One of the largest urban parks in the country, City Park has golf, tennis and horseback riding.
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Lakeview extends inland from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain with much of the area reserved for family-friendly City Park. Home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and the city’s own lush Botanical Gardens, City Park is a New Orleans gem and the perfect spot for outdoor fun with as much of a mix of culture and/or amusement as you would like. Beyond City Park more great excuses to stay outside beckon, whether on land or by boat. Developed a good deal later than most other New Orleans neighborhoods, Lakeview has a distinctively different look and feel compared to other parts of the city. Fans of mid century modern design and contemporary architecture particularly enjoy leisurely drives around the residential streets of Lake Vista, Park Island and along Lakeshore Drive.
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- Something for everyoneWe have been here a few times. Once we just strolled the beautiful, oak filled grounds, after enjoying a street car ride. Once while perusing the sculpture garden near NOMA. Once while parading around the Christmas lights show, “Celebration in the Oaks.” This is a wondrous, expansive space with a little bit of everything for everyone. It’s worth a long stroll during your trip, including a trip over to NOMA.Visited December 2022Travelled as a coupleWritten 12 December 2022
- Beautiful parkEven if all you do is drive through this park, it is worth the time. The live oak trees, some over 800 years old, are everywhere. There are walking paths, there are small lakes, a museum, Cafe Du Mond, and so much more.Visited January 2023Written 3 January 2023
- City parkOne of the best places to visit if you visit NOLA. Do not miss it. Loved , loved the nature and the picturesque scenery. Beautiful , clean park with a nice free sculpture garden. Great place to take pictures and I 100% recommend to everyone. They have a playgorund for kids, Cafe de Monde , paddle boats and kayaks. and icing on the cake is the park is FREE!! Spend few hours here. Its well worth. Also the Streetcar "48" comes all the way to here so you dont have to drive. The streetcar name is Canal st- City park/museum.Visited February 2023Written 6 February 2023
- Very Nice park with a Cafe Du Monde.Wish the weather was nicer when we visited the park. It was freezing cold. Who knew NO could get cold. The park was very charming. Alot to see and do in the park. A lot of great places to take pictures. Best part its free!! Also there is a Cafe du Monde in the park and it is not as crowded as the original.Visited December 2022Written 9 February 2023
- A Beautfiul ParkThis park is so easy to get to on a trolley on Canal street, pick up by Harrahs and get off last stop. Magnificent century old oak trees, with lots of Spanish moss, sculptures, green spaces and wildlife. Such a nice respite from the French Quarter atmosphere. We spent 2 hours walking around, it was great! Well worth a visit.Visited January 2023Written 23 February 2023
- Unexpected delightWe visited on a beautiful day and would strongly recommend. The park has many different areas that everyone can enjoy. We spent a good amount of time in the Sculpture garden and loved it. Its a beautiful area with unique sculptures and water, benches, etc. We didn't expect to enjoy the park as much as we did and its a great contrast if people need a break from the French Quarter area.Visited March 2023Written 11 March 2023
- One of the best parts of our tripThis was such an unexpected wonderful find. My daughter and I had spent several days in the French Quarter and Warehouse district and were looking for something different. This was wonderful! The park is beautiful. We saw beautiful trees and a lake, tons of adorable turtles and really loved walking through the outdoor sculpture garden. If you like to take photographs, this is a great place. We finished with beignets at Café du Monde, which was way less crowded than in the French Quarter. It was such a great few hours.Visited April 2023Written 6 April 2023
- Nice afternoonVery nice place to visit and walk around for a while. The botanical garden was also quite lovely. Nice way to spend an afternoon. Also, a great place to pick up beignets from Cafe Du Monde.Visited April 2023Travelled with familyWritten 17 April 2023
- You will need more time than you think at this parkWhether you have kids or not, this park is worth going to because it is HUGE and there is so much to do. There are playgrounds for the kids, and a sculpture and botanical garden if that is your vibe. You can't miss Cafe Du Monde when in the park either. I spent more time at this park than I expected when visiting NOLA so make sure you make time to explore everything it has to offer.Visited April 2023Written 29 April 2023
- Loved the sculpture gardenWe visited the lovely city park on our latest trip to NOLA. What a find, especially the beautiful (and FREE!) sculpture garden. It's a beautiful place to unplug, walk the gorgeous trails, check out the sculptures and enjoy the scenery. Afterwards, we stopped by Cafe du Monde in the park for beignets. Much less crowded than the French Quarter. Just beautiful overall and off the main tourist lists.Visited April 2023Written 15 May 2023
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Nov 2023 • Couples
Truly a gem of New Orleans. We enjoyed our stroll through the park. A number of nice spots for a variety of photos…. Nature, bridges, people, etc
Written 20 November 2023
Oct 2023 • Solo
This park is not something you want to miss, it's big and beautiful, with a beautiful sculpture garden and the trees are a wonderful. So many paths to explore and activities for all ages
Written 16 October 2023
Sep 2023 • Solo
I started visiting the park in the 1950's as my mother did in the 30's. What always struck me the most is some of the structures and statues are from the age of the Tartaria. The Tartarian architecture is easy to spot especially the structure with the columns and lions by the water.
