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Garden District

Join Free Tours by Foot on our Garden District Tour as we stroll the leafy, magnolia-shaded streets of the Garden District and a city of the dead, Lafayette Cemetery #1. This walking tour is not just mansions and manicured gardens, but stories of legends, tragedy, epidemics, lost causes, movie stars, celebrity chefs, and haunted spirits.
Schedule: Daily
Start Time: 130pm
Tour Language: English
Duration: 2 Hours
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Garden District Highlights

  • Colonel Short's Villa
  • Briggs-Staub House
  • Commander's Palace Restaurant
  • Toby's Corner
  • Manning House
  • Brevard-Mahat-Rice House
  • Rosegate
  • Payne-Strachan House
  • Lafayette Cemetery*
  • and much more...

French Quarter Food Tour

Attention Foodies: Our French Quarter Food Tour combines sightseeing with food sampling. Learn about New Orleans unique food identity and much more.
Schedule: Wednesdays thru Sundays
Start Time: 2:00 pm
Tour Language: English
Duration: 2 hours
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French Quarter Food Tour Highlights

  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Red Beans &Rice
  • Muffulettas
  • Jambalaya
  • Hot sauces
  • Seasonal Gulf Coast Seafood
  • PoBoys
  • crawfish/seafood boil
  • Pralines
  • Beignets

French Quarter

Visit historic New Orleans on this French Quarter Walking Tour. Tour operates on a pay-what-you-like basis, meaning all can enjoy no matter what one's budget
Schedule: Thurs - Sun
Start Time: 10am
Tour Language: English
Duration: 2 Hours
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French Quarter Highlights

Mardi Gras

On this tour, we combine history and how-to. We’ll share stories of the holiday’s origins, but your guide will also be a seasoned parade veteran who can help you decide which events to attend and how to have a great time. And if you’re not here for parade days, we can help you get a taste of the season anytime.
Schedule: Fri, Sat, Sun
Start Time: 10:30am
Duration: 1.5-2 Hours

French Quarter Ghost Tour

Be prepared to be scared on this New Orleans ghost tour by Free Tours by Foot. The French Quarter has rascals both dead and we'll show you them all.
Schedule: Daily
Start Time: 7:30pm
Tour Language: English
Duration: 1.5 Hours
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French Quarter Ghost Tour Highlights

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

Voodoo Tour

This post provides details for our Voodoo walking tours, including where and when they start, sites that we visit or see, and other related content.
Schedule: Thurs - Mon
Start Time: 10am and 3pm
Tour Language: English
Duration: 1.5 Hours
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Voodoo Tour Highlights

  • Congo Square
  • Slavery and the Code Noir in colonial New Orleans
  • The Haitian Rebellions
  • Marie Laveau, the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans” *
  • New Orleans Cemeteries and the Spirits of the Dead
  • Voodoo Dolls, Vevers, and Gris-Gris Bags
  • Saint John’s Eve and other Voodoo holidays
  • Depictions of Voodoo in Hollywood popular culture
  • Depictions of Voodoo in New Orleans culture
  • The New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
  • Madame John’s Legacy
  • Voodoo Authentica and other modern temples
  • And much more.

Welcome to Free Tours by Foot, offering name-your-own-price New Orleans walking tours, including ghost, cemetery, and food tours.

Everyone should be permitted to take a guided tour for a price they feel it was worth or what they could afford - even free! 

And in this time of pandemics, we've also created a slate of free video tours, condensed versions of our live guided tours that you can enjoy anywhere and anytime.

Condensed video tour of the Garden District

Be sure to check out our tour calendar to see which public tours are offered while you are in town or read the walking tour descriptions.

Likewise, we are also offering discounted private tour options. You can contact us for a quote or take a look at our book now page.

Pay-what-you-like tours are tours for every budget.

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NEW ORLEANS WALKING TOURS

You could browse the tours that we have by clicking the links below, by scrolling our public calendar.

Or, you could simply go to our booking page to see what we have available and to book now. 

We have over 4000 reviews with a rating of 5 out of 5 stars

We are so well-reviewed, that TripAdvisor seems to hide us from you (probably because we don't pay commissions). Read the reviews for yourself.  

