Garden District
Garden District
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Once favored by America's elite, this iconic neighborhood is home to grand historic mansions, quirky indie boutiques, and beautifully cultivated gardens.
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  • Robyn S
    Englewood, Florida152 contributions
    Beautiful Architecture
    We road the street car to the Garden District. This is a lovely, quiet area that features many types of architecture. Be careful walking because tree roots have caused damage to sidewalks. We stopped at the Chicory House for coffee to warm up because it was a cold day. What a cute place with a shopping area upstairs.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 28, 2022
  • Anji N
    Minneapolis, Minnesota15 contributions
    The Garden District is charm central!
    A gorgeous neighborhood to spend the day it’s. A must visit when in NOLA. Historic architecture and lots of charm! Small local shops for browsing and plenty of food options as well. Highlight of our trip!
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 9, 2023
  • JamMags
    Calgary, Canada135 contributions
    Southern Elegance At It's Very Finest
    Take the walk, and then take it again. The homes are breathtaking, the treelined streets have a whimsy about them, and the air seems cleaner. Find yourself a self-guided walking tour and hit the streets. It's a pretty incredible place to see at your own pace.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 25, 2023
  • dawn321321
    Columbus, Ohio163 contributions
    Check out the mansions
    We took the streetcar from the French Quarter to the Garden District. Rode it all the way to the end and got to see all of the beautiful mansions decorated for Mardi Gras. Then we got back on and rode the streetcar to Commander's Palace.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 8, 2023
  • Jane N
    39 contributions
    Beautiful
    Beautiful homes. We took a cable car to the area and when walked around, found a place for lunch and found an online free walking tour that described a lot about many of the homes. Wish I could afford one.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 20, 2023
  • Felix
    Essex, United Kingdom518 contributions
    Garden District and Story telling Tour
    Lesley, our guide, was so good at talking about this beautiful area of New Orleans. She stopped at different spots along the way to talk history, architecture, celebrity, film locations and New Orleanian culture. All of it was so interesting. It was a shame that the heavens opened but Lesley took us quickly to the Irish pub Tracey’s where we had a beverage while she fished the tour inside where it was dry.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 11, 2023
  • Lisa K
    4 contributions
    Fun tour of the Garden District
    A must do tour. The Garden District is beautiful and steeped in history. Our guide Betsy loves the homes and her enthusiasm shows in the tour. We left the tour with so much information and a new appreciation for these homes. We highly recommend this tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • McCloud
    Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom273 contributions
    great walking experience
    Worth taking the tram to the Garden District if you dont want to have to do a paid walking tour. Its such a beautiful place with all the lovely houses and the old oak trees lining the streets. Nice cafes to stop on the main street too to have a break for coffee/ice cream. Well worthing going to see how the other half live in New Orleans.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Compass781633
    22 contributions
    Garden District of New Orleans
    The Garden District of New Orleans is a walkable square area: St Charles avenue to the North, with the St Charles streetcar, large houses with historical plaques and immaculate landscaping. To the south is Magazine street with shops, restaurants, antique stores and other interesting venues. Also internal to the square are Lafayette cemetery no. 1 (albeit closed when we were there), the iconic Commanders Palace restaurant and beautiful internal Prytania Street. Bounded by Louisiana avenue on the west and Jackson avenue on the east, this is a beautiful walkable area and well worth the stroll. Just watch out for uneven pavement, as the roots of the massive southern oaks have heaved the pavers.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 29, 2023
  • Clairesc06
    Crawley, United Kingdom90 contributions
    Beautiful, a must see part of town
    Make sure you find time to visit the Garden District when in New Orleans, it is beautiful. Beautiful houses on tree lined streets, plenty of shops & what looked like lots of restaurants (didn't eat here but would have loved to if I had more time). Full of history it's a wonderful part of town - don't miss it!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 1, 2023
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada2,232 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Six of us took a self-guided tour of this neighborhood and we all enjoyed it thoroughly. The descriptions on the tour package that was provided to us at our B and B was excellently written. We learned a lot about the history of the area and really enjoyed visiting these gorgeous homes.
Written 23 November 2023
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COTraveller33
Silver Spring, MD3,401 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Took a self-guided walking tour.

Cool architecture, and lots of history. One super old cemetery.

Watch your step, as the sidewalks are hit-or-miss.

Would recommend: Meh
Would re-patronize: Probably not
Written 20 November 2023
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Nicholaus J
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
DANIEL was amazing!!

I never thought I would have as much fun as I did. Really made me interested in seeing more New Orleans history!! 10/10
Written 12 November 2023
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Domingo & Gina B
Pearland, TX6 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
Even though I have been to New Orleans many times this walking tour provided a different depth and perspective on the history, our guide was well informed not to mention the exercise. Check out Twi Chicks Walking Tours
Written 12 November 2023
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Mrs. Romence
Grand Rapids, MI125 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Garden District is exactly what I imagined New Orleans would look like! The homes were so beautiful! And the trolleys running up and down the street gave it that perfect New Orleans feeling. I am very glad that we were able to walk up and down this beautiful section of the city. It is a long walk from the French Quarter or Jackson Square, so I recommend that you take the trolley to visit this part and then you can stroll through the beautiful neighborhood. Side note: the trolley does not give change! You pay $1.25 per person or purchase a city pass to ride them. It does not take long to walk around this area ( less than 30 minutes) but I highly recommend that you make the trip. As others have mentioned, even though this area is nicer, I do not recommend walking the streets at night.
Written 11 November 2023
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Pukeonthestreet
Cranston, RI170 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Everywhere in New Orleans has sketchy people. All the locals will tell you not to go out at night. That being said this is the nicer part of the city.
Written 23 October 2023
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Wade C
Knoxville, TN415 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Beautiful homes and properties to see. We drove the through Garden District and it was well worth the time. The traffic was not to busy in the afternoon. We ended in a not so good area at the end so be careful.
Written 12 September 2023
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CasandraTP
Sydney, Australia1,055 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
If you are in the French Quarter the cheapest and easiest way to get there is on St Charles Street car. You can get all day tickets for $3 so you can get off anywhere you like. I would leave early as the street cars are not air conditioned but having the windows up helps. The houses are beautiful and everything you expect them to look like. We even found the AHS house if that is of interest.
Written 27 July 2023
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damurphy127
Bluffton, SC87 contributions
Jun 2023
We were able to do a minbus tour of the area. The area was not as big as we thought but the homes were beautiful at this time of the year.
Written 22 June 2023
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A1313Y
12 contributions
Jun 2023
Def take a walking tour. Its a nice escape from Bourbon with some of the most beautiful architecture you will ever see.

The History, The Vibe, The Sights and Sounds. Your either love it or hate it. I Love it and can't wait to return!
Written 21 June 2023
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