Garden District Walking Tour
Step back in time to New Orleans in the mid 1800’s on our Garden District Walking Tour.
The Garden District began as the city of Lafayette in 1833 and became part of New Orleans in 1853. Because the wealthiest of the newly arriving Americans called this area home, they were able to build the mansions that remain proudly standing today.
This 2-hour tour gives guests a crash course in New Orleans Architecture from 1838-1884. We cover the features of Greek Revival, Italianate, and Victorian Era architecture. You will leave the tour knowing how to spot these styles and therefore distinguish between them. The neighborhood comes alive with stories of the people who lived here and the architects who designed these incredible mansions. We also can’t forget the majestic Oak trees that line the streets! They are not only beautiful but they provide shade with their massive branches and evergreen crowns.
Included in the Garden District Walking Tour is a discussion about Lafayette #1 Cemetery. Dating back to 1833, this cemetery was the first non denominational cemetery in New Orleans. It remains one of the most popular cemeteries to visit today. Learn about the three most common types of tombs and the truth about why New Orleans buries above ground. It’s not what you might think! Note: Lafayette #1 Cemetery is closed to the public however, it is visible to view.
Our Garden District tour guides are experts in the area’s history and architecture and they will engage you with information about the grandiose homes. These were a staple of society and wealth in 19th century New Orleans. You will witness the results of our remarkable preservation efforts. As a result of those efforts, our historic neighborhoods not only maintain their integrity but continue to thrive today.
There is no better way to see the Garden District than on our tour so be sure to reserve your spot.
**Let Mark Twain’s words explain. “Those in the wealthy quarter are spacious; painted snow-white usually, and generally have wide verandas, or double-verandas, supported by ornamental columns. These mansions stand in the center of large grounds, and rise, garlanded with roses, out of the midst of swelling masses of shining green foliage and many-colored blossoms. No houses could well be in better harmony with their surroundings, or more pleasing to the eye, or more home-like and comfortable-looking.” (Life on the Mississippi)
So what are you waiting on? Join us by booking now to take part in our exclusive Garden District Walking Tour!
- Every day 10am and 1pm
- 2 hour tour
Things you’ll see
- Celebrity Homes
- Antebellum Mansions
- Lafayette Cemetery #1
- Shotgun Houses
- Center Hall Cottages
- Commander’s Palace
- Queen Anne
- Greek Revival
- Gothic Revival