- Type: Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Take a walking tour of the Garden District (located southwest along the river from the French Quarter) for a more authentic New Orleans experience. Like its name suggests, this historic residential neighborhood is laden with trees, ivy, and yes, gardens. You can take a guided stroll, or pop into one of the many historic homes in the area—including the Adams House, Colonel Short's Villa, and the Buckner Mansion. "I would suggest taking a half day or so to be able to stroll along the streets and take in some of the most beautiful homes in the south," writes one TripAdvisor user. There aren't as many eateries here as in the French Quarter, but the Garden District still has a few choice spots to take a load off and enjoy a nice meal.
After seeing all the houses in the Garden District, you can start your own redecorating project on Magazine Street, located west of this leafy neighborhood. Lined with dozens of antiques dealers, Magazine Street is a great place to find the one-of-a-kind piece that will fit perfectly with your home.