Top 67 Things to do in New Orleans, Louisiana

Known for coming alive during Mardi Gras, the Big Easy actually has far more to offer than colorful beads and lots of partying. Things to do in New Orleans include enjoying live jazz music, going on paddlewheel river steamboat tours, walking through sculpture gardens, and eating lots of local Creole and Cajun cuisine. There is a great deal of history in this southern city, a fact that will appease both history buffs and patriotic travelers alike. And you will never have a shortage of haunted attractions in New Orleans, where both the historical significance and strong spiritual vibe of the city and Louisiana lend themselves to lots of ghostly stories.

Airboat Adventure
Climb aboard a flat-bottomed airboat and prepare for an exploration of Louisiana's wetlands just south of New Orleans. Head 30 minutes from downtown and experience some of the most beautiful and secluded areas of the state while catching glimpses of... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$75
per adult

Audobon Zoo & Aquarium of the Americas Combo
Uncover the wild side of the Big Easy as you visit friendly creatures at 2 of the city's attractions. Check out the massive mammals and creepy crawlies at the Audobon Zoo and then enjoy an intriguing look at underwater species... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 day

Free cancellation

$40
per adult

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
Step into a world of mystery surrounded by exotic sea animals with a visit to the Audubon Aquarium. With exhibits that offer up-close looks at local wildlife and exotic animals alike, the aquarium puts you in the middle of the... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 day

Free cancellation

$24
per adult

Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium
Prepare all 5 of your senses as you descend into the world of bugs at North America’s largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. Venture through informative exhibits that showcase what insects eat, how they live, and the important... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$20
per adult

Audubon Nature Institute Multi-Park Experience
Satisfy your natural curiosity with a visit to 4 fun-filled facilities at the Audubon Nature Institute. The Audubon Zoo, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and the Entergy Giant Screen Theater connect you with... Read More

Categories: Attractions

4 hours

Free cancellation

$45
per adult

Audubon Zoo
Discover the diverse animal kingdom and wide variety of ecosystems that cover the 58-acre (23. 4-ha) Audubon Zoo. Surrounded by 150-year-old massive oak trees, the exotic mix of animals offers unique natural-habitat exhibits, educational programs, and hands-on animal encounters. Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 day

Free cancellation

$20
per adult

Beyond the French Quarter Bike Tour
Leave the bright lights and bars of Bourbon Street behind on a bike tour through the Big Easy's less-touristed neighborhoods, pedaling past elegant antebellum mansions and through musically significant parks with an expert local guide. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$45
per adult

Big Easy Aerial Tour
Soar above the city on this small-group tour and admire views of the snaking Mississippi River, the French Quarter, and Bourbon Street. Sit back and relax on this narrated tour of the Big Easy. Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

45 minutes

$125
per adult

Big Easy Lights at Night Aerial Tour
The late-afternoon sun dances across the Mississippi as you take to the skies above New Orleans. Get a bird's-eye view of the French Quarter and Superdome, or choose your own route so you can see what intrigues you most. Read More

Categories: Air, Balloon & Helicopter Tours

45 minutes

$150
per adult

Bike Rental
New Orleans captivates you as you ride through the city streets on a comfortable beach cruiser with an over-sized seat. Pedal leisurely along the mighty Mississippi River and wander through neighborhoods that gave rise to jazz and some of its... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$25
per adult

Cajun Bayou Boat Tour
Keep your eyes peeled for lurking gators as you drift beneath Spanish moss-draped cypress on this cruise through Cajun Country. Learn about the critters that call Lousiana's wild wetlands home, and motor through the bayou with a 5th-generation alligator hunter... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$91
per adult

Cemetery & Voodoo Walking Tour
Step back into the late 1700s and delve into the intriguing cemetery lore that shaped New Orleans' history. Licensed tour guides help you explore cemetery haunts like the tomb of Voodoo queen Marie Laveau and teach you about old burial... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$26
per adult

