New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

From $45 per person

Enjoy a leisurely walk through the Garden District, home of Anglo-Protestants who made fortunes with cotton, sugarcane, and shipping. Witness opulent 19th-century homes and with your experienced guide, learn the fascinating history behind them.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the oldest above-ground municipal cemetery in the city
  • Admire a mansion that played a star role in a Hollywood blockbuster
  • Enjoy the sight of the Caroll-Crawford Mansion
  • Learn about the history of New Orleans
Full description
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.
Includes
  • A guided walking tour through the Garden District
  • Food and beverages
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

Starbucks Coffee Shop, 2801 Magazine St. (on the corner of Washington Avenue.), New Orleans, LA 70115

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

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  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5
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Really great experience!

This was a really great tour. A very relaxed pace, which allowed us to enjoy the things we were getting to see and we were able to ask plenty of questions. We learned a lot and were very engaged the entire journey. Regine and Randy were excellent guides and really knew their history/information. They are wonderful people and a true joy to be around.

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November 6, 2018

Outstanding

We saw great things and learned a lot about the garden district and its residents. Our guide, Ms. Regine Richter-McClain, guided us confidently and enabled us to have a few great hours during the tour with in-depth knowledge. Thank you again for that and 100 points for Ms. Regine Richter-McClain!

June 13, 2018

June 22, 2020

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Product ID: 195488