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New Orleans' Garden District is the epitome of Southern charm. Plantation-style mansions, which are among the most impressive in the city, feature wrap-around porches, verandas, and manicured gardens where there’s always something blooming. Streets are separated by stretches of green parks, and the historic cable car line runs along St. Charles Avenue.

The Basics
This picturesque neighborhood is best experienced on foot, and tour choices include general, historical, and haunted tours of the area. A New Orleans Garden District walking tour reveals popular highlights such as the historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, famous antebellum houses, and the eclectic shops and restaurants of Magazine Street. Visitors with an interest in New Orleans’ haunted history can opt for a Garden District ghost tour to hear paranormal tales of the neighborhood where Interview with a Vampire, Dracula 2000, and American Horror Story: Coven were filmed. Some driving tours combine seeing the sights by mini bus with stops at top attractions.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This neighborhood is a must-visit for history buffs and first-time visitors to New Orleans.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do a lot of walking on a tour.
  • Walking tours generally last two to three hours and begin at a central meeting point in the neighborhood.
  • Driving tours of New Orleans often stop at the Garden District.

How to Get There
The easiest and most historic way to get to the Garden District is aboard the St. Charles streetcar, which also stops at Tulane and Loyola universities and the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute. It’s also possible to reach the area on foot and via the Magazine Street bus.

When to Get There
For many travelers, the best time to visit New Orleans is between February and May when the weather is cool and the calendar is packed with events, including Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Expect temperatures upwards of 85°F (29°C) during visits from June to September.

Celebrity Homes in the Garden District
This live oak-shaded neighborhood is no stranger to celebrities, and many famous faces have homes in the area. While strolling through the neighborhood, you might spot the homes of Anne Rice, Archie and Peyton Manning, John Goodman, and Sandra Bullock.
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New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1Walking Tours

New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour Including Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

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Step back in time on this historic walking tour of New Orleans’ Garden District with an experienced guide. Learn about life and death in the city and its unique above-ground crypts and gravesites. Walk shady avenues lined with antebellum homes, and hear how a small riverside settlement grew into a lavish, wealthy city. See a wide range of architectural styles in the elegant Garden District neighborhood then get local tips on the city’s best places to enjoy New Orleans' finest music, food, and drink.
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New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery TourWalking Tours

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New Orleans Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery Tour

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Enjoy an educational and leisurely stroll through one of New Orleans' most gorgeous neighborhoods on this walking tour of the Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Hear about the history of the stately mansions along the tree-lined streets before visiting one of the city's haunting cemeteries.
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New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking TourWalking Tours

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New Orleans Garden District and Mansion Walking Tour

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Experience the best of New Orleans’ opulent Garden District on the only tour that takes you inside a Garden District mansion.  On this walking tour, marvel at the enormous antebellum mansions, learn about some of the district’s famous residents including Anne Rice and Sandra Bullock, and visit homes used in the films 'Interview with a Vampire' and 'Dracula 2000.' Wander through the elaborate above-ground tombs at Lafayette Cemetery, one of the city’s most significant ‘Cities of the Dead’.
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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New Orleans Garden District Grandeur Walking TourWalking Tours

New Orleans Garden District Grandeur Walking Tour

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Enjoy an informative walking tour in the Garden District of New Orleans led by an expert guide. Stroll around the opulent neighborhood to see historic homes including the Buckner Mansion, which served as the set for Miss Robichaux's Academy in the TV series ‘American Horror Story: Coven.’ Learn about the history of the stately houses and see where celebrities such as Sandra Bullock, Anne Rice, and Peyton and Eli Manning have lived. Check out The Rink and the historic Lafayette Cemetery at tour's end.
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New Orleans City and Plantation Tour CombinationHistorical & Heritage Tours

New Orleans City and Plantation Tour Combination

Visit a historic southern plantation located just a short drive from New Orleans on a private half-day tour. Learn about the history of the Antebellum South as you tour the main structures and grounds of Evergreen Plantation, and hear stories about the families that owned the land, and the enslaved people who toiled there. Your tour includes hotel pickup in New Orleans, and VIP transportation for up to six passengers.
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Three Hour City Tour of New OrleansCity Tours

Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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Although not your typical tour of New Orleans, this expedition through the Big Easy takes in some of the major points of interest, including the French Quarter, Treme, the Esplanade, the Garden District and the Metairie Cemetery. Relax in air-conditioned minibus comfort, and listen as a guide leads you through one of America's most historic cities.
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New Orleans Sightseeing City TourCultural Tours

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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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Maximize time in New Orleans with a sightseeing bus tour. Explore beyond the beauty of the French Quarter to see other neighborhoods including the Garden District, Treme, and the 9th Ward. Learn about city culture and history as you travel along Frenchmen Street, Esplanade Avenue, and more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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New Orleans Garden District Small Group Walking and Storytelling TourWalking Tours

New Orleans Garden District Small Group Walking and Storytelling Tour

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On this Garden District walking tour, meander down tree-lined alleys and past grand antebellum homes while learning about the historic neighborhood from your guide. Your guide shares local perspective on the posh 19th century district and historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, the filming location for famous movies such as Interview with a Vampire. A small-group tour offers a more personalized experience.
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THE BIG 4 in THE BIG EASY (French Quarter, Garden Dist., Cemetery, & City Park)Historical & Heritage Tours