Chalmette Battlefield Tour & River Cruise
Cruise in definitive New Orleans-style aboard the Creole Queen. On this authentic paddle wheel boat, pass by the French Quarter's waterfront and then disembark to visit the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans in Jean Lafitte National Historical... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$26
per adult

City at Night Tour
On this guided tour visit a historical hotel in the Garden District, stroll down lively Frenchman Street, and drive by New Orleans icons like the French Quarter and Jackson Square. See some local hotspots and take in a wonderful view... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 15 minutes

Free cancellation

$59
per adult

Court of Two Sisters Creole Dinner
As the sun sets over the Crescent City's skyline and stars blanket the sky, treat yourself to a luxurious 4-course Cajun-Creole dinner. A courtyard surrounded by flowers, fountains, and trellises sets the romantic ambiance for an unforgettable dinner. Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$69
per adult

Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch
Feast on a true Cajun-Creole brunch with 80-plus menu items, including local favorites such as eggs benedict, grits, duck à l'orange, and of course, mimosas. Complete with a live jazz band, this mix of New Orleans' food and culture leaves... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$48
per adult

Creole Queen Evening Jazz Cruise
As the sun vanishes beyond the horizon and paints the sky, treat yourself to a true Creole evening out on the Mississippi River. Complete with historically patterned wrought iron, a 24-foot (7. 3-m) apple-red paddlewheel, and a live jazz band,... Read More
Degas House Tour
Edgar Degas was the only French Impressionist painter to spend time living and working in the United States. On this guided tour of his Esplanade Avenue mansion and studio, explore his family home and rich Creole heritage. (He was born... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

2 hours 15 minutes

$29
per adult

Destrehan Plantation with Airboat Ride
Explore the history of antebellum plantation houses with experienced guides in period costumes and cruise through the creature-rich waters of a Louisiana swamp. On this exhilarating excursion, visit the Destrehan Plantation and bask in the bayou's beauty while riding through... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$150
per adult

Dining at Hard Rock Cafe with Priority Seating
Dine like a rock star among pop, soul, and rock 'n' roll memorabilia—costumes and instruments from your favorite musicians—at the Hard Rock Cafe. Skip the lines with priority seating and enjoy a classic meal and a cookie. Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

2 hours

Free cancellation

$25
per adult

Entergy Giant Screen Theater
Home to one of the largest theater screens in the Gulf South, the Entergy Giant Screen Theater gives you a vivid look at local wildlife, culture, and cinema. This giant theater combines a powerful 5. 5-story screen with dynamic surround... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 hour

Free cancellation

$12
per adult

Entergy Giant Screen Theater & Aquarium Combo
Spend a day exploring underwater worlds and watching immersive documentaries on gargantuan screens with this combo excursion. Head to the Audobon Aquarium of the Americas to see everything from sharp-toothed sharks to jiggling jellyfish and then see a show... Read More

Categories: Attractions

1 day

Free cancellation

$32
per adult

Evening Segway Tour
Watch as daylight fades and the city comes to life while you wind through the heart of New Orleans on a Segway. Sights include the historic French Quarter, Mississippi riverfront, beautiful parks, and city squares. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$65
per adult

French Quarter Bike Tour
Strap on a helmet for a 2-wheeled journey along the storied streets of New Orleans' French Quarter. As you go, your knowledgeable guide leads you to some of the Crescent City's most notable landmarks, shares local favorite hotspots, and tells... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

French Quarter Cocktail Walking Tour
Step up to the bar at some of the classic watering holes in the French Quarter. As you journey through the oldest neighborhood in the city, sip on traditional New Orleans cocktails like the hurricane and Ramos gin fizz. You... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$29
per adult

French Quarter Segway Tour
The French Quarter, Jackson Square, and Louis Armstrong Park all tell tales that have shaped modern-day New Orleans. Glide through these richly historic areas of the city before venturing out along the grand Mississippi River for fantastic photo opportunities. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$75
per adult

