Secrets and Scandals
Garden District Tour
2 Hour Duration
10:30am & 2pm
Private tours available - call for details!
ALL TOURS ARE SMALL GROUPS,
15 GUESTS MAXIMUM
Hear the history of Lafayette No. 1 Cemetery (temporarily closed), and hear about New Orleans's unique tombs and burial methods.
Then we see famous homes from history, filming locations, movie star & rock star mansions, and more! We'll pull back the curtain on affairs, misadventures, Civil War intrigue, one rock star feud, and the shocking tale of Nicolas Cage's pink, 'Vegas-style' bathrooms! It's all that's 'not fit for print' on a typical tour. We'll even end the tour at a witches' "Coven" -- from the third season of American Horror Story!
We share the real hilarious history, in a fun way. This is the entertaining tour of the Garden District you've been looking for.
Meeting Place: The corner of Washington Ave and Coliseum St., by the cemetery wall.
🏡 Breathtaking architecture!
🤯 Amazing history, with a sense of fun!
☕ Coffee break at the Rink mall -- a historic roller skating rink from the 1880s!
Peer behind the curtain, and find out why the secrets of this lush neighborhood were only whispered behind closed doors!
"Must go on this tour! Truly a wonderful experience. Jackson was so knowledgeable and easy going. I learned so much on this tour. It was the perfect length with an awesome coffee break in the middle. The stories were detailed, enjoyable but the history lessons mixed in with humor and dirty secrets was the best! I laughed and was able to walk away with my first adventure of NOLA!"
-Katarina, Airbnb Experiences
- TOUR ITINERARY -
Part One: Lafayette Cemetery
See New Orleans' historic Lafayette Cemetery and learn its history. Founded in 1832, the cemetery contained mass graves in the early days, due to the fierce epidemics of Yellow Fever that struck New Orleans in the cemetery's first 20 years. One of the main ingredients to our tombs was mud: stucco cement walls over clay bricks. We'll get into all the details of our tomb construction and burial methods on the tour!
We'll share that the cultures who settled this uptown neighborhood were very different from the French Quarter Creoles, giving the neighborhood its own unique architectural flavor. We'll see the architecture, revealing popular styles from the 1800s such as Italianate, Queen Anne, and Greek Revival, while showcasing some strange and unusual exceptions.
Break Time at a Local Coffee Shop!
Get out of the sun and grab something to drink on our mid-tour break.
About 50 Minutes
Part Two: Garden District Homes
Venture down famous streets like Prytania St. and First St., and see gorgeous Garden District mansions -- you might even catch a glimpse of a celebrity! The antebellum homes will take your breath away, and the stories range from entertaining to a little shocking. This tour is a wonderful change of pace from the French Quarter crowds, and will give you a fun and interactive historical experience you will never forget.
Afterward come the Polaroid Pictures! Take home a snapshot memento of your experience in the unique New Orleans Garden District!