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New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

1. New Orleans: French Quarter Walking Tour

This 2-hour long walk through the historic French Quarter starts outside 529 St. Ann Street, former site of the Louisiana Welcome Center in the lower Pontalba Rowhouse adjacent to Jackson Square (left of square as you face river). Historically used as a parade ground, Jackson Square is now full of musicians, tarot card readers, and street performers. You will walk downriver along the old French Market to the Ursuline Convent. This is the oldest building in the Mississippi Delta from Colonial times and housed some very adventurous and courageous nuns who came here in the early 1700s. You will pass the house of famous jazz player, Danny Barker who is legendary among the city's jazz musicians. You will then come to one of the many former macaroni factories of the lower French Quarter, proof of the major role that Sicilian immigrants played in the city's history. You will come across the house of Vincente Nunez, a Spaniard, whose carelessness caused a fire that destroyed 80% of the city in 1788. You will then see several of the city's former slave markets and learn about Jean Francois Merieult, an influential and powerful Creole businessman and slave trader. After a stop at Preservation Hall, the city's holy grail of traditional jazz, the tour ends in Jackson Square with a story about the famous Madame de Pontalba, a French baroness and businesswoman with an eye for beautiful architecture.

New Orleans Ghost Hunt: Underworld Exploration Game

2. New Orleans Ghost Hunt: Underworld Exploration Game

Discover New Orleans’ famous locations in the French Quarter while playing the role of a ghost trying to reach the afterlife. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. Head to Jackson Square, where the game will start. It will take you between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so feel free to explore, and finish it at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish the game at the famous LaLaurie Mansion. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game.

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What people are saying about Preservation Hall

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 17 reviews

Regine made our experience special. She clearly loves sharing her knowledge and passion for the French Quarter with visitors. She covered a lot of ground - both in physical distance and in the great stories that she shared - plus the restaurant she recommended for lunch was excellent!

Randy was very knowledgeable and we enjoyed walking through the French Quarter with him. He is a low key person which made it that much more enjoyable and he was willing to tailor the walk to our interests.

Very well selected sightseeing points, not overloaded. Nice that the tour was offered in German with a native, very competent guide.

We were traveling with Regine, all I can say is simply great

Randy was a very knowledgeable and interesting guide