While a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate city streets with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour the scary side of New Orleans terra-firma style with today's Groupon: for $15, you get admission for two to one of New Orleans Spirit Tours's three two-hour walking tours: the cemetery tour, the cemetery-and-voodoo tour, or the ghost-and-vampire tour.
In its 13th year, New Orleans Spirit Tours and its team of local history-buff guides take small groups on storytelling-rich walking journeys and is one of the only companies in NOLA with a combination ghost-and-vampire tour. On a daily 10:30 a.m. cemetery tour tip-toe through the city's oldest cemetery, Saint Louis No. 1, explore above-ground resting places, and ponder unorthodox un-burial methods still practiced today. Monday–Saturday at 1:15 p.m. shuffle off itchy mortal-coil-fiber sweaters on a cemetery-and-voodoo tour, also paying respects to Saint Louis No. 1 with the addition of a stop at voodoo queen Marie Laveau's favor-granting grave—and a visit to an active voodoo temple. Finally the nightly 8:15 p.m. ghost-and-vampire tour whispers the tales of NOLA's most treacherous and tragic historical figures, and spy the French Quarter spots they're still said to haunt and perform calisthenics near.
Spirit Tours New Orleans
Long celebrated by musicians, artists, and writers, the uniquely magnetic and spooky New Orleans comes to life as Spirit Tours New Orleans guides introduce guests to the city’s ghosts, voodoo, and sordid history. The knowledgeable guides—who all boast encounters with the paranormal—usher small groups through locales such as St. Louis #1 cemetery and the French Quarter as they share tales of religion, murder, slavery, piracy, and corruption. Each story is researched to ensure its truthfulness, with guides cutting to the heart of fabled figures such as voodoo queen Marie Laveau while dismissing myths such as the Legend of Curly’s Gold.