French Quarter Walking Tour
Stroll along quaint streets of the French Quarter to Jackson Square on the Mighty Mississippi. Explore the French Market while your guide shares stories about New Orleans' oldest neighborhood. Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$26
per adult

Full-Day Destrehan, San Francisco & Houmas Plantations Tour & Creole Lunch
Meander around the gnarled trunks of live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, explore antebellum mansions and well-preserved slave quarters, and listen to engaging commentary from experienced guides dressed in period costume on this all-encompassing plantations excursion. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$171
per adult

Garden District Walking Tour
Elaborate mansions from the 1800s line the suburban streets of the opulent Garden District, rich with the charm and hospitality of the Deep South. This morning stroll takes you through the area once owned by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, the founder... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 15 minutes

Free cancellation

$37
per adult

Ghosts & Vampire Walking Tour
Step back to the early 1800s and indulge in historically accurate tales of local ghosts and vampire lore. Guided by master storytellers, this tour illustrates the haunting tales of time gone by and brings infamous serial killers like Madame LaLaurie... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$20
per adult

Grand Combo Tour with Boat Ride
Cruise out of NOLA to spend a day meandering around historic plantation estates and learning about antebellum culture from experienced guides. Spend somber moments touring the quarters of former slaves, dive into bayou country on a thrilling boat ride, and... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

9 hours

Free cancellation

$171
per adult

Historic City & Cemetery Tour
The French Quarter, elaborate city parks, and unique burial sites are just some of the highlights of this New Orleans sightseeing tour. With roundtrip transportation and hotel pickup provided, this is a convenient way to take in the many sights... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$52
per adult

Honey Island Swamp Day Tour
Get a unique glimpse into an exotic wetland filled with thriving flora and wildlife. From the comfort of a 22-passenger boat, you can get up close and personal with alligators, wild boars, and native birds while your expert guide provides... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$29
per adult

Honey Island Swamp Night Tour
Exotic wetlands full of thriving flora and abundant wildlife lie in wait at Honey Island Swamp. From the comfort of a custom 22-passenger boat, experience this natural wonder as it comes to life and daylight fades. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$29
per adult

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Discover New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, by way of an around-the-city experience via a hop-on hop-off bus. Looping through the city's finest sights and diverse districts, this double-decker bus allows you the freedom to uncover what makes up the... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tickets & Passes, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

Free cancellation

$44
per adult

Hurricane Katrina Tour
Experience firsthand that stories behind Hurricane Katrina, one of the greatest natural—and manmade—disasters in US history. Get a picture pre-Katrina New Orleans, learn the timeline of the catastrophic flood, and witness the aid and support that is going into resurrecting... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Introduction to Flying with FAA Instructor & City Tour
Get an introduction to flying with an expert instructor, and hop into the cockpit to take the controls yourself. Experience take-off, soaring, and landing in a Cessna or Piper aircraft as you fly high above New Orleans and the mighty... Read More

$220
per adult

Isle of New Orleans Tour
Follow the waterways of New Orleans past historic locations and captivating views of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Your journey passes through neighborhoods ranging from the French Quarter to the Ninth Ward. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$54
per adult

Laura Plantation
Pass by Spanish moss-draped cypress groves as you make your way along Louisiana's fabled River Road, traveling back in time to an era when sugar plantations dominated this moody, marshy landscape. At Laura Plantation, learn what life was like for... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$62
per adult

Louisiana Plantation Life Tour
Take an eye-opening look into American history with visits to your choice of 2 of 3 prominent plantation homes along the Mississippi riverfront. Take a drive along the Great River Road, which winds along the Mississippi River, where the Whitney,... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

7 hours 15 minutes

Free cancellation

$85
per adult

Musical Walking Tour with Treme Neighborhood Visit
Embark on a guided walking tour of New Orlean's famous music scene and learn about how the city has influenced both jazz and rock and roll. Listen to historically important songs as your guide leads you to influential spots around... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 35 minutes

