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City Park Family Attractions

For family fun in New Orleans it doesn’t come much better than it does in City Park. With a wide range of fun activities for kids and their parents spread out over 1,300 acres in the heart of the city, City Park is a treasure chest of things to do that can keep your family busy all day.

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Once inside the park, you can choose which activities you and your kids want to visit or otherwise participate in. Listed below are some of your best choices.

 
City Park Family Attractions
Big Lake at City Park
Big Lake Trail, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 482-4888
neworleanscitypark.com

Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)

Description: Take in the natural beauty of NOLA by floating through the historic bayous and lagoons of City Park. Slow down and you’ll notice ducks, swans, geese and other aquatic wildlife, plus a fountain that shoots water about 30-40 feet in the air. With pedal boats that seat 4 and rowboats that seat 3, it’s fun for the whole family.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
1 Victory Drive, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 483-9357
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Attraction Type/s: Amusement Park

Description: There was a time not so long ago that carousels (or merry-go-rounds) were a common feature of the American urban landscape. Today there are not that many left, one of which is in New Orleans’ City Park. Since 1906 little kids and kids at heart have enjoyed the "flying horses" of City Park's antique carousel, one of only about 100 antique wooden carousels in the country and the last one in Louisiana. Elsewhere in the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park are other rides to keep your kids twisting, turning, whirling and twirling, including the Rockin' Tug, Bumper Cars, Red Baron Mini-plane, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, 40-foot fun slide, Umbrella Cars, Ferris Wheel, Construction Zone and Live Oak Lady Bug roller coaster.
City Putt
8 Victory Dr., New Orleans, LA 70119 [Map It]
(504) 483-9458
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Attraction Type/s: Golf Course

Description: City Park’s newest attraction is a ball! City Putt is a 36-hole mini golf complex with two courses: the Louisiana Course highlights cultural themes and cities from around the state; the New Orleans Course showcases streets and iconic themes from around the city, with signs detailing the city’s historic sites at each hole. City Putt is 100 percent ADA accessible and located on Victory Drive across from the entrance to Carousel Gardens, Storyland and the Botanical Garden.
Equest Stables
1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 483-9398
www.equestfarm.com

Attraction Type/s: Sporting Venue, Horseback Riding

Description: Tucked away in a quiet setting only 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans, Equest Farms is a full-service horseback riding facility for the hunter/jumper surrounded by the beautiful lagoons and golf courses of City Park.
New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 658-4100
www.noma.org

Attraction Type/s: Museum

Description: The neo-classical, Beaux Arts-style New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) turned 100 in 2011. NOMA houses a collection spanning 4000 years of art history in 46 galleries. View European paintings and sculpture from the 16th through 20th centuries; American paintings and sculpture from the 18th and 19th centuries; European and American prints and drawings; Asian, African, Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art; photography; and European and American decorative arts. Special collections include the Peter Carl Fabergé treasures and the Latin American Colonial collection.
Storyland
1 Palm Dr., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70130 [Map It]
(504) 483-9356
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Attraction Type/s: Amusement Park

Description: Your kids' favorite animals, cartoon characters and fairy tale legends come to life at this charming theme park. Storyland's play area is brimming with 26 larger-than-life exhibits, with characters created by New Orleans' finest Mardi Gras float makers. Meet Jack & Jill, Captain Hook and other classic characters for the young and young at heart.
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden
1 Collins Diboll Cir., City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 488-2631
www.noma.org

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Garden

Description: With over 50 priceless sculptures set on five acres, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a true New Orleans treasure. Located next to the magnificent New Orleans Museum of Art, this outdoor space includes modern and contemporary pieces meant to inspire art lovers of all kinds. Take your time wandering the grounds and soaking in the beautiful scenery - there's something to delight you at every turn.
The Botanical Gardens
1 Palm Terrace, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
(504) 483-9386
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Attraction Type/s: Museum, Garden

Description: The New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park offers a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Nature lovers of all ages wander around the lush foliage, play in the open gardens or relax near the tranquil fountains. Surrounded by the nation’s largest collection of mature live oaks, patrons enjoy a sensual walk past 2,000 varieties of plants. Most of the vegetation is native to Louisiana, but there are many other more exotic species.
Train Garden
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124 [Map It]
www.neworleanscitypark.com

Attraction Type/s: Other Attraction
 
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