Uptown Walking Tour in New Orleans, New Orleans (Self Guided)

Dating back to the 19th century, Uptown represents a big area of New Orleans situated on the East bank of the Mississippi River. Major attractions are located in the Uptown New Orleans Historic District. Take the tour below and discover by yourself the best that Uptown has to offer.
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Uptown Walking Tour in New Orleans Map

Guide Name: Uptown Walking Tour in New Orleans
Guide Location: USA » New Orleans (See other walking tours in New Orleans)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Author: ann
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Nuance/Louisiana Artisans Gallery

1) Nuance/Louisiana Artisans Gallery

"Nuance" specializes in exhibiting quality handmade crafts made by Louisiana artists. It will amaze you with original handmade jewelry, ceramics, wild lamps and many other Louisiana works of art.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm;
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Fine Arts Gallery of New Orleans

2) Fine Arts Gallery of New Orleans

Located on the Burdette street, Fine Arts Gallery of New Orleans focuses on Impressionism and Post-impressionist art. The gallery has a carefully chosen collection of works dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries, featuring both American and European artists.
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Maple Street Book Shop

3) Maple Street Book Shop

This book store is one of the most popular in the city. You can find here not only the latest publications, but also an extensive collection of offprints on Louisiana and New Orleans. The shop organizes lots of meetings with the authors, and they have a very flexible discount policy.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
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Audubon Park

4) Audubon Park (must see)

The Audubon Park is a 340-acre oasis named after naturalist John James Audubon. It was designed by John Charles Olmstead and opened in 1898. Formerly a sugar plantation, owned by the first mayor of New Orleans, Etienne de Boré, the site was the location of the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. It was also the location of a Union camp and hospital during the Civil War. The park is located between the Mississippi River and Saint Charles Street and is across the street from Tulane University and Loyola University.

There is something for everyone at the Audubon. Visitors will enjoy the walking trails, lagoons, horse stable, tennis courts, and golf course. In addition, there is a stunning view of the nearby river. The clubhouse serves breakfast, lunch and tasty treats throughout the day and is open from 8 am until 5 pm.

Geese, ducks, and other wildlife are in abundance at the recreational area. The nearby Ochsner Island attracts a variety of birds, many of whom use the island as part of their migration route. Although the park lost its famous oak trees during Hurricane Katrina, it is one of the few locations in New Orleans that survived with minimal damage.

Why You Should Visit:
Stunningly beautiful park, home to the Tree of Life oak tree which is almost 500 years old and which visitors are welcome to climb.
Adjacent to the Audubon Zoo, Tulane, Loyola, the glorious mansions of the Garden District, and even surrounds a golf course.
Lovely little pavilions, viewing benches, and meditation areas. Paved path with lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Fall and winter are great times for bird watching. People watching good year round.

Tip:
Great sunset view at the western end!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 5am-10pm
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The "Wedding Cake" House

5) The "Wedding Cake" House

One cannot visit New Orleans without seeing the historic and beautiful Wedding Cake House. This Victorian Gregorian mansion is located on Saint Charles Avenue, “the Jewel of America’s Grand Avenues.” Nicholas Burke, a grocer, hired William F. Krone to build it in 1896. The design firm Toleando and Rousch is responsible for the gorgeous look of the structure.

The residence, with its white exteriors and grandly decorated balconies, columns and cornices, resembles a cake covered in fondant and white frosting. Some of the decorations and embellishments resemble the piping that you would see on a cake. The house is particularly brilliant when viewed at night.

One of the most beautiful features is the beveled leaded glass front door. The abode was rebuilt after a fire in 1907 and recent restorative work improved the interiors and exteriors. The house remained the property of the Burke family until 1993 when it was sold to Rosalie and Nicholas Chisesi. Attorney Calvin Fayard, a major fund-raiser for the Democratic Party, is the current resident.

Although the dwelling is a private residence, and not available for tours, one can appreciate its beauty by viewing it as they walk by. This house takes the cake when it comes to exquisiteness and is, by far, one of the most beautiful homes in New Orleans.
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Audubon Zoo

6) Audubon Zoo (must see)

Named after the world-famous naturalist, John James Audubon, the Audubon Zoo is a 58-acre zoological garden located in Uptown New Orleans on the Mississippi River side of Magazine Street. It opened in 1914 and is part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

Thousands of animals make the zoo their home. There are 2,000 animals and 350 species that visitors can enjoy. Gorillas, bears, monkeys, orangutans, elk, white tigers, and rare white alligators are just some of the things you will see when you visit. In addition, a swamp exhibit features animals native to Louisiana and an Embraceable Zoo allows children to play and interact with domestic animals. Other exhibits one can enjoy are the Sea Lions, the World of Primates, Jaguar Jungle, the White Tigers, the Rhinos, the Dragon's Lair, and Monkey Hill.