Free cancellation

$20
per adult

New Orleans City & Katrina Tour
Take in NOLA's city sights and learn about the storm that changed the urban landscape forever on this guided tour. Delve into New Orleans' past as you check out landmarks from the French Quarter to Uptown, and see the impact... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$85
per adult

New Orleans City & Longue Vue Mansion & Garden Tour
With its Creole flavor, Southern charms, and colonial, antebellum architecture, New Orleans is a treasure trove of historic gems and must-visit sights. Scope out landmarks from the French Quarter to Uptown, and stroll through the gardens of a grand estate... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$90
per adult

New Orleans French Quarter & Garden District Bike Tour
Soak up all the atmospheric charm of NOLA on this bike tour through the heart of the opulent and historic Garden District. Admire elegant antebellum mansions, pedal in the shade of centuries-old live oaks. This bike tour is also family... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Land Adventures, Restaurants & Nightlife, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$45
per adult

New Orleans Ghosts & Spirits Walking Tour
With its atmospheric French Quarter, dozens of graveyards, and centuries-old neighborhoods, New Orleans is often billed as one of the most haunted cities in the US. Your walking tour explores its paranormal past as resident experts lead you on a... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$26
per adult

New Orleans School of Cooking:  Southern Cooking Class
Gumbo, red beans and rice, and Bananas Foster are just a few of the Southern comfort foods you learn to make in this class. Skilled in the arts and traditions of Cajun-Creole cuisine, well-known local chefs include fun Crescent City... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

2 hours

Free cancellation

$28
per adult

New Orleans Sightseeing Power Pass
Gain instant access to dozens of attractions and tours in New Orleans, spending far less than their collective value. Gain skip-the-line access at certain attractions, and the choice of a walking tour from 4 Haunted History tours and 3 French... Read More

$90
per adult

New Orleans True Crime Walking Tour
Dive into the darker side of The Big Easy as you explore grisly crime stories with an experienced local guide. Stroll through the French Quarter while listening to chilling tales about the killers and criminals who made their name committing... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$20
per adult

Oak Alley & Laura Plantation Tour
Take a journey back in time and visit Oak Alley and Laura plantations—both magnificent estates of historic significance. Life on a working plantation—from slavery to family affairs—is highlighted on this tour to the Mississippi River banks. Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$92
per adult

Oak Alley Plantation
Absorb the antebellum romance and atmosphere of the Old South on this outing to the country's most photographed plantation—Oak Alley. Explore the interior of the manor itself on a guided tour, and cross sun-dappled lawns beneath the arching branches of... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

5 hours

Free cancellation

$62
per adult

Po'Boy Combo Meal at Court Tavern in the French Quarter
Tuck into authentic New Orleanian fare at Court Tavern Po-Boys, the sister restaurant to the world-famous and historic Court of Two Sisters. This French Quarter mainstay serves up the city’s classic sandwich—the po’boy—along with southern sides like gumbo, jambalaya, and... Read More

Categories: Culinary Experiences, Restaurants & Nightlife

1 hour 30 minutes

Free cancellation

$16
per adult

Saint Louis No. 1 Cemetery Walking Tour
Step into New Orleans' past with a walking tour of the city's oldest cemetery—Saint Louis No. 1. Learn about the unique customs behind above-ground burials, absorb the eerie beauty of the grounds, and stand before the graves of NOLA notables... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$16
per adult

San Francisco Plantation & Houmas House Tour
Travel through the moss-draped cypress groves, beneath the leafy branches of ancient live oak trees, and along the bends of Louisiana's fabled River Road to explore 2 grand plantation homes. Admire the architectural details of the San Francisco Plantation, and... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$110
per adult

Segway City Highlights Tour
Take a leisurely Segway tour through the heart of New Orleans. You wind through the French Quarter and Jackson Square before escaping the city on a ride to the Mississippi River. Read More

