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New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

1. New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

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.

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5.0 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Regina (I hope I spelled her name right) was our tour guide and she was amazing! You could tell right away that history was her passion. She had so many facts about the houses and places around the garden district and even recommended other areas to visit. Sadly, our tour got cut short as the rain drenched us in minutes. She stayed with us until our Uber came. She was such an awesome person and educated in her knowledge of New Orleans.

As a senior I found your website easy to navigate, ticket buying was a breeze and our meeting spot was easy to get to. Our guide Randy was very personable and knew so much about the area and NOLA in general at one point I asked him if he had been a history professor earlier in life !

Randy was great—-answered lots of questions about A wide range of topics. Moved at our speed. Gave us a number of excellent recommendations for things to see and places to go. He even followed up with a text after the tour to give us the contact information on a tour we wanted!

One guide for the two of us provided a wonderful conversation on the history of the city, the garden district, cuisine, music, everything and anything.

Randy was an excellent tour guide. He lives in the Garden district and knows his history.