper floors are apartments.

Turn down Pirates Alley to the left side of St. Louis Cathedral.

G – Pirates AlleyPirates-Alley-French-Quarter s

Look down as you walk down the alley you will see the small gutter that allows runoff water to flow. When the French Quarter was first being paved, these would have been in all the streets to accommodate standing water.  

If you are lucky, at about 5 pm, you can hear the Roots of Music Brass Band practicing inside of the Cabildo.

Pirates in New Orleans did well for themselves during a time when a ship authorized by a government by letters of marque could attack foreign boats during times of war. During this time they would have been called Privateers or Buccaneers.

The small bar in the alley is known for serving Absinthe. 

Watch a short video on Pirates Alley.

Halfway down the alley, turn left, then left again on St. Peter Street; take a look at the long red building on your right

H – Le Petit Theatre 616 St Peter St.

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Home to a performance troupe founded in 1916, this theater, only slightly younger than the organization that built it, introduced many uptowners to the French Quarter in a time when the neighborhood struggled between dereliction and preservation.

The structure is reputed as being haunted and at night you will hear guided groups (including our French Quarter Ghost Tour) sharing the story of the “lady in white.”

Any plays running at the time of your visit will be advertised outside; the theater also hosts concerts, comedy shows, educational talks, film screenings, and other one-night-only events.

Dickie Brennan’s Tableau Restaurant, located in the same building in a space formerly occupied by a small second stage for the theater, is a great eating option for classic elevated Creole cuisine.

Reservations are advisable, especially for dinner.

Now, turn right on Chartres Street, going away from the Cathedral.

I – New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, 514 Chartres Street  New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

The Pharmacy Museum, located on Chartres St, was the “first United States apothecary shop to be conducted on the basis of proven adequacy” – in other words, the first time a pharmacist had to meet the approval of a governing body in order to receive a license to practice.

In 1804, Louisiana Governor William CC Claiborne, in an effort to curb fraudulent dosing practices and ensure pharmaceutical competence, required all pharmacists to be licensed.

Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. became the first pharmacist to pass the three-hour oral examination and began to operate at this location in 1823, paving the way towards improved healthcare for the citizens of New Orleans.

Today, the museum features collections of mid-19th-century medical equipment and practices, many disturbing or terrifying to modern viewers, on the first floor.

Revolving exhibits, as well as living quarters, a physician’s study, and sick room, are located on the second floor.

Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 – 4:00 (closed on Mardi Gras and for special events). Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 6 and up. Guided tours are given Tuesday – Friday at 1:00 pm at no additional cost.

Now, continue down Chartres to the corner with St. Louis Street.

J – Napoleon House 500 Chartres St.

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This building was constructed for Nicolas Girod, mayor of New Orleans from 1812 to 1815.

The present name of the restaurant derives from Girod’s plans to rescue Napoleon from exile and invite the emperor to share his home. Napoleon died before the plan could be executed.

Beginning in 1914, it was run as a grocery store, then as a restaurant by the Impastato family. Ralph Brennan took over ownership in May 2015.

Signatures include the muffuletta sandwich and the Pimm’s Cup.

Continue down Chartres and turn right on Conti Street.

K – Williams Research CenterThe Historic New Orleans Collection410 Chartres St New Orleans, LA 71030

Considered one of the premier historical and research centers in New Orleans, THNOC is made up of several historic buildings in two French Quarter locations – The Collection, located at 533 Royal Street, and the Williams Research Center (WRC) here on Chartres Street.

Founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Hardie Moore Williams, THNOC houses “more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor.”

The Williams Research Center, home to over 35,000 library books and over 300,000 pictures, drawings, and photographs, is open to the public.

THNOC has published books on the history, culture, art, and music of New Orleans, which are available for purchase.

Two tours of the Royal Street location are offered daily – the Williams Residence Tour and the Architecture and Courtyards Tour.

Both locations are open Tuesday – Sunday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, with Royal St, also being opened on Sundays from 10:30 – 4:30, and admission is free.

