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.
La Vie Orleans Tours, LLC owner Ashton Rogers arrived in New Orleans as a Tulane law student and quickly became enamored by the city’s French-inspired culture and lifestyle. After graduating from Tulane, Ashton created La Vie Orleans Tour—which roughly translates to “The Orleans Life”—to share the city’s best.
The French Quarter tour features historic sites such as Jackson Square and the Lalaurie House, while La Vie Orleans’ cocktail tour ducks into bars and tucked-away dives to discover the cocktail’s role in the city’s history. Guides can also plan custom tours for bachelorette/bachelor parties, business groups, and other special occasions.
New Orleans wasn't built to be explored by car. Its narrow, stone-paved streets are best traveled by a less bulky and more leisurely form of transportation. That’s why the guides at French Quarter Bike Tours have designed a series of small-group bicycle tours to help guests take in the city’s historic layout.
With local expertise and helmets brimming with facts, guides lead riders past the lacy iron balconies of the French Quarter and the colorful old homes in The Marigny, before pulling up to famous mansions in the Garden District and the homes of the city's deadest residents in historic cemeteries.
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.
For the last 20 years, satanic cults, monsters, and the undead have been congregating at The House of Shock to perform unspeakable horrors in the name of Halloween. Envisioned by a crack team of fright experts, including Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo, this seasonal haunt has been featured in the Travel Channel's Halloween's Most Extreme, Rolling Stone, Maxim, and Top Haunts magazine's list of the Top 13 Haunts nationwide. The house's exhibits are so scary that they've caused some extreme reactions. Allegedly, one patron's heart stopped beating. After she was resuscitated and rushed to the hospital, it was determined she had technically been dead for a short period.
As a live metal band strikes its first ominous chords, the fright fest kicks off with a nightly horror show of pyrotechnics, death metal, live stunts, and masochists. Adrenaline levels soar as courageous guests tiptoe through the coffins, ornate gravestones, and crumbling mausoleums of an ancient graveyard. The house's professional actors don't just slink by waving chainsaws and body parts—they tear apart bodies and scare the dickens out of guests who brave the interactive horrors of a funeral parlor, a morgue, and a butcher shop's dreadfully rotten cuts of beef. The adventure reaches terrifying new heights in a controversial satanic church, where flickering candles and hellfire cast eerie shadows on demonic worshipers and their torture victims. The onsite Hell's Kitchen churns out thematic eats and adult beverages to help frightened guests regain their senses before they revert to a mental world where the only conflict is over which Teletubby wore it best.