James WiggsOmaha, NEBRASKA, United States
Matt A.'s local knowledge as well as his rolodex are unparalleled! Last year we explored several wonderful neighborhoods off the Vieux Carre beaten path and it was wonderful. This year we tried something a little different. We saw an amazing museum (the Backstreet Cultural Museum) which chronicled the Mardi Gras Indian Krewe society (shout outs to Sylvester and Dominique Francis!) Then we struck north across the lake, explored lovely Mandeville and toured a really fun alligator ranch! Great job Matt!
Troy ParvinoUnited States
Matt was an amazing tour guide. He did a great job making New Orleans come alive. Matt even kept our daughters (ages 17 and 20) entertained.
Lisa McPhersonUnited States
We really enjoyed our tour with Matt. He did a amazing job!
Sharon LazorwitzUnited States
Would make it more than 5 stars if possible! One of the best tour experiences we have ever had!
Nickie JamesUnited States
Matt was a great tour guide; very knowledgeable about his town. If we had done his preplanned tour, it would have probably been 5 stars. We asked to change things up a bit, which is encouraged in his description. The biggest change to the itinerary was to minimize the French Quarter portion of the experience since we had already toured there. In spite of agreeing to that, we spent over 2 hours of our allotted 6 in the French Quarter. We ended up missing out on the Garden District entirely.
Preston HayUnited States
Beyond....Excellent tour. Well worth taking to get the flavor of NOLA. Matt was an incredible tour guide and host. I learned so much and felt part of the community during the tour. If you come to NOLA do not miss out on using him as your tour guide. I can't say enough good things about his tour. It was above and beyond what I could have ever expected. If I ever come back to NOLA he will be the only tour I do again to see even more of NOLA. Thanks Matt you are truly the best!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Preston, it was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with you. I think we were instant friends. I hope we stay in touch and you’ll come back to NOLA for Halloween or one of our festivals. I’m really happy you had a good time and like New Orleans. I’ll let you know if I’m ever in St. Pete and need a tour guide. See you down the road my friend.
Matt is an outstanding tour guide! Goes into great detail about the history of New Orleans. You will come away with a good understanding of how the city was formed and where it is at today. He is very polite and professional and offers up other great places you may wish to visit during your stay in New Orleans. Definitely passionate about his hometown! Theresa Reynolds
Tina RiceUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our day w/ Matt, seeing places and learning a ton of fun facts and history along the way. Matt was extremely personable and adaptable to our preferences and a great conversationalist. We would definitely sign up for another tour w/ Matt without hesitation! Thanks much Matt! Merry Xmas and happy 2020!
Carole SendekUnited States
Kelly HavlikUnited States
Matt is an awesome tour guide! He asked us questions to understand what we were interested in and what we weren't so he could tailor the tour to us. His knowledge of New Orleans' history is remarkable and he tells it in a unique and humorous way that really keeps you interested. He knows the best places to eat, drink, and have a good time. He knows everything! This is a great tour for newcomers as well as folks who've been to NOLA many times like us! I highly recommend this tour!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kelly!!! I had so much fun with everyone and will definitely let you know if I find the treasure!!! Thanks again and I hope you see you again.
Matt promised we would see ALL of New Orleans and I'm sure we saw more than most. His tour was both informative and entertaining, he had ghost stories, best place to eat, locals hang outs, a tiny Katrina Museum in the Lower Ninth, this was a highlight of the whole fantastic day. Not to mention a tasting plate for lunch in a locals start up market. Very easy to award Matt five stars. We love New Orleans. Helen & Lindsay Watson, Sydney Australia
Patricia MeesterUnited States
Matt promised a great time and delivered. He is so knowledgeable about New Orleans history, and you can tell his is passionate and loves to tell it. We had a lot of time between checking out of our hotel and checking in at the airport- and he was so accommodating of our schedule. He customized the tour just for us and we had a great time. Highly recommend Matt!!
Michael S.United States
Matt is a terrific, easy going young man that gave us a wonderful, interesting and dynamic six hour tour of New Orleans. His knowledge and love of all things New Orleans is impressive and fun to be around. He also fed us, twice! The muffuletta and gumbos were delicious. My wife and I would give him six stars, if possible. Great guy, great tour, great time, great memories! We have taken many Tours By Locals tours all over the world - this was the best.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Michael, I had so much fun with you and Stella. You gotta make her watch the movie. Thanks again for such a wonderful day and I won’t visit my tree again without thinking of you two. See you down the road. Matt
Charles T.United States
Matt gave us a great tour despite horrible weather. My wife uses a wheelchair when we travel. He was very helpful to me in pushing the wheelchair, especially on inclines. He is extremely knowledgeable about the history of New Orleans, very personable and humorous, and very likable. We both enjoyed his tour very much
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks so much for the review, Charles! What an adventure we had! I loved showing y’all around.
Richard ThurstonUnited States
Matt was very thorough and professional. I would absolutely travel with him again, extremely knowledgeable. Rich T.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks, Rich! Thanks for the repose!! I had a good time too.
Maureen AlbertsonUnited States
Thank you Matt, for the great tour yesterday. Yummy food at St Roch. Got to prowl around grave yards and learn more about how they work. Loved the Sculpture Park and The Tree of life over by the Zoo. She was a grand old gal. Even snuck in a bit of a spooky tour with some of the local ghost stories along the way. Loved taking the walk down the streets and thru the French Market. We highly recommend taking this tour! Wish we'd had more time here! Mo and Scott
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Mo and Scott!!! It was nice spending the day with you.
