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10 Reasons To Take A Carriage Ride In New Orleans

Posted by Nancy Landry on December 08, 2015

Reason #1 - Grab A Seat, Rest Your Feet!
When visiting New Orleans, travelers often get sore feet from all of the constant walking. Mule-drawn carriage tours allow travelers to sit back and relax while being entertained and informed.

Reason #2 - Local, Professional, and Licensed Tour Guides!
The tour guides at Royal Carriages are all local, professional, and licensed tour guides. Together, our tour guides have over 160 years of combined tour guide experience.

Reason #3 - Carriage Rides are Picture Perfect!
Our tour guides will be happy to take photos of you onboard the carriage in front of the historic Jackson Square. This iconic picture will serve as a fantastic mule-drawn memory of your trip to New Orleans.  

Reason #4 - Learn the Layout of the French Quarter!
In just 1 one-hour, our carriages roll by major landmarks, historic restaurants, celebrity homes, and haunted locations. You will be well oriented with your surroundings at the end of your carriage ride and you'll be eager to check out all of the free museums and hot spots you just discovered! 

Reason #5 - You never know what you're going to see! 
Carriage tours are filled with the randomness and hilariousness of the French Quarter. Perhaps you’ll see a small assortment of beautiful Mardi Gras floats heading to a parade or celebrities filming for an upcoming blockbuster! 

Reason #6 - No Script! No Set Routes!
We don’t believe in cookie cutter! We support the individuality of each tour guide, therefore, there are no scripts and no set routes. Big personalities shine through each personally crafted and researched tour. 

Reason #7 - Go Way BEYOND Bourbon Street!  
Travelers are impressed with the large area a carriage can cover in just 1-hour. Expect to go way beyond Bourbon Street, exploring more residential neighborhoods, visiting above ground cemeteries, local music districts, and more.

Reason #8 - Avoid overcrowded tours! 
Don’t get lost in the crowd! Why walk or ride a bus when an intimate mule-drawn adventure is an option? Walking tours generally have up to 28 people in each group. Our large group carriages seat no more than 8 passengers comfortably, which provides an overall better tour experience for each traveler.

Reason #9 - So Iconically New Orleans!
Royal Carriages is a third-generation family owned company and has been a New Orleans tradition for 75 years. Our mule-drawn carriages are just as iconic as the streetcar, an overstuffed po'boy, or a bag of beignets. 

Reason #10 - MULES!
Last but not least, our beloved carriage mules are so much fun to interact with! Words cannot express the joy our tour guides experience by working alongside these incredible animals daily. Stronger than a horse, our mules tolerate the heat better. Most worked hard as Amish plow mules before being introduced to the city life here in New Orleans. Each mule works no more than 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. Each mule receives 3-6 months vacation. If we treat our mules this good, imagine how we’ll treat you! 

I am a local and had friends in from Arizona. In our climate walking in the Quarter in the heat of summer can be difficult. Their time here was limited so I decided to book the private 1-hour carriage ride. Very good choice! So glad we did. Our guide Thiebaud was knowledgeable and funny. We also chatted with another driver while waiting to be picked up. She was very helpful and you could tell she really loved her mule. The mules are cleaned and well cared for. They give them snacks, water, and breaks. Our mule was Blue and he liked carrots. I am a New Orleanean and I learned a few things and was reminded of some I forgot! We did the Quarter and The area around Frenchmen Street. Afterward, we ate lunch at Antoine's. It was a wonderful day I won't soon forget! A splurge but well worth every penny. Thanks, guys!

TripAdvisor Member: Nancy D. of Gretna, Louisiana, USA

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