Tours are $5 per person and are given four times a day.

From here, continue along Chartres Street to Bienville Street and make a right. At the intersection with Royal Street, make a left and find the Monteleone Hotel and its Carousel Bar on your left side.

L – Carousel Bar, 214 Royal St New Orleans, LA 70130

Located inside the Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter, the Carousel Bar and Lounge is the only revolving bar in New Orleans and has been spinning visitors and locals for 65 years.



Named one of the Top 20 Bars in the World, this 25-seat “Merry Go Round” also serves some of the best cocktails, including the “official cocktail of New Orleans,” the Sazerac, made with rye whiskey, absinthe, simple syrup, and Peychaud’s bitters.

The bar also offers a food menu and regularly scheduled nightly entertainment. Fun fact – Liberace was the first person to play the piano located in the Bar! Open 7 days a week from 11:00 am.

From here, go back the way you came along Royal Street, continuing until you reach the intersection of Royal and Conti Streets.

M – Louisiana State Bank/French Quarter Police Station 403 Royal St.Louisiana-State-Bank French-Quarter-Police-Station s

Built in 1822 as the Louisiana State Bank, it is named after its architect, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who is often noted as the “Father of American Architecture”.

His works include portions of the United States Capitol Building, the White House, the Baltimore Basilica.

He is also known for developing ways to combat Yellow Fever. It is ironic, that he died ultimately of Yellow Fever.

If you look across the street you will see the French Quarter Police Station also designed in 1821 by Latrobe.

Keep walking one block down Royal Street.

N – Peychouds/James H. Cohen and Sons Inc: Rare Antiques & Collectibles 437 Royal St.

Peychouds-James-H.-Cohen-and-Sons-Inc-Rare-Antiques-Collectibles s1830 found Antoine Peychoud running a Creole Apothecary or Pharmacy.

He moved to New Orleans in 1795 and is believed to have created the first cocktail out of Bourbon and his unique bitters. The Bitters are similar to Angostura bitters but sweeter and more floral. 

Peychaud’s Bitters is the definitive component of the Sazerac cocktail. You may be interested in our guide to cocktails in New Orleans

Now, continue down Royal St. and turn left on St. Peters. Our next two stops are right next to each other.

O – Preservation Hall 726 St Peter St.

Preservation-Hall-French-Quarter sIn reaction to the rising popularity of rock and roll, Preservation Hall was opened up in 1961. It was a way for the origins of Jazz to be heard by the thousands of tourists that arrived in New Orleans a year.

Famous acts like Bright Eyes, The Rolling Stones, and the Foo Fighters have graced the stage for special appearances.

Today shows begin at 8, 9, and 10 pm nightly. Read our full post on Preservation Hall.

P – Pat O’Briens 718 St Peter St.

Pat-Obriens-French-Quarter-Self-Guided-Tour sThe building that contains the bar dates back to 1791.

This bar dates back to 1933, during Prohibition when the consumption of alcohol was illegal the place was called, O’Brien’s Club Tipperary.

The password, “Storms a Brewin”, may have been an homage to the bar’s signature drink the Hurricane.

The best time to visit is at night when the courtyard fountains brim over with fire.

Return to Royal Street and turn left, stop at the corner of Orleans Street.

Q – Royal Street

Royal-Street-New-Orleans-French-Quarter sRoyal Street is a pedestrian street during the day. This is the best way to walk in the quarter as you can walk in and out of the exclusive Royal Street Art Galleries and listen to street musicians play New Orleans classics.

When you arrive at Orleans Ave., look to the right at the statue of Jesus with upstretched arms. During football season locals refer to this statue as “Touchdown Jesus”.  

At night Jesus’s shadow is illuminated on the back of the Cathedral.

Turn left on Orleans Street and stop at the next intersection with Bourbon Street.

