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New Orleans Garden District FAQ

As a company with a Garden District walking tour, we get asked a lot about the Garden District in general. Let’s answer some questions! We’ll update this page frequently. So let’s switch to FAQ mode, from the mailbag of questions:


Is the Garden District in New Orleans worth it?

If you’re ever in New Orleans, I highly recommend checking out the Garden District. It’s a truly unique area that perfectly blends historical, cultural, and architectural richness to create a charming atmosphere that’s hard to resist. The antebellum mansions in the district are exceptionally well-preserved and provide an elegant glimpse into the city’s past. The picturesque streets, lined with beautiful oak trees, are simply stunning, and the historical Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is worth a visit. Magazine Street is another highlight of the area, known for its antique shops, local boutiques, and fantastic restaurants. It’s clear that the Garden District is more than just a residential neighborhood; it’s a reflection of New Orleans’ rich history and unique culture.

What is New Orleans Garden District known for?

The New Orleans Garden District is a must-see destination for anyone interested in architecture or history. It’s a neighborhood that’s rich with antebellum mansions, and the streets are lined with majestic oak trees that add to its charm. The vibrant gardens throughout the district reflect its historical roots as a neighborhood of wealth built in the 19th century. The diverse styles of the homes, such as Greek Revival, Italianate, and Victorian, are sure to impress architecture enthusiasts. Beyond the residential beauty, the Garden District is also home to Magazine Street, which is famous for its antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and bars. This unique blend of history and contemporary culture is what makes the Garden District such a special place to visit. Finally, don’t forget to check out Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which is an iconic city of the dead that’s both beautiful and haunting.

What famous people live in the Garden District?

Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock lives in the Garden District. Actor John Goodman, well-known for his roles in movies like “The Big Lebowski” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” As well, Archie Manning, patriarch of the Manning football dynasty (Peyton, Eli) lives there, as he is most famous for being a New Orleans Saint.

How long is the Garden District tour in New Orleans?

Our tours are about 2 hours long, though you can stretch it out to 3-4 hours by wandering around on your own, as well visiting either Lafayette #1, Lafayette #2 or St. Joseph cemeteries

What is the best street to walk in the Garden District?

If you’re looking for a fun and lively street to explore in the Garden District, Magazine Street is definitely worth checking out. With a wide variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars lining its length, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. However, if you want to soak up the district’s rich history and admire its stunning architecture, a stroll down St. Charles Avenue is a must-do. The avenue is lined with magnificent live oak trees and grand antebellum mansions that are sure to take your breath away. Just be sure to be respectful of the residents’ privacy as you admire these historic homes.

How far is the Garden District from French Quarters?

Technically speaking, it is called the “French Quarter” but even locals call it “The Quarters” so you’re fine there! If you’re planning to explore two of the most famous neighborhoods in New Orleans, the Garden District and the French Quarter, you’re in for a treat! These two areas are roughly 3 miles apart and can be accessed via different routes. One of the most popular routes is St. Charles Avenue, which is famous for its historic streetcar line. Another option is Magazine Street, which is known for its vibrant collection of shops and restaurants. Depending on your mode of transportation, the travel time will vary. You can reach your destination within 10 minutes by car or taxi, 20 minutes by the St. Charles streetcar line, or approximately an hour’s walk if you prefer to take in the sights on foot. Whatever option you choose, you’re sure to have a wonderful time exploring the unique charm of these two iconic neighborhoods!

Where do I start in the Garden District?

If you’re looking to explore the Garden District, a great place to start is at the intersection of Magazine Street and Washington Avenue. This puts you close to Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, which is definitely worth a visit for its historical significance and unique architecture. Afterwards, you can take a leisurely stroll along Magazine Street, where you’ll find a great mix of local boutiques, antique shops, and tasty restaurants and bars. Another option is to wander down residential streets like Prytania Street or Coliseum Street, where you can take in the stunning antebellum mansions and beautiful Southern live oak trees. If you’re interested in a guided experience, you might want to begin your journey at the Garden District Book Shop on Prytania Street, which is often the meeting point for walking tours.

Where not to stay in New Orleans?

If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans, it’s important to keep in mind that, like any city, there are areas that may require extra caution. Some of the areas that are often mentioned as being potentially unsafe for tourists include certain parts of Central City, the lower end of Bourbon Street at night, and certain isolated areas on the outskirts of the city. However, it’s worth noting that safety conditions can change over time, so it’s always a good idea to check the most current travel advisories, read recent travelers’ reviews, and take simple precautions like staying in well-lit, populated areas, especially after dark, and being aware of your surroundings. By taking these steps, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to this vibrant and culturally rich city.


Where is the richest neighborhood in New Orleans?

You’ll learn that the Garden District in New Orleans, Louisiana, is considered one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city. Apparently, the area is known for its well-preserved antebellum mansions, Southern charm, and lush, verdant landscaping, making it a truly picturesque place to live. I also heard that the residents include a mix of high-income families, celebrities, and notable figures, which gives the Garden District a reputation of being a prosperous and high-profile area.