Free Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Cruise

Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Cruise

New Orleans Pass Benefits:

Free Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Cruise
Normal Ticket Price: Adult: $36.00; Child: $15.00

Hop aboard the Creole Queen and be transported to the olden days of New Orleans. Your journey is more than a cruise through the river, it’s a cruise through 300 years of NOLA’s unique history.

Back in the day, paddle wheels aboard ships were the predominant way of propulsion for steam powered boats. The wooden wheel would be situated at the back of the boat, constantly rotating at top speeds to push the vessel through the water.

The Creole Queen is no different. This authentic, old-timey ship would easily suit the New Orleans of 100 years ago! At 24 feet in diameter, she’ll take you down the river passing the French Quarter, the Port of New Orleans and Jean Lafitte National Park.

As you pass famous landmarks and parts of the city, your onboard guide will detail the founding of present-day New Orleans by the LeMoyne brothers, the expansion of the city into the French Quarter, and the Louisiana Purchase. At the historic Chalmette Battlefield, you’ll dock and disembark for some on-foot exploration.

On an hour-long guided tour led by National Park Rangers, you’ll learn more about the battle field, the critical Battle of New Orleans, and why New Orleans history is so important for Louisiana and America as a whole.

What your Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Cruise ticket includes:

Your Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Cruise ticket includes a spot aboard the Creole Queen. Enjoy a cruise down the Mississippi River, past famous spots like French Quarter and Chalmette Battlefield.

Your Paddlewheeler Creole Queen Cruise ticket also includes an hour-long tour guided by the National Park Service through Chalmette Battlefield.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Chalmette Battlefield
  • Port of New Orleans
  • French Quarter
  • Jean Lafitte National Park

Tips for visiting:

  • We recommend making reservations prior to your trip. You can call (504) 587-1719 to book your cruise.
  • Save at least 4 hours for this attraction


Daily Tour Times: 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

Please plan to board 30 minutes before cruise departure.


Fun facts:

  • The Mississippi River is approximately 2,320 miles long and 7 miles wide at its widest point
  • Martin Sleel, a Slovenian swimmer, swam the entire length of the Mississippi River in 2002 over 68 days
  • Every January, to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, a re-enactment is fought with actors and cannons

see the: full list of attractions included

Please board 30 minutes prior to cruise departure
Monday 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am & 2:00 pm

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#1 Poydras Streetm, Riverwalk Market Place, Box 39, New Orleans, LA 70130


(504) 587-1719