GARDEN DISTRICT WALKING TOUR
2 HOURS / STARTING AT $20
10am and 1pm Daily
THE GARDEN DISTRICT
The Garden District survives as a showcase of magnificent houses and gardens. Hear the stories of the cotton brokers and commission merchants who made their home in the Garden District.
ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOODS IN ALL OF AMERICA
The Garden District became a fashionable enclave of New Orleans’ most successful American citizens, and moving “Uptown” to the prestigious Garden District was considered the culmination of one’s achievements.
LAFAYETTE CEMETERY #1
“Once again, citizens heard the dreaded call of “bring out your dead” given by cart drivers relieving residents of rotting corpses and hauling them to mass graves here and around the city.”
Our Garden District Tour includes time spent in Lafayette Cemetery. Originally part of the Livaudais Plantation, Lafayette Cemetery has been used for burials since at least 1824. Lafayette Cemetery #1 is the first and oldest municipal cemetery in New Orleans.
You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time, tour and map showing New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2020 St. Charles Avenue, the starting point for your tour unless otherwise noted | Thank You!
MEET ONE OF OUR GUIDES
Dave Thomas has been a tour guide since April of 2011. He has experience with and loves doing a variety of walking tours (French Quarter, Garden District, Treme, cemeteries, food, cocktail, …) and selected specialty tours. He also has extensive experience with a number of different city (bus) tours, including for the American Queen cruise line and international tour company Gate 1. He occasionally acts as a Tour Manager/Leader and has done so for companies such as Gate 1, WorldStrides, Educational Discovery Tours, and P.A.C.E.
His particular interest and specialty is music history. He has designed different music history tours for a number of different companies, has lectured on New Orleans jazz history for the Delgado tour guide class, and is a primary trainer for the local Tauck guides on their Ken Burns Jazz Journey tours in New Orleans. He lectures on various music related topics for both the National Park Service and the Friends of the Cabildo.
Dave also plays drums & percussion, including lots of local styles – brass band, traditional jazz, modern jazz, … – and has played interpretative performances with the Park Ranger band in the Old U.S. Mint.
The Savvy Native is a group of experienced local tour guides who were either born in New Orleans or wish they had been.