Beyond the Balconies: New Orleans Garden District

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Location: New Orleans
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 3.0 hours
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Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Chicago
Highlights - Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a famed praline-makers shop and taste freshly-made pralines
- Hop on a New Orleans streetcar for a ride down historic St. Charles Avenue
- Stroll along avenues and side streets in the historic Garden District, home to some of the finest old mansions in America
- Visit Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 to learn why New Orleans and macabre folklore often go hand in hand
- Step inside the Elms Mansion for a exclusive tour through one of the best-preserved antebellum houses in the city
- Sip a complimentary glass of lemonade or sweet tea in the garden of the Elms to round out your tour
Saturate yourself in the culture of New Orleans on this incredible southern stroll through the Garden District - one of the most celebrated Historic National Landmark districts in the United States. In just a few hours, live life as a Southern does with a praline snack, a streetcar stroll, and a saunter under the great oak trees. Pass the ornate iron balconies, the bushy ferns, and peek through the gardens of this celebrated, storied neighborhood where homes have almost as many tales today as they did yesterday. Cap your time with an exclusive visit into one of the old mansions with a cool drink waiting for you on the porch.
Start your day on the sweetest of notes at a historic praline-makers shop, sample the confectionary treat as it comes straight out of the copper pot - a sweet introduction to southern culture.

Stroll over to a nearby streetcar - a beloved icon of New Orleans life and roll your way down famed St. Charles Avenue as more and more stately mansions start to appear until you are right in the midst of the Garden District. During the late 19th century, as New Orleans started to fully enjoy its prosperity, wide-lot homes of opulent nature began to arise where once plantations sprawled. Wander through the streets, as harmless insects buzz about, ferns sway on porches and these southern belles lounge about. Stop by famed homes, as your guide not only shares the stories of their former and famed owners - but points out the particular articles of interest within their architecture, especially the varied balconies, a testament to the long, warm summers in the South.

Passing through, peek into one of America’s most historic graveyards - Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 with its famous family plots and gray stone mausoleums. Here your guide will share some intriguing stories on the practical difficulties of building and maintaining a cemetery below sea level. As you return to the wide avenue of St. Charles, wander a bit more to end your tour in front of the Elms Mansion, one of the best-preserved old Southern mansions in America. As your time with your guide draws to a close, reflect on the beautiful, often troubled history of New Orleans and celebrate the preservation to keep this special corner of the world for all to enjoy.
Commentary English: Guide
Included Local English-speaking guide
Expertly guided walking tour
Guaranteed Exclusive Access - Elms Mansion
Food tasting - Praline
Beverage - Elms Mansion
One-day Jazzy Pass (Transportation Pass)
Excluded Hotel Pick-Up / Drop-Off
Know before you book Due to the restrictions of New Orleans streetcars, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this tour.
Know before you go This tour is conducted in English only.
This is a walking tour. While there are stops along the way, guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty.
Due to the restrictions of New Orleans streetcars, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated on this tour.
The tour meeting time is 15 minutes prior to the tour start time. No refunds or re-bookings can be provided for late arrivals or no-shows after tour commencement or departure.
Tips/gratuities (for your guide) are always appreciated.
Additional Information
Tours run rain or shine. We encourage umbrellas year-round for sun or rain and appropriate footwear for uneven surfaces and possible light flooding. 
Health Items Face masks required for travelers in public areas, Face masks required for guides in public areas, Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff, Social distancing enforced throughout experience, Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas, Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized, Guides required to regularly wash hands

Operating Info

Product Start Date 2020-01-01
Product End Date 2020-10-31
Booking Cut-off 2 hours
Maximum 20 guests per booking
Valid Only on date on reservation

Availability Notes

From To Notes
April 15, 2020 March 31, 2022 9:00 AM Departure - Tues, Fri (except the 24th fo December 2021 and the 1st of March 2022)


Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 29.9297052, -90.091143
Address: 3029 St Charles Ave, (Elms Mansion on Tues, Thurs, Fri), New Orleans, Louisana, 70115, US
End Location Address 3029 St Charles Ave, (Elms Mansion on Tues, Thurs, Fri), New Orleans, Louisana, 70115, US
Start Location Notes 801 Magazine Street, (Auction House Market), New Orleans, Louisana, 70130, US
Type: Starts location
Lat & Long:
Address: 801 Magazine Street, (Auction House Market), New Orleans, Louisana, 70130, US
Notes: 801 Magazine Street (Auction House Market)
End Location Address 3029 St Charles Ave, (Elms Mansion on Tues, Thurs, Fri), New Orleans, Louisana, 70115, US
Start Location Notes 801 Magazine Street, (Auction House Market), New Orleans, Louisana, 70130, US


Cancellation Policy: standard
Cancellation Cut-off: 72 hours
Cancellation Notes: Cancellations received greater than 72 hours prior to tour commencement are fully refundable. Cancellations received within 72 hours of tour commencement are nonrefundable. Amendment requests are subject to availability and price changes. Late arrivals and no shows are nonrefundable. This is applicable to any tour participant that fails to arrive, or arrives after tour departure.


Adult 15-99 years $45.00 Available on request
Child 2-14 years $35.00 Available on request
Infant 0-1 years $0.00 Available on request


Option Name 2021 Pricing
Option Description 2021 Pricing

Other Information

Terms and Conditions

Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements.

Voucher Info

Mobile tickets will be accepted

FAQ Can we access any of the houses in the garden district from the inside?

We do access the Elms Mansion, a former home built in 1869, on most days but most of the homes are privately owned.

Do we get to go inside Elms Mansion?

Yes, we go inside this mansion every day except Saturday. Saturday we will visit the Columns Hotel as Elms Mansion is closed on Saturdays.

Do I need any ID for this tour?

In general you don't need to bring an ID. You will only need an ID if you plan on purchasing alcoholic beverages along the way.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

This tour is not wheelchair accessible due to the streetcars not being accessible and the very uneven pavement from the magnificent oak tree roots.

Can we taste some of the Pralines from Aunt Sally’s Pralines?

Yes, you will try a few different types of Pralines from Aunt Sally’s Pralines. All are made with butter and pralines so not vegan or nut-allergy friendly.

Confirmation necessary? No
Redemption Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption