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New Orleans: Night Cemetery and Ghost BYOB Bus Tour

1. New Orleans: Night Cemetery and Ghost BYOB Bus Tour

A visit to New Orleans famous “Cities of the Dead” is a must-do for anyone visiting this city. Hauntingly beautiful and elaborately ornate, these cemeteries also hold stories of ghosts, past and present, which will chill you to the core. This cemetery tour is offered under the cover of night. You'll leave the French Quarter behind as your bus creeps along Esplanade Avenue to what used to be the edge of town, but is now the bustling neighborhoods of Mid-City and City Park. There are 42 cemeteries in the New Orleans area, and throughout this experience you will visit several of them. Your guides will discuss the unique burial rituals and practices during the stroll, as you are offered an up-close and personal look at some of the most popular cemeteries.

New Orleans: Mid-City Cemetery Walking Tour

2. New Orleans: Mid-City Cemetery Walking Tour

Explore a unique collection of 5 culturally and architecturally diverse cemeteries in New Orleans’ historic Mid-City neighborhood. These cemeteries are located on what was once the northern (lakeside) boundary of the city of New Orleans, which explains the density and variety of cemeteries in this area. It is also where the remains of unidentified bodies from Hurricane Katrina are buried. Take the 47 streetcar from Downtown New Orleans to the meeting point at Sacred Grinds Coffee House where there are bathrooms and refreshments available for purchase before the tour begins. It also gives guests a glimpse of New Orleans’ mysterious Odd Fellows Rest – the final resting place for members of a faded secret society. Then on to the cemeteries. Learn about the trials and tribulations of the city’s early Irish immigrants in St. Patrick Cemetery as well as the devastating effects of yellow fever in the Charity Hospital Cemetery. Experience stunning architecture while admiring some of the city’s most extravagant tombs in Greenwood & Cypress Grove cemeteries. Conclude your tour with an in-depth overview of the lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina while paying respect to the many lives lost in the Hurricane Katrina Memorial Cemetery.

New Orleans: Canal Street Cemeteries & Katrina Memorial Tour

3. New Orleans: Canal Street Cemeteries & Katrina Memorial Tour

Visit multiple cemeteries in the Mid-City District at the end of the Canal Street No. 47 Streetcar Line, which runs North-west from the Downtown/French Quarter. The tour is led by Master Storytellers who will enlighten you about the different, unique burial customs and practices which will be explained to you as you visit a range of historic cemeteries. The tour begins from the outside the Beachcorner Bar and Grill on Canal Street. The first stop is at the Gates of Mercy of the Dispersed of Judah where you will learn about the unique Jewish burial customs and traditions associated with this cemetery. Next stop are the old Irish cemeteries of St Patrick's #1 & #2, two Catholic Cemeteries with different styles and bearing witness to the terrible loss of life incurred in the Yellow fever epidemic. Then it is on to Odd Fellows Rest where you will discover the tale of the "exceedingly beautiful" procession to consecrate this cemetery and learn about the now famous “second line processions” tradition. The tour then crosses Canal Street to the Katrina Memorial located inside the Charity Hospital Cemetery. Here you will find the final resting place of Hurricane Katrina's unidentified souls. Then on to Cypress Grove Cemetery, establish in 1840, where you will be guided around to see the many architecturally beautiful edifices in this amazingly beautiful city of the dead. This is one of the best places to learn about the unique burial customs of New Orleans. The final stop will be at the Greenwood Cemetery, established in 1852, where you will be guided around the cemetery and will learn what a tumulus is and what it has to do with a Burlesque Circus! You will also hear about the association this cemetery has with the Elks Lodge. From there your local guide will escort you to the Canal Cemeteries Streetcar Terminus where you can take the streetcar back down to Downtown or the French Quarter.

New Orleans: Cemeteries Insiders Walking Tour

4. New Orleans: Cemeteries Insiders Walking Tour

Join a local guide for a walking tour through 3 of New Orleans’ hallowed historical cemeteries. Follow your guide through the maze of above-ground tombs in Masonic Cemetery #1, St. Patrick Cemetery #2, and the Katrina Memorial at Charity Hospital Cemetery. During your tour, learn more about New Orleans' unique burial customs and traditions. Discover the history of the Masons at the Masonic Cemetery #1 and see unique tombs. In St. Patrick Cemetery #2, learn about New Orleans' connection to the Irish immigrants. Finally, arrive at Charity Hospital Cemetery where you will learn about the thousands of people buried in the graveyard behind the Katrina Memorial.

New Orleans: Canal Street Cemeteries Walking Tour

5. New Orleans: Canal Street Cemeteries Walking Tour

Discover New Orleans' unique cemeteries on this urban adventure with a local guide. Start your tour at Greenwood Cemetery, home to some of New Orleans' most impressive tombs, as well as immigrant society tombs and a Civil War monument. Next, walk over to Cypress Grove Cemetery, where you will hear stories of the development of New Orleans as you stand among the tombs of some of the city's oldest families. Here, get the chance to see a Chinese society tomb and a memorial to the unknown Civil War soldiers. Afterwards, head to the Katrina Memorial Cemetery. Established in the 19th century as a mass grave for the victims of yellow fever, it is now the site of a moving memorial to the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Take a brief walk through St. Patrick #1 Cemetery, one of several Catholic cemeteries in New Orleans, and learn about the history of the Irish people of New Orleans. If time permits, your next stop is Dispersed of Judah Cemetery, another 19th-century cemetery built specifically for the Jewish community. Learn more about the Jewish traditions and burial requirements that have led the community to come up with innovative and interesting ways to memorialize their dead. End your tour at a local coffee house right on the Canal Street streetcar line.

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What people are saying about Charity Hospital Cemetery

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based on 92 reviews

Geoff was a great tour and you could tell he loved what he was doing. Had a wonderful time learning about the history of New Orleans and why they have above ground graves.

Great and informative tour of the New Orleans cemeteries and burial process~ Henry added the right amount of SPOOK and FUN into his discussions~ A lot of laughs and likes~

Was a great trip, bring cash as they’ll most likely stop at Morning Call for beignets and coffee. Also, a flash light helps.

Our guide Trisha was AMAZING! Learned so much and had so much fun doing so. I highly recommend.

Geoff was our guide. He was knowledgeable and engaging and the tour was fascinating