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New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

1. New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

Start at the Lafayette cemetery, where you will learn about the unique funeral customs and traditions of New Orleans. During the guided walk to the first restaurant stop, you will explore the architecture of the Garden District, home to historic mansions, colorful shotgun houses, and hauntingly beautiful oak trees. Then, check out local shops on Magazine Street. Visit three food stops that highlight Cajun and Creole flavors and history. The first food stop is an indulgent taste of Creole fusion and the multicultural influences that shaped the 300-year-old city. You'll also learn the history of the Cajun people and the influence of their hunting and farming society on the food culture of Louisiana. Along the way, visit locally-owned shops and an art gallery before finishing on a sweet note at the dessert stop for specialty, filled beignets, and cafe au lait. The first two food stops include either a choice from a menu of craft beers from local breweries, a cocktail, house sangria, or mimosa. Non-alcoholic drinks are also included and vegetarians and many dietary allergies can be accommodated. You'll also get plenty of recommendations for local fun on your trip so book for the start of your time in New Orleans.

New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

2. New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

Explore the French Quarter and the Garden District by bike on this bike tour of New Orleans. Start your bike tour at the Mississippi River overlooking Jackson Square and ride through the historic heart of New Orleans. Cycle through the French Quarter, stop outside historic landmarks, and learn about the history of New Orleans. Next up is the Garden District. Hear about New Orleans pre-and post-Civil War history and gain insights into Southern life throughout these eras. Pass by opulent mansions built in the 1800s and filming locations throughout the Garden District. Visit one of New Orleans's above-ground cemeteries and learn about how the lives of loved ones are commemorated in New Orleans culture and traditions.

New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

3. New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South in this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood with an expert local guide. Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. Here you will learn how New Orleans’ most famous confection was brought to the city from Europe, and will even be able to taste one hot out of the copper pots. Next, you’ll hop onto a street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Avenue, en-route to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, tree-lined streets is home to some of the best-preserved, pre-Civil-War mansions in America, as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the area, as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and now owned by famous people such as Beyonce and Sandra Bullock. Along the way, you’ll stop off at one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. You’ll also learn about the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level. For the highlight of the tour, you will step inside the Elms Mansion, a 150-year-old Italianate home that is one of the most impressive in the city. As you tour the opulent rooms, you will learn about the businessmen and plantation owners who built these stately residences, and the wealthy world that they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your tour ends in the mansion’s beautiful garden, with an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the shade of the largest magnolia tree in the south.

New Orleans: Guided Underground Donut & Beignet Walking Tour

4. New Orleans: Guided Underground Donut & Beignet Walking Tour

Celebrate the donut in all its glory while learning about the history of New Orleans. Follow your guide to the Garden District and down Magazine Street, take in historic sites, sample some of the city’s best donuts and beignets, and wash it down with some coffee. Begin your tour in the Garden District, and follow your guide to your first stop, PJ’s Coffee. Try some of their famous beignets along with a coffee, and listen to your guide tell you all about New Orleans’ lively and long-standing culinary scene. Next, walk along historic Magazine Street, and take in the various boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Continue on to District Donuts, a hip restaurant that is renowned for its oversized donuts that are made with unique flavor combinations. For something different sample the bacon and banana donut. Continue walking with your guide through the city, and stop off at your 3rd and 4th cafés for some more sampling. Learn more about the history of New Orleans as well as what makes each spot unique. The final stop on the tour will be a – delicious – surprise.

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What people are saying about Garden District, New Orleans

This was such a fun tour! We stopped at 3 different places to eat/drink and got to learn about the area and New Orleans in general at each stop and in between. Michelle was so nice and incredibly smart! The food we had (red beans and rice, napoleon, stuffed beignets and roast beef po boys) was all delicious! Highly suggest doing this tour and seeing the area!

Out of the other tours/paid activities we did, this one was the best. We had Michelle lead out tour and she had such great energy. It was awesome to walk around the Garden District, get some history and try some awesome food outside the French Quarter. I would absolutely recommend!

Michelle was a wealth of interesting information and stories. Fun time! Food was delicious. She was able to accommodate all our restrictions. Highly recommend!!!

The guide Michelle was Great! She was very knowledgeable and gave us a great lesson in New Orleans History, culture, architecture and food.

Food was amazing! Loved the walking tour of that area of New Orleans.