Garden District Walking Tour: Historic Lafayette
46 Ratings
New Orleans
Explore the rich history of Lafayette's Garden District on a walking tour. Discover the diverse ethnic neighborhoods and learn about the area's transformation from plantations to a vibrant community.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Lafayette Cemetery No.1 - Located in the Garden District one the oldest cemetaries in the city.
What's Included
  • Cultural Ambassador
  • Guided Tour
  • Lagniappe (something extra in French)
  • Native of NOLA - Licensed Tour Guide
What's Not Included
  • Snacks
  • Admission to Lafayette #1 Cemetery : $5-$10 dollars, Cemetery is temporary closedd
Additional Information

Designated as a National Historic Landmark District, Lafayette city was referred to as the American Sector, although it was commonly called the Garden District around the 1830s. This area included several plantations that were segmented, sold, and divided into smaller lots. These subdivided sections formed diverse ethnic neighborhoods, such as the American sector, the Irish Channel, and a high-profile Jewish community, to name a few. Large African American and Creole communities also existed in close proximity to these neighborhoods, all comprising parts of the city of Lafayette.

  • Tour operates with a minimum of 4 guest . We do not operate with 1 guest unless its a Private Tour, call for details.
  • not recommended for travelers with difficulty standing long periods of time
The Rink Shopping Center
Prytania Street
We will meet in front of the Rink by the historical Garden District Marker on the corner of Washington Ave. and Prytania Street.
Cancellation Policy

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

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Apr 5, 2024
Wonderful Garden District tour with Harris - I’ve been to NOLA 3 times prior to my most recent trip and had never done a Garden District tour. Boy, am I glad we did. It was a beautiful Spring morning in the city. The tour was easy to access from the St. Charles streetcar and close to great shops and lunch. Harris was our guide and had a captivated audience from the beginning. He has a genuine love for the city including the culture, history, and architecture. I learned so much and it motivated me to want to learn more about such a delightful city. Harris is an outstanding guide. Would definitely book again!
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Apr 5, 2024
Our favorite activity while visiting NOLA - The Garden District tour was surprisingly one of our favorite NOLA activities. Harris was a very informative guide and we felt like we learned so much cool & interesting information in the span of 2 hours! It made us appreciate the town and its history even more. He’s a local expert in this field and is a great story teller. He also had an answer to every question that was asked on our group - very impressive!
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Mar 30, 2024
Harris Parson — Entertaining & Informative - I joined the Garden District tour at the last minute and was so glad I did. I have taken numerous walking tours in New Orleans (Cemetery, French Quarter, Ghost & Voodoo) but had never gotten to the Garden District. Tour Guide Harris Parson is excellent at his craft. He was, of course, knowledgeable but he was also affable and sensitive to his audience. Addressing the history of New Orleans, tangled as it is in slavery and racial inequality, can be prickly. But Mr. Parson was diplomatic in his accurate accounting of the systems that made possible so much of the displays of opulent wealth. His natural charm made discussions of architecture, real estate, economics, history and culture not just informative but entertaining as well.
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Mar 30, 2024
Cousin Harris best tour in New Orleans! - Our tour guide Mr. Harris Parson “Cousin Harris” was hands down the best tour guide we could’ve asked for. He is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and he made our first trip to New Orleans one for the books!
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Mar 28, 2024
Go and ask for Harris as your tour guide - Our guide Harris Parson is highly knowledgeable and a wonderful teacher. The two hour Garden District tour was quite special. We learned about the architecture, and history of the homes. He emphasized the history of the homeowners. Many were cotton and other slave trade business merchants before and after the Civil War. He talked about the original inhabitants of this area; the American Indigenous people and how the French and Spanish ruled New Orleans and their influence on the architecture. We learned that some of these homes are now owned by well known movie stars and football/basketball legends. Given the low water table, it was fascinating to learn about this influence’s burial practices down here. Besides being a talented tour guide, Harris is also a drummer and photographer. I highly recommend his tour. Go and enjoy!
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Mar 26, 2024
Wonderful Walking Tour - We took the 2 hour Garden District walking tour and our guide was Harris Parson. Harris was a FANTASTIC guide! He was extremely knowledgeable, a great performer and storyteller. We learned so much about New Orleans history and the history of the homes in the Garden District. Harris also provided us with an extensive list of additional information and resources. Highly recommend taking this tour with Harris!
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Mar 25, 2024
Great tour - Great tour, informative and entertaining. Our tour guide Harris Parson added a summary of the places we visited and suggested dining and reading options. We couldn’t have asked for more.
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Mar 24, 2024
Mr. Harris Parson knows New Orleans! - Harris Parson gave a fabulous tour of this district. As a local man he had great stories of the folks who lived in these amazing houses, past and present. He included not just the owners but those who served them during the 17-1800's. I loved that he emailed a long list of suggestions after we'd finished the tour. He included books, movies, a list of all the houses he talked about, political discussions, history of black, whites, Italians and native Americans, unusual museums, restaurants and more. Great experience.
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Mar 22, 2024
A Must Do for History Buffs & Inquisitive Minds - The Tours by NOLA Garden District Tour with Harris Parson was fabulous! Harris is such a fun and knowledge tour guide and truly engages with his groups throughout the tour. His breadth of knowledge is incredible and you’ll get a little bit of everything—history book history, pop culture, the history they don’t tell you in books, etc. Harris set the bar high for my first tour in NOLA! Please book this tour if you’re looking for a great, personalized experience!
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Mar 21, 2024
Highly recommend Garden tour with Harris - This was a wonderful, informative tour. Harris was an amazing tour guide! I highly recommend him and this tour, which was rich with the history of New Orleans.
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up to 10 guests
1 Adult
April 2024