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New Orleans Garden District Tour: Private Mansion Access, Lafayette Cemetery & Local Praline Maker

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3 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Saturate yourself in the culture of New Orleans on this incredible southern stroll through the Garden District - one of the most celebrated Historic National Landmark districts in the United States. In just a few hours, live life as a Southern does with a praline snack, a streetcar stroll, and a saunter under the great oak trees. Pass the ornate iron balconies, the bushy ferns, and peek through the gardens of this celebrated, storied neighborhood where homes have almost as many tales today as they did yesterday. Cap your time with an exclusive visit into one of the old mansions with a cool drink waiting for you on the porch.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a famed praline-makers shop and taste freshly-made pralines
  • Created with Sketch.Hop on a streetcar for a ride down historic St. Charles Avenue
  • Created with Sketch.Stroll along avenues and side streets in the historic Garden District, home to some of the finest old mansions in America
  • Created with Sketch.Visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 to learn why New Orleans and macabre folklore often go hand in hand
  • Created with Sketch.Step inside the Elms Mansion for a exclusive tour through one of the best-preserved antebellum houses in the city
  • Created with Sketch.Sip a complimentary glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the garden of the Elms to round out your tour

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • We ask our guides and guests to wash their hands regularly and carry hand sanitzier
  • Our guides and guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the local government regulations
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

An opulent neighborhood in the Old South

COVID UPDATE. Effective August 16, 2021, proof of Covid-19 vaccination (over the age of 12) or negative PCR test within 72 hours is required to enter sites on this tour. Everyone is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. For full requirements, please check here.

Start your day on the sweetest of notes at a historic praline-makers shop, sample the confectionary treat as it comes straight out of the copper pot - a sweet introduction to southern culture.

Stroll over to a nearby streetcar - a beloved icon of New Orleans l...

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COVID UPDATE. Effective August 16, 2021, proof of Covid-19 vaccination (over the age of 12) or negative PCR test within 72 hours is required to enter sites on this tour. Everyone is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. For full requirements, please check here.

Start your day on the sweetest of notes at a historic praline-makers shop, sample the confectionary treat as it comes straight out of the copper pot - a sweet introduction to southern culture.

Stroll over to a nearby streetcar - a beloved icon of New Orleans life and roll your way down famed St. Charles Avenue as more and more stately mansions start to appear until you are right in the midst of the Garden District. During the late 19th century, as New Orleans started to fully enjoy its prosperity, wide-lot homes of opulent nature began to arise where once plantations sprawled. Wander through the streets, as harmless insects buzz about, ferns sway on porches and these southern belles lounge about. Stop by famed homes, as your guide not only shares the stories of their former and famed owners - but points out the particular articles of interest within their architecture, especially the varied balconies, a testament to the long, warm summers in the South.

Passing through, peek into one of America’s most historic graveyards - Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 with its famous family plots and gray stone mausoleums. Here your guide will share some intriguing stories on the practical difficulties of building and maintaining a cemetery below sea level. As you return to the wide avenue of St. Charles, wander a bit more to end your tour in front of the Elms Mansion, one of the best-preserved old Southern mansions in America. As your time with your guide draws to a close, reflect on the beautiful, often troubled history of New Orleans and celebrate the preservation to keep this special corner of the world for all to enjoy.

  • Sites Visited
  • Aunt Sally's Praline Shop
  • St. Charles Ave Streetcar
  • Garden District
  • Various historical mansions and famed homes (exterior)
  • Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
  • Van Benthuysen - Elms Mansion (interior)
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Guaranteed Exclusive Access - Elms Mansion
  • Food tasting - Praline
  • Beverage - Elms Mansion
  • One-day Jazzy Pass (Transportation Pass)
The Garden District, with its amazing pavements and trees
Aunt Sally's world famous praline shop
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