Dog and his best friend walking along Bayou St. John in New Orleans (Mark J. Sindler/Louisiana State Museums)

Bayou St. John Walking Tour

Fri, Feb 16, 2024
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
New Orleans
The Cabildo

The quiet and inviting Bayou St. John waterway was once the site of an ancient village of indigenous people. A trail along the bayou was first created by Native Americans, who, in 1699, showed the route to New Orleans founders, along with a portage between the bayou and the river, which later became a trade route for the French Colonial city. 

A French settlement was established on its banks in 1708, ten years before the French Quarter was designated as the new location for the colony. The waterway provided back door access to the colony from Lake Pontchartrain, giving French explorers an alternate route to the settlement rather than making the difficult journey up the Mississippi River. 

Over time, the banks of the bayou bustled with commercial activity and the adjacent neighborhoods thrived. Esplanade Ave. was extended from the River to City Park and Bayou St. John became a recreation destination. The Bayou St. John Walking Tour will include significant colonial era houses such as the Spanish Custom House and the Pitot House, the historic neighborhood, St. Louis Cemetery #3, and City Park.

This walking tour departs from the Pitot House at 1440 Moss Street. 

So, put on your best walking shoes, bring a bottle of water, and a good camera, and join us for a special walking tour! Our walking tours are conducted by city-licensed guides and emphasize the history, architecture, and folklore of this fascinating city. Tour proceeds benefit the Friends of the Cabildo, a non-profit volunteer group organized in 1956 to provide support for Louisiana State Museums.

Tour tickets include admission to the 1850 House Museum. At the 1850 House, visitors can also purchase tickets to the nearby Cabildo, Presbytère, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.

Tickets are limited to 15 spots for each tour, reservations are required, and tickets must be reserved before the day of the tour. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $20 for Friends of the Cabildo or Louisiana Museum Foundation members. Visit the Friends of the Cabildo website to reserve your spot today! 

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