City Park is located in the Mid-City\Lakefront area of New Orleans. Over a century ago, New Orleans philanthropist John McDonogh donated 100 acres of land for what has today evolved into the fifth largest urban park in the US. City Park encompassing 1,500 acres. Approximately 14 million visitors come through the Park each year to enjoy its magnificent oak trees, picturesque statues and fountains, sports and recreational facilities, and historic buildings.
The Park is home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world, a kiddy amusement park, tennis courts, several golf courses, fishing, horseback riding, and a few other nifty things to do. Every year City Park is also home to this author’s favorite Halloween Party; Voodoo Fest. The art gallery has a collection of Faberge eggs among other things. The public golf facility has a lighted driving range and is still somewhat recovering from Katrina. Recently a fancy put-put course has opened. During the holiday season, the park lights up with a spectacular light show. Taking Esplanade all the way from the Quarter is the easiest way to get to the park and it runs right into the museum.
Fun Facts about the Park – Dueling was not outlawed in the Park until 1890!
For more information, visit City Park’s website at: Neworleanscitypark.com