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New Orleans City Park Tours

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New Orleans City Park
Overview
With picturesque stone bridges, botanical gardens, art and sculpture, theme parks, hundreds of centuries-old oak trees, and numerous waterways, City Park in New Orleans offers myriad reasons to spend a day outside. Join locals on the trails, visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, enjoy the 100-year-old carved wooden carousel, and much more.

The Basics

For getting back to nature, City Park can’t be beat, from the lushly landscaped New Orleans Botanical Gardens to the world’s oldest live oak grove and the wild ecosystems of Couturie Forest. Athletes of all stripes will find plenty of space to practice at the Pepsi Tennis Center, Equest Field, the boating lake, and the multiple sports fields and stadiums. Families flock to City Park for the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Storyland theme park, City Putt mini golf, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bikes and boats are available to rent from Wheel Fun Rentals at the Big Lake Boat House.
  • For free cultural fun, stroll through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden outside the New Orleans Museum of Art.
  • Food and drink are available at Parker’s Cafe in Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Cafe NOMA inside the New Orleans Museum of Art.
  • Dogs are allowed off-leash at the City Bark dog park. Entrance requires permits and proof of vaccination.
How to Get There
City Park is located in the Lakeview District of New Orleans. Parking is available at multiple locations, and the 48-City Park/Museum streetcar services the park from Canal Street.

When to Get There

City Park is generally open from dawn to dusk, although hours vary by attraction and season. Check the City Park website for up-to-date hours. Visit the park some evenings for special events. From June to November, the weekly Thursdays at Twilight concert series is held at the Pavilion of Two Sisters, and in December, the annual Celebration in the Oaks holiday festival celebrates the season by cloaking the famous trees in more than one million sparkling lights.

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
This seasonal theme park inside City Park is a family favorite, featuring rides such as a miniature train, Tilt-a-Whirl, fun slide, Ferris wheel, and bumper cars. The crown jewel of the park is the rare vintage carousel known for its masterfully carved flying horses. Admission to Carousel Gardens is $5, and ride tickets can be purchased individually or with an unlimited-ride wristband. A ticket also includes admission to the Storyland theme park and playground for a full day of kid-friendly fun.
Address: 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124, USA
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New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

New Orleans Super Saver: City Tour and Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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See the best of New Orleans by land and water on this combo city tour and steamboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi! Enjoy a guided coach trip through the French Quarter, Garden District and Jackson Square, where you’ll witness the city’s cultural history and diverse colonial heritage. Then board the famous Steamboat Natchez for your iconic New Orleans river cruise.
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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Swamp and City Tour of New OrleansDay Trips

Swamp and City Tour of New Orleans

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This tour combines a comprehensive New Orleans city overview with a rough-and-tumble swamp boat adventure—all with included transportation that makes logistics a breeze. Learn about New Orleans history and culture as you pass by classic sites such as the French Quarter and Lake Pontchartrain, and then transfer to an swamp boat to explore the swamps. You might even see an alligator! Opt to eat lunch at a local restaurant at the end of the tour.
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THE BIG 4: French Quarter, Garden Dist., City Park, & Cemetery (PRIVATE TOUR)Half-day Tours

THE BIG 4: French Quarter, Garden Dist., City Park, & Cemetery (PRIVATE TOUR)

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Beat the heat on this New Orleans SUV tour that takes you to four of the city’s must-see areas. Get a local perspective on essential sights throughout the French Quarter such as Ursuline Convent and Jackson Square before continuing to the Garden District, Metairie Cemetery, and the 1,300-acre City Park. Throughout the tour, hear fun facts and get local-approved recommendations for restaurants, jazz bars, and other Big Easy haunts.
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Private Citywide Driving Tour of New OrleansBus Tours

Private Citywide Driving Tour of New Orleans

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Customized tours of New Orleans are our specialty. For a local, insider's glimpse of the city, authentic, unscripted...you have come to the right place. We will show you New Orleans through the eyes of a native. Though each excursion is tailored to your interests, notable stops will include the French Quarter and Jackson Square, historical neighborhoods such as the Faubourg Marigny & Treme, as well as the magnificent homes in the Garden District. Ride along St. Charles Avenue and the streetcar line, pass the ancient live oaks in Audubon Park, as well as a view of Tulane and Loyola Universities. Learn about our unique cemeteries and the history of our "Cities of the Dead", journey through the New Orleans City Park, one of the oldest urban parks in the nation, and along Bayou St. John, which flows through the heart of the city. History, architecture, voodoo, tales of piracy, whatever your taste, we can create the perfect tour for you!
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New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour Mountain Bike Tours

