Garden District Tour
Starting at $25 | Great for Families! | Every Day at 10:30am
Historic mansions, celebrity homes, and luscious gardens await you on this beautiful neighborhood walk. Our tour also includes a stroll through Lafayette Cemetery #1, one of the oldest cemeteries in the city! | 2 Hrs
Take a stroll in one of the oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods in the country — New Orleans’ stunning Garden District.
Person – $25
Just a short streetcar ride from the Creole French Quarter, you’ll leave the city hustle and bustle behind and enter another world, surrounded by the graceful sway of sprawling oak trees, breathtaking mansions, and lavish landscapes.
Your guide will share historical stories of the wealthy Yankees who first settled this area as The City of Lafayette in the 1830s and 1840s as well as point out homes of current celebrities. Other sites include:
- Commander’s Palace restaurant
- Rosegate – Anne Rice’s “Mayfair Witches” home
- John Goodman’s residence (formerly Trent Reznor’s home)
- Sandra Bullock’s “Dollhouse” Swiss-style chalet
- Romeo Spikes, an early form of property protection
- The Archie Manning house (where Peyton and Eli grew up!)
- Women’s Opera Guild House (and film site of Django Unchained)
- “Benjamin Button” house
We will also visit Lafayette Cemetery #1, the third-oldest cemetery in New Orleans (and to many, the most beautiful!), to uncover the science behind above-ground burials, jazz funeral customs, and the devastation of yellow fever. Other sights include Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat tomb, Ashley Judd’s Double Jeopardy burial plot, society tombs, wall vaults, and family tombs where over 30 people have been laid to rest.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water in summer. At least two people are needed to run this tour (may be booked separately).
Where Do We Meet?
We’ll meet near the stairs of The Rink shopping center; The Rink is located at the corner of Washington Avenue and Prytania Street at 2727 Prytania Street.
- How much walking will there be?
The tour covers a little more than a mile with frequent stops; guests will be walking or standing throughout the entire 2-hr tour.
- What if it rains?
Our tours run rain or shine. If the weather is severe enough that it poses a danger, we will call you to explain our decision and discuss alternatives (this is why it’s very important to list a good cell phone number when booking online!). If we cancel a tour because of severe weather, all guests will be given a full refund.
- How many people will there be?
This tour is limited to 10–12 people. We pride ourselves on small group sizes so you’ll never be a part of one of those massive tour groups!
- Will we see gardens?
While we will see some beautiful landscaping and small gardens on our tour, the Garden District Tour is primarily a history and architecture tour.
- Will we go into a house?
The Garden District is a residential neighborhood, so access to a home unfortunately is not possible.
- How long is the tour?
This tour is approximately 2 hours long.
- Can I bring my child in a stroller?
Sure, but please keep in mind that some of the sidewalks can be quite bumpy/uneven, so please be prepared for that.
- Can I walk to the starting location to/from the French Quarter?
If a 2 mile (approx. 45 min) walk is no big deal for you, then sure! Most of our guests take a taxicab or Uber to the tour to ensure that they are there on time. (Please note: the streetcar is NOT recommended as it can often run late! Instead, most guests enjoy a pleasant streetcar ride back to the French Quarter AFTER the tour.)