Esplanade Avenue Street Sign With Beautiful purples flower climbing the sign post

Esplanade Ridge Walking Tour

Fri, Mar 22, 2024
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
New Orleans
The Cabildo

A unique tour of geographic history and architectural highlights. Esplanade Avenue was designed in the French style of grand boulevards as a garden suburb for wealthy Creoles escaping the ‘old city’.
Extended block by block from Fort St Charles at the Mississippi River to the future City Park, the street was built despite objections of the Bayou Road landowners whose houses were often in the way. Esplanade would intersect with colonial and pre-colonial Native American pathways that are still present in the tangled street grids.

This walking tour departs from the Derbès Mansion at 2257 Bayou Road.

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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