When it comes to fresh-air pursuits, New Orleans has a range of outdoor activities from which to choose. Spend a day saltwater fishing on a chartered boat, hop into a kayak for urban sightseeing or rent a bicycle to explore New Orleans’ neighborhoods.
3 Fresh-Air Escapes in New Orleans
When your tail feathers just can’t be shaken any more and one more trumpet toot will send you over the edge, spend the day in some of New Orleans’ more peaceful locales.
New Orleans City Park
- 1 Palm Drive
- New Orleans, LA 70124
- Phone: (504) 483-9459
- Fax: (504) 483-9412
- Category: Attractions
- Sub-Category: Parks
City Park’s 1,300 acres offer a wide variety of attractions including the Amusement Park, Botanical Garden, golf, tennis, walking and jogging paths, and ancient oak trees. The park also offers an array of venues accommodating anywhere from 50-700 people.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park & Storyland
Saturday & Sunday 11am-6pm
Storyland Only (no rides):
Entry: $3 per person (36″ tall & up)
Children under 36″ & Friends of City Park, and Season Pass holders enter free
Single Ride: $3 each
Unlimited Rides + Entry: $20 per person;
Print this coupon and get free admission with a rideband purchase.
Under 36″ ride free with paid adult. Season Passholders ride free.
Season Passes now available for purchase online.
The Live Oak Ladybug Rollercoaster is out of service until further notice. id:104
Boat & Bike Rentals
First come first serve; no reservations.
$15 per boat per hour
Hourly: Adult $10, Child $8
Day: Adult $30, Child $30
Bike Trailer $8/hr id:214
Train Garden operating on weekends and during special events only.
Children 5-12: $3
Under 5 & Friends of City Park: Free id:216
Visit cityparkgolf.com to book a Tee Time or Driving Range information.
Gift Shop Seven days a week 10am – 5pm; cafe now closed.
Morning Call coming soon.
City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center
$10/court/hour Hard courts
$13/court/hour Clay courts
$20/hour Ball Machine Rental id:240
Rentals & Catering
Now booking Weddings, Parties, Meetings, and other special events.
NOLA City Bark
Permitted Dogs Only
Open daily including holidays: 5:30am-9pm
Closed Tuesdays until 1pm for maintenance
For more information visit nolacitybark.org or call 486-9377.
Annual permit fee (includes a security card): $43 or $38 for Friends of City Park members
Three day permit for $10 and a two week permit for $15 may be purchased at the administration building.
Registration forms are available online at nolacitybark.org, at the administration bldg or at the dog park.
Permit security card pick-up hours are between 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday at the City Park Administration building. id:291
Open for parties, lessons, boarding, and more.
Museum of Art
open until 9pm Friday with Where Y’Art?! after-hours fun
Visit noma.org for information. id:280
Open 7 days a week
10am to 5pm
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Free Parking: Yes
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Soul of NOLA
Private group tours of New Orleans
Attraction Type/s: Park/Square (Recreational)
Admission Cost: FREE
Audubon Park opened in 1898 and was the site of the World Cotton Centennial in 1884. People travel from near and far to marvel at and enjoy the ever-beautiful oak trees, lagoons, and expansive green space located within the park. For the millions who use the park for picnics, relaxing, walking, running, cycling and special events there is no better place in New Orleans for recreational fun and relaxation.
Named after artist and naturalist John James Audubon who lived in New Orleans starting in 1821, the park features a 1.8 paved loop for joggers, cyclists, and roller bladers and several covered shelters ideal for a family reunion or a simple gathering with friends and family.
Audubon Park is located just minutes from downtown New Orleans on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line, across from Tulane and Loyola universities . Within its walls sits the Audubon Trail Golf Course and Audubon Zoo.</td
“Gone catchin'” might not mean much to folks outside the South, but here it means a mellow day on the beautiful in- or off-shore waters, waiting for the redfish, flounder, largemouth bass and speckled trout to tug on your line.
- 6001 France Rd
- New Orleans, LA 70126
- Phone: (504) 286-8157
- Region: Gentilly/New Orleans East/Chalmette
- 601 Julia St.
- New Orleans, LA 70130
- Phone: (504) 529-3597
- Region: Central Business District/Downtown
Whether you’re looking for lessons or just a ride through the park, hop in the saddle and check out New Orleans’ stables. No matter what your skill level may be, riding lessons are available to students of all ages. New Orleans has beautiful outdoor recreational space and there is no better way to enjoy it from than on horseback. Remember that most places require proper attire of blue jeans and hard-soled shoes in order to ride, so pack and dress accordingly. Call a stable today and schedule some time to refine your current sport, refresh an old pastime, or maybe even discover a new hobby.
700 East Dr., New Orleans, LA 70118
Neighborhood: Uptown/Garden District
Attraction Type/s: Horseback Riding
1001 Filmore Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124
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.
If gardens, flowers and the great outdoors sound exciting, take your kids to visit New Orleans City Park . This 1,300-acre green space has sprawling moss covered oak trees, lagoons, walking trails through Couturie Forest and plenty of opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. City Park also is home to the New Orleans Botanical Garden , a lush urban sanctuary filled with blooming flowers and exotic plants.
The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is open with extended hours for the summer. Located in New Orleans City Park on Victory Drive, City Park invites your entire family out to enjoy the fun! With one of the oldest antique, wooden Carousels in the country, a Ferris Wheel, miniature Train, Musik Express and Bumper Cars, there is so much for the family to enjoy!
Spend some time in Storyland, a Mother Goose themed playground for children inside beautiful New Orleans City Park. Visit the Three Little Pigs, Cinderella’s Pumpkin, the Cheshire Cat and Snow White. Or try boating at Big Lake! City Park offers paddleboat and canoe rentals on beautiful Big Lake near the New Orleans Museum of Art on Lelong Drive. Or try hourly or day long bike rentals to enjoy the beautiful, scenic park with the largest collection of historic, live oaks in the United States.
For kids who like to stay active, New Orleans has a number of activities to keep the excitement level high. Start out with a thrilling game of laser tag at Adventure Quest Laser Tag . This massive facility features a 6,000-square-foot laser tag arena with a Mayan ruins theme, as well as arcade games, bumper cars and black-light miniature golf.