THE BIG 4 in THE BIG EASY (French Quarter, Garden Dist., Cemetery, & City Park)

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Beat the heat on this New Orleans SUV tour that takes you to four of the city’s must-see areas. Get a local perspective on essential sights throughout the French Quarter such as Ursuline Convent and Jackson Square before continuing to the Garden District, Metairie Cemetery, and the 1,300-acre City Park. Throughout the tour, hear fun facts and get local-approved recommendations for restaurants, jazz bars, and other Big Easy haunts.
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Garden District Walking TourWalking Tours

Garden District Walking Tour

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View legendary homes and visit the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 during this 2-hour walking tour of the Garden District. This stunning enclave of New Orleans features the stomping grounds of authors, movie stars, and sports figures such as Anne Rice, John Goodman, and Archie Manning. Hear anecdotes from your guide while you stroll under southern live oaks, crepe myrtles, and magnolia trees.
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Historical Garden District Tour with Judy

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Explore New Orleans' vibrant Garden District, home to the Lafayette Cemetery and a variety of architectural delights, on this walking tour with an expert local guide. Discover where American settlers built their homes after the Louisiana Purchase; visit the location where the president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, spent his final hours, and pass by Sandra Bullock's New Orleans home.
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New Orleans Historical Neighborhood Tours - Unlike Any City In The World

Immerse yourself in New Orleans' culture, history, and architecture on this in-depth walking tour. Taking to the streets on your own two feet gives you much more of a chance to get to know the city. Listen to your guide's commentary on facts, figures, and fables surrounding the colorful city as you walk.
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Garden District macabre

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I did extensive paranormal investigation of the area and I have been inside every house that I talk about. Not only do I know the owners, they know me. Burial procedures will be explained.
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City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery TourBus & Minivan Tours

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

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Immerse yourself in the culture, history, and landscape of vibrant New Orleans on this half-day tour with a small group of 15 people or fewer. This experience combines elements from several disparate tours, including those focusing on architecture, the Garden District, historic cemeteries, the French Quarter, and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Hotel pickup included.
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor CruiseBus & Minivan Tours

New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! Enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. Then board the famous Steamboat Natchez for your iconic New Orleans river cruise.
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1 Hour Petit Garden District Walking Tour New OrleansCultural Tours

1 Hour Petit Garden District Walking Tour New Orleans

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Stroll your way through the Garden District in the company of a guide and group on this relaxed walking tour. You'll get the most out of your visit to the well-known neighborhood by listening to commentary on the area's history, culture, and architecture. This focused tour is jam-packed with information and takes just an hour; it's great for those short on time in New Orleans.
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New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter, GraveyardCity Tours

New Orleans City Tour: Katrina, Garden District, French Quarter, Graveyard

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Gaze at the spectacular sights of New Orleans from the comfort of a luxury coach on an unforgettable 3-hour city tour. With a professional guide, cruise past historical highlights like the French Quarter and the Garden District while listening to illuminating commentary. See the the lakefront area and the 17th street canal where the canal bank was breached by hurricane Katrina, and delve into the city’s rich history as you take a tour of the best museums in New Orleans. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from your hotel in Downtown New Orleans on this informative tour.
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New Orleans Historical and Sightseeing Small-Group TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

New Orleans Historical and Sightseeing Small-Group Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City TourPlantation Tours

Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ top attractions and the grandeur of antebellum history on this combined city and plantation sightseeing tour. Start with a bus tour, including the French Quarter, the Garden District, the Ninth Ward, and City Park. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history from your friendly local guide. Then head to Oak Alley Plantation to view stunning architecture, oak-lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields.
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New Orleans Deluxe House and City Tour featuring The Pitot House and Longue VueCultural Tours

New Orleans Deluxe House and City Tour featuring The Pitot House and Longue Vue

An elegant excursion crafted with your safety and comfort in mind, this tour takes you through the National Register Historic Landmark District French Quarter into the Creole faubourgs of Marigny and Treme and the exquisite beauty of often unseen New Orleans. This is a fully-comprehensive introduction to The City that Care Forgot led by a native historian and bon vivant recommended by Frommer’s, American Airlines Advantage and hundreds of happy, satisfied guests!
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New Orleans Sightseeing TourBus & Minivan Tours

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New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this sightseeing bus tour, including the bustling French Quarter, the opulent Garden District and St. Charles Avenue. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history and eclectic contemporary culture from your friendly local guide.
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The Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion, Lafayette Cemetery & Praline TastingCultural Tours

The Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion, Lafayette Cemetery & Praline Tasting

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Experience many of the Garden District’s highlights on a comprehensive half-day tour. Meet your local guide and small group and start your excursion with a complimentary praline. See the inside of a Garden District mansion, ride a street car, visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, and learn about the area’s fascinating history—all on one fun and convenient outing.
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Swamp and City Tour of New Orleans

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This tour combines a comprehensive New Orleans city overview with a rough-and-tumble swamp boat adventure—all with included transportation that makes logistics a breeze. Learn about New Orleans history and culture as you pass by classic sites such as the French Quarter and Lake Pontchartrain, and then transfer to an swamp boat to explore the swamps. You might even see an alligator! Opt to eat lunch at a local restaurant at the end of the tour.
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