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  2. Louisiana
  3. New Orleans
  4. Lafayette Cemetery

New Orleans: Garden District & Mansion Interior Walking Tour

Product ID: 22816
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Walk through New Orleans’ elegant Garden District and tour the interior of the Opera Guild Home (1865) on the only tour that takes you inside one of its beautiful mansions. Enjoy marvelous examples of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture.
About this activity
Duration 2.45 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a walk through New Orleans’ elegant Garden District
  • Visit the American section of town that was built to rival the architectural splendor of the Creole French Quarter
  • Learn about the historic district known for its marvelous examples of Greek revival and Italianate architecture
  • Tour the exquisite interior of the Opera Guild Home
Full description
A few miles upriver from the French Quarter is one of the most well-preserved historic neighborhoods in America - the Garden District. Like many New Orleans neighborhoods, it began as a plantation, later subdivided and sold to a rising mercantile class. Learn about how newly wealthy in the years following the Louisiana Purchase, these Americans built estates to outshine the Creole’s French Quarter.

As you walk along your guide will point out these architectural styles and features and share the stories of those who lived behind these grand facades. Enjoy exclusive access to the Opera Guild Home, circa 1865, on the only tour that takes you behind the wrought iron fence and inside one of the beautiful mansions of the Garden District! See how a skating rink, built for the 1884 World’s Fair, found a new life.

The homes of former Kings and Queens of Mardi Gras are located here, as well as the home of the premier family of football - the Mannings - where Archie lives and Peyton and Eli grew up. Other celebrity residents are actor John Goodman, and the former residence of celebrated author Anne Rice. Toby’s Corner, the oldest house in the area (built in 1838), can also be found here.
  • Guided walking tour of the Garden District
  • Experienced local guide
  • Exclusive access to the Opera Guild Home
  • Transportation to and from Garden District
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please arrive at the Gray Line Lighthouse at 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA (behind Jax Brewery), at least 15 minutes prior to tour departure to exchange your voucher for a boarding ticket.

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This is a walking tour on uneven sidewalks and streets, so please wear comfortable shoes! During warmer months, we recommend that you wear lightly colored clothing, caps/hats and umbrellas are also suggested.

The parking lot fee is approximately $11.00 to $13.00 for up to 4 or more hours unless it is a special event. When you pass Rampart St., you are in the French Quarter. Please allow for extra time due to heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the French Quarter at all times.

Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the coach. If the wheelchair is a scooter, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for an accessible bus. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
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Product ID: 22816