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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.
Whenever you are in New Orleans, for business or pleasure, a must stop is Magazine Street. This is the street that has it all no matter what your shopping needs are. Whatever you're looking for, be it fashion, vintage clothing, children's clothing, shoes, or accessories, Magazine Street is the place to be. When you start to work up an appetite, try seafood, French cuisine, farmer's markets, chocolates, or stop into one of the many bars for a pick-me-up.
Located within the prestigious Tulane University, McAlister Auditorium is spread over 19,000 square feet. This concrete dome is self suspended and is supposed to be the largest in the world! Constructed in the 1940s, this auditorium is used as a popular concert and meeting venue. Students and outsiders alike can visit and also take part in discussions on important topics relating to both the community and the students.
Arts and crafts produced at Newcomb College during the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries, along with traveling exhibits are proudly displayed at the Newcomb Art Gallery. This fine art gallery space on Tulane University's Uptown campus not only displays the works of past and current students, but also offers lectures, family programs and special events like artist receptions to enhance the gallery experience. All of Newcomb Art Gallery's exhibitions and programs are free of charge and open to the public. -Bethany Culp
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.
Situated inside the Botanical Gardens at the famous New Orleans City Park, Train garden is a famous tourist attraction with a 1300 feet (396.24 meters) long railway track full of miniature models. The visitors can see small sized replicas of various trains and cars that actually ran in New Orleans during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Looking at all the models, one can imagine how New Orleans must have been during the late 80s and early 90s. Paul Busse, the person behind this beautiful rail garden has built small models of various houses and buildings around the railway track. Visitors can walk along the pathway next to the railway track and enjoy this intricately designed miniature model. Various signboards and posters with information and interesting facts about different neighborhoods in New Orleans have been placed all around the track. The entire model is surrounded by real plants from the Botanical Garden, giving it a natural green cover and making it look more attractive. The mini train running through the beautifully created model track is a sight adored by people of all ages.