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The Garden District Bike Tour in New Orleans

The Garden District Bike Tour in New Orleans
Cultural & Theme Tours > Cultural Tours > Cultural Tour
$50
Duration: 3 hours
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Description

This is the Original Garden District Bike Tour of New Orleans!  Tour Highlights Include:

• French Quarter & New Orleans History
• The Garden District
• Lafayette Cemetery #1
• A Menagerie of Spectacular 19th Century Antebellum Mansions
• Mardi Gras History & Tradition
• Celebrity Homes
• Coliseum Square Park
• Lafayette Square
• And Beautiful New Orleans Scenery Throughout the Entire Ride

Do you want to see opulent antebellum homes of the rich & influential, famous & infamous personalities and characters of New Orleans old & new? Interested in exploring the oldest cemetery operated by the city of New Orleans? Are you curious about Mardi Gras? Would you like to see where it all began? This tour has all that and a lotta lagniappe to boot (lagniappe = a lil extra). Twist and turn among secret gardens & Oak trees to see one of the rarest neighborhoods in America.

This beautiful 6-mile tour is everything you want to see in New Orleans, and a few things we keep secret - this is New Orleans in her most enchanting form.

Heading upriver out of the French Quarter, our destination is one of the oldest and most beautiful in New Orleans (and America), The Garden District. Subdivided in the 1830’s from the former plantation lands, the Garden District was originally established by the nouveau riche Americans as a way to distance themselves from the “stuffy” Creoles who resided in the “Old City”, the French Quarter. Our ride takes us upriver along Magazine St. through the Art’s District where we’ll pass the National World War II Museum and learn about New Orleans’ contribution to that great conflict.

Arriving in the Garden District, we’ll glide under enormous, centuries old Live Oak trees and pedal past some of the most opulent mansions in the United States. Here we’ll: *Hear how these magnificent homes were constructed from immense fortunes made in sugar, cotton, tobacco and coffee. *Learn about the different styles of architecture that came and went as tastes changed over the years.

After a stop for refreshments we’ll explore Lafayette Cemetery #1 and discover the unique New Orleans practice of above ground burial. Here you’ll be able to wander among the tombs, many of which contain victims of Yellow Fever - the scourge of the city in its early years.

We’ll cruise back along St. Charles Avenue, the Grande Dame of New Orleans thoroughfares and the route of the oldest continuously operating street railway system in the world. We’ll take time to gaze upon The Rex Mansion and hear about the traditions of Mardi Gras. Continuing our ride through the American Sector, we’ll pass by Lafayette Square, once the campground of Confederate AND Union soldiers that resides across the street from Gallier Hall, New Orleans’ original City Hall. A few blocks away we apply the brakes and come to a halt at home base - our office in the French Quarter, where restrooms and cold drinks await.

All of our tours are free flowing and laid back; no two tours are exactly the same.  If there is something special along the way that your group would like to see, we’ll happily take you there.

This is the Original Garden District Bike Tour of New Orleans!  Tour Highlights Include:

• French Quarter & New Orleans History
• The Garden District
• Lafayette Cemetery #1
• A Menagerie of Spectacular 19th Century Antebellum Mansions
• Mardi Gras History & Tradition
• Celebrity Homes
• Coliseum Square Park
• Lafayette Square
• And Beautiful New Orleans Scenery Throughout the Entire Ride