Bayou St. John Neighborhood and St. Louis Cemetery #3
- Adult Ages 21+
- Young Child 0-4 years old
- Youth Ages 5-11
Explore the natural beauty of Bayou St. John!
This tour has it all – history, architecture, voodoo, natural beauty, great food recommendations, and a cemetery!
The Bayou St. John neighborhood is named after the bayou that winds through it, a bustling waterway in the founding era of New Orleans and a favorite recreation spot for New Orleanians today. Before the arrival of the French, Native Americans established transient and semi permanent villages along its banks.
Today, the bayou is surrounded by lovely examples of New Orleans architecture from grand mansions with graceful front porches to charming cottages painted in the vibrant colors that proclaim our Caribbean heritage. On this tour, you can expect to see homes built in the 18th and 19th Centuries as well as early 20th Century arts and crafts bungalows.
The bayou itself still has several footbridges from the last century, including the Magnolia Bridge, where Voodoo rituals are still practiced today. Learn the truth about Voodoo as you stand on the site where hundreds have made offerings and been initiated into the faith.
New Orleans is famous for its above-ground cemeteries, and St. Louis Cemetery #3, a Catholic cemetery established in 1854, is a beautiful example of how we honor our dead in this city of traditions. Your guide will explain how we inter our dead and show you some great examples of funerary architecture while sharing the stories of the ancestors who rest in the tombs. Prepare for some great photographs!
At the end of your tour, you can hop on a streetcar back downtown, relax at one of the great nearby local restaurants, or follow your guide into City Park, where you can extend your New Orleans experience by exploring the Sculpture Garden or Botanical Gardens, going to the New Orleans Museum of Art, or climbing a centuries-old Live Oak tree!