Free Tours by Foot - New Orleans Walking ToursExcellentFree Tours by Foot - New Orleans Walking Tours4.9 Based on 2014 reviews fromSee all reviews review us onGrayson B.Grayson B. ★★★★☆ The guide was great. He was entertaining and informative. Robi made it difficult not to learn abouthis culture. However, the experience could hardly be called a tour. We never left the park. Our "tour" consisted of walking from one tree to another. As effective as he was in his presentation, if he had led us through the area referencing landmarks, the tour would have been better.Ray L.Ray L. ★★★★★ We took a tour of the French Quarter with Sandy and she was amazing! Super knowledgeable, gave great recommendation’s, and funny!I would highly recommend taking a tour with her.Thanks Sandy!Paulina P.Paulina P. ★★★★★ We’ve done the Garden District, French Quarter food tour, ghost tour, and Voudoo Tour. All the tours have been absolutely fantastic. If you come to New Orleans, definitely use these tours. Special shout out to Priest Robi from the Voodoo tour. It’s incredibly special and enlightening.Leslie O.Leslie O. ★★★★★ Sandy did a fabulous job on the French Quarter tour. It was very informative and entertaining. I highly recommend it!irina A.irina A. ★★★★★ Sandy is an excellent tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, well spoken, and professional. I learned so much during this tour through her way of providing facts, her own opinions, and stories related to popular culture and history.CarinaCarina ★★★★★ Loved the Voodoo tour with Sandy. She was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. The tour was about an hour and a half but I almost wish it was longer for the amount of history involved! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting New Orleans for the first time.Michael M.Michael M. ★★★★★ Sandy was an amazing tour guide.She was filled with historical knowledge and humor, making the entire experience very entertaining and informative.She was mindful of the heat situation, keeping us in the shade so that we did not meat the fate of other tourists.Connie P.Connie P. ★★★★★ Sandy was an amazing guide. She was informative, had an extensive vocabulary and fun sense of humor. Sandy’s knowledge helped us enjoy New Orleans even more! Do not hesitate to book a tour with Sandy!!Scott F.Scott F. ★★★★★ Sandy was very informative and full of localized humor. Really enjoyed the tour!Deby C.Deby C. ★★★★★ Excellent! It was far more historical info than I expected and that was good! Interesting stories about the history and characters of New Orleans. I would have liked to learn a little about the association with vampires and how the city came to be linked to those characters and stories.Stephanie H.Stephanie H. ★★★★★ Sandy is a fantastic tour guide, she is a wealth of information and has an amazing sense of humor! I appreciated her wit and her pointing out architectural details in addition to the history and stories.Mika S.Mika S. ★★★★★ A super informative and fun tour of the French Quarter by Sandy! Highly recommend to get a deeper understanding of New Orleans.S RS R ★★★★★ Awesome experience with Sandy, she’s extremely knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. Definitely recommend!David U.David U. ★★★★★ Sandy was our guide on the Voodoo tour. She was very knowledgeable about the history of Voodoo and New Orleans. We enjoyed her sense of humour and had a great time. Highly recommend you take one of their tours and if you get Sandy even better.stan N.stan N. ★★★★★ We did the ghost tour through the French quarter with Meri. She was very informative and engaging. Learned things I didn't know. Enjoyed her and all of the others in our group , especially Ella from England. Would definitely do again.Michael E.Michael E. ★★★★★ We did the voodoo tour with High Priest Robi, and he is the absolute best! He’s incredibly smart and funny. We learned a ton and had a fantastic time, highly recommend to anyone visiting New Orleans.Katelynn S.Katelynn S. ★★★★★ 5 stars is not enough. 10 might not be. ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING. This is a MUST in New Orleans. Robi is engaging, eloquent, and extremely educated. I can't say enough and yet I've already said to much. Trust me: it is MORE than worth it.Sue H.Sue H. ★★★★★ We did the Voodoo Tour with Priest Robi on 4/28 and I cannot say enough good things about the experience. Robi absolutely knows his stuff! His knowledge of and passion for his culture is amazing and he happily shares it with the group. Beyond his wealth of knowledge, Robi made us feel like he was happy to share with us and educate us. Robi is not just a great tour guide, but one of those shiny, happy people who leave an indelible mark on your life! If you have the opportunity to take his tour, do it!!! You won't be sorry!!! Also, his recommendation for a good poboy at the Quarter Market is spot on!!!Alessandro F.Alessandro F. ★★★★★ Priest Robi is a genius 🙏🏻… Lisa keep you hunted with her ghost’s stories… Sean introduce you to the French quarter in an easy and interesting way … thanksCassie H.Cassie H. ★★★★★ I cannot say Enough about our experience with Robi on our Tour. He made me want to move to New Orleans and move next door to him. Such a kind, compassionate, intelligent Beautiful human♡ if you're on the fence about doing any tour please do not think twice. This man made our experience to New Orleans unforgettable. Thank you Robi♡ I hope you read this and know how incredible you are. You made such a huge impact on our lives in just that short time. Thank you So very much New Orleans is so lucky to have a Human like you and I wish the world had more Robi's.Eran G.Eran G. ★★★★★ Great toor with Sandy.Informative, interesting and funnyHighly recommendedCd D.Cd D. ★★★★★ We took the Voodoo Tour with Evian and he was fantastic. Has a great wealth of knowledge and the way he presents has you riveted. Also just a super nice guy.tara B.tara B. ★★★★★ We just took a free walking tour with Sandy. She was an excellent tour guide. She had lots of very interesting information, was willing to answer any questions, was able to project her voice really well with a big group, and has an excellent sense of humor. I definitely recommend asking for her as your guide!!Emily L.Emily L. ★★★★★ This was a terrific experience. It was clear that our guide was passionate about the city of New Orleans and its history. Evian role us wonderful and intriguing stories about the development of the Garden District, its founders and its residents. We learned about the architectural styles in the district.The pace was good and Evian was happy to answer all our questions.I enjoyed the format of the tour itself- the tour is free and we compensated our guide at the end of the tour.Lena M.Lena M. ★★★★★ We attended the French Quarter tour with Sandy and it was great! She is very knowledgeable about the intriguing history of New Orleans. Her hilarious dry and dark humor were an extra bargain! She delivered historic facts in an interesting and entertaining method, sprinkled with funny self-deprecating jokes that you don't experience with many tour guides. