New Orleans has grown in 300 years, but its Creole heart still beats in the French Quarter. Explore the oldest, most vibrant neighborhood in the city with your guide.
- Drinks and snacks are available for purchase at Gracious Bakery, where the tour begins.
- Bring an umbrella! It can come in handy for protection from rain or sun.
- Wear sensible shoes! The sidewalks in the Garden District are quite uneven due to the roots of the majestic live oak trees in the neighborhood.
The Elegant Garden District!
The Garden District was established in 1832 as the City of Lafayette, an elegant garden suburb upriver from New Orleans inhabited by the wealthy American newcomers who found themselves at odds with the downriver Creoles. The planners and residents of this verdant oasis from the sultriness and excesses of the old city were the captains of New Orleans’ “golden age,” a time of incredible wealth and growth in the Crescent City.
There is no other neighborhood like the Garden District, at the same time showy and quiet, wild and manicured, modern and antiquated. Allow your guide to lead you through its beautiful homes and histories, and explore Lafayette cemetery #1, one of New Orleans’ most interesting “cities of the dead.”