New Orleans Garden District Walking Tour

2 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 12
Mobile ticket


History, architecture, culture, and food all combine on this fun and fascinating tour of the famous New Orleans Garden District. Join a local guide and discover everything this historic area has to offer, from picturesque Antebellum homes to one of New Orleans’ oldest cemeteries.


  • Learn about the history of the Garden District from a friendly local English-speaking guide
  • Walk past Lafayette Cemetery while you guide tells you about these unique burials
  • Learn about the history of Irish immigration into Magazine Street
  • Marvel at the most beautiful collection of historic mansions in New Orleans
  • Enjoy a tour that covers the history, architecture, and culture of New Orleans

What to expect

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Stop At: Garden District, Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana

Our tour begins in the heart of the New Orleans Garden District - considered by many to be one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the United States. Originally a family plantation, this area was divided into smaller (but still very large!) lots for private homes with beautiful gardens in the mid-1800’s, giving the district its name. The amazing Antebellum architecture in the Garden District continues to draw the eye, making the area a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Pass By: Lafayette cemetery, Lafayette Cemetery No, 1 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

We will walk pass one of New Orleans’ oldest cemeteries - Lafayette Cemetery. Continually popular with travelers, the cemetery has a unique approach to burials: namely, the above-ground, multiple-burial techniques used.

Stop At: Commander's Palace, 1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

We then continue on for a view of one of the most striking buildings in all of New Orleans: Commander’s Palace. Host to a myriad of wedding receptions and dinners throughout the year, this eye-catching, turreted Victorian building is one of the most well-respected upscale restaurants in the entire country. We’ll admire from the outside unless you want to treat your guide to a meal of a lifetime.

Next, we’ll take a stroll, past more gorgeous homes, some with famous Hollywood connections. New Orleans is always a popular filming location for the movie industry and the homes in the Garden District have had starring roles in several films.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Magazine Street, Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, USA

To reflect the full story of The Garden District, your guide will highlight the real history and the true backbone of this historic neighborhood. Across Magazine Street, we’ll find the working-class area known as the Irish Channel. Predominantly settled by Irish immigrants, this neighborhood developed in the early 1800’s when the city’s shipping, alcohol, and brewing industries drew workers from all over the world, especially from Ireland. In contrast to the palatial homes we saw earlier, your guide will take you past some of the iconic shotgun-style homes of New Orleans.

Finally, we’ll take one final stroll past several more picturesque antebellum homes, making our way back close to the streetcar line. When the tour ends, you’re sure to have a newfound appreciation for the deep and complex history and dynamic neighborhood behind the postcard-perfect properties of the Garden District.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • For your Intrepid Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • This tour runs year-round and will proceed rain or shine unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation.
  • In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
  • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2023

I LOVED this tour. My guide, Walter, was A DREAM. I ended up having a private afternoon tour with him, and we had the BEST time. He’s so warm and lovely and well-versed in storied Nola architecture. A million out of 10 recommend!! ❤️

September 2019

Enjoyed a lovely afternoon learning about history and architecture in the Garden District with an amazing tour guide, Butch! It’s less like a tour, and more like a walk with a smart friend.

Ana P
October 2019

Really good experience, Kiazer was an excellent guide, so lucky to meet him. As a local, he showed me some awesome places in NOLA’s French Quartier, including best beignets in town ❤️ Interesting and fresh tour with a nice and kind guide!

October 2023

Our tour guide was Bonnie, very lovely lady who was very informative and kind. She gave us a lot of great historical information and was incredibly thorough. We really enjoyed the housing design influence and little quizzes she gave us. I highly recommend this tour.

September 2023

The single best thing I did in New Orleans. With no other walking tour, I would've learned as much as I did about the city, its history, architecture, and famous inhabitants. Walter was incredibly knowledgeable and personable. I truly can't recommend this tour highly enough

March 2020

As an American diplomat that was posted and recently evacuated from China, I came to New Orleans not knowing much about the city. I signed up for a full day tour with Urban Adventures through Marriott Bonvoy activities which included a food tour, a cocktail tour, and a jazz tour. I was instantly ...

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