New Orleans Original Garden District Walking Tour

New Orleans Original Garden District Walking Tour

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      New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
      2 Hours
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      $ 24
      • The original "Five-Star Tour": Explore this dazzling neighborhood, known as the "American" section, with its elegant architectural styles and quintessential charm.
      • Famous mansions: View the former homes of author Anne Rice and rock star Trent Reznor, the house where Jefferson Davis died, Toby's Corner (the area's oldest mansion), and more.
      • Lafayette Cemetery: Visit an atmospheric City of the Dead, learn about the unusual above-ground burial system, and discover tombs of the famous interred here.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to the Gates of Lafayette Cemetery, Washington Ave.

      Helpful hints

      Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour departure time. As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.

      Operates at 11:30am. This tour does not operate on Mardi Gras Day.

      Getting around

      This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which is over paved and uneven paths, involving some steps. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

      Activity type

      Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic

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      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages. Children ages 5 years and younger participate free of charge.

      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.


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      New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Wear sunscreen
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes

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