Unlike grave robbing, grave rubbings focus on unearthing the inside jokes and pizza orders that hide behind old epitaphs. Explore obscure inscriptions with today’s Groupon, which gets you two adult admissions to cemetery tours from Save Our Cemeteries. Children younger than 12 tour for free. Choose between two options:
- For $12, you get two tours of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at Basin Street Station Visitors Center (a $24 value).
- For $10, you get two tours of Lafayette Cemetery at the Washington Avenue Gate (a $20 value).
For more than three decades, Save Our Cemeteries has preserved the architectural and cultural beauty of historic cemeteries with restoration work, lectures, photography sales, and guided tours of the city's above-ground coffin repositories. At 10 a.m. from Friday through Sunday, cemetery sightseers can take a gander at the oven wall vaults and stone tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, which was founded in 1789 as the burial ground for famous Louisianan revolutionaries, chess champions, and voodoo queen Marie Laveau.
Explore another popular postdeath destination during the Lafayette Cemetery tour, which meets on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Established in 1833 as part of the Livaudais Plantation, Lafayette Cemetery leads visitors through latticed avenues, aging tombs, and crumbling stones. Tours are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and last approximately one hour, which means they'll be over before the undead come out for lunch at noon.
St. Louis Cemetery was voted one of the 10 best attractions to see in New Orleans. Three Yelpers give the Save Our Cemeteries tours a perfect five-star average, and more than 990 Facebookers are fans.
- New Orleans' cemeteries are interesting to view because the dead have to be buried above ground in crypts due to the high water level throughout the city. These two cemeteries are very well known for local New Orleans historical figures — including voodoo priestesses. Ann Rice has made references to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in a couple of her novels. – 10 Best
- Bonus is that your donation to take the tour goes towards the preservation and restoration of these cemeteries. If you're in town at the right time, don't miss a tour with this group! – Anastasia K., Yelp, 11/2/08