Guided tour

New Orleans: Garden District Walking and Storytelling Tour

Activity provider: Lucky Bean Tours
Guided tour

New Orleans: Garden District Walking and Storytelling Tour

Activity provider: Lucky Bean Tours
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From US$ 30 per person

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Join a guided walk in New Orleans’ enchanting Garden District and hear the stories of the fascinating events and people who shaped it. See stunning mansions and elegant lush gardens. Peek into an above-ground cemetery, currently closed to the public.

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Duration 2 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Peek inside the gates of Lafayette Cemetery #1, now currently closed to the public
  • Enjoy a leisurely walk past the antebellum mansions of the Garden District
  • Hear fascinating stories of the people behind the neighborhood's magnificent homes and gardens
  • End your tour close to eclectic Magazine Street, a great shopping and dining destination
Full description
Start your 2-hour tour with a brief history of New Orleans and the Garden District. Walk along elegant tree-lined streets and discover the neighborhood's distinctive architectural style. Learn about the risk-takers, speculators and dreamers who established it as a wealthy suburb after the Louisiana Purchase. Peek inside the gates of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which is currently closed to the public, where your guide will explain New Orleans' interesting above-ground interment customs. At the end of the tour, continue to explore the cemetery and the Garden District, or head over to Magazine Street for great shopping and fun dining and cocktail options.
  • Walking tour
  • Expert guide
  • Water
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

The meeting point is the Gracious Bakery, 2854 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Due to the uneven walking surfaces in the area, sturdy walking shoes (and wheelchairs, if necessary) are strongly recommended
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Overall rating

5 /5

based on 213 reviews

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Best tour of New Orleans I’ve done… and I’ve done dozens! Walking tour of the Garden District with James. He’s lived here 30 years and it shows. He knows everything about the area, the buildings, the history and so many lovely tid-bits. There are so many tour options when coming to NOLA, but this one blew them all out of the water. It’s clear James has a passion and sincere interest in this magical place. Would absolutely recommend!

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February 28, 2023

We had an excellent tour with James. He met us promptly at Gracious Bakery and walked us through the Garden District. It was a very entertaining two hours with lots of stories about past and present residents as well as commentary about the history of New Orleans and the architecture of the District. Although the Lafayette Cemetery is closed to visitors, we spent a good amount of time at one of the side entrances where we could see in and James explained all about the cemeteries of New Orleans. Highly Recommend Lucky Beans tours for the Garden District.

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February 1, 2023

The Garden District walking tour was excellent. Our guide was a local and was able to share an insiders perspective to the history and legends of both the Garden District and New Orleans. We received great information on the various architectural styles and the residents both then and now - the famous and the infamous. Although the cemetery was not open to the public, she shared a lot of information on the history of the cemetery and the traditions around the use of crypts. Highly recommend this tour.

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December 5, 2022

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