I'm trying to decide which tour to take of the Garden District. I'll be in New Orleans for a long weekend in April. There's plenty to keep me and my 23 year old busy but I'd like her to see this area and take a break from the French Quarter for a couple of hours. Can anyone recommend one tour over another? For example, the self- guided walking tour or the bus tour or a guided walking tour? In addition to the architecture, and homes of celebrities, I'd like to see the cemetery too. Also I'd like to have a meal at one of the great restaurants there. I hear Commander's Palace is great. Any suggestions for the tour and where to have a meal, would be great. Thanks
Very good information regarding Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery tours are available at freetoursbyfoot. They offer guided tours but also information regarding self-guided tours including printable map- if you don't need all the details using their self-guided tour is a great way to go as you can wander the neighborhood at your pace. You should eat at Commander's Palace and you will need reservations. A bit less formal at lunch which may fit well into your plans for a day visit to the garden district. The restaurant is in the heart of the Garden District across the street from Lafayette Cemetery. If you are staying near the French Quarter you can hop on the St. Charles Streetcar at Canal Street (though temporary road construction may require a bus bridge to the Lee Circle).
We combined the online Garden District tour and the online tour of the cemetery that is across from Commander's Palace. It's not the greatest cemetery, but was still interesting. We also had dinner at Commander's Palace on a different night; you need reservations, well in advance (I believe) and nicer than the usual tourist clothing.
We did free tour by foot - was good 2 hours. Mostly architecture and history of New Orleans and French Quarter. I don’t think it’s a strong match with what you are looking for.
If you purchase a 3 day "Hop On Hop Off" tour bus pass, their 1 hour tour is FREE. We had a great guide who was very informative, kept things moving and had a great lunch recommendation after the tour (Juan' s Flying Burrito)...very local place with great food! Saw Archie Manning's home and got directions to John Goldman and Sandra Bullock's as well. GREAT area away from the tourist traps!
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