There are many things to explore when you come visit Bourbon Street. However, if you really want to get a feel of this famous street, here are a few things to definitely make sure you do while you’re here.
Bourbon Street Pub Crawl
Tap into the New Orleans party scene on a 3-hour pub-crawl through the French Quarter as you explore the legendary party district! Don
your Mardi Gras beads, saddle up for a mechanical bull ride, and dance the night away! On this tour follow your savvy guide and visit five of the French Quarter’s wildest venues, receive exclusive drink specials, and get 100 percent free admission — all while guided by amazing party hosts. The party spends approximately 30-40 minutes at each venue before proceeding to the next. At the final club, guests are free to stay until close or return to any previous venue. Not to worry, all venues are a short walk from one another. But remember to still drink responsibly.
French Quarter Culinary Cocktails and Cemetery Tour
Get the story of where the city began, in Jackson Square where you’ll get an in-depth account of the beginning of the French settlement to the Spanish takeover to the Battle of New Orleans, as you taste your way through New Orleans history on this culinary and cocktail tour of the French Quarter! Your guide will tell you about the exciting history of the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte and his gang of cutthroat pirates as you journey to rich historic landmarks like Jackson Square and past eclectic Creole buildings. You’ll get the story behind Bourbon Street as you pass local haunts, stopping at venues to sample iconic cocktails and cuisine. The tour ends at St Louis Cemetery No. 1, one of New Orleans most revered ‘Cities of the Dead’.
All through the French Quarter you will learn about the history of the Creole and other ethnic foods of New Orleans as well as all of the different architectures the French Quarter has to offer and the three different countries that layered into this old city. At the world famous Bourbon Street, you will hear firsthand stories of how your guide entertained and operated nightclubs and restaurants for 25 years. We will take you to the “old days” of the Bourbon Street scene that has long been forgotten. After a stop at two very well established French Quarter restaurants where you will be treated to authentic crafted drinks by real New Orleans mixologists and taste samples of the wonderful New Orleans cuisine, you will visit the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Learn about the City of the Dead where your guide covers the African culture, Voodoo religion, Music and the famous and infamous people who were laid to rest here.
French Quarter History Tour
Immerse yourself in the best of the French Quarter on historical tour. An entertaining local guide will lead you through the Vieux Carré, along the mighty Mississippi River, and to Louis Armstrong Park and Jackson Square, describing the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. See notable literary and cinematic landmarks, bustling scenes of local life, and architectural gems including some of the nation’s oldest buildings.
Your tour of the enchanting French Quarter begins in Musical Legends Park. You’ll set off first for the Mississippi riverbank. Admire paddlewheel steamboats drifting on the water and learn about the levee system that converted this sea‐level swampland to a livable space, ripe for agriculture and building. Along the way you’ll visit the waterside French Market. Legend has it that this site – now the oldest open‐air market in the US – was once a bartering market for Native Americans. Wander through the stalls and check out local produce, fish and Creole delicacies. Then pass by the Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi Valley, en route to your next stop: Jackson Square.
On the site of the original Place d’Armes, Jackson Square is an honorary landmark to New Orleans’ war hero Andrew Jackson. See Louisiana’s Cabildo and Presbytere museums and the Pontalba Apartments, the oldest apartment buildings in the United States! Pass by the origination point of the Great New Orleans Fire of 1788 as you head into the breathtaking St Louis Cathedral. Afterwards, you’ll have the rare opportunity to visit a Creole courtyard, generally cloistered from the public, and see a quadroon ballroom – both architectural symbols of the complexity and singularity of Creole culture.
All along Bourbon Street you can enjoy literary landmarks and delight in performance art in the streets! You can see the building where Tennessee Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire, visit William Faulkner’s home and stroll through Pirate’s Alley, the infamous location replete in legend of pirates, duels and covert negotiations.