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Glamorous Garden District Tour

1. Glamorous Garden District Tour

New Orleans’ Garden District is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in the nation, next to it is bustling Magazine Street. If you’re looking to explore outside of the French Quarter area, and see how people live and have lived, this excursion is perfect for you or your group. After that, a stop in Lafayette Cemetery, the oldest city-owned cemetery. You’ll learn the burial practices and traditions that make the cemeteries unique. Then, during the tour, you’ll set eyes on the current residences of New Orleanians Anne Rice, Sandra Bullock, and John Goodman. You’ll see houses featured in movies such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the Buckner Mansion of American Horror Story fame. Included in this tour is a stroll along beautiful Magazine Street, historically the line between the rich and working class of NOLA. Walk a few blocks from Magazine into the Irish Channel where you’ll see the famous “shotgun houses.” The Garden District was founded in 1832, between St. Charles Avenue, First Street, Magazine Street and Toledano Street. Originally its own city, it was annexed by New Orleans in 1852. You’ll learn more about this and other historic facts as you see the neighborhood’s gorgeous mansions and their notable large, opulent lawns.

New Orleans: 2-Hour Homes of the Rich & Famous Walking Tour

2. New Orleans: 2-Hour Homes of the Rich & Famous Walking Tour

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a walk around the elegant Garden District, home to many celebrities and local icons. Originally built in the 1800's to rival the architectural splendor of the French Quarter, this gorgeous neighborhood has been the backdrop to many famous movies and television shows for decades. Walk down the oak-lined streets and hear stories and scandals of the many colorful characters from our history. This neighborhood is of one of the most scenic areas in New Orleans. Hear the fascinating history and learn of the architecture and plant life that gave way to the Garden District's name. This area is one of the most photographed in the entire state. Stroll under the shade of the majestic live oak trees, while you bask in fragrance of flowers. Marvel at the lush foliage while you view the stately mansions of the Garden District. See the homes of New Orleans’ rich and famous, including the former homes of Anne Rice and Nicholas Cage, as well as your favorite movie sites. Don’t be surprised if you walk right onto a film set. You will see locations from such popular shows as American Horror Story and CSI New Orleans and many others. See the locations that inspired Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches. Hear about celebrity gossip and scandals. This original American sector of New Orleans is so park like that you'll forget your in the city. Throughout this leisurely stroll you will get a compelling narration by friendly guides, all licensed by city authorities for their depth of knowledge and high standard of service. This 2-hour walking tour gets to the heart of the neighborhood starts at 2727 Prytania Street at the corner of Washington Avenue in front of The Rink shopping mall. The tour is offered rain or shine. There is on street parking available in this neighborhood as well as public transportation nearby. Arrive early to grab a beverage or use the restroom at the coffee shop. Recommended by Travel Channel as a must-do attraction in New Orleans, this tour will uncover some of the city’s most remarkable treasures and give you a unique perspective on this city’s fascinating history. This tour is truly unforgettable.

New Orleans: Garden District Tour

3. New Orleans: Garden District Tour

Set off to admire houses and mansions of various styles, from the Italianate to the Gothic, Romanesque and Greek Revival. Marvel at the sweeping front porches, turrets, cast-iron balconies, colonnades, 30-foot columns and double-pitched roofs. Follow in the footsteps of the authors, poets, movie stars, artists and sports legends who have made the Garden District their home. Be mesmerized by the towering Southern live oak trees, magnificent Crepe Myrtles and stunning magnolias that can make walking through the neighborhood feel like walking through a fairytale. Learn the rich history of the area and how it fits into the overall story of New Orleans. Hear about the jealousy and mistrust that led to the "new money" of the "garish" Americans trying to show up the splendor and glory of the "old money" Europeans on the other side of town. Visit the city's oldest municipal cemetery at Lafayette #1 (outside only), and discover where so many famous movies and TV shows have been shot. Hear about the above ground burial practices of New Orleans, and join in some gossip about the dead.

New Orleans: Garden District Walking Tour

4. 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.

New Orleans : Garden District Architecture Walking tour

5. New Orleans : Garden District Architecture Walking tour

Explore the Garden District with the help of a local guide who will tell you about the history of Louisiana's great planter families. You'll see the lavish homes as a shining symbol of their success. People like Scarlett O'Hara, who lived on the plantation in the summer and in the city in the winter months, in the heart of New Orleans, or Anne Rice, author of the novel "Interview with the Vampire" who lived nearby (Brevard House at 1239 1st Street.) You'll get a sense of the mysterious atmosphere that emanates from these imposing houses lined up next to each other. All that they have seen, the secrets of the aristocracy of the time that they sheltered. The era of masters and slaves, the segregation of the South, the Civil War, the abolition of slavery... The romantic impulses against the cruel historical reality. Your guide will tell you the history and anecdotes about this popular cemetery, and you will learn about the rites of burial above ground. Due to a temporary closure we will not be able to enter.

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What people are saying about Anne Rice's House

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 361 reviews

Absolutely loved the tour! we were a group with an age range from 17 to 42 years old, all of us enjoyed it and found it very interesting. the guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. would definitely recommend to anyone! The only thing is, and this is not a tour issue, this is general knowledge, it is walking and it is New Orleans, so sidewalks are very uneven so if you have mobility issues just be aware. the tour guide will accommodate to the best of their ability though.

We had the luck of having Jeremiah as our guide. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the history in the stories he told us about what we experienced on the tour, and were very grateful for the pace at which he kept the tour going. The Garden District is absolutely stunning, and in our opinion an absolute must-see. Hopefully you can get Jeremiah as your guide because again - he was totally great!

The garden district tour was my favorite in NOLA! That probably has to do with our tour guide, Lee. Extremely knowledgeable about the homes, architecture, the area, and it’s history. It was educational and so much fun thanks to him! We liked his stories so much we booked another of his tours specifically!

Incredible historic and architectural information provided! It’s was a beautiful tour although hard to a lot in a walking tour.

Mikko was a very knowledgeable & excellent guide! Braving the rainstorm with us! Great tour!