Your insider's guide to New Orleans

If recreation and blue skies are the name of your game...

City Park

City Park is one of the oldest parks in the country, established in 1854. It offers fishing and birding; playgrounds; gardens; paths for biking, running, and walking; and all kinds of golf (18-hole, putt-putt, and disc)! This beautiful park boasts picturesque oak trees and moss canopies on 1,300 acres.

Crescent Park

This new green space is located on the Bywater riverfront, stretching for 1.4 miles along the Mississippi. It’s a great place to stroll or bike. Stop by for beautiful views and recreation—or even bring a picnic!

Jackson Square

In the heart of the French Quarter is Jackson Square, also known as the Place d’Armes. It received National Landmark status in 1960 and was chosen in 2012 as a “Great Place in America” by the American Planning Association for its beauty, accessibility, and desirability.

Louis Armstrong Park

Near the French Quarter, in the famed Tremé neighborhood, this public oasis honors jazz great Louis Armstrong. You’ll find sculptures, duck ponds, and plenty of space to relax. The park also houses the Mahalia Jackson Theater and serves as the backdrop for many festivals and performances.

The Sydney & Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA

This five-acre garden sits within City Park adjacent to the New Orleans Museum of Art. It’s a unique and peaceful setting filled with pines, magnolias, old oaks, a lagoon—and, of course, 64 sculptures that entertain, enlighten, and amuse.