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Family Vacations: Spooky Cemeteries and Haunted House Tours


Because the high water table in New Orleans prevents digging to any great depth, the city's deceased are placed in vaults located aboveground.
Because the high water table in New Orleans prevents digging to any great depth, the city's deceased are placed in vaults located aboveground.

Tours with mysterious, eerie, and downright scary themes are popular in New Orleans, and many tour companies have popped up to take visitors through the city's bewitching old cemeteries and haunted buildings. These tours may be too spooky for younger kids, but older children adore the spine-chilling opportunity to explore the shadowy streets and buildings and creepy cemeteries while listening to fascinating tales of New Orleans history.

Cemetery tours usually wind through St. Louis Cemetery #1, established in 1789 and the oldest existing cemetery in the city. Voodoo queen Marie Laveau is purportedly buried here.

Many tours also visit the crypts, tombs, and historic headstones of Lafayette Cemetery, depicted in many of Ann Rice's vampire novels. The cemetery was also featured in the movie Interview with the Vampire, based on Rice's bestseller.

Ghost tours of the French Quarter share hair-raising tales about the ghosts, spirits, and phantoms of its various residences and businesses. You'll hear chilling narratives of duels, murder, and intrigue along with stories of unexplained forces, and you will see buildings haunted by such legendary characters as the Ghost of the Quadroon Mistress.

Spooky Cemeteries and Haunted House Tours Information

Address: 621 Royal St., New Orleans, LA

Telephone: 504/314-0806 or 866/369-1224

Admission: Adults, $18 adults; children, $9

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.


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