New Orleans is a family-friendly destination, with plenty of things to do for the kiddos (see our full itinerary here). There’s the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium, beignets at Café du Monde, and Storyland at City Park. But sometimes you just need a good old-fashioned playground to pass the time and burn off some energy.
Located in every neighborhood, playgrounds in New Orleans are free and easy to access. Check out the playgrounds below next time you visit NOLA.
900 Napoleon Ave.
Located at the corner of Napoleon and Magazine in Uptown New Orleans, this park is equipped with basketball courts, play equipment, and all-purpose fields.
2524 Annunciation St.
Tucked away in the Irish Channel, this neighborhood playground has play equipment, basketball courts, and all-purpose fields.
4873 Laurel St.
5501 St. Charles Ave.
Located right off the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, this park features plenty of play equipment to wear the kids out.
2100 Napoleon Ave.
Uptown on Napoleon Avenue, Samuel Square has play equipment, basketball courts, and fields.
6500 St. Charles Ave.
There are two playgrounds to choose from at Audubon Park: Exposition Boulevard Playground near the St. Charles Avenue entrance, and the Walnut Street Playground, which is located between St. Charles Avenue and Domincan Street. The Walnut Street play area, which was donated in 2017 by former Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany, also features adaptive and wheelchair-accessible equipment, including a zip line. You can typically find sno-ball or ice cream trucks parked nearby both locations, for a sweet treat post-play.
1440 Moss St.
Close to City Park and Bayou St. John, Desmare Playground has play equipment for the little ones.
50 Dreyfous Dr.
Very popular amongst the kiddos, City Park’s Stanley Ray Playground is a classic playground with slides, swings, and tunnels designed specifically for kids ages two to five. It’s also conveniently located next to the City Park outpost of Café du Monde. The park has additional playgrounds that you can read about here.
6500 Press Dr.
Right near Joseph M. Bartholomew Golf Course and the site of the annual Gentilly Fest, the Pontchartrain Park Playground is fun for all.
628 N. Claiborne Ave.
Located on the Lafitte Greenway in Tremé, Lemann Playground has play equipment, grassy fields, a basketball court, and workout equipment for adults.
1219 Dauphine St.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter at Cabrini Playground, equipped with slides and shade.
451 Pelican Ave.
Take the ferry from the French Quarter to Algiers Point to enjoy this quaint neighborhood playground. It’s an ideal pairing with the very family-friendly Algiers Point location of Barracuda directly across the street.
3301 Royal St.
Located in the Bywater, Mickey Markey Playground has plenty of play equipment, and is close to a number of family-friendly restaurants, including Bratz Y’all, Pizza Delicious, Bywater Bakery, and Alma.