Categories: Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$65
per adult

Shared Shuttle: New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
Enjoy convenient and cost-effective shared transportation between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and your hotel aboard a shuttle. For transfers to and from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, the areas to select from include: Read More

Categories: Airport Shuttles & Limos

30 minutes

Free cancellation

$24
per adult

Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Hop off your cruise ship and onto a double-decker bus to explore the sights of New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Cruise among the city's finest sights and diverse districts, hopping off as you like to uncover this soulful city... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

2 days

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Small-Group Oak Alley & Laura Plantation Tour
Venture out of the city with a small group, and immerse yourself in the antebellum world of Louisiana's riverside plantations. Walk beneath a canopy formed by centuries-old oak trees at Oak Alley Plantation, and learn sobering stories about slavery in... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$110
per adult

Smartphone-Guided City Scavenger Hunt
Embark on an interactive tour of New Orleans and explore the city while following hints and completing unique challenges. See landmarks and historical sites including Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and Cafe Du Monde while you solve clues that lead you... Read More

Categories: Adventures, Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

3 hours

Free cancellation

$38
per adult

Steamboat Natchez Daytime Jazz Cruise
Step back in time as you hop aboard the last authentic steam-powered sternwheel paddle boat for a tour of New Orleans via the Mississippi River. Experience the magic of days gone by as the Steamboat Stompers jazz band sets the... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$31
per adult

Steamboat NATCHEZ Jazz Brunch Cruise
Step back in time as you board the last authentic steam-powered sternwheeler and tour coastal New Orleans along the Mississippi River. Immerse yourself in Southern culture with a brunch buffet of local specialties and vibrant live jazz music. Read More
Steamboat NATCHEZ Jazz Evening Cruise
Whisk back in time as you step aboard the last authentic steam-powered sternwheeler and tour coastal New Orleans along the Mississippi River. Hear stories of the Big Easy's rich history as you tap your feet to acclaimed live jazz music... Read More
Super City Bus Tour
Soak up the joyful atmosphere, old world architecture, and jazz-steeped vibe of the Big Easy on this bus tour. Listen to tales and anecdotes from New Orleans' storied past as you ride by the charming French Quarter, the posh Garden... Read More

Categories: Tours & Sightseeing

2 hours

Free cancellation

$43
per adult

Super City Paddle & Wheel Tour
Absorb 3 centuries of rich history and folklore as you experience the sights and sounds of the world-renowned French Quarter and Jackson Square. Then board the historic Steamboat Natchez for a concert cruise along the Mississippi River. Read More
Swamp & Bayou Airboat Tour
Blast through marshlands and into tucked away bayous, look for smiling alligators and scampering nutria, and learn about the rich ecology of Cajun Country on this exhilarating tour. Head to Lafitte and catch a ride around Louisiana's swamps and bottomlands... Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$110
per adult

Swamp & Bayou Tour
Embrace the quintessential Louisiana landscape on the bayou. Head out on a custom-built all-weather boat to uncover the mysteries of the swamps, bayous, and the Cajun joie de vivre (joy of living). Read More

Categories: Day Cruises & Water Activities, Tours & Sightseeing

4 hours

Free cancellation

$49
per adult

Walking Tour of French Quarter History
A melting pot that blends together cultures, practices, and religions, New Orleans is a hotbed of contrasting identities. On this walking tour, explore the infamous Bourbon Street, learn about the art of voodoo, and discover the history that was instrumental... Read More

Categories: Land Adventures, Tours & Sightseeing

1 hour 35 minutes

Free cancellation

$20
per adult

Whitney & St. Joseph Plantation Tour
Ride through sugar cane fields and cross over the mighty Mississippi as you dive into the scenes and history of the South's plantation past. Uncover immersive exhibits that chronicle the lives of slaves, examine the heritage of French Creole families,... Read More

Categories: Attractions, Tours & Sightseeing

6 hours

Free cancellation

$110
per adult

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