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This Greek Revival mansion is home to original English and American antiques and eight acres of formal gardens and decorative fountains. Although florals vary with the seasons, visitors can count on a spectacular display year-round. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Longue Vue House & Gardens features ever-changing exhibits. A gift shop sells horticulture and decorative items, children's gifts and reproductions from the Longue Vue Collection.
Marconi Meadow is a 25-acre green area surrounded by lagoons, and cypress, oak and magnolia groves. The Meadow is an ideal place for festivals, concerts, events and picnics. It can accommodate over 25000 guests and includes a 50x100 foot shelter, a horseshoe pit, a volleyball court, softball area, a fishing dock and a playground. This is also the place to be if you wish to try hot boiled crawfish, jambalaya and cochon-de-lait!
In a world where the wooden carousel is nearly extinct, a century-old version is a sight to be seen and ridden. Under City Park's majestic oaks, the Hines Carousel continues to run after being painstakingly restored after hurricane Katrina. Children of all ages will enjoy a ride on the hand-carved horses of the last wooden carousel in Louisiana. After a spin on the carousel, ride the afternoon away on any of the other amusement rides in the collection including a Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler, Bumper Cars, and 40-foot Slide. Finish the day with a trip around the park in one of the open-air passenger cars of the Park's miniature train.
New Orleans Botanical Gardens is spread across 10 acres (4 hectares) of tropical conservatory, including a water lily pond, formal rose garden, azalea, camellia gardens and a horticultural garden. Scattered throughout are fountains and sculptures by world-renowned artist Enrique Alferez (a New Orleans local). Take a guided tour or browse through the library and gift shop located in the lovely Pavilion of the Two Sisters.
It's just impossible to get bored of New Orleans' plush City Park. Sprawled over 1,500 acres, this welcoming oasis attracts hordes of people every day. You'll find lovebirds sharing some time together, children playing around, joggers doing their daily rounds and people absorbing the park's beauty. Camps, field trips and an amusement park are the facilities for children. Sports lovers can choose from golf, football, tennis and lots more. The park also provides the perfect setting for weddings, picnics, birthdays or other special functions. If you're a nature lover, you can volunteer to help protect this beautiful park.
The City Park in New Orleans is the largest green space in the city occupying 1,300 acres (526 hectares) of lush green land. The Park features attractions such the New Orleans Museum of Art and New Orleans Botanical Garden, state-of-the-art sports facilities and original artwork, all surrounded by sprawling lawns and picturesque lagoons. There's no age limit for renting a paddle boat or riding the antique carousel in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. The New Orleans City Park is also a great place to bike, picnic or stroll along the beautiful century-old oak trees.
Thanks to the generous donations from Sydney and Walda Besthoff, New Orleanians and visitors to the city can enjoy art-in-the-park at Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The nearly five acres that make up the sculpture garden in City Park are home to 57 large-scale works of art. The sculptures, situated among the park's large oaks and Southern magnolias, vary greatly in style and represent a range of classic and modern artists. Additionally, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden is free for all visitors.
Located on the boundary of the French Quarter, Saint Louis Cemetery Number One is the oldest cemetery in the city. The above ground burial practices are typical of swampy New Orleans, where early settlers soon discovered that coffins buried in the ground would float to the surface after a hard rain. There are many ornate family tombs and vaults, but visitors to Saint Louis Cemetery Number One must be accompanied by a licensed tour guide or have a special pass issued for persons with loved ones or family members buried in the cemetery.