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New Orleans City Park Tours

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New Orleans City Park
Overview
With picturesque stone bridges, botanical gardens, art and sculpture, theme parks, hundreds of centuries-old oak trees, and numerous waterways, City Park in New Orleans offers myriad reasons to spend a day outside. Join locals on the trails, visit the New Orleans Museum of Art, enjoy the 100-year-old carved wooden carousel, and much more.

The Basics

For getting back to nature, City Park can’t be beat, from the lushly landscaped New Orleans Botanical Gardens to the world’s oldest live oak grove and the wild ecosystems of Couturie Forest. Athletes of all stripes will find plenty of space to practice at the Pepsi Tennis Center, Equest Field, the boating lake, and the multiple sports fields and stadiums. Families flock to City Park for the Louisiana Children’s Museum, Storyland theme park, City Putt mini golf, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bikes and boats are available to rent from Wheel Fun Rentals at the Big Lake Boat House.
  • For free cultural fun, stroll through the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden outside the New Orleans Museum of Art.
  • Food and drink are available at Parker’s Cafe in Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Cafe NOMA inside the New Orleans Museum of Art.
  • Dogs are allowed off-leash at the City Bark dog park. Entrance requires permits and proof of vaccination.
How to Get There
City Park is located in the Lakeview District of New Orleans. Parking is available at multiple locations, and the 48-City Park/Museum streetcar services the park from Canal Street.

When to Get There

City Park is generally open from dawn to dusk, although hours vary by attraction and season. Check the City Park website for up-to-date hours. Visit the park some evenings for special events. From June to November, the weekly Thursdays at Twilight concert series is held at the Pavilion of Two Sisters, and in December, the annual Celebration in the Oaks holiday festival celebrates the season by cloaking the famous trees in more than one million sparkling lights.

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park
This seasonal theme park inside City Park is a family favorite, featuring rides such as a miniature train, Tilt-a-Whirl, fun slide, Ferris wheel, and bumper cars. The crown jewel of the park is the rare vintage carousel known for its masterfully carved flying horses. Admission to Carousel Gardens is $5, and ride tickets can be purchased individually or with an unlimited-ride wristband. A ticket also includes admission to the Storyland theme park and playground for a full day of kid-friendly fun.
Address: 1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124, USA
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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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New Orleans Sightseeing City Tour

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Maximize time in New Orleans with a sightseeing bus tour. Explore beyond the beauty of the French Quarter to see other neighborhoods including the Garden District, Treme, and the 9th Ward. Learn about city culture and history as you travel along Frenchmen Street, Esplanade Avenue, and more. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
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City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

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Immerse yourself in the culture, history, and landscape of vibrant New Orleans on this half-day tour with a small group of 15 people or fewer. This experience combines elements from several disparate tours, including those focusing on architecture, the Garden District, historic cemeteries, the French Quarter, and recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Hotel pickup included.
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New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

New Orleans City and Cemetery Bus Tour

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Relax and absorb the rich history of New Orleans from your window seat aboard our air-conditioned buses. This 2.5-hour, small-group tour will pick you up at your hotel and visit many of the most historic neighborhoods including Treme, The French Quarter, The Warehouse and Garden Districts, Faubourg St John and Marigny. Stop in one of the world-famous St Louis cemeteries for a sobering and spooky sidebar and escape the group for some solo adventuring before you return to the bus.
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New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

New Orleans Small-Group Historical Sightseeing Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ vibrant history through its dynamic history on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a small group van ride through the city, viewing the diverse architectural wonders of the French Quarter, the Garden District, Esplanade Avenue, and Bayou St John. You’ll disembark for small-group walking tours of the St. Louis Cemetery No 3, City Park, and the Longue Vue House and Gardens—a masterpiece of architectural and horticultural history.
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New Orleans Sightseeing Tour

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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Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour

Combo Oak Alley Plantation and New Orleans City Tour

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Discover New Orleans’ top attractions and the grandeur of antebellum history on this combined city and plantation sightseeing tour. Start with a bus tour, including the French Quarter, the Garden District, the Ninth Ward, and City Park. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history from your friendly local guide. Then head to Oak Alley Plantation to view stunning architecture, oak-lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane fields.
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Oak Alley Plantation and 3-Hour New Orleans City Tour

Oak Alley Plantation and 3-Hour New Orleans City Tour

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Spend three hours getting an insider's look at this historic city. Rout the famous cemeteries, iconic plantation homes and Hurricane Katrina landmarks with you professional guide. Learn about Creole history and tradition as you explore the city during this tour that's perfect for first-time visitors, families and history lovers.
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Dead of Night Ghosts and Haunts Bus Tour

