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Built on a race course in 1872, Metairie Cemetery is known for its architectural beauty. It has one of the finest collection of funeral statues and marble tombs which has made it secure a place in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places in December, 1991. It also holds its place in the Forbes list of ten bests cemeteries in the world. This cemetery is worth visiting while in New Orleans.
Having started out as the nation's first sugar plantation, then an urban park, and finally renamed in 1886 as Audubon Park in tribute to John James Audubon who painted many of his famed "Birds of America" in Louisiana, the 340-acre Audubon Park and Audubon Zoo is a place one can truly and peacefully enjoy New Orleans's old-world charm: fountains, statues, gazebos, lagoons, giant oak trees, and the occasional horse-back riders and carriages. There are also a golf course, tennis courts, and a extremely popular 1.8-mile-long paved jogging track. Do walk along the outskirts of the park and be wowed by the historic buildings of Loyola and Tulane universities, as well as many elegant mansions.
From the critter-filled swamps of Louisiana to the grasslands of Africa, you can explore some of the Earth's most intriguing habitats and the creatures that dwell within them at this world-class zoo. Rated one of the top zoos in the United States, it features two rare white tigers as well as Komodo dragons.
The Fly is that area of Audubon Park that faces Mississippi River. This beautiful waterfront park affords a breathtaking panorama of the river and its opposite bank. It was named after a shelter shaped like a butterfly that stood at this site from the 1960s to 80s. Located close to Audubon Zoo, it is the place to enjoy a riverside picnic, stroll along tree-lined trails and enjoy romantic walks. Head here for a barbecue party or crawfish boil and let the aromas wafting along with the breeze beguile you. Toss a frisbee with friends or sharpen your baseball, tennis and soccer skills. Come here late in the evening to watch the setting sun blanket the landscape in a magnificent golden glow.
Chalmette National Cemetery was set up as a National Cemetery in 1864 to serve as a burial ground for those who perished in the American military campaigns. It is the final resting place of 15300 veterans of the Revolutionary War and the Vietnam War. It got partially damaged and was closed for future burials when Hurricane Katrina hit the cemetery in full measure. Ever since, both the cemetery and the battleground are open to the public for limited hours only. It got listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.