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Mississippi River Tours

A central character in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the mighty Mississippi has long captured the American imagination. Originating in Minnesota and sweeping across 95 river miles (153 kilometers) south to New Orleans where it spits out into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi is the largest river system in North America and has gained an almost mythical place in American history.

The Basics
The river divides New Orleans in two, and experiencing it is a fundamental part of any trip to the Big Easy. One of the most iconic Mississippi River experiences is a river cruise aboard a paddlewheel riverboat to the tunes of live jazz music in New Orleans, with options for brunch and dinner experiences. Swamp and bayou tours of the Mississippi River Delta show off the region’s wildlife (alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds).

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget your camera; the Mississippi River affords stellar views of the city’s skyline.
  • Some of New Orleans’ riverboats are wheelchair accessible on certain decks.

How to Get There
The Mississippi riverfront is an easy walk from anywhere in the historic French Quarter. The Riverfront streetcar follows the banks of the river, stopping at Canal Street, Toulouse, Dumaine, Ursulines, and French Market stations.

When to Get There
The best time to enjoy the Mississippi River in New Orleans is from February to May, when the weather is comfortable, and there’s plenty going on in the nearby streets and neighborhoods. Expect temperatures between 86°F (30°C) and 94°F (34°C) in summer.

Points of Interest on the Riverfront
Many of the most popular attractions in New Orleans are situated on or near the Mississippi Riverfront, including the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Mardi Gras World, Harrah’s New Orleans casino, Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, and Crescent Park.

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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise, New Orleans, null
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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Dinner Cruise

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Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! Cruise along the Mississippi River while enjoying live jazz music, a ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00
Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans, New Orleans, Dinner Cruises
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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

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Nowhere is Louisiana’s wildlife more abundant than in the swamps and bayous of New Orleans. After crossing the Mississippi River, take a boat ride through ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.00
Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans, New Orleans, Day Trips
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Steamboat Natchez Jazz Brunch Cruise in New Orleans

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Soak up the beauty of New Orleans from the decks of the Steamboat Natchez! On this Sunday brunch cruise, travel along the Mississippi River while enjoying live ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.00
Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour, New Orleans, ... 
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Viator VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

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Indulge in a luxurious evening in New Orleans on the Steamboat Natchez -- authentic steampowered paddle-wheel steamboat still operating today on the ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.00
New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour, New Orleans, Viator VIP Tours
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New Orleans French Quarter Walking and History Tour

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Delve into the history of the French Quarter on a 2-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide who shares the legends and landmarks of this fascinating city. ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.00
New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour, New Orleans, Walking Tours
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New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

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Enjoy the New Orleans unique charm from a different perspective on a 3-hour bike tour! This small-group experience will give you a guided and complete look at ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Your Backstage Pass Walking Tour of Culinary and Cocktails, New Orleans, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Your Backstage Pass Walking Tour of Culinary and Cocktails

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Join us on this 2.5 hour stroll through the French Quarter. On this tour we will cover the history, culture, cocktails and much more of New Orleans. We will ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.00
Your Backstage Pass Walking Tour of the French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans, Walking ... 
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Your Backstage Pass Walking Tour of the French Quarter and St. Louis Cemetery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Join us on this 2.5 hour stroll through the French Quarter. On this tour we will cover the history, culture, cocktails and much more of New Orleans and we will ...  Read more

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.00

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