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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  • Felix
    Essex, United Kingdom525 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Lisa K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Cloud5
    Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 26 May 2023
  • Compass781633
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 May 2023
  • Clairesc06
    Crawley, United Kingdom91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Lizchasteen
    Clemson, South Carolina43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    Don't visit New Orleans without making it to the Garden District. Take in the architecture and history that this part of town has to offer. I highly recommend doing a walking tour of this part of the city. We were bummed we couldn't enter the cemetery during this visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • CasandraTP
    Sydney, Australia1,096 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful district of New Orleans
    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.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Mrs. Romence
    Grand Rapids, Michigan133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss This Important Part of New Orleans!
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 November 2023
  • GPaCalgary
    Calgary, Canada2,306 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Very Nice Tour
    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.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • kfsvc78
    Springfield, Illinois113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an experience
    NOLA’s visit is not complete til you visit this neighborhood. Lots of beautiful mansion and beautiful average size homes. We took the street car to get here as a family of 6 $3 per person for a day pass. Do not miss.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2024
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Sabra W
Seattle, WA227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Stunning residential community. It is a residential community, so be respectful.
Also, go in with a plan. Being that it's a neighborhood, houses and parks worth seeing are spread out and you could find yourself wandering about.

Definitely worth the visit. So different from the grunge and hustle of the French quarter.
Written 21 April 2024
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Den
Miami, FL211 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Must visit! What a gorgeous collection of architecturally significant homes. Beautiful neighborhood. Amazing history. Gorgeous homes. Wear comfortable shoes.
Written 19 April 2024
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Timberly F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Karen was an excellent tour guide of the Garden District! She has a wealth of knowledge of the history of the area and the houses. She was funny and entertaining and made the 90 minute tour fly by! Highly recommend!
Written 15 April 2024
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newmexjags
Edgewood, NM376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went on a Saturday afternoon, I was surprised there wasn't more sightseers..I found an online guide, and we drove to a number of the houses. A walking tour would be the best, but I'm not very mobile. Many very beautiful Civil War era mansions, some being restored.. Definitely recommend if you are in to history.
Written 7 April 2024
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Michael O
Lichfield, UK787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This has all the atmosphere of a Victorian Southern Movie with expansive dresses and men in top hats. There are many remarkable houses like the Goodrich Stanley House an English merchant whose son Henry Morton Stanley found Livingstone. The House of Broel showcases clothes and dolls houses. Perfect for walking and taking in the houses.
Written 3 April 2024
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mom.of.four
Scarborough, Canada20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We went to NOLA for a few days during the kids’ winter break.
This is one of the things I wanted to do and was not disappointed at all.
Me and my daughter enjoyed looking at all the houses and love reading the informations.
Got my steps in and had fun doing it.

I am impressed how the owners (new and previous) looked after their home. The architecture is amazing!
Written 1 April 2024
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chattygirl7491
Franklin Ohio10,195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
love strolling around these beautiful homes and mansions. gorgeous landscaping. ironwork lots of history. A tour would have been interesting, but you have to plan ahead and we didn't know what our schedule or the weather would be.

We just parked and walked around for a little .. nice to get out of the noise and pot of Nola for a bit.
Written 16 March 2024
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PossumCath
Auckland, New Zealand31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Built on the back of slavery the Garden District is fading or restored opulence, recaptured in a 21st century setting. The houses are huge and beautiful, grand dames of their era, a belle epoque. But the wealth they came from is not beautiful. You go: you decide.
Written 3 March 2024
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DutchLace
Holland, MI771 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We meander through the area before breakfast. We figured we wouldn't remember who lived in the house originally, so we didn't take formal tour. Architecture and landscaping was beautiful. Be careful walking some of the sidewalks the tree roots are making some uneven. One home we walked by had a dog bowl and a drinking fountain outside their gate. Walked past cemetery on Washington St. It was temporary closed.
Written 16 January 2024
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,836 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
St. Charles Street Car #12, 40 cents senior's fare, is an inexpensive way to see the posh houses in the Garden District on St. Charles Street. The best section to see such homes on the #12 tram is from the WWII Museum to Loyolo University/Audubon Park - about a 30 minute one way ride.

This ride is especially nice in December. I enjoyed looking at the exterior Christmas decor on the doors, balconies, and fences of these homes despite the fact of the similarity of the decor. The lovely private homes are all large with multiple stories surrounded by large areas of greenery which separate them from neighboring properties. Probably price tags for these homes are in the million(s) dollar range. Not one house looks like another.

The street car runs along the middle of St. Charles street so good views can be had of these homes from either side of the street car. The street car has only 1 car with limited seating. While Cemetry No 2 is near this tram line, the better/nicer cemetry to visit is the one near City Park - Cemetery No 3 where important politicians and clegy are buried with resulting impressive "tombs".
Written 13 January 2024
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