The 10 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours
Hear chilling tales of the city's paranormal activity on one of these guided tours.
Feeling brave? Take a ghost tour through one of New Orleans' cemeteries. (Getty Images)
Often referred to as the most haunted city in America, New Orleans is filled with stories of ghosts, Voodoo, magic, pirates, vampires and more. There's no better way to learn about the city's most famous hauntings and ghost stories than on a guided tour, where local experts share their insider knowledge. U.S. News compiled 10 of the city's top tours, considering traveler sentiment and expert opinion.
Ghost City Tours – The Ghosts of New Orleans Tour
During Ghost City Tours' Ghosts of New Orleans Tour, guides lead visitors on a 90-minute walk to some of the most well-known haunted locations in the city, including restaurants, hotels and the infamous LaLaurie Mansion. Despite its recounting of the city's gruesome crimes and murders, the tour is considered kid-friendly. And according to reviewers, the experience is both informative and entertaining. Tours are offered nightly at 8 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 11. Other tours offered include adults-only tours like a haunted pub crawl and a killers and thrillers tour.
French Quarter Phantoms – Ghost and Vampire Walking Tour
Tourists enjoy a double dose of spooky tales regarding local hauntings and vampire lore on this two-hour tour from French Quarter Phantoms. Tours are led by licensed guides who revel in talking about disease, disaster, sinister spirits and murder in the city. That said, guides promise the thrills are mixed in with lots of laughs. According to visitors, the guides are excellent, funny and entertaining. Tours are offered daily at 6 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20 per person. Tours of Treme and the Garden District, among other neighborhoods, are also available.
Witches Brew Tours – 3in1 Cemetery Tour
If you're on the hunt for a tour that covers the history of the French Quarter, New Orleans cemeteries and the city's relationship to Voodoo, reviewers say you can't go wrong with the 3in1 Cemetery Tour. Along the two-hour excursion, your guide will discuss New Orleans customs, traditions, architecture and superstitions, and take you to visit the most famous tombs in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, where you'll learn about the city's unique interment process. You'll also hear about the history of Voodoo and visit Congo Square, located in Louis Armstrong Park. The tour is offered Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m. Reservations are required. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 6 to 12. The tour is capped at 28 people. For even more chilling tales, consider the company's 4in1 tour, which also delves into vampires and witchcraft in the Crescent City.
Haunted History Tours – French Quarter Ghosts & Legends Tour
The two-hour French Quarter Ghosts & Legends Tour visits sites of documented hauntings found in police records, city archives and the company's own paranormal investigations. Along the way, guides share entertaining tales of the French Quarter's most famous residents. Reviewers praise the guides for their storytelling abilities. They also appreciate the emphasis on history throughout the tour. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $14 for children ages 6 to 11. Tours are offered nightly at 6 and 8 p.m. year-round. An additional 3 p.m. tour is also offered from December to mid-August and October through November. Ghost tours of the Garden District, haunted pub crawls and cemetery tours are also available.
Free Tours By Foot – New Orleans Voodoo Tour
On the 90-minute New Orleans Voodoo Tour, participants will learn about this mysterious and often misunderstood religion, which is still practiced today. Guides will talk about the history, culture and beliefs of both historic and current practitioners, including the famous Voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Highlights include visits to Congo Square, the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum and modern Voodoo shrines, among others. Visitors praise the excellent and informative guides. Tours are offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday and at 11 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. Though tourgoers can name their own price, reservations are required. Free Tours By Foot offers a variety of ghost, cemetery, food and swamp tours.
Royal Carriages' outing combines two great New Orleans activities: a carriage ride and a ghost tour.(Courtesy of Royal Carriages)
Royal Carriages – New Orleans History & Haunts Tour
Hop aboard a mule-drawn carriage for the New Orleans History & Haunts Tour through the streets of the French Quarter. Tourgoers will learn about haunted hotels, Voodoo history, vampires and more as they clip-clop slowly through the quarter. Reviewers appreciate the knowledgeable guides and the relaxed pace. One-hour tours are offered nightly at 7, 8, 9 and 10 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Royal Carriages also offers cemetery tours and tours of the French Quarter and Marigny neighborhoods.
New Orleans Secrets Tours – Mysteries of Voodoo Tour
On the three-hour Mysteries of Voodoo Tour, guides promise to tell you the true history, culture and beliefs of Voodoo and dispel the myths surrounding it. You'll be guided by a real Voodoo practitioner, who will cover topics related to Voodoo queen Marie Laveau, slavery, spells, dolls, potions and much more. The tour is limited to just eight people, so you can ask all the questions you like – an aspect visitors appreciate. What's more, admission to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum and a guided tour of its exhibits is included in the ticket price. In addition, you'll have the chance to see more than a dozen real Voodoo shrines and altars at several locations throughout the French Quarter. Tours, which are offered every day except Sunday and Tuesday, depart at 10:30 a.m. Tickets cost approximately $32. Several food and history tours are also offered.
New Orleans Ghost Adventure Tours – Haunted Pub Crawl
Led by New Orleans historians, the two-hour Haunted Pub Crawl aims to teach visitors the historical origins of the city's most legendary ghost stories. Tourgoers visit locations investigated by real ghost hunters (as seen on popular TV shows), all with a drink in hand. According to reviewers, this is the perfect way to explore New Orleans. Highlights include the LaLaurie Mansion, Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop and tales of the French Quarter's haunted past. Tours meet nightly at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $27. New Orleans Ghost Adventure Tours also offers cemetery, Voodoo, swamp and Garden District tours.
New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours – Ghost Tour
When you wander through the French Quarter with New Orleans Legendary Walking Tours, guides promise to thrill and chill you with tales of haunted buildings, events, legends and crimes dating back to the Civil War. You'll learn about hauntings at the Andrew Jackson Hotel, the Ursuline Convent and Muriel's Jackson Square, as well as the yellow fever epidemic and Marie Laveau. You'll even hear about the city's present-day paranormal activity. According to visitors, the tour is informative and lots of fun. Tours run daily at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $27 for adults and $15 for children ages 11 and younger. For a break from the ghost stories, consider the company's Garden District tour.
Gray Line – Cemetery & Voodoo Walking Tour
On this two-hour walking tour, a licensed guide takes you through St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, where you'll learn about the city's unique above-ground burial customs and the evolution of the Voodoo religion. You'll also see the tomb of Marie Laveau, "the Voodoo queen of New Orleans," as well as other notable residents buried here – a highlight for many visitors. Tours run daily at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Tours include round-trip transportation from the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock. Tickets start at $27 for adults and $15 for children ages 6 to 12. Take advantage of a $10 discount by selecting the 9 a.m. tour. Gray Line also offers a variety of ghost, swamp and plantation tours.
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