Because the past is very much present in the historic streets of New Orleans, particularly around the French Quarter, a horse-drawn carriage is a fitting way to explore.
New Orleans became the capital of Louisiana in 1723. At the time, the vast swathe of land was still a French colony. Despite passing into US hands early in the 19th century, New Orleans has long retained its distinct flavor and reputation for multiculturalism. So a ride around the French Quarter, where that original atmosphere holds on most keenly is a great way to know the city. And doing so in a horse- or mule-drawn carriage only enhances that sense of historic charm.
New Orleans French Quarter Sightseeing Carriage Ride
For a tour that includes knowledgeable narration from your guide during the ride, this is a great one-hour option. Hear stories of the people and passages of history that have shaped the French Quarter through the years, as the mule plods gently along streets lined with historic buildings. Landmarks visited on the itinerary include St Louis Cathedral, Napoleon House and Bourbon Street. This option may include sharing the carriage with other visitors. For around $300, a private carriage option is also available. From $60 per person.
Haunted NOLA French Quarter Carriage Tour at Night
The French Quarter brings with it quite the reputation for hauntings and tales of the occult. One great way to explore this side of the city is by mule and carriage. There was certainly a time when NOLA’s isolation and access to the sea made it an attractive place for pirates. You’ll hear the sordid stories while visiting sinister landmarks, such as Pirate Jean Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, and the site of a massacre. This is a private tour and the price listed is for up to four people. Choose from roughly ten departure times from Thurs-Tue. From $300 per group.