When looking for something fun and original to do in New Orleans, there are alternatives to the festivals. Do something different and take a walk in one of the city’s parks.
New Orleans City Park
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New Orleans City Park
New Orleans City Park is one of the nation’s oldest parks. Since 1854, locals have been visiting this 1,300 acre majestic place and beholding its many wonders. Visitors can smell roses in the Botanical Gardens and view wonderful works of art in Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The park also has biking, jogging, and walking paths for exercise enthusiasts. For golfers and tennis players, there is an 18-hole golf course and 26 tennis courts. Children can enjoy the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, which consists of hand-carved horses. Moreover, New Orleans City Park doesn’t only offer fun and adventure but it also has a rich natural history – the mature live oaks are the world’s largest.
Address & telephone number: 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 482 4888
With its dedication to nature, Audubon Park is defined by its eight objectives: According to the park authorities guest experience with nature should always be top quality. The diversity of wildlife is a major and important exhibit and it should be treated as such. Louisiana habitats needs to be preserved. Learning about the natural world and environment is the number one priority. Research and conservation of wildlife care and survival are studied continuously in the park. Natural settings recreation must be enhanced. The collection of museums and parks should be financially self-sufficient. Guest experience and entertainment need to be woven together.
Address & telephone number: 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 861 2537
Jackson Square is a timeless attraction in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Surrounding the historic landmark is the St. Louis Cathedral, Presbytere and Cabildo, and Pontalba Apartments. Apart from the local tourist sites, there is more to do in Jackson Square. The open-air artist colony is home to local artists who paint, draw, make portraits and caricatures, and display their work on the iron fence. For over fifty years, artworks have adorned the fence contributing to the place’s history. Aside from the art and culture, what makes the park popular is that it is located near the Mississippi River, which means visitors can sit in the park and feel the river breeze.
Address & telephone number: 700 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 658 3200
Louis Armstrong Park
Louis Armstrong Park
Louis Armstrong contributed to New Orleans’ musical and cultural history, which is why Louis Armstrong Park was created in his honor. The city acknowledges him as the most celebrated native son of the jazz tradition. Located near the park is the Treme neighborhood, the birthplace of many jazz musicians. Since the park is a historical site, the National Park Service has a notable presence in the activities organized. NPS allows Louis Armstrong Park to host annual Martin Luther King Day celebrations, weddings, festivals, and concerts. In the early stages of the park, slaves gathered in the area to sing, beat drums, and sell homemade meals.
Address & telephone number: 701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 658 3200
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was created in 1994 to celebrate one of America’s most widely recognized genres of music – jazz. The origins and evolution of jazz are ingrained into this city and this can be felt in the park. There is a setting to share the cultural history of the people and places that helped develop jazz in New Orleans. The park holds guided Jazz tours, with brochures that can be picked up from the visitor center or downloaded online. After the tours, there are park ranger programs. Park rangers give brief jazz history lessons that are fun and interactive. For people who are interested in the musical side of jazz, there are live performances every Wednesday and Saturday. Performances are usually held during the park ranger presentations.
Address & telephone number: 916 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA, USA +1 504 589 4841