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New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

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Avoid hours of walking between landmarks on an active and convenient bike tour through the heart of New Orleans. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides little–known facts and anecdotes about the city’s must-see landmarks, from the Mississippi River to Congo Square. Bottled water and a small group size ensure a comfortable tour.
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New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise & City Tour BundleDay Cruises

New Orleans Mississippi River Cruise & City Tour Bundle

Enjoy a fully narrated city tour of historic New Orleans, where you will visit the world famous French Quarter, Jackson Square, Audubon Park and even uncover the mysteries surrounding Voodoo. Then take to the waters on the Natchez Riverboat for a 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi River. Come and discover New Orleans today!
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New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour Bus Tours

New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

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This is a private driving tour for your group only. During our private driving tour in this beautiful city we spend a minimum of 3 hours discussing how this area was built and how we currently handle things over 300 years later. We cover the rich history, many recent developments, Lake Ponchartrain, Katrina, Creole and Cajun cultures, the Garden District (Mansions/Estates), the iconic cemeteries, various neighborhoods, and architecture, civil war history, the Mississippi river, our Port, and so much more. You will be in a comfortable and very clean SUV during your tour. I retired from executive sales and became a licensed tour guide in the New Orleans area in 2012, and have lived in the area all of my life. I have made it my mission to provide you with a tour that is private for just your group, that is passionate, that is interesting, with a spirit of excellence, and which can be customized just for your group. We promise you will laugh and learn!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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A Walk in the Park: City Park New Orleans Audio TourCity Packages

A Walk in the Park: City Park New Orleans Audio Tour

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Immerse yourself in the old-growth-filled City Park of New Orleans on this app-enabled tour. As you stroll beneath the Spanish moss with your private party, the app will automatically play in-depth commentary triggered by the GPS locator. You can take as much time as you like and you'll learn tons more about the park and New Orleans' flora and fauna than you would simply exploring by yourself.
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Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City TourFull-day Tours

Oak Alley Plantation and 3 Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Spend three hours getting an insider's look at this historic city. Rout the famous cemeteries, iconic plantation homes and Hurricane Katrina landmarks with you professional guide. Learn about Creole history and tradition as you explore the city during this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors, families and history lovers.
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New Orleans Citywide Driving TourHalf-day Tours

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Witness the diversity of New Orleans on a private half-day city tour. With a personal guide, you’ll see New Orleans’ great contrasts like the historic French Quarter, opulent St Charles Avenue, the devastated Ninth Ward, a cemetery, City Park and more. On this private tour, enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own start time and duration, as well as designating stops for refreshment, photo ops or to see a favorite attraction up close.
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Private New Orleans City TourHalf-day Tours

Private New Orleans City Tour

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New Orleans is known for it’s hot and rainy days so enjoy a city tour in one of our custom climate-controlled buses. With large windows & comfortable seating you’ll stay cool and dry while visiting historic neighborhoods where larger buses are restricted. Take a spectacular city tour through beautiful New Orleans in one of our climate controlled mini buses. Experience the history, culture and charm of neighborhoods like the French Quarter, Ninth Ward, Treme, City Park, Garden District, and American Sector. On a guided tour of our historic cemeteries you can learn about our unique local burial practices. Walk through one of our so-called Cities of the Dead (above ground cemeteries) and see tombs of rich granite and marble along with stunning sculptures.
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Dead of Night Ghosts and Haunts Bus TourBus Tours

Dead of Night Ghosts and Haunts Bus Tour

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Embark on a spooky adventure through the graveyards and streets of New Orleans on this bus tour. Visit some of the city’s most haunted locations and listen to tales of tragedy, trauma, and mystery from your guide. The locations are brimming with paranormal activity, so bring your camera and try to catch some ghouls as you roam the cemeteries.
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New Orleans Ultimate One-Hour Helicopter Tour City Packages

