National Parks / Natural World
New Orleans City Park New Orleans
Where are we going today?
It's always a great family day out to just sneak into nature...but what if you are in the middle of New Orleans?! Well, don't worry, because the COUNTRY'S oldest urban park is right on your doorstep!
Created way back in 1854, New Orleans City Park has been giving families a great time with 1,300 acres of outdoor oasis.
Millions of children visit each year to have a great time with the host of attraction that they can enjoy! First, there is the nature! There are walking tracks, plenty of lawn space to run around, and canopies to play hide and seek! If you want to be impressed with nature, then make sure you check out the world's largest stand of mature live oaks...some of them are nearly 800 years old! Incredible!
Families can stop and smell the roses in the beautiful Botanical Garden, and enjoy some art in the open-air Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is a great hit for the kids with rides, and one of the oldest carousels in the country! For some family fun (and maybe a little bit of friendly competition!) the City Putt is a fun 36 hole mini golf complex with two courses for you to enjoy. One highlights the culture of the state, and the other one showcased fun themes from New Orleans itself!
The course is ADA compliant, and is great for birthday parties too! A great way for kids to practice those coordination skills!
New Orleans City Park is so much more than a park. It's a place filled with fun things to do with kids, and the family, and a great way for kids to get active and enjoy that beautiful sun!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsPark is free. Mini golf $8
- ChildrenPark is free. Mini golf $6 (Ages 4 to 12)
When can we go?
Park: Sunrise to sunset. Mini golf from 10am daily to 10pm weekdays / 12am weekends
All year round
Why not head to the park for a field trip! The kids can enjoy Storyland or the Carousel, and enjoy mini golf for some extra sport. A great time out of the classroom! Admissions are different for each activity so check them out before you go. .
There are BBQ pits that you can use (no open fires), or why not take a picnic and enjoy it! Some of the attractions have food options too.
Make sure you bring bottled water - it's best to keep hydrated!.
Any Top Tips?
The park is free but the attractions all have different admissions, from the botanic gardens to the mini golf. .
Doing our bit
The park staff do their best to keep the park spick and span so you can enjoy it on your family day out! Help them out by picking up after yourselves.
Need a little extra help?
The mini golf is ADA compliant, and the park's paths are great for wheelchairs .
Can I get one of those?
There are TWO gift shops in the park! Bring that pocket money because you might want to pick yourself up something fun!.
The park has wifi in "hot spot" areas. .
What people are saying?
by Pyra-Danny V
Sooo many things to do… even merely walking around and enjoying your surroundings was a pleasure for me. On beautiful days, many families and friends take over the picnic tables. Joggers are also the norm. But the best part of City Park is how it rises above the typical sports and nature parks with its inclusion of a sculpture garden, several museums, and even a storybook themed playground. There’s so much more than that to do and see. It’s free to experience City Park as a whole but low admissions are needed for certain parts.
by Rob Ferrara
One of my favorite places in New Orleans. Has made a wonderful recovery from Hurricane Katrina. I remember eating lunch in the park right after Katrina. I pretty much had the whole place to myself. Was so sad. Wish it had a fraction of the resources its uptown cousin, Audubon Park, has.
by Shelly Dorman
Beautiful park with lots of awesome hidden treasures. Great for exploring and fishing via kayak as well. Plus the fishing tends to be good year round.
by Gus Awesome
One time we were at the new orleans city park and my sister's frind told my sister and seret and then they pushed me in the fountan. (dont worry they got in truble)
by Jonathan Boover
This use to be a great park,definitely not as beautiful as other major city parks around the country & world, but it has potential. I would give it 4 stars if it could reach that potential to it's fullest, maybe even 5, but probably just a 4. Unfortunately,the deed was sold without a public vote & some of the most beautiful parts have been destroyed for the sake of a golf course that nobody wants! I can ensure you that the previous glory of the park will not be restore anytime soon. What took decades to grow took only a day to destroy. This was...Read More
by Jonathan Boover
This use to be a great park,definitely not as beautiful as other major city parks around the country & world, but it has potential. I would give it 4 stars if it could reach that potential to it's fullest, maybe even 5, but probably just a 4. Unfortunately,the deed was sold without a public vote & some of the most beautiful parts have been destroyed for the sake of a golf course that nobody wants! I can ensure you that the previous glory of the park will not be restore anytime soon. What took decades to grow took only a day to destroy. This was the only place for most residents could decompress from city life & I feel I must move on from this city for a lack of nature & space. Overall I guess I say I'll give this park a 2 star review! THIS IS STOLEN LAND!!!!