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7 Awesome New Orleans Night Tours

Updated: December 22, 2023

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


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.

A few 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.


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

These tours focuse 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. 

For more option, take a read of our night cemetery tours post.

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.


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.


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

These services are usually only offered during the summer, as well as late sping and early Autumn.

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.


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.


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
  • St. Charles Streetcar
  • New Orleans Music Tour

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

Sarah Hester

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. Read More... 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!
Updated: December 22nd, 2023
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