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Top Parks and Gardens in New Orleans

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Top Parks and Gardens in New Orleans
As a city built on top of wetlands and defined by the snaking Mississippi River, New Orleans boasts plenty of lush landscapes tucked among its urban attractions. When you need a respite from the French Quarter crowds or a place to escape the Southern humidity, here are our favorite parks in town. 

New Orleans City Park
Spanning more than 1,300 acres (526 hectares) and founded in 1854, this is one of the largest and oldest parks in the US. There’s enough here to make a whole day of your visit, from boating on Big Lake to getting cultured at the New Orleans Museum of Art. It's also one of the city’s most kid-friendly places thanks to an antique carousel, miniature train rides, and Storyland amusement park.  

Audubon Park
This Uptown oasis is a favorite escape for local athletes, with a shaded jogging path, horse stables, soccer field, and even a golf club. Pack a picnic and take refuge from the midday sun under alleys of mature live oaks, or connect with wildlife at the Audubon Zoo, located inside the park.

Louis Armstrong Park
A short walk from the French Quarter, this urban park offers a quiet break from the crowds plus a chance to connect with New Orleans’ musical heritage. Browse the placards and statues at Congo Square, a historic gathering place for enslaved Africans and one of the birthplaces of jazz. Thursday evenings during the fall and spring, check out the free Jazz in the Park concert series here. 

Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Soak up some of the best views in New Orleans on a stroll along this promenade that hugs the mighty Mississippi. It's a popular spot for picnics and impromptu Frisbee games and a great place to catch your breath after a visit to the Audubon Aquarium. Many Mississippi River cruises depart from the docks nearby. 
 
Crescent Park
To truly escape the urban bustle, head a bit farther downriver to this inviting greenway along the banks of the Mississippi. Dog-friendly trails are popular with local pet owners and joggers, making it a great way to get in some morning exercise before a day of indulging in beignets, seafood gumbo, and other Creole specialties.
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Steamboat Natchez Harbor CruiseDay Cruises

Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise

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Journey back in time to when cotton was king and New Orleans was a budding port town that dazzled visitors with its colorful Creole culture. Board the historic Steamboat Natchez for a morning or afternoon float down the mighty Mississippi. Stroll the deck, admire the iconic paddlewheel, enjoy live music and snap picturesque shots of the beautiful urban shoreline. This family‐friendly excursion offers an optional buffet lunch (additional expense).
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City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

City Sightseeing New Orleans Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Discover historic New Orleans in an open‐top double‐decker bus on this hop‐on hop‐off sightseeing tour. With either your 1‐or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with several stops, including the French Market, Jackson Square, and the Garden District, plus available walking tours, depending on the option you buy. Enjoy unobstructed views and fun onboard commentary as you soak up ‘The Big Easy’.
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Three Hour City Tour of New OrleansHalf-day Tours

Three Hour City Tour of New Orleans

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Although not your typical tour of New Orleans, this expedition through the Big Easy takes in some of the major points of interest, including the French Quarter, Treme, the Esplanade, the Garden District and the Metairie Cemetery. Relax in air-conditioned minibus comfort, and listen as a guide leads you through one of America's most historic cities.
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VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room TourDay Cruises

VIP: Steamboat Natchez Dinner Cruise with Private Boat and Engine Room Tour

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Step up the luxury of your Steamboat Natchez excursion on this Viator VIP dinner cruise. Your experience begins with a complimentary Champagne cocktail while you take a guided tour of the boat’s authentic fixtures and spaces such as the engine room. In the dining room, you’ll have a reserved table where you can relax, indulge in a sumptuous buffet and enjoy a live jazz performance. If you want to go all out, upgrade to a full‐bar option.
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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 Jazz Tour with Live Music and a BeerAdults-only Shows

New Orleans Jazz Tour with Live Music and a Beer

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Experience New Orleans’ vibrant jazz scene on a night out with a knowledgeable local guide. Learn about jazz’s origins and culture and visit landmarks like Louis Armstrong Park, Marigny, and Frenchman Street. Enjoy a beer and leave the tour armed with recommendations and insights from your guide.
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New Orleans Sightseeing TourHalf-day Tours

New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

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Experience the highlights of New Orleans on this sightseeing bus tour, including the bustling French Quarter, the opulent Garden District and St. Charles Avenue. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history and eclectic contemporary culture from your friendly local guide.
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New Orleans Music TourCity Packages

New Orleans Music Tour

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Experience the unforgettable sounds of New Orleans on a 2-hour musical tour with an experienced guide. Learn about the efforts to protect New Orleans jazz at the Preservation Hall, then explore the historically vibrant Tango Belt. Visit unnamed and famous musicians at the New Orleans Musicians Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1 and hear the stories of Congo Square’s rhythms and rituals as you tour Louis Armstrong Park. See the former home of J & M Studios then learn about today’s New Orleans Bounce Music and thriving street music scene.
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