Twenty-five minutes south of New Orleans, the tour guides of Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours guide memorable expeditions into the heart of bayou country. They maneuver swamp boats through brackish water and groves of mossy cypress trees, pointing out alligators, snakes, and other wildlife along the way. This Louisiana swamp tour is located in a National Wildlife Preserve.
As a descendant of German and Irish immigrants who arrived in the Port of New Orleans in the mid-1800s, Katie Landry felt ties to the city even before she lived there. Once she made her way to the Big Easy and discovered its sites, however, she found that many of the existing tours were lacking in their enthusiasm for the brave women who made contributions to the city's history. Thus, she founded Ella Tours LLC, which ushers curious tourists and locals through sites such as the Ursuline Convent, the Tomb of the Unknown Slave, and the Storyville district.
Since 1924, Gray Line Tours has introduced guests to the sights of New Orleans through an eclectic collection of tours, from leisurely walking tours to heart-pounding ghost tours. In addition to taking immersive history or plantation tours, participants can climb aboard an authentic steamboat, which preserves its engine room and original cartoon-mouse captain in a museum-quality exhibit, for a dinner jazz cruise.
Led by historian guides, Livery Tours' city tours showcase New Orleans' heritage and landmarks?sometimes from the cockpit of a Cessna airplane. The Mississippi River sprawls out beneath the aerial tour, which also flies over the Super Dome. Walking and driving tours, meanwhile, focus on topics from the city's post-Katrina renaissance to local ghosts and the centuries-old mansions they abide in.
New Orleans is full of history, and much of that history has played a major part in the storyline of the nation and the world. French Quarter History Tours gives tourgoers a helping of that history during regularly scheduled historic tours, during which tour-goers meander the streets of the Vieux Carré, learning about its unique historical events, and stopping in one of the city's most intriguing estates.
Fans of the supernatural can embark on ghostbuster tours. During these spooky excursions, guests won't follow around a guide divulging unfounded folklore. Instead, they become active ghost hunters themselves as they learn the history of the storied area, then use EMF detectors to measure electromagnetic fields. This gives them the chance to capture orbs and vapors with their cameras. Tour-goers will also be exposed to the sites of famous people, buildings, and events that have made New Orleans famous.
As the self-proclaimed oldest operating premium rum distillery in the United States, Old New Orleans Rum Distillery has accumulated an arsenal of accolades. Your approximately 45-minute tour will give you a glimpse into the distilling process of the best liquor to emerge since mint Scope. First, you'll learn how Louisiana sugarcane is mashed and mixed with water and yeast to create the primordial soup from which baby rums are born. If you're the type of person who likes to read the book before you see the movie, check out the rummery's website for a detailed explanation of the distillery process. Once the tour concludes, the group will head to the rum tasting room, where you can sample the distillery's four signature rums, and the friendly staff may elicit your opinion of new, yet-to-be-marketed blends. You'll also get a signature cocktail made with New Orleans Rum and stirred with swizzle sticks of love.