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would recommend her.Jarrett W.Jarrett W. ★★★★★ Today we went on Vodou tour with High Priest Robi and it was EVERYTHING! From the passionate telling of history, culture and religious practices to Robi’s fun, loving and welcoming personality our tour was truly enriching. I would highly recommend ❤️Melissa Pineda C.Melissa Pineda C. ★★★★★ Took the Vodoo tour with Sandy and the Treme tour with Evian, they’re both amazing tour guides and very knowledgeable on the New Orleans history. Would take their tours again!Sharmine P.Sharmine P. ★★★★★ Did the Voodoo Tour and learned so much! High Priest Robi is the BEST! He's extremely knowledgeable, kind, and super funny! Best tour guide ever. Highly recommended (even on a rainy day - absolutely worth your time).Fil S.Fil S. ★★★★★ Joined Free Foot Food Tour with Kayla today. I have been in NOLO 3 days and have done 3 other tours. Today's tour was by far the best. Kayla is knowledgeable about her history and food, and has a very approachable and engaging manner. The food stops/ purchases were really up to you depending on what you wanted. My husband was so disappointed he had to miss this today as I told him all about it. We had watched a YouTube video of this food tour and it met all all the checkmarks. awesome job Kayla! Would highly recommend you take this tour on your first day in NOLO. The tours usually run Thursd to Sun. So really need to plan and coordinate. Unfortunately our last day was Thursday, but Kayla connected all the historical dots that I had heard and linked it well to the food!Katlin M.Katlin M. ★★★★★ Robi was a fantastic guide and this tour was a highlight of my trip!Madison SMadison S ★★★★★ Kim W.Kim W. ★★★★★ High Priest Robi’s voodoo tour was very interesting and informative. He is fun and engaging and does a great job of explaining what voodoo is and is not. Highly recommend!Tapan K.Tapan K. ★★★★★ Knowledgeable tour guide. Liked that there was no pushiness from this tour guide company fairly low key. Our guide provided an excellent historical recap of New Orleans and the Garden District. I highly recommend them.Krystal S.Krystal S. ★★★★★ High Priest Robi is hands down one of the most charismatic humans I’ve ever met. His voodoo tour was so much than the name would suggest: It was a refreshingly honest, entertaining, factually informative and a HEALING storytelling experience. It rained most of our tour but he kept us engaged the entire time. I left the tour having learned so much more than just the voodoo tradition, with a renewed appreciation for life. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us Robi! <3Catherine S.Catherine S. ★★★★★ Fantastic walking tour of the French Quarter by Sandy. She is funny, smart and very knowledgeable.Norma W.Norma W. ★★★★★ Excellent tour with Robbie. Passionate, knowledgeable and very personable. Engages everyone in the group, brings the subject of voodoo Alive!Ian R.Ian R. ★★★★★ Sandy gave us a great tour. Highly recommend.Jason A.Jason A. ★★★★★ Sarah R.Sarah R. ★★★★★ Daniel was a fantastic guide! He wound New Orleans history into each stop in a way that was organic, interesting, and at times funny. So happy to have a fellow liberal arts degree doing what they love!Stephanie S.Stephanie S. ★★★★★ Daniel was a very knowledgeable, friendly and amazing guide. Highly recommend.Suzanne W.Suzanne W. ★★★★★ High Priest Robi gave the best walking tour I've ever been on. And I've done a lot. His authenticity, enthusiasm (after 20 years of tours) and energy is boundless. I did not expect to be so moved, but I went through all the emotions from joy to sadness (empathy) to calm and peaceful. WOW. Learning about our human race and voodoo as an ancient spiritual practice was humbling and necessary. Thank you.Erica D.Erica D. ★★★★★ Sandy was our guide for the voodoo tour. She was entertaining as well as highly knowledgeable about this African religion. We learned so much on the tour that we are leaving New Orleans with an even deeper appreciation for the culture! Thank you Sandy! We truly appreciate you!James H.James H. ★★★★★ Evian was a GREAT guide and lent us a lot of context and clarity to what Voodoo is, where it came from, and how it helped shape the city!! The sliding scale thing is great- check this service out!!!!Neta kNeta k ★★★★★ Lisa was amazing!!Cassandra G.Cassandra G. ★★★★★ Sandi was great. We really enjoyed the tour. She was witty, funny and informative! We would recommend!Heather S.Heather S. ★★★★★ Absolutely loved this!! We went on 2022, enjoyed several types. They were very knowledgeable and engaging. We will be returning in December with our 19 and 21 year old and plan on doing the tours all over again!!!!Donna K.Donna K. ★★★★★ I did the French quarter tour with Sandy, which was a great way to get to an intro to the city / area and its history. I also did the ghost tour with Roni, which was very entertaining. Highly recommend both!Kelsey Rae G.Kelsey Rae G. ★★★★★ I recently did the ghost tour led by Lisa, and it was a highlight of my girls trip! It was such an interesting way to explore the French Quarter and learn about its history. Lisa was so engaging and knowledgeable. She took time to answer our questions at each stop and she was just a wealth of information! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting New Orleans. I'd even do it again on a future visit!js_loader

