New Orleans in a Day Tour

Our New Orleans in a Day Tour bridges the essential New Orleans sights, as well as some off-the-beaten-path alternatives, in a single day. Through a mix of walking and public transit, including the iconic St. Charles Avenue Streetcar, we’ll see the Garden District, the French Quarter, the Marigny, and City Park, as well as the beautiful corridors between.


New Orleans Full Day Tour


The tour begins in the Garden District, where we will visit Lafayette Cemetery #1, a classic above-ground cemetery. From here we’ll see Commander’s Palace, one of the city’s most famous restaurants, and 19th-century homes built by early American arrivals to New Orleans and owned by stars of film, literature, and sports. The historic St. Charles Avenue Streetcar will then bring us toward the French Quarter along the same route taken by Mardi Gras parades each year.

In the French Quarter, we’ll walk Bourbon Street, the center of the neighborhood’s nightlife, and Royal Street, its hub for antiques, art, and street music. In Jackson Square, we’ll see the place where the city began, including its historic structures, such as St. Louis Cathedral, and one of its many ghost stories. Nearby, we’ll find a shop and temple devoted to the voodoo religion. .  After passing by the famous Café du Monde, we’ll walk along the Mississippi River and through the French Market, where we’ll pause for lunch, with all kinds of local cuisine on offer. We’ll finish our time around the French Quarter by visiting its neighbor, the Marigny, home of Frenchmen Street, where the city’s music scene is concentrated.

Finally, we’ll set off along beautiful Esplanade Avenue, an oak-tree-lined row of Creole mansions, on our way to City Park. There, we’ll cross Bayou St. John, passing the New Orleans Museum of Art and the 800-year-Old Dueling Oak on our way to the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. We’ll conclude our time together at Morning Call, a locals’ destination for coffee and beignets, set among live oak trees by a tranquil bayou, with the French Quarter just a streetcar ride away.

This is a pay-what-you-will tour.  There is no cost to sign up. Many establishments we will pass are cash-only, and guests should come with enough cash to purchase water if needed, lunch in the French Market, and public transit.  A day pass for the city’s streetcar and bus system costs $3/person and can be purchased during the tour.  Be sure to read our guide to New Orleans streetcars.

Reservations: REQUIRED. Click here to reserve.

Where: Meets on the southwest corner of Prytania St. and Washington Ave. (next to the white wall).  Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.   Look for your guide in orange with the Free Tours by Foot logo.

Garden District Meeting Point

Duration: Approximately 5-6 hours.

When: Sunday, April 16th @ 10:00 am  | More dates to follow

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.


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About the author

Manager | New Orleans

Sarah first moved to New Orleans in 2001 to work for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana. While working in the communities of New Orleans she fell in love with the unique culture of the Big Easy; it's food, music, architecture, wildlife, and most of all history.

Sarah began her career with FTBF, first as a guide, then as an owner/operator. She believes every day is a good day if she gets to impart her love of her beloved New Orleans with Free Tours By Foot guests. She especially likes to convert new Who Dat Saints Fans!