New Orleans Original Garden District Walking Tour
Operates at 11:30am. This tour does not operate on Mardi Gras Day.
Tour Participation Requirements
Welcome to the homes of the rich and famous (and the dead). Shaded by gracious magnolia trees and embraced by luscious gardens, living is good in the Garden District. Its beautifully preserved Greek Revival and Italianate mansions run into the millions of dollars. If you're looking to live in NOLA's most-desired 'hood, this is it.
The grand homes were built in the mid-1800s when a wave of new immigrants arrived from the North to make their fortunes after the Louisiana Purchase. You'll hear stories of these rising elite, called "Southern Yankees," who chose to build on the city's periphery, creating its leafy new "American" section. You'll also get the scoop on the authors, actors, and A-listers like Sandra Bullock who live here and make NOLA the "other LA.
Resting for all time in the Garden District is desirable too, and you'd have some famous forever neighbors. In historic Lafayette Cemetery, you'll see graciously aged tombs and evocative angel statuary as you hear strange tales about its celebrated residents. And if you get a certain ritual just right, a voodoo queen may even make a wish come true.
In the "wishing tomb," Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau refuses to rest. After a lifetime of holding the city spellbound, she still captivates by promising to grant wishes through a complex ritual that involves symbols, turning around, and knocking. You'll also see still-very-much-alive Nicholas Cage's mysterious pyramid-shaped tomb. The strange ritual here involves lipstick. We'll let your guide explain that one.
Tomb with a view
A few of Lafayette Cemetery's most famous tombs are fictional. Fans of Anne Rice's books may expect to stumble over the tombs of the vampire Lestat from Interview with a Vampire, or the Mayfair Witches from her Witching Hour book series. Rice also staged her own funeral here in 1995, complete with coffin, brass band, and horse-drawn hearse. No, it wasn't a bout of depression, she was promoting a new book, Memnock the Devil.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.