Self Guided Tours of New Orleans

We are happy to have produced several self-guided tours of New Orleans and our collection is growing.

We designed these self-guided tours of New Orleans to be used as tours for you to take on your own time and your own pace or as companion pieces on our guided tours.  

TIP – If you are looking to save money on tickets to New Orleans attractions, consider a tourist discount pass.

Our list of self-guided New Orleans tours:

 


THE FRENCH QUARTER 

St.-Louis-Cathedral-New-Orleans-French-Quarter sThis is a self-guided tour which highlights the top 16 things to see in the French Quarter, New Orleans most famous neighborhood.  

This tour should take you at least 1 hour to complete if you are just walking without browsing shops, bars, and markets.

This map and guide serve as great companions to our guided tour of the French Quarter, which operates daily, sometimes twice a day.

You could also take a more detailed version of this tour on your own as a GPS-led audio tour. Here’s a sample.

 

Also, be sure to check out our post on visiting Jackson Square, which contains a micro self-guided tour within the French Quarter. 

 


THE GARDEN DISTRICT 

Many people come to New Orleans and never get out of the French Quarter. What a shame!  

A lovely afternoon can be spent exploring the uptown neighborhood known as the Garden District.

 

 

This map and guide serve as great companions to our guided tour of the Garden District.

You could also take a more detailed version of this tour on your own as a GPS-led audio tour. Here’s a sample.

 


LAFAYETTE CEMETERY #1

The cemetery has been active since 1833 and still has burials occurring. There are about 1,000 tombs and an estimated 7,000 people buried in Lafayette #1.  

 

 

Use this map and guide to visit the cemetery on your own.

Or, you can join us on one of our daily guided tours of the Garden District, which spend about 25 min in the cemetery.

We also offer a 60 minute, GPS-led, audio tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1. Listen to a sample.

 


HURRICANE KATRINA THEN AND NOW

Musicians Village Katrina TourMany people who visit New Orleans are interested in visiting areas that were affected by Hurricane Katrina stormed through in 2005 and to see the revitalization that is taking place.

We have set up this self-guided tour so that you can use your car or bike to visit them. Total time should be 2-3 hours.  

We also have a GPS-led audio tour version. Here’s a sample.

 


St. Louis Cemetery #1

New Orleans St. Louis cemetery Nicolas Cage tombThere are three St. Louis Cemeteries in New Orleans, but the oldest cemetery is St. Louis Cemetery Number 1. That one is also the one that is closest to the French Quarter.  

Unfortunately, you can no longer discover this historic cemetery on your own, but you still can use it to learn about what you can see on a guided tour with Free Tours by Foot.

The Faubourg Treme is a historic New Orleans neighborhood situated above the French Quarter which was originally considered to be outside of the city. It’s an easy and architecturally fascinating walk from anywhere in the French Quarter.  Be sure to take in the exemplary shotgun homes in a palette of colors and the sounds of live music coming in from one of the free concerts at Armstrong Park as you stroll around this important part of town considered to be a hotbed for musical history; residents have included musicians like Alphonse Picou, Lucien Barbarin, and Louis Prima. While its residents were all once African American, the neighborhood is culturally diverse now and always full of life.

 

New Orleans Algiers FerryAlgiers Point, the only part of the city located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, is the 2nd oldest neighborhood in New Orleans.  It originally was a separate entity but was annexed to the city in 1870.  It stands out for its more bohemian vibe.

 

Faubourg Marigny TourBounded by Elysian Fields and Esplanade Avenue, the Faubourg Marigny is one of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods. Visit and learn about Frenchman Street, the heart of New Orleans’ music scene, learn about Creole culture and find out about old German breweries.  Like the other self-guided tours, this one too is a great companion to our guided tour of Faubourg Marigny.

 

Here in this area the first French settlers established a camp. Here is where the French first staked their claim. Today, the area is quiet and relatively overlooked, but offers some wonderful sights off the beaten path. Begin the tour by heading down Esplanade Avenue away from the French Quarter.

 

New Orleans has a variety of Civil War sites. This Self-Guided New Orleans Civil War Tour will offer tourists in the French Quarter a look into the various buildings and dramatic moments that can be easily visited by anyone sticking to the Vieux Carre.

 

Is there any more appropriate place to treat yourself to a cocktail tour than New Orleans? Besides the easy walk between fabulous lounges, taverns, jazz clubs and simple bars, drinking and New Orleans have become synonymous. We recommend you linger at each of these suggested stops, but if you have places to be, you can ask for a ‘go cup’ and bring your drink with you!

 

If you want to explore New Orleans like a local, come to Frenchmen Street. New Orleans is known for its music, food, and culture, and, just outside the French Quarter, funky Frenchmen Street might be its heart. Frenchmen Street is great for live music, food and drinks. Think of Frenchmen Street as the more sophisticated older brother to Bourbon— the place to go to enjoy restaurants, bars, and night clubs without all the strip clubs and neon lights.

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