R – Bourbon Street

Bourbon-Street-New-Orleans sThis 13 blocks long street is one of the most notorious in the world. From the 1700’s to 1880, the street was a mostly residential street.

Some of the same influential Creole families own properties there today.

But, the modern incarnation is a street lined with Bars, Gentlemen’s Clubs, and Live Music Venues.

Signature drinks on this street are Hand Grenades and Hurricanes. Watch out for flying beads as you walk three blocks to Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmiths Shop.  

Read our post on Bourbon Street to learn more.

Turn right on Bourbon Street and continue 3 blocks to St. Phillips Street.

S – Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmiths Shop 941 Bourbon St.

Jean-Lafittes-Blacksmith-Shop sThe Structure is one of the oldest buildings in New Orleans, but the date the structure was erected is unknown.

It is often touted as the oldest structure in the U.S. housing a bar.

The structure was said to be run by Jean Lafitte the Pirate and housed the New Orleans black market while he owned the shop. There is no written evidence of this.

The Purple VooDoo Drank is their specialty.

Be careful in the restrooms, as they are said to be haunted.  Also, be sure to check out our French Quarter Ghost Tour if being scared is your thing. 

Backtrack down Bourbon Street and turn left onto Dumaine Street.

T – New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum, 724 Dumaine St  New Orleans, LA 70016

Historic Voodoo Museum French QuarterThis small, 2 room building, located off of Dumaine St, near the hustle and bustle of Bourbon St, is an inexpensive way to pique one’s interest in this spiritual practice.

Filled with artifacts, paintings, and sacred objects, the Museum explores the legends, myths, and history of New Orleans Voodoo.

John T, who works at the museum and is a Voodoo priest, offers fortune-telling and the adjacent gift shop offers a wide range of items for sale, including books, candles, snakeskin, and chicken feet.  Read our full post here

Open daily from 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., admission is $5/person.

We offer a daily, pay-what-you-wish Voodoo Tour that begins in the French Quarter.

Continue down Dumaine Street one block

U – Voodoo Authentica 612 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Voodoo Authentica French Quarter New OrleansWhen people think about New Orleans they think about Voodoo. It is was at Congo Square that Voodoo began to spread throughout the colony and North America.  

Enter the museum and learn about the complexities of the religion, or better yet take our Voodoo Tour of New Orleans. Return to Bourbon St.

Backtrack to Royal Street and turn right. Our next stop will be three blocks on your right.

V – Gallier House, 1132 Royal St New Orleans, LA 70116

Gallier House French QuarterThis beautiful Creole Townhouse, located off of Royal Street, was once the home of James Gallier, Jr. and his family.

During the mid-19th Century, Gallier was one of the most popular architects in New Orleans, designing houses for many prominent businessmen and families throughout the city.

Guests to the Gallier House, completed in 1860, are transported back to the splendor of the 19th Century – beautiful Victorian furnishings and decorations, toys and games of a bygone era, and the story of a young family living in a nation on the brink of War.

The Gallier House, built “ahead of its time” features indoor plumbing, an attached kitchen, and a ventilation system – all designed by James Gallier, Jr.

This house also is said to have “inspired Louis and Lestat’s New Orleans residence in Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.”  

Open to tours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (and by appointment on Wednesdays).

Admission is $15 for Adults and $12 for Children, Students, Seniors, and Military.

Turn right on Governor Nicholls Street and right again on Chartres Street. Our next two stops are across the street from each other.

W – The Ursulines Convent 1100 Chartres St.

Old-Ursuline-Convent sThe Ursuline Nuns were the first religious order to arrive in the French Colony of Louisiana in 1727. The current convent dates back to 1751.

The National Park Service states, “This is the finest surviving example of French colonial public architecture in the country.”

It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and tours are available. 

Continue right on Ursulines St. two blocks to the entrance to the French Market.

X – Beauregard-Keyes House and Garden Museum  1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Beauregard House New OrleansThe Ursuline nuns sold off their land in 1825 and James Lambert designed the Creole Greek Revival property in 1826. The Garden was added in 1833 by the Swiss Consul.  

