Welcome to a grand urban pleasure garden; home to the largest stand of old-growth oak trees on Earth. These magnificent Southern Live Oaks, dripping with Spanish moss, are silent witnesses to over 700 years of natural history and local culture. We will explore a mesmerizing landscape brimming with wildlife, picturesque bayous, secluded fountains, romantic stories, Neo-Classical and Art-Deco architecture, WPA-era gardens and bridges, Enrique Alferez sculpture, and “flying horses.” City Park represents the heart and soul of New Orleans. Join me as we celebrate the successful relationship between nature’s splendor and humanity’s creative achievements.
New Orleans Museum of Art, The Dueling Oaks, Bayou Metairie, The McDonogh Oak, Great War Memorial, The Peristyle and WPA architecture,
The Canal Street streetcar line can be accessed in the Central Business District and is within walking distance of almost every downtown and French Quarter hotel. The line includes two possible destinations, “Cemeteries” and “City Park.” You will take the “City Park” car to where it terminates at the New Orleans Museum of Art stop. If you are driving, you are looking for the intersection of Esplanade and Carrollton Avenues. There is usually parking along Lelong Avenue as you enter the park. After exiting the streetcar, look for the two 25-foot marble columns. These beautiful Monteleone Pillars mark the main entrance to City Park. With the columns on your right, carefully walk across Carrollton Avenue, looking right for traffic.
Places to stop along the way:
New Orleans Museum of Art - "Five Brushstrokes", City Park Casino, City Park Rose Garden
Best time to walk:
I recommend an early start. If you take this tour in the summer months, be sure to have comfortable walking shoes and a hat. Most of this walk is in the shade; however there are a few stretches in full sun.
During this walk, you will pass the Morning Call coffee stand which is open 24 hours. Food and beverages are available here as well as restroom facilities. Please remember that it is ‘cash only’ but there is an ATM machine. The park is open to traffic and you might encounter an occasional tour bus or maintenance vehicle so pay attention. There is also a miniature park train and you will cross the track path at several locations. Always look both ways.
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