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“NOLA Garden District Walking Tour”
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New Orleans St Louis Cemetery 1 Walking Tour
Ranked #63 of 216 Tours in New Orleans
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New York City, New York
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“NOLA Garden District Walking Tour”
Reviewed May 2, 2013

We arranged for a tour of the Garden District with our hotel concierge. All we had to do was be at a certain intersection and the tour guide would meet us. When we arrived early, we went into a small coffee shop and had a bagel and coffee (it was a delicious bagel, and we are from NY, so that’s saying something!). We were met promptly at 10:30 by our tour guide, a gentleman named Val Connelly. There was a second couple scheduled, but they did not arrive, so after a 15 minute “grace period”, we started the tour. I suspect because it was a weekday, there weren’t many people signing up.

First, we walked down the street and into the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Movie goers and music video fans would recognize this place, as many films and videos have been shot here. Val spent about half an hour explaining the history and operations of the cemeteries in New Orleans.

Afterleaving the cemetery we walked down the street, right past the Commander’s Palace Restaurant, the famous starting place of several celebrity chefs, including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Legasse. The blue and white striped building is a landmark all by itself, and has recovered from the damage sustained by Katrina, mostly due to high winds. Although the surface elevation is only about 3 to 4 feet above sea level, in New Orleans that is considered “high ground”, and there was not much flooding in the area.

The tour winds its way through the Garden District, and because it was only the two of us, it was easy to stop and ask questions about anything we wanted to know. We saw houses of some famous people (actors, like John Goodman, authors like Anne Rice, sports figures such as Archie Manning and Drew Brees) along with a whole host of rich folks who have second homes here. Some of the oak trees along the curbline are absolutely amazing, stretching way out over the streets and onto adjoining properties.

Before we knew it, two hours were gone, and we had walked about 2/3rdsof the district. Val was kind enough to answer all of our questions; he knows his stuff, and apparently lives in the Garden District. He gave us a great recommendation for lunch, which was on our way back to the hotel. We took the St Charles streetcar back and got off at Herbsaint, a really interesting restaurant in the Central Business District.

I would recommend comfortable shoes, a bottle of water and perhaps an umbrella (for the sun, not the rain), as it can get quite warm and humid in NOLA, especially after May 1. There is a bathroom and light food available at the start and end of the tour which is outside of a small locally owned coffee shop.The tour can be arranged on line, as well as through FQ and other NOLA hotel concierges.

Visited April 2013
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Fort Worth, Texas
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135 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“A fun diversion, devoid of all the immature silliness!”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

My wife and I booked the 8 o'clock evening Ghosts/Haunts/Voodoo tour. We were in a group of about 25 (I believe about 50 showed up, so we were split into two groups). The two hour tour was fun, interesting, and at times completely unnerving due to the gruesome information being presented. Dodging some of the other tour groups (and there were many, many others out there) we "side-walk visited" and learned "terrible tales" about 15 to 25 sites along the way. There's a "restroom break" at a local pub about half-way through the tour. Take a notepad with you - you're going to want to fact-check things out later - and there's such a huge volume of information being presented, it's hard to remember it all! Booking online 24 hours in advance saves you about 50%. Fun stuff - not a "must do" - but a fun diversion!

Visited March 2013
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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Usa
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Dark history in the French Quarters”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

My son and I took the Voodoo Tour by Magic Tours in the French Quarters. Our Guide was Mike and he was amazing!!! This was a two hour walk, while Mike told us about the good and bad history thru out the area. We were amazing by the stories and beautiful mansions. Mike was always able to answer all the questions and was a great story teller. The walk was nice and slow and the areas we walked was very flat. I would defiantly recommend this tour to all ages. It is also very cool doing it in the dark...

Visited April 2013
Thank Sue C
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Vancouver, Canada
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3 reviews
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“Let Andrew introduce the French Quarter!”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Visiting New Orleans for the first time, I much enjoyed the Garden District & Lafayette Cemetery tour and was even more pleased with Andrew Farrier's French Quarter tour, both by Magic Tours. Those with decent attention span, interest in architecture and history will be enriched and delighted. Much recommended!

Visited April 2013
Thank Martin K
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17 reviews
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“Great Insights”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We booked the French Quarter Walking tour through Magic Tours. WE were a little uncertain in signing up for this tour as my wife has a hearing impairment which could have meant that in a large group in a noisy environment, she would have got very little out of the tour. We need not have worried. There was only about half a dozen of us and our tour guide, Michael, took extra care to see that all of us heard everything he said. Michael had in-depth knowledge of the history of NO but more importantly, he was interesting and engaging in his delivery. We would highly recommend this as an introduction to New Orleans, particularly if you get a guide as informed and interesting as Michael.

Visited April 2013
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