New Orleans Ultimate One-Hour Helicopter Tour

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- Experience 60 miles of aerial views around The Big Easy. - Approximately 60 minutes of flight. - Magnificent sights of the swamps and wetlands. - Tour aerial views around NASA. - Breathtaking glimpses of the Crescent City Connection and the Mississippi River.
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Highlights of New Orleans Private Driving TourHalf-day Tours

Highlights of New Orleans Private Driving Tour

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Experience New Orleans apart from the big tour groups and kitschy sites on a private tour led by a guide with deep roots in the Big Easy. Ride comfortably and cooly around town in a luxury vehicle, seeing more than just the French Quarter with stops in the Garden District, City Park, and funky Faubourg Marigny. Soak up the city’s one-of-a-kind history, culture, and flavor with personalized insight you won’t find in any guidebook.
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Private Tour of New Orleans

See the highlights of New Orleans—from the French Quarter to the Garden District—and learn about the history and culture of the city from your personal guide. A private tour enables you to prioritize the parts of the city that interest you most. Plus, traveling in a private vehicle lets you see more of the city without driving in the hectic traffic or tiring yourself out walking from place to place.
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New Orleans City and Cemetery Tour by BusBus Tours

New Orleans City and Cemetery Tour by Bus

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Step aboard an air-conditioned bus to escape the heat for a comfortable, comprehensive tour of New Orleans. This whirlwind tour hits all the most important sights—the French Quarter, the Garden District, Treme, the 9th Ward, and others—in a single day. You'll have the benefit of in-depth commentary as you travel and the chance to ask questions.
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New Orleans City Park Celebration in the Oaks TourChristmas

New Orleans City Park Celebration in the Oaks Tour

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See New Orleans City Park transformed into a holiday wonderland at Celebration in the Oaks during the month of December. This seasonal 3-hour extravaganza includes a narrated coach ride aboard Santa’s bus plus access to numerous attractions within the park. See mature live oaks strewn with shimmering ornaments and view lighted exhibits while listening to nightly musical entertainment featuring school choirs, orchestras, bell choirs, dancing troupes and gospel groups. Don’t miss the Historic Train Garden, Conservatory of the Two Sisters, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, Storyland and Botanical Gardens.
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Hurricane Katrina: Past, Present and Future Driving TourHalf-day Tours

Hurricane Katrina: Past, Present and Future Driving Tour

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  • 3 hours
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Combination Private Citywide Driving Tour featuring Destrehan PlantationDay Trips

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Your private tour guide will take you on an overview excursion of the city, with an estimated duration of 3 hours. Make the most of your time in New Orleans and combine our Private Citywide Driving Tour with Destrehan Plantation.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Private New Orleans City TourHalf-day Tours

Private New Orleans City Tour

See the highlights of New Orleans with your own private guide on a half-day tour that can be tailored to your interests. Ride in a private van that accommodates up to 14 people, and hear live commentary as you take in the French Quarter, Garden District, 17th Street Canal, the Lakefront, and St Louis Cemetery No 1. Includes pickup and drop-off at centrally located hotels.
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New Orleans City and Swamp Helicopter Tour City Packages

New Orleans City and Swamp Helicopter Tour

- Experience 30 miles of New Orleans city views. - Approximately 30 minutes of flight. - Brilliant aerial views of Jackson Square and Bourbon Street. - Intimate glimpses of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. - Chilling sights of the abandoned Six Flags theme park.
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New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus TourBus Tours

New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

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Relax and absorb the rich history of New Orleans from your window seat aboard our air-conditioned buses. This 2.5-hour, small-group tour will pick you up at your hotel and visit many of the most historic neighborhoods including Treme, The French Quarter, The Warehouse and Garden Districts, Faubourg St John and Marigny. Stop in one of the world-famous St Louis cemeteries for a sobering and spooky sidebar and escape the group for some solo adventuring before you return to the bus.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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New Orleans Sightseeing City TourBus Tours

New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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Maximize time in New Orleans with a sightseeing bus tour. Explore beyond the beauty of the French Quarter to see other neighborhoods including the Garden District, Treme, and the 9th Ward. Learn about city culture and history as you travel along Frenchmen Street, Esplanade Avenue, and more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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