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New Orleans: French Quarter Haunted Ghost Tour

1. New Orleans: French Quarter Haunted Ghost Tour

Listen to stories of witchcraft and keep watch for spirits on a guided city walking tour of New Orleans. Explore the historical French Quarter, as you indulge in stories of magic, ghosts, vampires, and voodoo practitioners from your expert guide. Travel to several of the city's venerated neighborhoods, soaking up stories about the witches, ghosts, vampires, and Voodoo practitioners who have contributed to the city's colorful past. Meet your local guide and set off on a journey through New Orleans’ haunted history. Pass outside well-known sites such as Muriel’s Restaurant and the Old Ursuline Convent. See the exterior of the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, where bloodletting and leeching took place in the 19th century. From the outside, see the house where Jacques Saint Germain — who was rumored to be a vampire — once lived. Plus, hear chilling tales of LaLaurie House and its mistress, Madame LaLaurie. Let your guide entertain you with local folklore as you continue past the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum. The final stop of your activity is outside Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, where your spooky experience will end.

New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

2. New Orleans: Adults Only Haunted Ghost Tour

Sink your soul into the seductive spirits of murder, suicide, and the paranormal on this unique walking tour in New Orleans. Uncover the dark history of the city through the nightmarish tales of your guide. Begin near Congo Square, the birthplace of jazz and New Orleans voodoo, and hear about the square's darker side. Partake of elixirs, leave offerings of baubles and beads, and pray its enough to keep the demons of New Orleans from leaving you in a spiraling quagmire of insanity. Raven’s Omen will burn through the hottest hell as it sends the chill of death to your soul. Unearth the Devil’s Empire and feel its lifeless grip as the pulse of New Orleans sends you further into the shadows. Is it voodoo posession, madness, or PTSD? Hear the story of Zack and Addie to find out.

New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo, and Vampires Guided Tour

3. New Orleans: Ghost, Crime, Voodoo, and Vampires Guided Tour

At Hottest Hell Tours we evolve our tours weekly as new stories are unearthed and the spirits guide us - no two tours are exactly the same. A night with one of our local experts can cover murder, music, mayhem, and more. Choose between a standard tour, or an option with HELLVISION, where we bring handheld projectors to visually recreate some of the most frightening scenes of the past. All travelers meet under the glowing arch of Armstrong Park, where some of the earliest gatherings of Voodoo and Hoodoo practitioners took place. Depending on your guide, you might take a short walk near the old Parish Prison, the haunting site of The American Mafia. Here we reveal the hidden history of organized crime in North America, from the largest mass lynching in U.S. history, to one of the nation’s most notorious and unsolved cases of serial murder: the dreaded Axe-man. For those who love more recent macabre moments, tour-goers might request the tragic, ripped-from-the-headlines reality of a pair of star-crossed lovers whose relationship ended in dismemberment and demonic possession. On any given night we might visit Marie Laveau’s house, the famed Voodoo Queen who once ruled New Orleans from the shadows. Or maybe you’ll hear about the scandal of the Sultan’s Palace, the scene of an infamous orgy turned into a grotesque blood bath. A stroll to Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop brings you to one of the oldest bars in North America, still haunted by boozed-up patrons from its treacherous past. From there, all roads lead to Madame Lalaurie. Travel through the black and blood red history of the city once called “The Hottest Hell,” guided by living experts who can curate the tour of your dreams - or nightmares - depending on your mood.

New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

4. New Orleans: Haunted Pub Crawl

Meet your local expert guide and visit the most haunted bars in New Orlean's famous French Quarter - many of them not known to tourists. Relax while taking a ghostly stroll in the French Quarter and uncover the haunted secrets of the city's most haunted pubs and bars. While the Pub Crawl focuses on ensuring the ghost stories and drinks keep flowing, there is also a a heavy emphasis on history. All of the locations you are taken to are thoroughly researched to ensure that you are given the facts about New Orleans’ haunted history. You'll visit the locations within the infamously haunted French Quarter where grisly acts have resulted in some of the most extreme hauntings you'll ever hear about.

New Orleans Ghost Hunt: Underworld Exploration Game

5. 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.

