French Quarter Walking Tour
One of the best ways to really get to know the French Quarter is with a walking tour guided by Free Tours by Foot. The walking tour they offer will take you beyond the bars and brews of Bourbon Street and show you that the 'reality of the Vieux Carre far surpasses its Mardi-Gras reputation'.
During your tour, you will be surrounded by remarkable architecture with Spanish, Caribbean, and American influence. The streets are full of characters, from musicians to magicians to voodoo practitioners. Wander the historic alleys of the old district and pass by the street theater, peek into historic churches, and discover hidden courtyards, all while being entertained with stories of authors, artists, priests, and pirates. Here is a more detailed list of what you will see during your tour:
- Jackson Square
- St. Louis Cathedral
- The Cabildo
- Pirates Alley
- William Faulkner House
- Tennessee Williams House
- Bourbon Street
- Lafitte's Bourbon Street Shop
Meet at the Andrew Jackson Statue to start the tour, which begins at 10 am and 2 pm on days offered. The tour lasts 2 hours, traveling about 1 mile. Note that the tour is available anytime if you choose to take the GPS-enabled audio tour. There are also 2 more walking French Quarter Tours with Free Tours by Foot that you may be interested in; Secrets of the French Quarter and New Orleans in a Day.