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Marvel at the beautiful collection of historic mansions in New Orleans
Learn about the history of the Garden District
Walk past Lafayette Cemetery
See Commander’s Palace
Learn about the history of Irish immigration into Magazine St
Commentary from a local guide
New Orleans Garden District TourStep away from the bustling, boozy French Quarter to join this informative stroll through one of New Orleans’ most beautiful and tranquil neighborhoods
What to Expect
Considered by many to be one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the United States, this tour begins in the heart of the New Orleans Garden District.
Originally a family plantation, this area was divided into smaller, yet still very large, lots for private homes with beautiful gardens in the mid-1800’s, giving the district its name.
The amazing Antebellum architecture in the Garden District continues to draw the eye, making the area a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
The tour will then arrive at the home of one of New Orleans’ oldest cemeteries - Lafayette Cemetery. Continually popular with travelers, New Orleans cemeteries have a unique approach to burials: namely, the above-ground, multiple-burial techniques used. Explore the grounds with your local guide, hear why these types of burials are iconic to New Orleans, and learn about some of the families buried in this particular square.
Then continue on for a view of one of the most striking buildings in all of New Orleans: Commander’s Palace. Host to a myriad of wedding receptions and dinners throughout the year, this eye-catching, turreted Victorian building is one of the most well-respected upscale restaurants in the entire country.
Next, take a stroll, past more gorgeous homes, some with famous Hollywood connections. New Orleans is always a popular filming location for the movie industry and the homes in the Garden District have had starring roles in several films.
To reflect the full story of The Garden District, your guide will highlight the real history and the true backbone of this historic neighborhood. Across Magazine Street, find the working-class area known as the Irish Channel. Predominantly settled by Irish immigrants, this neighborhood developed in the early 1800’s when the city’s shipping, alcohol, and brewing industries drew workers from all over the world, especially from Ireland. In contrast to the palatial homes we saw earlier, your guide will take you past some of the iconic shotgun-style homes of New Orleans.
Finally, take one final stroll past several more picturesque antebellum homes, making our way back close to the streetcar line. When the tour ends, you’re sure to have a newfound appreciation for the deep and complex history and dynamic neighborhood behind the postcard-perfect properties of the Garden District.
Meet at The historical marker at the corner of Washington and Prytania Streets, 2729 Prytania St.
Frequently Asked Questions
- If you are driving to the tour, please allow extra time to find parking.
- This tour runs rain or shine, please dress appropriately for the weather.
- As of January 3, 2022, the City of New Orleans has mandated proof of 1 dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative antigen or PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours for all indoor dining for everyone ages 5+. While proof of vaccination is not required to attend this tour, all guests without this documentation please contact The Supplier at least 48 hours in advance (or as soon as you book the tour) and inform your guide upon check-in. For more information on this mandate, please follow this link: ready.nola.gov/restrictions
This tour requires 24-hours notice of cancellation or rescheduling of a tour
If you cancel your tour less than 24-hours before your tour, The Supplier will not be able to issue a refund
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