Written 23 September 2023
Sep 2023 • Couples
My wife and I took a Lyft to the park to see the Botanical Gardens. We were bewitched by the beautiful ancient live oak trees and spanish moss. Even on a hot day, we felt cool enough in the shade. Cafe dumond was a great stop on the way to the gardens. A few locals were fishing in the pond and caught a few frogs that they showed us. Friendly people, and beautiful scenery make the city park a must-see for anyone visiting New Orleans.
Written 13 September 2023
Jul 2023 • Friends
It's easy to spend several hours here. My favorite park was spending some time with the Singing Oak. The trees were definitely my favorite part.
Written 17 August 2023
Jun 2023 • Family
Took my three kids & we had so much fun! They climbed trees, we rode bikes, there’s a playground & Cafe du Monde is right there. It’s so beautiful! We visited almost every day we were in town. I got so many great pics, but I know there’s so much more that I didn’t see!
Written 12 July 2023
Jun 2023 • Family
This is like the Central Park of New Orleans. There is an amusement park, but it is geared toward kids younger than mine. There are beautiful trees and areas of water. There are also family swings and playgrounds. There is also a Cafe Du Monde location here which was better than the one in the French Quarter.
Written 9 July 2023
Jun 2023 • Family
City Park is a beautiful green space with plenty of places to run (I ran 4.5 miles one morning) and lots to see in an evening. We visited cafe du monde for a late night coffee and beignet. Love the free parking.
Written 25 June 2023
I could have spent hours here! So beautiful! We walked around the sculpture garden and couldn't get my family to walk anymore because it was so hot! We ended up driving around to see more and then enjoyed our stop at Cafe Du Monde in the park. So glad we went!
Written 19 June 2023
We enjoyed our time at the park. We had an opportunity to ride on one of the swan tours and just relax on the water.
Written 7 June 2023
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When is the free music festival in the park. I heard it is in October but I can't find any info online about it.
Not sure about a festival, but there’s some free music evenings included on the New Orleans City Park website on their events calendar (called “Evenings with Enrique”)
How long does it typically take to view the city park Christmas lights?
About 2 hours from the time you arrive ... In addition to the lights in the botanical garden area you may want to explore the stage areas for Karaoke, Local groups/choirs singing, a stop in their cafe (try the gumbo!) and Storyland (great for kids of all ages) the kid's amusement park which included the Flying Horses (Carousel) and the optional train ride under the stars, oaks and lights. Parking is limited, so plan a little extra time to get to and from your vehicle. Some tour companies offer bus transportation which drops you right at the main entrance.
Is there a decently priced hotel within walking distance from the park?
I don’t know, but if it helps, the park is at the end of one of the streetcar lines that runs the length of canal street, so it is not hard to get to from the hotels located in the french quarter and downtown area.
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- According to Tripadvisor travellers, these are the best ways to experience New Orleans City Park:
- A Walk in the Park: City Park New Orleans Audio Tour (From RM 33.29)
- New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour (From RM 225.26)
- NOLA's BIG 4 PRIVATE CITY TOUR (From RM 595.30)
- Dead of Night Ghosts and Cemetery Bus Tour (From RM 238.12)
- New Orleans Small Group City Tour (From RM 247.64)