Free Garden District Walking Tour
This post provides details for our daily, guided walking tours of the Garden District as well as our self-guided GPS-enabled audio tour and other options.
The Garden District, or ‘Lafayette City’, as it was once known, is just a short streetcar ride from the French Quarter, but it feels like a world apart.
Excluded from early 19th Century Creole society, newly arrived Yankees got to work creating their own city.
The result is one of New Orleans’s most desired neighborhoods and one of the nation’s most beautifully preserved city districts and it’s home to the rich, the famous, the strange, and the dead!
Join Free Tours by Foot on our Garden District Tour as we stroll the leafy, magnolia-shaded streets of the Garden District and a city of the dead, Lafayette Cemetery #1.
This walking tour is not just mansions and manicured gardens, but stories of legends, tragedy, epidemics, lost causes, movie stars, celebrity chefs, and haunted spirits.
Sights We Cover on the Garden District Tour:
- Colonel Short’s Villa
- Briggs-Staub House
- Commander’s Palace Restaurant
- Toby’s Corner
- Manning House
- Brevard-Mahat-Rice House
- Payne-Strachan House
- Lafayette Cemetery*
- and much more…
*Cemetery is closed for maintenance until further notice. We will still talk about the cemetery at the gate!
New Orleans is well known for uneven streets, most famously in the Garden District. It is often a source of great humor and peril. Please wear flat shoes and let us know if anyone in your party uses walking assistance.
Where: Meets on the southwest corner of Prytania St. and Washington Ave. (next to the white wall). Please use our Google map for directions to the start of the tour.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1 mile in length.
Cost: name-your-own-price tour. Groups of 6-9 must prepay $10/person. Groups of 10 or more must organize a private tour and can read about our options for groups.
We also offer a self-guided, audio tour for you to use anytime you wish.
The audio tour is GPS-enabled, so you can also follow it on your phone. Downloads cost just $1.99. Here is an audio sample.
We also offer audio tours of the Garden District, Lafayette Cemetery #1, and an audio tour of our Arts, Music, and More Tour.
Here is how it works:
- Garden District
- French Quarter
- Lafayette Cemetery #1
- Hurricane Katrina Rebirth
- Music, Arts, and More Tour
- St. Charles Streetcar
Even if you don’t download any tours, you will still have access to valuable information on sightseeing, eating, and playing in New Orleans.