Children and adults alike will enjoy the Zoofari Cafe, the Swamp Train, the rock climbing wall, the Safari Simulator Ride, the animal-themed water park, and the Endangered Species Carousel. In addition, a gift store sells an assortment of zoo-themed items.

Why You Should Visit:
Reasonable-sized zoo in a very nice setting; grounds are beautiful with big trees and winding pathways through different sections.
The theming for several of the areas, most notably the Louisiana Swamp, Asia, and South America, is immersive, and there are multiple stations with special activities for kids to participate in.
There are also plenty of spots along the way that provide the opportunity to purchase refreshments.

Tip:
You can take public transportation to the zoo very easily. If you take the streetcar, there is a zoo shuttle that will pick you up near the stop and take you to the front gate. Without this shuttle, it is quite a hike from the streetcar to the zoo.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun: 10am-5pm

Walking Tours in New Orleans, Louisiana

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Create Your Own Walk in New Orleans

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French Quarter Orientation Walk

French Quarter Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Cultural Tour in Business District, New Orleans

Cultural Tour in Business District, New Orleans

For most of the people living in New Orleans, the Central Business District is just a crowded area home to skyscrapers, malls and casinos. However the district is also home to a large number of heritage sites, including some well-known museums. The tour below takes in the cultural side of the Business District.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Big Shopping Adventure in New Orleans

Big Shopping Adventure in New Orleans

Among all the other activities that New Orleans has to offer, shopping is probably one of the most popular. Antiques, art, one of a kind jewelry, New Orleans has it all. This tour will take you to the biggest and most prominent shopping spots in New Orleans.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
African American Heritage Trail in New Orleans

African American Heritage Trail in New Orleans

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Churches in New Orleans

Churches in New Orleans

New Orleans has some of the oldest and the most beautiful churches in Louisiana. Some of them, like St Louis Cathedral, have become iconic symbols of the city, others are considered to be "fresh air" to the busy business quarters. The churches here combine different architectural styles. The tour below includes some exquisite examples of places of worship in New Orleans.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 km
French Quarter Nightlife

French Quarter Nightlife

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in New Orleans for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best New Orleans has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting New Orleans's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the New Orleans Pass, New Orleans Sightseeing Pass, or the New Orleans Pass (by Musement).

A city pass combines all or multiple New Orleans's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of New Orleans hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Terrell House Bed and Breakfast, The Quisby.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as New Orleans, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of New Orleans typically costs somewhere between US$16 and US$65 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of New Orleans in comfort listening to a live on-board commentary (English only) from a local expert, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one (24 hours) or three days (72 hours).

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour of New Orleans – this usually lasts about 2 hours (upgrade to 3 hours is possible upon request) and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise could have done by walking.

- Taste your way through New Orleans' neighborhoods - the French Quarter and River area - on a gourmet tour of the city and find out if the fuss about its food scene is well justified. Check out some of the famous restaurants and hotspots under the guidance of a passionate and knowledgeable local.

- Summon your bravery and curiosity to explore the ghastly side of New Orleans on a ghost walk in the French Quarter set to reveal the stories of voodoo, vampires and witchcraft, bring light to the darkest corners of the city, and prepare you to hear the tales of its supernatural past and present.

- If you have a penchant for posh architecture and celebrity dwellings, make sure to take this morning walk in New Orleans' Garden District replete with impressive examples of Greek Revival and Italianate styles including the homes of Hollywood stars and other art celebrities. There are also quite a few historic locations waiting to be discovered on this tour as well.

- Whisk yourself away to the yesteryear New Orleans aboard the authentic paddle-wheel steamboat cruising along the Mississippi River. Feel the beauty and romance of the days long gone amid the sound of a live jazz band, lavish buffet dinner, and gorgeous sights along the way.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in New Orleans, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Cajun Country or Louisiana Plantations. For as little as circa US$170-180 per person you will get a chance to discover the Cajun and Creole cultures, visit some of the oldest and finest plantations on the Mississippi River, learn about the pre-Civil War history of American South, feel the taste of antebellum Louisiana, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in New Orleans and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (or even boat, whenever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.