Let’s Head To The Park

School is out for summer and keeping the kids entertained for the next couple of months can be challenging. New Orleans parks have a lot to offer to our kids, why not head there for an afternoon? Before heading out to a park, remember it’s hot out there, so don’t go in the middle of the day and bring plenty of water, sunscreen and maybe some bug spray. Here are a few parks you and your kids may want to check out this summer.

City Park

City ParkCity Park has something for everyone! For decades, nature lovers have explored magnificent flora along the meandering pathways of the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Athletes are drawn to the park’s wide-open green spaces, multiple athletic fields and active recreational sports leagues. Golfers tee up at City Park’s scenic 18-hole golf course, and tennis players hit the clay and hard courts at the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Complex. Outdoorsy types enjoy afternoons boating on Big Lake or wandering beautiful Couturie Forest. Kids and families love Storyland’s colorful storybook sculptures. The famous antique carousel – the centerpiece of the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park – is a favorite among visitors of all ages. Beignet aficionados and night owls get a taste of authentic New Orleans at the 24-hour Morning Call. Whether you’re an artist, an athlete, a nature lover, a kid, or just a kid at heart, there’s a special place inside the park for you! City Park is open to the public daily from 30 minutes prior to official sunrise until 30 minutes after official sunset

For more information visit: https://neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park

Audubon Park

Audubon ParkSeated in historic uptown New Orleans Audubon Park is a favorite spot for recreation, picnics or enjoying a beautiful day. For more than a century, people have enjoyed this urban oasis with allées of ancient live oaks, a tranquil 1.8 mile jogging path, a lagoon, picnic shelters and playgrounds. Audubon Park is open to the public and also features tennis courts, riding stables, soccer fields, the Whitney Young Pool, Audubon Clubhouse Café and Audubon Golf Club. Audubon Park is open daily from 5am – 10pm

For more information visit: https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/audubon-park

Confetti Park

This friendly and shady little park is located in the heart of Algiers Point, and has playground equipment suitable for children aged 2-12. There are picnic tables (with painted chess and checkers setups) under the cypress trees, and a small grass/cedar chipped area suitable for running and playing with tractors. The park is enclosed by a gorgeous sculpture that serves as fence, created by artist Steve Kline. Confetti Park is open from 6 am-10 pm.

For more information visit: http://confettikids.org/our-parks/

Crescent Park

Crescent ParkPart of the French Market District, Crescent Park is a 1.4 mile, 20 acre urban linear park that connects our community and visitors to our riverfront. This unique public space provides breathtaking views of New Orleans, native landscaping, bike paths, a dog run and multi-use pavilions for all to enjoy. The park is open 6 am. to 7:30 pm.

For more information visit: https://crescentparknola.org/visit/

Lafrenier Park

What was once one of the last pieces of large undeveloped acreage in East Jefferson, Lafreniere Park has blossomed into a lush, thriving natural green space. The park sports open green spaces, multiple use lawns, fountains, family picnic areas, hills, landscaped gardens, boating, fishing, tot-lots, paths, trails, man-made ecological marsh environment, a championship Frisbee golf course, carousel, soccer and softball fields and a conference center. Growth of the park is always ongoing, currently with the development of a dog park and children’s spray park and in the future with the planning of a labyrinth and additional picnic area shelters. Young and old, athletic and those just looking for a relaxing time out from their hectic daily routines, all have come to enjoy what the park has to offer. The sporting fields are used for practices, games and tournaments and the 2-mile jogging trail is popular for cardio vascular exercise, physical fitness and general recreation. The park is open from 5:00 am-9:45 pm.

For more information visit: http://www.lafrenierepark.org/