Parks, New Orleans
Audubon Park is located right across the street from Loyola and Tulane Universities, so it is a popular place for students in the afternoons during the school year. The park offers a variety of activities including a running trail, swimming pool, horse stables, golf course, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters and more. The park is also home to New Orleans' famous Audubon Zoo
The area presently known as Audubon Park began as the home of a mayor of New Orleans, then during the Civil War, it was a Confederate Camp, then a Union hospital. In 1884 the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, which laid the foundation for the huge park. Once swampland, the exposition grounds were reformed into parkland by John Charles Olmsted, who designed and developed New York's Central Park. Shortly after the exposition, in 1888, the park was renamed in honor of John James Audubon the famous artist and naturalist who painted some of his works in Louisiana.
From early April until mid-June, there's a free concert in the park, featuring some pretty good names. Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, Marcia Ball to name 3.
They put up a stage, and have a band or two for the night. They have booths set up that will sell beer, snowballs & food. It's located on St Charles Ave, about 5 blocks off Canal St. it was only 1.5 blocks form my hotel the first night I was there, so I went over and heard the last show of the season. There are also about 20-30 little booths selling various kinds of art/handicrafts. Nice thing about this is it seems it's almost all locals, no tourists. ;)
To buy most things, you need to buy tickets at the ticket booth. :(
Lafayette Sq 5pm - 7:30.
Who knew that only 30 minutes from New Orleans would be this oasis of nature? This is a lovely National Park that has many FREE amenities and activities- Park rangers offer guided walks, canoe treks, and birdwatching walks; canoe treks and walks under the full moon show off the preserve by night. The canoe treks are free, but if you don't have your own, you can rent one from a local company for a nominal fee (call to reserve in advance - the park rangers will make recommendations).
I went in the Spring and saw alligators, turtles, and many birds on the 2.5 hour canoe tour. Definitely bring insect repellant and a hat - sun reflecting off water will cause a nasty burn. But the peacefulness is a wonderful respite from the craziness of the French Quarter. I'm looking forward to using my new Kayak on an upcoming Full Moon Paddle!
We ended our City Tour in City Park, but I didn't get a chance to do more than just walk around a bit. There was a play area for children, and I saw the Art Museum through the trees, and we saw some sculptures from the bus. We could have had lunch at the snack bar. There is also a Botanical Garden and various concert venues.
But I have the feeling that City Park is more for residents than visitors.
Right on the Business District on Loyoloa Avenue, you will find Cancer Survivors Plaza. Each one of the fourteen columns represents one world culture. To see more about this park and other Cancer Survivors parks go to http://www.blochcancer.org/park/parklist.html.
This park can be seen from most of the French Quarter when looking down streets running perpendicular to the River. It is most noticable at night due the huge twinkling sign at its entrance. Some guides will tell you that the park is dangerous and/or that there is nothing to see here, but I have always found it to be quite pretty and quiet compared to the noise of the Quarter. The Park is home to what was once Congo Square, the famous Sunday gathering place of the African slaves who once lived in New Orleans. You can also find the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of Performing Arts here. And even though I have never found it to be dangerous here, it still may not be a good place to go at night.
Jean Lafitte Park is on the west bank ..if you're good with maps and not afraid to take a journey in the car, you'll enjoy J.L.park it has quite a few long nature trails and it gets pretty quiet along the bayou. You can also take a swamp Tour...if you'd rather not go solo...
Audobon Park, located uptown NewOrleans, is a big circular area with beautiful, big trees. A joggging haven for those after work.Also renovated golf course there.
And my favorite City Park..., mid city New Olreans, has botanical garden, small kiddie amusement park, musuem of art, lots of nature and fun train ride around park
To see a beautiful and diverse wetland, visit the Barataria unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve south of New Orleans. Several miles of trails allow the visitor to experience these habitats.
Admission is free and the park is open throughout the year.
West End Park by the Southern Yatch Club is a nice place to visit. Sailboats, the Lake, Seafood places, and just a nice view of all the activity on Lake Pontchartrain. Joe's Crab House is near the west end Light House and gives a good view of the sailbaots. Here is a painting of a WPA bridge in West End Park.
The City Park is under going some nice changes. It is a good place to get the feel of the bayous, see old oak trees, walk, or even play tennis. I enjoy just walking on the paths and bridges found there.
New Orleans City Park is going through some major renovations and it will be a beautiful place to visit when complete. It is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art and some nice bayous that will be canoe ready soon. It is full of things made during the WPA. Here is one bridge. There are large Oak trees, gardens, and beautiful bayous.
I love City Park and its paths, bridges, bayous, and the gardens. Here is a view of one of the gardens.
City Park is going through some nice changes. A new eatery, new roadways, and just is a nice place to walk. Here is a small bridge along a walking path there.