Company Logo - Home Link

7 Awesome New Orleans Night Tours

Book A Guided Walking Tour

This post will provide a rundown of all the most popular and interesting New Orleans night tours, including our pay-what-you-wish options. 


GHOST AND VAMPIRE TOURS

New Orleans is often referred to as the most haunted city in America.

So, there's no surprise that there are a lot of tours offered in the area which focus on the subjects of ghosts, hauntings, and even vampires, and most occur at night.

Ghost Tour of New Orleans

We offer our own pay-what-you-want French Quarter Ghost Tour

During the outing, our professional tour guides cover a variety of topics from Pirates Alley to Hotel Monteleone.

Whether you’re trying to save some money or you just want to take one of the best tours in the city, this is an excellent option.

If you’re not in the mood to walk, there are night bus tours which include a variety of spooky stories about the history of New Orleans and even take you to a cemetery.

For more details on both our tour and other spooky tours in the area, make sure to read our post about New Orleans haunted tours.


BUS AND CEMETERY NIGHT TOURS

There is at least 2 bus tours that you can take after the sun goes down in New Orleans.

These tour focuses on the haunted history of the city, and there is at least one stop, but usually several, where you will get off the bus and enter a cemetery (or at least walk around outside of it). 

Cemetery Night Tours

This tour is called the Dead of Night Ghosts and Cemetery Tour. 

Speaking of cemeteries, there are more than a few cemetery tours available in New Orleans.

Most of them take place during the day, but there are some services that offer tours in the evening.


PUB CRAWLS AND HAUNTED SPIRITS TOURS

In addition to the spooky night tours available in New Orleans, there are also a lot of pub crawls.

The unique culture of the Crescent City has led to some pretty interesting innovations in the world of cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.

Going on a pub crawl is a great way to discover some of the best bars in the city while learning a bit about the more popular drinks in the area.

Speaking of which, we actually offer our own pay-what-you-want cocktail tour in New Orleans.

Our guide will take you around to some of the most popular bars in the city for samples of the tastiest cocktails available.

Our tour takes place during the day, but you can take the self-guided version at night.

You can find more information about both our cocktail tours and pub crawls by reading our post about New Orleans pub crawls and drinking tours.


NIGHT SWAMP TOURS

Believe it or not, there are also swamp tours that take place after dark.

These services are usually only offered during the summer, so you shouldn’t plan on taking the tour if you’re coming to New Orleans during the winter.

If you have the opportunity to take one of these tours, your guide will use a large, bright lamp to shed light on what the swamps look like once the sun goes down. 

Night Swamp Tour (approximately 2 hours)

This unique experience utilizes a spotlight to illuminate the hidden wildlife during a serene tour after dark.

  • Ticket Price
    • With hotel pickup: Adults: $59.75, Children under 12 $38.75
    • Provide your own transportation: Adults $32.75, Children under 12 $21.75
    • More information or to book.
  • Schedule
    • Hotel pick-up 6:00 pm - Boat Departs at 7:30 pm
    • Hotel pick-up 6:45 pm - Boat Departs at 8:15 pm (Seasonal only)

If you want to know more about this option, read our post about swamp tours in New Orelans.


RIVERBOAT DINNER CRUISES

It’s not uncommon to see riverboats cruising along the Mississippi River during the day and after dark.

The most popular cruise services in New Orleans provide dinner cruises every night.

In addition to an excellent meal, there will also be a live jazz band performing on board.

Guests who choose to go on a cruise will also have the opportunity to get a unique look at the city skyline.

In fact, you aren't required to pay for dinner. Tickets for the night cruise cost around $45 per adult

For additional details, read our post about New Orleans riverboats.


OTHER OPTIONS

In addition to all the other themed night tours we have listed above, there are a few different alternatives you may want to consider. 


GPS-Enabled Audio Tours

Although our audio guides are not specifically designed for evening or nighttime use, you can really use this service whenever you want.

Our GPS-enabled audio tours are easy to use with your smartphone, all you need to do is download our free app and use a pair of headphones to hear the tour as you walk around New Orleans.

Currently Available Audio Tours

  • French Quarter
  • Garden District
  • Lafayette Cemetery #1

Learn more and hear some samples.


Bike Tours

Riding a bicycle after dark might seem a little dangerous, but there are a few companies in New Orleans that provide well-lit bike tours through the city.

These bikes actually have strings of light wrapped around the entire frame and even the wheels.

With so much illumination, you’re sure to stay safe while riding around the city at night with a professional tour guide.

If you want more details, see our post about New Orleans Bike Tours.


Creole Christmas Tour

This is a seasonal tour, but it does take place in NOLA at night.

In addition to showing you some of the best lighting displays in the French Quarter, our guides will also explain some of the most notable Catholic Creole traditions that are observed in New Orleans even to this day. 

For more information, read our full post about this French Quarter Creole Christmas Tour.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: June 2nd, 2022
Back to Top
cross