Garden District Tour: Explore Historic New Orleans
2,192 Ratings
New Orleans
Experience the opulence and beauty of New Orlean's historic Garden District on this walking tour. Discover the rich history, architecture, and celebrity homes with a knowledgeable local guide.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Garden District - Your tour will be conducted by a local, licensed and professional tour guide! We walk along the rows of antebellum mansions after our cemetery portion of the tour and we discuss architecture, the people who lived there in early New Orleans and the people who live there today. We also include a celebrity portion of the tour.
  • Lafayette Cemetery No.1 - Lafayette Cemetery #1 will be closed for maintenance, so the cemetery portion of the tour will be conducted outside the gates. You will learn the history of the cemetery and of New Orleans’ unique burial traditions.
What's Included
  • Expert-guided tour with a professional guide
  • Curated recommendations for restaurants, music, and entertainment
  • Exclusive insider tips for local hotspots
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Lafayette Cemetery access - cemetery is closed to the public
Additional Information

Commence a journey into the historical Garden District of New Orleans with this thought-provoking Walking Tour. Explore the narrative of American settlers, their splendid residences, lush gardens, opulence, and the indelible imprint they left on society with their impressive deeds. The tour delivers a diverse overview of the distinct past, intriguing culture, and delightful architecture of our wonderful city. As we stroll through this extravagant and wondrous area, the settlers’ early history, lavish lifestyles, and enormous affluence are undeniably apparent.

Our journey kicks off at the entrance of Lafayette Cemetery #1, where you’ll gain insights into fundamental funeral norms and customs, and learn what sets New Orleans cemeteries apart (NOTE: THIS CEMETERY DOES NOT PERMIT PUBLIC ACCESS). Our expedition further leads us around the surrounding neighborhood to marvel at classic American architectural styles, homes of notable figures, immaculate landscaping, and popular film locations. Experience the city from a local’s perspective by walking with us!

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Tour is generally wheelchair accessible however be prepared for very uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with mobility issues or using a wheelchair
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A significant amount of walking is involved
  • The Lafayette Cemetery #1 is closed due to repairs and we cannot enter, but we do our cemetery portion of the tour from the iron gates, where you can see the tombs clearly.
1400 Washington Ave
Washington Avenue
Meet ACROSS THE STREET from 1400 Washington Avenue at the gates of the Lafayette Cemetery #1. Your guide will be wearing a green shirt/jacket with the Tours by Steven logo. We also end our tour nearby. You can park anywhere around the cemetery but read all signage please.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Feb 26, 2024
Great - Lee was fantastic. I learned so much and I love in NOLA. Perfect Background for this tour and delivered in a completely entertaining way
Review provided by Viator
Feb 26, 2024
Great tour of the Garden District - Angie was our guide and she did a phenomenal tour. Her knowledge of the garden district was vast and her stories were awesome. Highly recommend this tour. Half of our group has never been to NOLA and they both fell in love
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Feb 26, 2024
What a delight! - This walking tour was one of the highlights of our trip to New Orleans and all due to our AMAZING tour guide Lee. His passion for the architecture, history and community was so apparent and his storytelling so dramatic - one could not help but share his joy. What a delight!
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Feb 26, 2024
Informative - Very informative tour. Not much walking, more standing. Tour guide very entertaining. Take comfortable shoes. Mostly in the shade.
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Feb 26, 2024
Beautiful homes, great stories - Angie was a fun and very knowledgeable guide. You can feel her love of the city in every story she tells about the homes and the Garden District itself. Her personal approach and sense of humor made the tour even more fun. She really understands the architecture and history. I’d highly recommend!
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Feb 26, 2024
A perfect tour for the first time visitor that wants to come back - Lee was our tour guide for the garden district. Lee made us feel like we are at home. Lee made us feel like he was teaching us a history of our own City. Lee showed us how much he loves the City of New Orleans which made us love it that much more being first time visitors. Lee is a gem that is beyond passionate about what he does and did an incredible job the entire time. He kept us all engaged.
Review provided by Viator
Feb 25, 2024
If you're interested in history, this tour is a must! - Harris was our guide and he was a great story teller! Harris made the tour a really fun experience. I appreciate how Harris made everyone in the group feel welcome. I recommend Tours by Steven and ask for Harris!
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Feb 25, 2024
Best Guide - This was an absolute highlight of our trip to New Orleans and it was 100% due to our guide, Lee. He was incredibly knowledgeable, very funny, and so friendly to members of the tour as well as other locals and tourists around. We were considering self-guiding by using our phones and were so glad we didn’t. Thank you!
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Feb 25, 2024
Architecture in Review - Of all the tours in NOLA do not miss this tour! The architecture enthusiasts will love this time. The cemetery explanation will very insightful!
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Feb 25, 2024
History … with some flare! - Can’t say good enough things about this tour. I was expecting something fairly stuffy, and boy was I wrong! Our guide Lee was animated and passionate with witty stories and an amazing knowledge of the neighborhood and its unique architecture. Highly recommend for anyone!
Review provided by Viator
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024