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Don't see what you're looking for, or has the tour you're looking for already sold out?

Then consider a private tour with us. We offer reasonably priced private tours, including many of our signature tours and some other specialties as well.

Or take a look at our video and GPS audio tours.


GHOST AND VOODOO TOURS

New Orleans is a top destination for ghost and voodoo tours and we are proud to offer the city's highest-rated tours.  

We offer our French Quarter Ghost Tour daily, sometimes 2x every day.  

Hear tales that will send a chill up your spine and find out what really happened when you take one of these awesome ghost tours!

Our Voodoo Tour runs daily (with the exception of Tuesdays) and runs 2x a day several times a week.  

Let us help you uncover the mysteries and secrets of this misunderstood religion and learn about the role that it's played in this city's history.

Check out the calendar above or head to our booking page to see what is available.  

And if our tours are booked out, or if our schedule doesn't work for you, then be sure to take a look at our review of other ghost and voodoo as well as vampire tours available to you.


CEMETERY TOURS

This city is famous for its cemeteries, which for most visitors to New Orleans are unique and exotic. 

There are over 50 cemeteries in New Orleans that have all or most of the graves above ground, but there is really just a handful that is reasonably reachable for most tourists.

Read our guide to cemetery tours in the city as well as our post on visiting cemeteries on a night tour.

We offer pay-what-you-like tours that visit 3 of them.

Get some background on tomb styles and burial practices with our Guide to New Orleans Cemeteries.  
 


SWAMP AND PLANTATION TOURS

Unfortunately, it's not possible to offer pay-what-you-like tours of the swamps and plantations surrounding New Orleans.

Believe us, we tried. There are transportation and entry costs that make it impossible.  

However, there are some really excellent and well-reviewed companies offering swamp and plantation tours.

Some offer tickets that combine swamp and plantation as well as bus and boat tours.  

We have put together posts that compare both plantation and swamp tour companies to help you choose the best for you.

New Orleans Tours

OTHER TOURS

There are a lot of ways to explore New Orleans and the surrounding areas - swamp tours to bus tours. Find out about all of them here:

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