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New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

1. New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

Enjoy a totally unique walking tour through New Orleans' Garden District and marvel at the opulent 19th-century mansions that are so common in this area. With your experienced guide, you will learn about the history behind these magnificent homes, the former owners, visitors and about the city of New Orleans in general.  Get to witness mansions that so often tell the story of wealth found and sometimes lost, during the second half of the 19th century. Marvel at the homes, designed with a love of Greek Revival and Italianate building styles, with some of them reminiscent of grand plantation mansions.  Your leisurely walk starts by visiting two iconic mansions, the Bosworth-Haus and, the Burnside Mansion. The former owners, one a successful ice-magnate, the other a plantation owner lived in decadent homes with stunning architectural features, all of which you will get to admire during this tour.  After a stop at the oldest municipal cemetery where you will learn about the city's above-ground burial traditions, you will get to visit Commander's Palace, one of New Orleans' most famous restaurants. Culinary stars such as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse trained here under the watchful eyes of other master chefs and its owner, Ella Brennan. The tour's next stop is the Eustis-Haus, which was built for the daughter of a cotton factor and is now the home of Hollywood movie actress Sandra Bullock, who purchased it for $2.25 million. Nearby you will get the chance to see the Lonsdale house on Prytania Street. His house is the oldest in the Garden District and today belongs to a wealthy local tea and coffee importer. The walk ends at the Rink, a former skating rink that today houses a local coffee shop, an independent bookstore, and small boutiques.

Glamorous Garden District Tour

2. Glamorous Garden District Tour

New Orleans’ Garden District is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the nation, next to it is bustling Magazine Street. If you’re looking to explore outside of the French Quarter area, and see how people live and have lived, this excursion is perfect for you or your group. After that, a stop in Lafayette Cemetery, the oldest city-owned cemetery. You’ll learn the burial practices and traditions that make the cemeteries unique. Then, during the tour, you’ll set eyes on the current residences of New Orleanians Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock, and John Goodman. You’ll see houses featured in movies such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the Buckner Mansion of American Horror Story fame. Included in this tour is a stroll along beautiful Magazine Street, historically the line between the rich and working class of NOLA. Walk a few blocks from Magazine into the Irish Channel where you’ll see the famous “shotgun houses.” The Garden District was founded in 1832, between St. Charles Avenue, First Street, Magazine Street and Toledano Street. Originally its own city, it was annexed by New Orleans in 1852. You’ll learn more about this and other historic facts as you see the neighborhood’s gorgeous mansions and their notable large, opulent lawns.

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4.8 / 5

based on 341 reviews

Drew gave us an awesome tour, including so much fascinating history of New Orleans, its people and culture. He used his wonderful storytelling skills to go far beyond architectural details to entertain about famous individuals who have made an impact on New Orleans from original European settlement to today. He answered all questions and was thoughtful about including the entire group in discussion. We walked quite a way, stopping mid-tour for a drink and snack at a local eatery in the District, before moving on. The tour began with an excellent overview of the historical cemetery and common burial practices, including religious influences on burial traditions. Ending the tour, Drew educated us about the changing ecosystem and weather/climate influences that have always affected this below sea level city, and the challenges it faces in decades ahead. Drew was excellent! We highly recommend this tour with Drew as your guide!

Regina (I hope I spelled her name right) was our tour guide and she was amazing! You could tell right away that history was her passion. She had so many facts about the houses and places around the garden district and even recommended other areas to visit. Sadly, our tour got cut short as the rain drenched us in minutes. She stayed with us until our Uber came. She was such an awesome person and educated in her knowledge of New Orleans.

Randy was great—-answered lots of questions about A wide range of topics. Moved at our speed. Gave us a number of excellent recommendations for things to see and places to go. He even followed up with a text after the tour to give us the contact information on a tour we wanted!

Toast, our guide, was excellent: he is very informative, funny and engaging. The walk and the houses are beautiful as well. This is a great way to learn about the history and culture of the great city of New Orleans.

One guide for the two of us provided a wonderful conversation on the history of the city, the garden district, cuisine, music, everything and anything.