Coming soon, Real New Orleans Tours will offer walking tours of one of New Orleans’ most beautiful neighborhoods that visitors never see. Bayou St. John is a natural waterway connecting the city with Lake Pontchartrain, used by Native Americans long before French colonization to travel from the river’s fertile hunting grounds back to tribal lands across the lake. Today, it contains some of the earliest traces of Latin presence in the region, with buildings rivaling those of the French Quarter in age – but on a quiet waterfront shaded by live oaks.
Bayou St. John and the surrounding neighborhood are home to our annual Jazz and Heritage Festival, Voodoo Music Experience, and Bayou Boogaloo, plus the New Orleans City Park, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, elegant homes on Esplanade Avenue (the Creole answer to the Garden District), and plenty of good eating. Accessible from the French Quarter via the Canal Streetcar or the Esplanade Avenue bus, this is a place to make a day when you need a step off the beaten path.
Highlights will include:
- The Pitot House, one of the last French Colonial style buildings in the city
- Cabrini Bridge, the site of two centuries of sacred voodoo rituals
- A paragon of the rare medium of “chainsaw art”
- The Luling Mansion, a splendid jockey club turned ruin
- St. Louis Cemetery #3