Bike, walk, jog or just sit back and relax next to the mighty Mississippi at beautiful Woldenberg Park. Enjoy the ships floating by on the river, or the interesting sculptures that dot the landscape near the docks. Plenty of grass for picnicking and ample benches make perfect spots for a quick rest after a jaunt around the French Quarter.
Named after philanthropist Malcolm Woldenberg, the Riverfront was opened to the public before the 1984 World's Fair. Floodwalls, warehouses and industrial docks have been replaced by jumping off points for steamboat and dinner cruises. Accessible wide, bricked walkways wind through lush landscape and public art.
On a given day, it is not unusual to visit Woldenberg Park and run into a school group visiting New Orleans or a couple getting married with the River as their backdrop. Visitors are sometimes serenaded by local musicians and street performers. For a quiet stroll or a peaceful jog, visit the park in the morning – this is also the best time to catch a cool breeze or see the fog roll off the Mississippi.
Throughout the year there are events that take place in Woldenberg Park. The main stages of the French Quarter Festival are in the park. This free April Festival features the best New Orleans musical performers and is a great pre-curser to Jazz Fest. There are also smaller, intimate concerts at the outdoor amphitheatre throughout the year.
Visit Woldenberg Park today for the best views of the Mississippi River or use it as a scenic route back to your French Quarter hotel after a visit to Audubon's Aquarium of the Americas, the IMAX theatre, or The Shops at Canal Place.