New Orleans Esplanade Ridge: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Location: New Orleans
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 60.0 - 90.0 minutes
Trip difficulty: Easy
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Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Chicago
Highlights Free People of Color Museum
The Luling Mansion
St. Louis #3 Cemetery
Ponce de Leon Promenade
Bayou St. John
Take a leisurely stroll back in time through the Creole Garden District
Welcome to the Esplanade Ridge, home to the Faubourg St. John, romantically referred to as the Creole Garden District. Beginning at the upper boundary of the musical Faubourg Tremé, the Faubourg St. John harbors a history and lore just as lush and enticing. The history of Esplanade Ridge begins in 1708, a full decade before Bienville founded the city of New Orleans. The faubourg grew from those proud French roots and is often hailed as the Creole response to the American incursion following the Louisiana Purchase.

From the elegant architecture to the Free People of Color Museum to the bustling Ponce de Leon Triangle to the quiet elegance of the “Sanctuary of Angels” built on the grounds of a one time leper colony, the Creole Garden District will enter your dreams and have you singing a few lines of Hoagy Carmichael’s “If you've never seen a quaint old Southern city, Just think of New… think of New Orleans. It will remind you of old fashioned lace, while a glass of wine will greet your smiling face.” So, how about it? Won’t you join me for a leisurely stroll through this Creole Garden District.

A video trailer for the walk, which includes some of the sights you'll see, can be viewed here:
Commentary English: Audio
Included Lifetime access to this self-guided tour in English
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Know before you book This is a self-guided audio tour.
Entrance fees to all attractions mentioned on the tour are excluded from the price.
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Charge your phone's battery. The way VoiceMap uses GPS to play audio automatically can be battery intensive.
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Not wheelchair accessible
  1. All of VoiceMap's audio tours are self-guided and users must bring their own smartphone and headphones to take the tour. We urge all our users to wear facemasks and carry hand sanitizer with them to ensure they're own protection and the protection of others.

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Booking Cut-off No booking cut-off applies
Valid From date booked


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 29.9724753, -90.0724686
Address: 2023 Esplanade Ave, Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116
Directions: At 2035 Esplanade Avenue, about a half-mile from the edge of the French Quarter on Rampart Street. If you are driving, parking is available all along Esplanade Avenue.
End Location Address 3202 Grand Rte Saint John St, Grand Rte Saint John St, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119
Start Location Notes 2023 Esplanade Ave, Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 29.9797066, -90.0847574
Address: 3202 Grand Rte Saint John St, Grand Rte Saint John St, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119
End Location Address 3202 Grand Rte Saint John St, Grand Rte Saint John St, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119
Start Location Notes 2023 Esplanade Ave, Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116


Cancellation Policy: none
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund


Voucher Access Code 6-99 years $4.99 Available on request


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