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

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3 hrs

Max 20

Why take this tour?

This half-day Garden District tour immerses you in the history and culture of New Orleans’ most distinguished neighborhood. Taste fresh pralines, ride a streetcar, take a Lafayette Cemetery tour and stroll past old Southern mansions as you learn about the history of the Old South. The highlight is stepping inside a 150-year-old mansion to learn how the Southern gentry once lived. For anyone with an interest in American History and the pre-Civil War South, this is an unmissable experience.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Taste fresh praline when you go behind the scenes at a historic candy shop
  • Created with Sketch.Ride an iconic New Orleans streetcar down St. Charles Avenue
  • Created with Sketch.Stroll through the Garden District, home to some of the finest pre-Civil-War mansions in the United States and multiple celebrity homes
  • Created with Sketch.Take Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 tour, and learn what makes New Orleans cemeteries among the most unique in the United States
  • Created with Sketch.Step inside the Elms Mansion for a look at one of the best-preserved old Southern homes in the city and enjoy a complimentary glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the garden

Take a step back in time in New Orleans’ Garden District

Your historic Garden District Tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. As you and your group of no more than 20 people see how this iconic Southern candy is made, your expert local guide will explain how it was brought to New Orleans from Europe before giving you one to taste hot out of the copper pots.

Next, you’ll hop onto a historic street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Ave. to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, shady streets is home to some of the most striking pre-Civil-War architecture in America as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the neighborhood wit...

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Your historic Garden District Tour begins on a sweet note with a behind-the-scenes visit to an old praline-makers shop. As you and your group of no more than 20 people see how this iconic Southern candy is made, your expert local guide will explain how it was brought to New Orleans from Europe before giving you one to taste hot out of the copper pots.

Next, you’ll hop onto a historic street car with all-inclusive tickets and zip down St. Charles Ave. to the Garden District. This area of grand mansions and wide, shady streets is home to some of the most striking pre-Civil-War architecture in America as well as a slew of celebrity homes. Your guide will introduce you to the neighborhood with a full Garden District tour as you see the grand mansions built by wealthy plantation-owners and industrialists, now owned by famous people like Beyoncé and Sandra Bullock.

Along the way, you’ll swing through one of America’s most unique graveyards, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, to see famous family-plots and spooky old mausoleums. Your Lafayette Cemetery tour will also include some interesting information on the practical difficulties of running a cemetery below sea-level.

The highlight of your Garden District Tour is a visit to the Elms Mansion, one of the best-preserved old Southern mansions in America. As you explore the opulent rooms, your guide will tell you about the families who built these stately residences and the decadent world they created in New Orleans before the Civil War. Your Garden District Tour ends in the Mansion’s beautiful garden with a long-standing Southern tradition: an ice cold glass of lemonade or sweet tea.

  • Sites Visited
  • Praline factory
  • Historic street car
  • Garden District
  • Lafayette Cemetery No. 1
  • Elms Mansion (Or Columns Hotel on Weekends)
  • Tour Includes
  • Tickets to a praline factory
  • Complimentary praline
  • Streetcar tickets
  • Tickets to the Elms Mansion with complimentary drink
Aunt Sally's world famous praline shop
Learn from the experts how these delicious treats are made
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My husband and I went on a tour with Davis, who was absolutely fantastic! He is very knowledgeable and always learning and sharing fantastic content. He made us feel right at home with him in the Garden District, and the tour felt very much like hanging out with an old friend and hearing fascinating stories about an amazing location. Everyone we met during the tour was awesome, and it was a very LGBTQIAP+ friendly experience! I highly recommend the tour and Davis, and can't wait to continue my Walks adventures in multiple states and countries. :)

What a fun tour! Enjoyed our time in the arts and garden district, riding the streetcar and learning about the history of New Orleans. A must see for all who visit New Orleans. The perfect sized tour that has a great ending with an intimate tour of Elms Mansion and sweet tea under the Oak Tree! Thank you, Timothy, for opening us up to your city.