New Orleans may not seem like a kid-centric city, but there are still plenty of things for families with kids to do. Some of the best fun for kids happens at any of the picturesque parks New Orleans has to offer. Here are four of the best parks in the city to take your kids to when you’re visiting New Orleans.
City Park (Mid-City/Lakeview)
As New Orleans’ largest park, City Park stretches from Mid-City and Bayou St. John into the Lakeview neighborhood toward Lake Pontchartrain. From end to end, City Park boasts luscious green space lined with Spanish moss-draped oak trees and is filled with plenty of walking and biking paths. The park also has a wealth of playgrounds and activities for kids. One of the biggest kid’s attractions at City Park is Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park with rides suitable for kids of all ages. Rides include everything from a Ferris wheel and a Tilt-a-Whirl to the small ladybug rollercoaster for the little ones and even the Scrambler for the older kids. Connected to the amusement park is another world of entertainment in the form of a walkable path filled with statues and climbing structures in the theme of different storybook tales.
Audubon Park (Uptown)
Audubon Park is another large grassy area with plenty of room to run around and have a picnic. The park also has plenty of gazebos and covered areas for setting up camp while the kids play tag and fly kites. Audubon Park is also near the Audubon Zoo, so if your kids want to run around some more after a few hours at the zoo, Audubon Park is quick and convenient. In the back of the zoo at the end of the road that leads through The Fly, you can also find the Tree of Life, a large oak tree that your kids will love to climb. Audubon Park is also on the St. Charles streetcar line, so it is accessible from downtown as well.
The Fly (Uptown)
After driving beyond Audubon Park and past the Audubon Zoo, you’ll reach The Fly, a long stretch of a park that borders and overlooks the Mississippi River. Join the locals in throwing a Frisbee or having a picnic as you enjoy the mighty river in the background. There aren’t many dedicated play areas, but there is plenty of green space for your kids to have fun in as well as larger areas for soccer and football games on the side of the parking lot opposite the river.
Woldenberg Park (French Quarter)
If you’ll be spending most of your time downtown, you can still enjoy greenspace in the midst of the big city around you if you head over to Woldenberg Park, which borders the Mississippi River on the Canal St side of the French Quarter. Just a quick walk from your downtown hotel, Woldenberg Park offers a great view of the Mississippi River and the Steamboat Natchez as it passes by. Also, at the end of Woldenberg Park is the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, a perfect place to take your kids so they can enjoy a little nature in the air-conditioned aquarium.
You can’t go wrong taking your kids to the park, and any of these four parks would offer a great time for your kids to enjoy. As you’re planning your New Orleans visit, be sure to keep these in mind as you plan activities for your children.
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