Beyond the Balconies: New Orleans Garden District

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2.5 hours

Max 7

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 of the United States. In just a few hours, live life as the Southern do with a praline snack, a streetcar stoll, 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.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Stop at Aunt Sally’s Pralines to visit the historic treat shop
  • Created with Sketch.Ride an iconic New Orleans streetcar down St. Charles Avenue
  • Created with Sketch.Stroll the avenues and side streets in the Garden District, speckled with the finest pre-Civil War mansions
  • Created with Sketch.Visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 and learn what makes New Orleans cemeteries among the most unique in the United States
  • Created with Sketch.Visit the Elms Mansion for a look at one of the best-preserved old Southern homes in the city

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
  • We use and offer hand sanitizer before, during, and after all tours
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • Masks will be worn and are available if you do not have one
  • 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

Due to Covid-19, this tour has been amended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests.

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 street car - 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 be...

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Due to Covid-19, this tour has been amended to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests.

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 street car - 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 Avenue Streetcar
  • Antebellum Mansions
  • Squires House
  • Buckner Mansion
  • Brevard-Rice House
  • Morris-Israel House
  • Joseph Carroll House
  • Jefferson Davis Home
  • Commander's Palace
  • Lafayette Cemetery
  • VanBenthuysen-Elms Mansion
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
The Garden District, with its amazing pavements and trees
Aunt Sally's world famous praline shop
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We absolutely loved our tour! Rene was so insightful and he really made the tour amazing for us. We were the only two people on the tour and he made sure to make it a very enjoyable and entertaining trip

Rene was a wonderful and knowledgeable tour guide. He had an answer for every question we had about the city and he provided us with a lot of ideas on how to best spend our vacation in New Orleans.

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