Dead of Night Ghosts and Haunts Bus Tour

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Embark on a spooky adventure through the graveyards and streets of New Orleans on this bus tour. Visit some of the city’s most haunted locations and listen to tales of tragedy, trauma, and mystery from your guide. The locations are brimming with paranormal activity, so bring your camera and try to catch some ghouls as you roam the cemeteries.
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THE BIG 4 PRIVATE TOUR: French Quarter, Garden District, Cemetery, & City Park

THE BIG 4 PRIVATE TOUR: French Quarter, Garden District, Cemetery, & City Park

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Beat the heat on this New Orleans SUV tour that takes you to four of the city’s must-see areas. Get a local perspective on essential sights throughout the French Quarter such as Ursuline Convent and Jackson Square before continuing to the Garden District, Metairie Cemetery, and the 1,300-acre City Park. Throughout the tour, hear fun facts and get local-approved recommendations for restaurants, jazz bars, and other Big Easy haunts.
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New Orleans City Park Celebration in the Oaks Tour

New Orleans City Park Celebration in the Oaks Tour

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See New Orleans City Park transformed into a holiday wonderland at Celebration in the Oaks during the month of December. This seasonal 3-hour extravaganza includes a narrated coach ride aboard Santa’s bus plus access to numerous attractions within the park. See mature live oaks strewn with shimmering ornaments and view lighted exhibits while listening to nightly musical entertainment featuring school choirs, orchestras, bell choirs, dancing troupes and gospel groups. Don’t miss the Historic Train Garden, Conservatory of the Two Sisters, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, Storyland and Botanical Gardens.
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New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

New Orleans History and Sights Small-Group Bike Tour

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Avoid hours of walking between landmarks on an active and convenient bike tour through the heart of New Orleans. In addition to navigating for you, your guide provides little–known facts and anecdotes about the city’s must-see landmarks, from the Mississippi River to Congo Square. Bottled water and a small group size ensure a comfortable tour.
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Private Citywide Driving Tour of New Orleans

Private Citywide Driving Tour of New Orleans

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Customized tours of New Orleans are our specialty. For a local, insider's glimpse of the city, authentic, unscripted...you have come to the right place. We will show you New Orleans through the eyes of a native. Though each excursion is tailored to your interests, notable stops will include the French Quarter and Jackson Square, historical neighborhoods such as the Faubourg Marigny & Treme, as well as the magnificent homes in the Garden District. Ride along St. Charles Avenue and the streetcar line, pass the ancient live oaks in Audubon Park, as well as a view of Tulane and Loyola Universities. Learn about our unique cemeteries and the history of our "Cities of the Dead", journey through the New Orleans City Park, one of the oldest urban parks in the nation, and along Bayou St. John, which flows through the heart of the city. History, architecture, voodoo, tales of piracy, whatever your taste, we can create the perfect tour for you!
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New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

New Orleans Area Custom Private Tour

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This is a private driving tour for your group only. During our private driving tour in this beautiful city we spend a minimum of 3 hours discussing how this area was built and how we currently handle things over 300 years later. We cover the rich history, many recent developments, the Mississippi river. Lake Ponchartrain, Katrina flooding, Creole and Cajun cultures, the Garden District (Mansions/Estates/Architecture), the iconic cemeteries, various neighborhoods, battle of New Orleans, civil war, our Port, and so much more. You will be in a comfortable and very clean SUV during your tour. I retired from executive sales and became a licensed tour guide in the New Orleans area in 2012, and have lived in the area all of my life. I have made it my mission to provide you with a customized private tour for just your group, that is passionate, and interesting, with a spirit of excellence. I have over 60 five star reviews on many travel websites. We promise you will laugh and learn!
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Highlights of New Orleans Private Driving Tour

Highlights of New Orleans Private Driving Tour

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Experience New Orleans apart from the big tour groups and kitschy sites on a private tour led by a guide with deep roots in the Big Easy. Ride comfortably and cooly around town in a luxury vehicle, seeing more than just the French Quarter with stops in the Garden District, City Park, and funky Faubourg Marigny. Soak up the city’s one-of-a-kind history, culture, and flavor with personalized insight you won’t find in any guidebook.
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  • 3 hours
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New Orleans City and Cemetery Tour by Bus

