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Things to do in Garden District, New Orleans

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New Orleans: Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark with Exclusive Access

1. New Orleans: Cemetery Bus Tour At Dark with Exclusive Access

Experience the spooky side of New Orleans on a tour of the city and one of its most haunted cemeteries. Listen to chilling tales from your local guide and learn about the darker parts of the city's history. See how an EMF reader is used in real life. First, grab a cocktail or beer at your meeting location before the tour. Then your tour guide will lead the way with an EMF Reader and explain how to use them to search for paranormal activity and to help locate any spirits or paranormal phenomena.  Travel to the St. Patrick Cemetery No. 1, Odd Fellows Rest, and the Charity Hospital Cemetery to explore haunted cemeteries at night. Pass by the The Buckner Mansion and the Hurricane Katrina Memorial along the way.  Finally, see the videos of documented ghosts and spirits that haunt several locations from your tour. Conclude your tour by following your guide to a burial ground of spirits who met their unfortunate fate in a tragic pandemic event.

New Orleans: Luxury Bus Tour

2. New Orleans: Luxury Bus Tour

Get an introduction to the sites of New Orleans on a 2.5-hour guided bus tour. Benefit from pickup at Bon's New Orleans Street Food which is nearby Jackson Square and visit the Garden District, the 9th Ward, and more. Travel through the beautiful French Quarter, and make your way down lively Frenchmen Street, where live music pours from every venue. Arrive at the alternative Marigny district as you make your way towards the 9th Ward. Enter the Musicians' Village and continue to Tremé. Travel down Esplanade Avenue to City Park and Lake Pontchartrain, and then learn about Creole culture at Saint Roch Cemetery #1 and St. Louis Cemetery #3. See the oldest streetcar in the world on St. Charles Avenue as you move on to Tulane and Loyola universities. Enter the Garden District to look at some of the celebrity homes. Continue along Magazine Street to arrive at the Warehouse District and Arts District before getting dropped off at your hotel.

New Orleans: Garden District Walking and Storytelling Tour

3. New Orleans: Garden District Walking and Storytelling Tour

Start your 2-hour tour with a brief history of New Orleans and the Garden District. Walk along elegant tree-lined streets and discover the neighborhood's distinctive architectural style. Learn about the risk-takers, speculators and dreamers who established it as a wealthy suburb after the Louisiana Purchase. Peek inside the gates of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which is currently closed to the public, where your guide will explain New Orleans' interesting above-ground interment customs. At the end of the tour, continue to explore the cemetery and the Garden District, or head over to Magazine Street for great shopping and fun dining and cocktail options.

New Orleans Garden District Tour

4. New Orleans Garden District Tour

The New Orleans Garden District is a beautiful and ornate neighborhood with gorgeous, historic houses and mansions dating back to the antebellum days of the Old South. This historic neighborhood is comprised of the world’s largest collection of 19th-century southern-style mansions, some of which are still known by the names of families that built them. This whole area was once a number of plantations, eventually sold off in parcels. Originally the Garden District was developed with only a couple of houses per block, each surrounded by a large garden, giving the district its name. Bring your camera! This two hour walking tour is best enjoyed on foot in order to fully enjoy the exquisite examples of quintessential New Orleans architecture: white columns, scroll work of a cast iron fence, or a romantic Romeo and Juliet style gallery. You'll also go by Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, a historic 19th-century cemetery with above-ground tombs & statuary characteristic of the area.

New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour

5. New Orleans: 2-Hour City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Journey through 3 centuries of history, legend, and romance as you experience New Orleans, “the city that care forgot.” This is an exclusive 2.25-hour guided tour led by a professional guide. Marvel at stories of voodoo and piracy on Bayou St. John. These are waters that were used by Jean Lafitte and his notorious band of pirates. Travel through historic neighborhoods such as Treme and Faubourg Marigny. Visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries and learn about the unique above-ground burial system. Afterward, follow the path of the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, the oldest continuously operating passenger railway system in the world (until the service was disrupted by Hurricane Katrina). Travel to the world-famous Garden District, where you will see the homes of former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras. View Tulane and Loyola Universities across from Audubon Park, home to one of the top 5 zoos in the nation, The Audubon Zoo.  Stop in New Orleans City Park for a relaxing stroll and the opportunity to visit the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

New Orleans: 2.5-Hour City & Cemetery Tour by Bus

6. New Orleans: 2.5-Hour City & Cemetery Tour by Bus

There’s so much to see, so much history to soak in. You’re probably worried you won’t have time to see it all. That’s where this tour can help. For two hours, you will go on an air-conditioned ride throughout some of the most famous neighborhoods in New Orleans. You will see the landmarks you don’t want to miss, as your guide shares stories you’ll love to hear. You will go from the Treme to the Garden District, the 9th Ward to the back streets of The French Quarter. Your guide will tell you where the best crawfish are, or where to get the coldest beer. t’s your guide's mission to make sure that when you step off the bus you’re in love with this great city as well. Come experience the best two hours of your vacation today.

