French Quarter History Tour
2 Hour Duration
Private tours available - call for details!
Join our small group tour of the French Quarter, as we share 300 years of thrilling and iconic New Orleans history! Share a local's love for our city -- secrets, scandals, and all -- and learn the meaning of all the famous places you've always read about.
We'll discuss the Chitimacha tribe that inhabited the area, the early French & Spanish colonies, all the way to the jazz age, and the birthplace of modern music. This tour goes far beyond just names and dates, to bring to life the fascinating stories and strange characters who made New Orleans.
It's the real hilarious history of New Orleans, told in an entertaining way that pulls no punches.
Meeting Place: Washington Artillery Park
(across Decatur St. from Jackson Square)
"Jackson was wonderful, would absolutely take a tour with him again if given the chance. His personality made the tour, he clearly knew a lot of history about the city and came prepared with exact dates and pictures...He paid attention to the dynamic and personality of our group and wanted to customize a tour based on our interests, something no other tour has done for us. Honestly speaking he clearly has a passion for the city and it's history and doesn't easily fall for farfetched rumors and gimmicks but can tell a very interesting story while incorporating what is believed to be, from what we know to be true. He is clearly a great story teller with a passion for factual history, which made this tour, for us, the highlight of our trip"
-Samantha, Airbnb Experiences
- TOUR ITINERARY -
Part One: The Heart of the Old City
About 50 Minutes
We'll start overlooking St. Louis cathedral and Jackson Square, once the historic Places d'Armes, the heart of our early French colony. Hear of the adventurous figures who founded New Orleans -- such as Governor Bienville, who fought naked, covered in tribal snake tattoos, and underwent psychedelic rituals with the locals. Hear how they formed this city on a bed of mud in the swamps. See famous sites like Napoleon house, where Frenchmen plotted to rescue the famous Emperor from exile. See the oldest restaurant in New Orleans, and the apothecary where the first cocktail was invented.
Break Time at a Local Coffee Shop!
Get out of the sun and grab something to drink on our mid-tour break
About 50 Minutes
Part Two: The Back of Town
For the second half, we'll see places like Congo Square, where African traditions, culture, and music survived like nowhere else in the South. We'll see the first rock n' roll, rhythm & blues recording studio in the world, and hear about some of the artists and playwrights who made New Orleans famous.
This five-star tour is a wonderful change of pace from the usual, and will give you a fun and interactive historical experience you will never forget.
We have fun extras like photos & visuals, and Polaroid Pictures! Pose with your group in front of the beautiful architecture and take home an exciting snapshot memento of your experience in the unique New Orleans French Quarter!