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City Park free

1 Palm Drive | New Orleans, LA 70124 | Official website
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  • Type: Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Although it was hit rather hard by Hurricane Katrina (95 percent of the park sat in floodwaters for weeks), recent visitors insist that City Park is almost as good as new, and a great place to spend an afternoon. Take a nature stroll through the 12-acre New Orleans Botanical Garden (which boasts 2,000 different varities of plants) or peruse the art hanging in the New Orleans Museum of Art. And while New Orleans isn't generally classified as kid-friendly, City Park has several diversions for your young ones, including Storyland (home to giant storybook and fairy-tale characters, and an antique carousel) and the Train Garden. Sprawling across 1,300 acres, the expansive City Park features 26 tennis courts, 12 soccer fields, two football stadiums and an 18-hole golf course. Aside from all of the park's recreational facilities, it's also home to the world's largest grove of mature live oaks, including the Anseman Oak and McDonogh Oak — both believed to be between 600 and 900 years old.

Sitting north of central New Orleans near the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, City Park is open daily from 30 minutes prior to sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset. Entry to the park is free; however, specific attractions charge admission. Free parking is available on-site and the park is also accessible via the Canal Streetcar. Check out City Park's website for more information.

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