New Orleans Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

6. New Orleans Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will serve as your personalized tour guide, audio companion, and interactive map for the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter. Once downloaded, your tour begins alongside the Mississippi River. From there, you’ll stroll along the riverfront to Washington Artillery Park for great views of the city’s beautiful Jackson Square. Then you’ll stop by the world-famous Cafe du Monde French Market and hear some fascinating history of this must-see hotspot. As you wander deeper into the French Quarter, the vibrant sounds of jazz invite you to the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Here, uncover the city's unrivaled musical history, from the birth of jazz to its evolution into a global phenomenon. Turning onto St. Philip Street, you’ll be greeted by a golden statue of Joan of Arc, where you’ll dive into the longstanding connection between New Orleans and France. Then you’ll turn back the clock further to hear what this land used to be before European colonization. Next, stop at the birthplace of Danny Barker and revisit the journey of this legendary banjoist and guitarist. Then continue on to the BK Historic House and Gardens, the site of a dramatic (and violent) true story of mafiosos and one stubborn local businessman. As you approach the LaLaurie Mansion on Royal Street, you’ll discover the spine-chilling true history behind this landmark, which inspired a season of American Horror Story! Making your way to Bourbon Street, you’ll experience the pulse of New Orleans. The bustling street, filled with bars, clubs, and eateries, is the city's beating heart, and there’s never a dull moment to be found here! As you walk, you’ll also get acquainted with the difference between Cajun and Creole, the origins of Mardis Gras, and so much more. Then you’ll pay a visit to Louis Armstrong Park and learn about this jazz legend, his early years, and his everlasting impact on music. The last stretch of the tour features some of the most lavish mansions in the French Quarter, as well as tales of the fires which nearly wiped New Orleans off the map! At last, your tour concludes at Saint Louis Cathedral, just a couple blocks away from the spot where it began.

New Orleans: Historic French Quarter Exploration Game

7. New Orleans: Historic French Quarter Exploration Game

Explore the history of New Orleans’ French Quarter and see landmarks while playing this engaging phone game. Discover St. Louis Cathedral, Café du Monde, Jackson Square, and more. Start the game at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. Play the role of a security guard on a mission to retrieve a stolen artwork from the thief. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will guide you to the next location.  It will take between 2-3 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it.  You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Central Grocery and Deli.

New Orleans Original True Crime Pub Crawl

8. New Orleans Original True Crime Pub Crawl

Discover the Big Easy's sordid criminal stories, told by locals with the inside scoop. These murders range from historic to very modern. Included are stories of serial killers, unsolved mysteries and scandalous cases! Many are gory, graphic and blood drenched, and occasionally inadvertently funny. As we walk from murder locations, we will be making several pub stops because a little alcohol helps dull the pain! This is the perfect opportunity to sample some of New Orleans signature drinks. However, we are not stuffy or pretentious, you may drink anything you like or nothing at all - no judgements here in the Big Easy! It is much faster to let you choose and buy your own drinks, we do not provide them. If you are 21 or older, please join our talented guides for a true crime fan's ultimate journey into bloody murder.

New Orleans Spooky Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl

9. New Orleans Spooky Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl

Meet fellow travelers, make new friends and sample outstanding cocktails as we learn the spookiest ghost stories of New Orleans. These chilling and ghostly tales of tragic hauntings will have you looking over your shoulder during your visit to our beautiful and eerie city. Our stories are thoroughly researched and presented by guides with extensive local knowledge and a passion for history – and having fun! You’ll walk the historic streets looking for apparitions and spectres, with drink in hand to bolster your courage. This tour is for the brave of heart who are 21 or older. New Orleans Spooky Spirits Haunted Pub Crawl is unabashed fun, a favorite of Bachelorette and bridal parties, too!

New Orleans: The Haunted Crawl

10. New Orleans: The Haunted Crawl

Discover the historic and haunted French Quarter and learn more about New Orleans' savage past on a 90-minute tour through the Vieux Carre. Visit the real buildings and homes where these horrors took place, with a dedicated, licensed entertainer and historian telling the stories and hauntings of the eerily creepy history of the oldest sector of the city. Hear the real story and timeline behind the Lalaurie Mansion, Marie Laveau and everything that wasn't explained in American Horror Story, including which celebrity later went on to purchase this mansion and arguably "lost his mind" while living there. As a bonus, find out which celebrities own homes in the French Quarter, where the scenes from famous movies were filmed and who loves this city so much they purchased a mausoleum to be buried in. Meet your guide at a central location in the French Quarter at a haunted bar where you will have an exclusive drink discount, and since you're in New Orleans, you can take the drink with you. As you make your way through the creepiest locations, stop at the half-way point, at the rumored oldest building in America that still serves alcohol, for a drink and bathroom break. Finish your tour in the infamous alley where the Pirate's used to come for a glass of rum and feel free to ask your guide for recommendations and directions to the nightlife hotspots, cafes and restaurants nearby.

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based on 951 reviews

This was the first time my partner and I visited NOLA and taking this tour was one of our highlights of our trip! NOLA is filled with rich history and if you are interested in learning more about the spooky history we HIGHLY recommend booking this tour with Sarah D. I mistakenly bought VIP tickets which meant I paid a few dollars extra for tickets but the group was much smaller and it was adults only- it was 100% worth it! Sarah is an incredible storyteller, she made it fun yet provided so much knowledge given the topic and just had a way of captivating everyone’s attention (including my partner’s which is no easy task)! Overall this tour was a great way to see and learn about the city. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you’ll do a lot of walking and book the tour with Sarah D you will not regret it!

Robbie rob, very good and comical! Much recommended if you want to learn about the history of New Orleans, thank you from the uk

Mac is a fantastic tour guide, my fiancé and I really enjoyed our experience. A must do when visiting NOLA!

Our tour guide, Rob was an excellent story teller and did well keeping the crowd engaged.

Dartania was a great and thoughtful guide, we really loved our tour