Jim FieldUnited States
Wow. We have come to N.O. 10 times and thought we knew all we need to know about the city. Matt proved us wrong. He made the city come alive with history and stories. One of the best tours ever. Oh...it's a food tour as well. Really fun authentic amazing great food through out the city. A must go tour with Matt.
Oksana G.United States
Matt made sure we had a great time in his city. Thank you, highly recommended.
Jeremiah JusonUnited States
Had a great time with Matt! Enjoyed his tour.
Laurie JarboeUnited States
Amazing! Matt was organized, very knowledgeable, kind, and flexible. This was for my 80 year old mom who has some walking difficulties, plus my husband and me. We saw Lakeview (newer, stylish homes), Garden District and Uptown (stately, large homes), City Park, St. Roch's Market (great international food), French Market (mom found a dress for $25). Just a beautiful, informative, fun day that we will always remember! Matt knows his history and presented it (good and bad) well for us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a real pleasure to spend the day with you and your family. You are some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. I hope to see you again soon.
Nancy KildayUnited States
Nancy KildayUnited States
Matt was a perfect person for a trip around New Orleans. He grew up here, his family is here and he knows the town. He has the personality for a tour guide between his love of history and his love of the city. He treated us like we were friends and showed us We had had to cancel a prior tour with Matt and he graciously added everything to this tour that we had missed on the prior one. Matt makes a perfect guide. We really enjoyed ourselves. Nancy and Craig Kilday
This was a great tour, Matt is an amazing guide, he is very knowledgeable of New Orleans and all its areas and history. It rained on the day, and we started the tour but had to end it early due to the rain getting very heavy, but Matt offered to continue it on other day and was able to show us more of his great city. I would highly recommend this tour and Matt as a guide.
Kristin HirtUnited States
We found the perfect New Orleans guide! Matt shared his wonderful city with love, passion, and patience. He is a wonderful story-teller who had put together a great program to show us so many different aspects of this unique city. He is very knowledgable, friendly, helpful, and flexible and made the tour the highlight of our visit. We feel strongly that he delivered on his promise: we left with more knowledge of the city than the average local has. Thank you, Matt, for such a memorable day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yay!!! I’m so happy to hear from you. I had such a wonderful with you and you have the nicest family. I thought we got some really good shots that day. Best of luck to Kristen, I’m hoping I’m spelling that correctly at Bryn Mawr. It was a great day. Thanks so much again. Le Bon Temps Roule.
Jennifer GallowayUnited States
Our tour with Matt was a major highlight of our trip - it was wonderful! He was right on time, his car was very comfortable, and he took us everywhere. We got a wonderful sense of the city thanks to his stories, and he was ready to tweak the itinerary based on our preferences. We had some of the best food during our day together (muffaletta! gumbo yaya! shrimp and grits!), and just felt very well taken care of. A very thoughtful man with a true love for his hometown, and we highly recommend him!
Neil MatlinsUnited States
We took a six hour tour with Matt and found this was a great start to our five days in New Orleans. Matt is a good driver, very polite and good company, He knows his New Orleans/Louisiana history and made it come alive with stops in many neighborhoods. We saw neighborhoods and sites that definitely would not have seen on our own. We went back to several interesting areas in the next few days. Seeing so much of the city in one day made us appreciate the unique history and beauty of the city.
Richard YostUnited States
We've used a number of TBL's guides over the years, but none can compare to Matt, in friendliness, and willingness to go the extra mile to make our tour of New Orleans, one we will never forget. Having grown up in NOLA, he knows the city like the back of his hand, spending 7 vs. the scheduled 6 hours, to take us from one end of the city to the other and back again, stopping often to explain the city's history, and giving us "insider tips," on how to be a local, like getting a table at Cafe du Monde.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I’m so happy to have met you. I had a really good time hanging out with your krewe. I’ll definitely take your suggestion of bringing maps for folks. That’s a really good idea to help out people. Thank you again for everything and I hope to see you down the road.
Kathryn SnyderUnited States
Matt is an amazing tour guide. Passionate, amicable, funny and extremely knowledgeable. His love for the city is palpable. He went above and beyond as a tour guide. The next time we come to Nola, we will take him to dinner. He is a friend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Katie! You are too kind. I hope you enjoy seeing Rebirth tonight.
James WiggsOmaha, NEBRASKA, United States
If you want the A-Z of New Orleans in a fantastic one day adventure, then Matt Ainsworth is your guy! My wife and I have been going to the French Quarter for a number of years just to get a quick break from our Nebraska winters but this time we wanted to extend our reach out to all of the other wonderful neighborhoods and areas that NOLA has to offer, and let me tell you, She has a lot to offer. Matt's knowledge of his town is encyclopedic but he delivers in just a super warm friendly manner!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: You are so amazing for writing me such a nice review. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. I love doing this because I get to meet amazing people like you and the best I know how to share is New Orleans. Thank you so much. You always have a friend here.
James ZakianUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Matt. He is very proud and knowledgable of his city and entertained us with many stories. We saw and learned things that we never would have on our own. Well worth the time spent.