New Orleans City Park is a massive Mid-City attraction known for its abundant activities, endless greenery, and unique events. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun, a romantic escape, cultural exploration or the perfect outdoor destination to soak up the sun - City Park has you covered. 

The 1,300-acre park houses countless attractions and recreation, gardens and nature, art and architecture, local food vendors and much more. Explore below to start planning your own City Park outing. 

Cafe du Monde

Perfect days in City Park begin with beignets and cafe au lait from the world-famous Cafe du Monde. You can enjoy the perfectly powdered pastry that New Orleans is known for before beginning a day filled with exploration and fun. 

Acorn

Located inside the Children’s Museum, Acorn offers family-friendly breakfast and lunch with vegetables sourced from the on-site vegetable garden. Sit outside and take in the beautiful views of the park, but inside dining is available as well. If you would rather picnic, there are fresh grab and go to choose from.

Arts + Culture

The New Orleans Museum of Art

An ideal activity for solo travelers and large groups alike, take your time sifting through NOMA’s collection of nearly 40,000 curated objects, which includes a host of global photographs, antiques, sculptures, paintings and more. Rotating interactive exhibits, exclusive screenings and panel discussions are also available to visitors throughout the year. 

Kelsey Campion, NOTMC
New Orleans Museum of Art

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

A great follow-up to a morning spent at the museum is an afternoon at the sculpture garden. Free and open to the public daily, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is an outdoor expansion of NOMA that houses 90 sculptures by world-renowned artists. Bring along someone special for a picturesque stroll through the park.

Justen Williams
Louisiana Children’s Museum

Children’s Activities

Traveling with children? City Park has a handful of youth-centered activities approved by kids and parents alike. 

Louisiana Children’s Museum

The headquarters for kid-friendly fun, the newly opened Louisiana Children’s Museum is housed in New Orleans’ City Park. Children can easily spend hours interacting with the museum’s five distinct educational exhibit galleries. 

Storyland

The recently renovated Storyland, a favorite among families that visit City Park, features larger-than-life storybook sculptures and an enchanting playground. Young ones are free to explore and imagine in a space built especially for them. 

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park

Hand-in-hand with Storyland, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is yet another kid-friendly space within City Park. Check the park’s seasonal hours here, and enjoy 17 uniquely handcrafted rides. 

Rebecca Todd
New Orleans City Park- Canoeing

Recreation

Sometimes the best fun is found in an adventure! Luckily, City Park offers a number of resources and rentals to bring your ideal adventure to life. 

City Park Boat + Bike Rentals

Land or sea legs, all are welcome in City Park! Single and double kayaks, as well as canoe rentals, are available for those looking to experience the park while drifting along the bayou and lake. Or, take advantage of the park’s selection of bike rentals. Children's, cruisers, tandem bikes and ever four-wheel surreys can be rented directly through the park. 

New Orleans Botanical Garden

Home to over 2,000 species of plants, the New Orleans Botanical Garden is a stunning site to see in City Park. Soak up the picturesque backdrops and serene walking trails that the garden has to offer. Make sure to check out the art from the Enrique Alferez Sculpture Garden during your visit. 

Bayou Oaks at City Park

At Bayou Oaks, it’s always tee time. Whether you’re an amateur, master or just a fan of golf, you’re welcome at Bayou Oaks.

City Putt

If mini-golf is more your speed,  be sure to check out City Putt. This family-friendly attraction features 36 holes and two separate courses that highlight both Louisiana and New Orleans cultural icons. 

Paul Broussard
Celebration in the Oaks

City Park Signature Events + Festivals

In addition to all of City Park’s year-round activities and offerings, the park is also home to a number of annual festivals and seasonal events. From holiday cheer to music festivals, here are a few of City Park’s major events below:

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