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5 Best Parks in New Orleans

Springtime in New Orleans is beautiful. The sun in shining most days and the parks are perfect. Get the details about five of the best parks in the city below:

The Fly – Exposition Dr, New Orleans, LA 70118

Way uptown, on the edge of the Mississippi River, there is a mainly locals-only park that is known as the best place to enjoy your to-go daiquiri from down the street. While The Fly is technically the waterfront extension of Audubon Park, the vibe is completely different. Visitors can read a book, watch the ships go by, have a barbecue or crawfish boil, or toss a frisbee around with a friend while your dog plays nearby. When the weather is nice, neighboring college students come out in full force to enjoy the sunshine and a drink or two. Tip: bring something to sit on.

A view of the Mississippi River from The Fly. Photo by Julia Ballard.

A view of the Mississippi River from The Fly.

Crescent Park – N. Peters St, New Orleans, LA 70117

After almost a decade of planning, the City of New Orleans opened the 1.4 mile, twenty-acre park along the Mississippi, Crescent Park, in 2014. The park offers out of this world views of the downtown skyline, and something for everyone. Stretching from Elysian Fields Avenue to Mazant Street in the Bywater, the linear-shaped park has trails for running, biking, and other activities. Crescent Park is also a great spot to have a picnic in one of the many landscaped– shaded or not–areas that have been added. If you enter over the giant Piety Street steel bridge, you’ll have an even better view of the city sights.

City Park – 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

Believe it or not, City Park is 50 percent larger than Central Park in New York City. While you probably won’t ever get to explore all thirteen hundred acres, the park has tons of activities, from a golf course on the north end and the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) on the south end, the part of the park closest to downtown. There is also a free sculpture garden directly next to NOMA, which is an entirely outdoor display of some funky and enormous art. City Park is great for kids, dogs, or just you and a beer if you don’t have the first two. Attractions include mini golf, a botanical garden, the 24-hour coffee and beignet shop Morning Call, and even a miniature train that offers $4 rides around the holidays.

Audubon Park – 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118

If you hop off the streetcar uptown across from Tulane University and Loyola University, you’ll find yourself at the St. Charles Avenue entrance to Audubon Park. There’s a ring-shaped 1.7 mile route around the park that is lined with beautiful oak trees. The paved loop offers one side for bikers and a separate side of the same path for runners and walkers. It’s also one of the only places in the city to see people rollerblading. The only zoo in New Orleans is located in the park for those who want to see a white alligator or one of their other 2,000 animals.

Louis Armstrong Park – 701 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Louis Armstrong Park, formerly known as Beauregard Square, sits in Tremé neighborhood, bordering the north side of the French Quarter. Named after the famous musician himself, some would even say it is the birthplace of jazz. The park surrounds the historic Congo Square, where African and Native American traditions merged through song and dance on Sundays centuries ago. Visitors will find that drummers, dancers, and many more continue the tradition of creating and listening to the sounds of the city each week. The park also houses the Mahalia Jackson Theater and a number of concerts and events throughout the year.

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