Garden District, New Orleans
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New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

1. New Orleans: Garden District Food and History Tour

Join a small-group tour of no more than 10 people. Start at the Lafayette cemetery, where you will learn about the unique funeral customs and traditions of New Orleans. During the guided walk to the first restaurant stop, you will explore the architecture of the Garden District, home to historic mansions, colorful shotgun houses, and hauntingly beautiful oak trees. Then, check out local shops on Magazine Street. Visit three food stops that highlight Cajun and Creole flavors and history. The first food stop is an indulgent taste of Gulf seafood, Creole fusion and the multicultural influences that shaped the 300-year-old city. Your second food stop focuses on the history of the Cajun people and the influence of their hunting and farming society on the food culture of Louisiana. Along the way, visit locally-owned shops and an art gallery before finishing on a sweet note at the dessert stop. Try their specialty, filled beignets and cafe au lait. The first two food stops include either a choice from a menu of craft beers from local breweries or house cocktails, often made with locally-distilled spirits. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available. Vegetarians, dietary restrictions, and allergies can be accommodated. You'll also get plenty of recommendations for local fun on your trip.

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New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

2. New Orleans: Garden District and French Quarter Bike Tour

Explore the French Quarter and the Garden District by bike on this bike tour of New Orleans. Start your bike tour at the Mississippi River overlooking Jackson Square and ride through the historic heart of New Orleans. Cycle through the French Quarter, stop outside historic landmarks, and learn about the history of New Orleans. Next up is the Garden District. Hear about New Orleans pre-and post-Civil War history and gain insights into Southern life throughout these eras. Pass by opulent mansions built in the 1800s and filming locations throughout the Garden District. Visit one of New Orleans's above-ground cemeteries and learn about how the lives of loved ones are commemorated in New Orleans culture and traditions.

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New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

3. New Orleans: Garden District Tour with Elms Mansion Access

Immerse yourself in the opulence of the Old South in this tour of New Orleans’ prettiest neighborhood with an expert local guide. Your historic Garden District tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. Here you will learn how New Orleans’ most famous confection was brought to the city from Europe, and will even be able to taste one hot out of the copper pots. Next, you’ll hop onto a street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Avenue, en-route to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, tree-lined streets is home to some of the best-preserved, pre-Civil-War mansions in America, as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the history of the area, as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and now owned by famous people such as Beyonce and Sandra Bullock. Along the way, you’ll stop off at one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. You’ll also learn about the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea level. For the highlight of the tour, you will step inside the Elms Mansion, a 150-year-old Italianate home that is one of the most impressive in the city. As you tour the opulent rooms, you will learn about the businessmen and plantation owners who built these stately residences, and the wealthy world that they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your tour ends in the mansion’s beautiful garden, with an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the shade of the largest magnolia tree in the south.

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What people are saying about Garden District, New Orleans

Michelle was AWESOME!!! She was so well informed about the area and took us to some incredible restaurants with fabulous food! We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent in the Garden District and we are thankful to Michelle for showing us a part of New Orleans we were not familiar with and will definetly return to the restaurants she took us to, especially Joey K's and Dat Dog! Everything we had was delicious and we will highly recommend this tour to all our friends.

We truly enjoyed our tour! Our guide was knowledgeable and truly enjoyed and appreciated the area and businesses we visited. Also, my partner had a shellfish allergy (in New Orleans, no less) and she made sure to take this into consideration. We were quite surprised at the amount of food offered on this tour! You won't come away hungry or disappointed! Definitely worth your time! So glad I found this opportunity!

Wonderful time. Great info on the history of New Orleans and the particular area of the garden district. We visited some local hangouts that you would never find on your own, and had food selections we would not have tried otherwise. All were excellent. Well worth the time and effort. Highly recommended.

This was by far the best experience I had in New Orleans. Betsy - our guide - did a fabulous job and the e-bikes were so much fun!

The instructor was so friendly and informative and hands on. It’s was so nice and enjoyable!!!! We would definitely do it again