New Orleans: 2 & 3 Days Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Walking Tour

7. New Orleans: 2 & 3 Days Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Walking Tour

Explore the best of New Orleans on this open-top double-decker bus tour of the city’s key attractions. Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary and pace with strategically placed stops, regular pickups, and onboard commentary from a guide to learn about the city’s history. Begin your sightseeing tour at any of the stops on the route. Grab a comfortable seat on the lower deck or on the open‐air upper deck for the best views. Hop on and off at any of the route’s locations. Between stops, stroll through New Orleans's colorful neighborhoods and make use of your exclusive deals and discounts. .The 2-day hop‐on hop‐off pass includes a Garden District guided walking tour. The 3-day ticket, in addition to the Garden District guided walking tour, includes guided walking tours through the French Quarter to see gems of New Orleans architecture. These are the stops:• 700 Decatur Street, Jackson Square• Market Place Near St Peters Street • Esplanade Avenue • Treme, Rampart & Ursulines Avenue• Basin Station Visitor Information Center • Canal Street• Riverfront Creole Queen • Central Business District • Louisiana Superdome • The National WWII Museum • Magazine Street • Garden District • St. Charles Avenue • Arts District • Harrah's Casino on S. Peters Street• Canal Place 

New Orleans: Guided Underground Donut & Beignet Walking Tour

8. New Orleans: Guided Underground Donut & Beignet Walking Tour

Celebrate the donut in all its glory while learning about the history of New Orleans. Follow your guide to the Garden District and down Magazine Street, take in historic sites, sample some of the city’s best donuts and beignets, and wash it down with some coffee. Begin your tour in the Garden District, and follow your guide to your first stop, PJ’s Coffee. Try some of their famous beignets along with a coffee, and listen to your guide tell you all about New Orleans’ lively and long-standing culinary scene. Next, walk along historic Magazine Street, and take in the various boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Continue on to District Donuts, a hip restaurant that is renowned for its oversized donuts that are made with unique flavor combinations. For something different sample the bacon and banana donut. Continue walking with your guide through the city, and stop off at your 3rd and 4th cafés for some more sampling. Learn more about the history of New Orleans as well as what makes each spot unique. The final stop on the tour will be a – delicious – surprise.

New Orleans Sightseeing Tour by Air-Conditioned Minibus

9. New Orleans Sightseeing Tour by Air-Conditioned Minibus

Discover the highlights of New Orleans in comfort on a 3-hour sightseeing tour by air-conditioned minibus. Visit areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, along with historical landmarks such as Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral and the former seat of the Spanish colonial city hall at The Cabildo. Get an overview of the famous French Quarter so that you can explore the district at your own pace later. View the 100-year old homes along Esplanade Avenue on the way to the Dueling Oaks in City Park. Explore one of the city's cemeteries on foot and learn why the dead are buried in reusable tombs above the ground. Venture down St. Charles Avenue to explore the American side of the city and see some of the homes of the elegant Garden District. Pass the residence of the Gothic fiction writer, Anne Rice. Discover where Hurricane Katrina broke the levee and swept away the houses in the Lower 9th ward. Learn how the residents are rebuilding their lives.

New Orleans: Garden District Tour

10. 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.

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Book early! Take the first tour of the day! If possible. Kids are fresh and fed.. I had 3 little girls, a 16 year old 6 ft grandson , my adult daughter the tour guide was fun, well informed, she even made it so interesting for children to understand . Told us even about Christmas traditions as she grew up .. It just made it so personal and interesting to all of of us.. she explained Katrina Hurricane and what it did to the 9th Ward and City, Cemeteries and burials. history about the Spanish and French. Take little bottles of water. we did this trip on 12/29/22. We were excited because we were there for the Sugar Bowl .. We were all dressed in Purple for K-State University .. had no problem keep a eye on the children.. I highly recommend dress your kids and you all in the same color visiting a large city like New Orleans or any vacation. You can see your family at all times.. This tour is the Best, Clean, Restful way to see this city… Everyone with the Tour was Great!!!!

I recommend taking this tour at night to get the full experience. I can’t remember our guides name but I think it was Peter. What I can say is this tour is all about the guide you have. He was really into story telling and involved the guests to share their stories which added to the creepiness around the cemetery at night. It was a nice pace with story telling the entire time of ghost experience.

Great guide with lots of history, stories, and architecture. Really liked her (Yvonne) and the other must have bc the other people on the tour had booked her for this tour after having her the day before on a different tour.

This tour is a must if you want to get out of the French Quarter to see everything New Orleans has to offer. Excellent tour guide.

great walk with good information and delicious food!