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Garden District

Known for Dining, Gardens and Live Music

This historic area was named to remember the plantation lands upon which the city was built.

How do you get to Garden District?

Considered one of the prettiest and greenest districts of New Orleans, the Garden District exists on land which was once plantations. When the original plantations were subdivided, expensive homes were built on large parcels of land and surrounded by magnificent gardens, which is how the area got its name. Today you’ll find there’s still a large collection of original architecture in this Historic Landmark District.

The Garden District is a labyrinth of gardens, parks, canals and fountains. The layout is based on the original 1806 design by Barthelemy Lafon, a French architect who lived and worked in New Orleans. It’s dotted with charming shops that were once cottages and small homes. Many of these buildings still retain original 19th-century architecture. The Garden District embraced the Greek revival period of construction in the late 1830s. A good deal of the streets still bear the names of Greek muses.

Visit George Washington Cable House, a national monument on Eighth Street. Washington, an important figure in the history of Louisiana, was a writer who portrayed early Creole life. A little further south, be treated like a VIP at the Commander’s Palace, a celebrated restaurant built in the 1800s. It has a long and impressive history as the restaurant of choice in New Orleans and is now regularly ranked as one of America’s finest.

Shoppers will want to visit Magazine Street, a commercial avenue lined with souvenir shops, antiques halls and gourmet delis. Further north, St. Charles Avenue offers shopping of a different kind, with bed and breakfasts mingling with fashionable boutiques and trundling street cars.

Several public events are staged here during the year and visitors are always welcome. Dress like the undead for the Zombiefest parade every October, or sample the creations at the annual bake-off competition in July for a true taste of Southern hospitality.

The Garden District is a wonderful place for a stroll, and tours complete with information about the historic mansions are available. The neighborhood is easily accessible by bus or the St. Charles Streetcar Line and there’s plenty of on-street parking as well.

Things to do near Garden District

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Lafayette No. 1 in New Orleans. Experience the renowned jazz scene and great live music in this walkable area.

History lessons and photographic opportunities abound in this famous cemetery, a final resting place for New Orleans residents since 1833.

Get an inside view into preparations for one of the world’s most famous annual festivals.

Personal accounts, films and artifacts provide a thorough and informative look at World War II.

Interesting hands-on learning experiences are just one part of this wonderfully well-equipped aquarium, home to around 15,000 different fascinating creatures.

This communal park in the French Quarter has a deep-rooted connection to local artists and musicians.

Bask in a beautiful and historic green space that is also home to several major attractions, including a zoo, a golf course and stables.

Home to some of nature's rarest creatures, this landmark attraction is packed with history, Cajun flavor and Louisiana charm.

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Step aboard one of last authentic steam-powered sternwheelers for a memorable cruise around New Orleans on the Mississippi River. Hear stories of the Big Easy's rich history as you tap your feet to acclaimed live jazz music from the Dukes of Dixieland.

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Discover New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, by way of an around-the-city ride on a hop-on hop-off bus. Looping through the city's finest sights and diverse districts, this double-decker bus allows you the freedom to uncover what makes up the soulful character of the Big Easy.

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Indulge in the rich opulence of historic New Orleans, the Cajun jewel of Louisiana with the Sightseeing Flex Pass. Keep the good times rolling, selecting from 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 attractions, and save up to 50 percent at over 20 of the care-free city’s best attractions, including convenient Hop-On/Hop-Off bus tours that swing through Dixieland’s landmark quarters.

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Catch sight of spirits and tantalize yourself with tales of witchcraft during a walking tour of the French Quarter. Travel to several of the city's most haunted locations, soaking up stories about the witches, ghosts, vampires, and Voodoo practitioners who have contributed to the city's colorful and incredible past.

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Hop aboard an authentic steam-powered sternwheel paddle boat bound for the Mississippi and waterfront views of The Big Easy. While you cruise, experience the magic of days gone by as the a live jazz band sets the tone with catchy tunes and Dixieland favorites.

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Just outside New Orleans, you can explore Cajun culture in an exotic bayou filled with thriving flora and wildlife. From the comfort of a 22-passenger boat, you can get up close and personal with alligators, wild boars, and native birds while your expert guide provides informative narration about Honey Island Swamp.

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