It was occupied by P.G.T. Beauregard from 1860 to 1868.

The author Frances Parkinson Keyes, wrote the novel Dinner at Antoine’s while residing in the residence.  

Today it is a museum and can be toured with the first tour can begin at 10 am and the last 3 pm.

For history buffs, read our self-guided tour on Civil War New Orleans.

Backtrack down Chartres Street and take your second right onto Barracks Street.

Y – Old US Mint 400 Esplanade Ave

US Mint New OrleansThe Old US Mint, built in 1835, is the only building to have produced both the United States and Confederate currency.

It also briefly served as housing for Confederate troops during the Civil War, until the occupation of Federal Forces in 1862.  

In 1879, after Reconstruction,  minting resumed until 1909, when it was decommissioned.

In 1981, this landmark building became part of the Louisiana State Museum Complex.

Today, it houses the “New Orleans Jazz Museum”, which features “instruments (many played by significant jazz musicians), sheet music, and memorabilia chronicling the history of Jazz from its humble beginnings on the streets of New Orleans.”  

There is also a pottery and crafts exhibit, showcasing the talents of students from the H. Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University.

Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00 – 4:30.  Admission is free. 400 Esplanade St.  New Orleans, LA 70116

The road directly across is French Market Place, take that until it dead-ends at the park. Walk around the park to the corner of Decatur and St Phillips Streets.

Z – The French Market

French-Market-New-Orleans-Tour sThe market stretches 6 blocks and contains restaurants, candy shops, Cafe du Monde, and a flea market.

Predating European Colonization the site was a trading post for Native American Tribes of the region.

When the French first arrived, they met with the indigenous people, who taught them about local food and how to prepare it.

Up until the 1980s, it was a place for locals to pick up produce and acted as a food market.

There is a modern resurgence of this occurring now with organic local food being sold and an extensive food court.

The back of the market is a cheap place to pick up trinkets at the flea market. 

Read our self-guided tour of the French Market or learn more about the city’s food on one of our New Orleans Food Tours.

Head across the street, you can walk through the little park.

(a) – New Orleans Jazz National Park  916 N. Peters St  New Orleans, LA 70116   New Orleans National Jazz Park Visitor Center

While the “Park” itself is made up of many historic Jazz landmarks (including the Old US Mint and Perseverance Hall in Louis Armstrong Park), the Visitor’s Center is a great way to learn more about the history of Jazz, see daily musical performances, participate in Ranger-led demonstrations and talks, and even pick up several self-guided jazz tour routes.

The Visitor’s Center is open 9:00 – 5:00 Tuesday – Saturday, and is free to the public. Please Note: the Center is closed for Mardi Gras and all Federal Holidays

Continue to your right down Decatur Street.

(b) – Cafe Du Monde 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Cafe Du Monde French QuarterBuilt as a coffee house in 1862 during the Civil War chicory coffee was popular here. With a shortage of coffee in the city, the tree element was used.

Some New Orleanians got a taste for it.  It is still served today.  

If you are less adventurous you may want a Cafe Au Lait. That would be half coffee half steamed milk.  

But, what you can not pass up is their world-famous French-inspired beignets.

Don’t wear black the piles of powdered sugar will end up all over your clothes. They are cash only.   

Be sure to read our post on Cafe Du Monde and on the many great places to eat beignets in New Orleans.

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In this section, we provide you with access to several maps of the French Quarter that cover food, drink, attractions and hotels.

To begin with, we have our self-guided tour map, which takes you to all the important sites of the French Quarter. 

You can skip straight to the self-guided tour. We also have a GPS-enabled audio tour of the French Quarter.

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New Orleans in April

Things to Do in April in New Orleans

This post covers New Orleans in April, including a list of the best things to do, free activities, things to do at night as well as with kids and is updated for 2020. 


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This list features some of the most exciting and entertaining activities that you’ll find in NOLA during the month of April. 

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