New Orleans City and Cemetery Tour by Bus

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Step aboard an air-conditioned bus to escape the heat for a comfortable, comprehensive tour of New Orleans. This whirlwind tour hits all the most important sights—the French Quarter, the Garden District, Treme, the 9th Ward, and others—in a single day. You'll have the benefit of in-depth commentary as you travel and the chance to ask questions.
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A Walk in the Park: City Park New Orleans Audio Tour

A Walk in the Park: City Park New Orleans Audio Tour

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Immerse yourself in the old-growth-filled City Park of New Orleans on this app-enabled tour. As you stroll beneath the Spanish moss with your private party, the app will automatically play in-depth commentary triggered by the GPS locator. You can take as much time as you like and you'll learn tons more about the park and New Orleans' flora and fauna than you would simply exploring by yourself.
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Private New Orleans City Tour

Private New Orleans City Tour

See the highlights of New Orleans with your own private guide on a half-day tour that can be tailored to your interests. Ride in a private van that accommodates up to 14 people, and hear live commentary as you take in the French Quarter, Garden District, 17th Street Canal, the Lakefront, and St Louis Cemetery No 1. Includes pickup and drop-off at centrally located hotels.
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Private New Orleans City Tour with Destrehan Plantation Tour

Private New Orleans City Tour with Destrehan Plantation Tour

Maximize your time in New Orleans with a private full-day tour tour made for you! Kick off your 3 hour city tour with highlights of the Big Easy. City Tour includes a cemetery and stop in city park. You will have enough time for a 1 hour lunch at a local seafood restaurant. Then you will spend 2 hours at the oldest recorded plantation, Destrehan Plantation. Best of all, your private tour includes hotel pick-up and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
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Combination Private Citywide Driving Tour featuring Destrehan Plantation

Combination Private Citywide Driving Tour featuring Destrehan Plantation

Your private tour guide will take you on an overview excursion of the city, with an estimated duration of 3 hours. Make the most of your time in New Orleans and combine our Private Citywide Driving Tour with Destrehan Plantation.
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New Orleans Private Vehicle City Tour

New Orleans Private Vehicle City Tour

Treat yourself to New Orleans 'your way' on a 3-hour private city tour! By luxury car or SUV, travel through the French Quarter, St Louis Cemetery No 1, the Garden District, the Ninth Ward and City Park. Absorb the sights and sounds of the city as you learn about its fascinating history from your personal chauffeur. On this highly flexible tour, you have the liberty to request stops for photo ops and to get a better look at a favorite location.
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New Orleans Citywide Driving Tour

New Orleans Citywide Driving Tour

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Witness the diversity of New Orleans on a private half-day city tour. With a personal guide, you’ll see New Orleans’ great contrasts like the historic French Quarter, opulent St Charles Avenue, the devastated Ninth Ward, a cemetery, City Park and more. On this private tour, enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own start time and duration, as well as designating stops for refreshment, photo ops or to see a favorite attraction up close.
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Hurricane Katrina: Past, Present and Future Driving Tour

Hurricane Katrina: Past, Present and Future Driving Tour

Explore the causes and effects of one of 21st-century America’s worst natural disasters on a private, 3-hour tour of New Orleans focused on Hurricane Katrina. Learn about the confluence of extreme weather, the city’s vulnerable geography, and sociopolitical factors that lead to such a devastating loss of life and property when the hurricane hit. Drive through the city in a private vehicle to see the areas most affected by the storm, and hear how the recovery effort has reshaped New Orleans.
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New Orleans Virtual Self-Paced Guided City Tour

New Orleans Virtual Self-Paced Guided City Tour

Learn about New Orleans before you visit or while you plan your trip! Watch from anywhere and make virtual stops at more than 25 videos around the city. Explore New Orleans' unique above-ground burial processes, learn how to make a Sazerac cocktail, and hear stories about New Orleans' haunted history. Plus, when you book an in-person tour with Southern Style Tours, your purchase will be discounted by the amount you paid for the virtual tour. New stops are added regularly, so don't pass up this chance to see New Orleans without the crowds
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New Orleans Holiday Bus Tour: Jingling Through the Crescent

New Orleans Holiday Bus Tour: Jingling Through the Crescent

Spend Christmas Day on a 2.5-hour tour of New Orleans and marvel at the holiday splendor of the ‘Crescent City.’ Board a narrated coach for a ride through the French Quarter and discover the history of Jackson Square. Motor down Esplanade Avenue to see live oaks strewn with decorations in New Orleans City Park. You’ll travel past Audubon Park on the Carrollton and St Charles Avenue streetcar line, view the Garden District and stroll around the glittering lobby of the elegant Roosevelt Hotel.
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