Hurricane Katrina hit City Park pretty hard, putting 95% of it under floodwaters for several weeks. But, this popular place for lingering in the afternoon, and for taking a morning stroll, came back and some say that it’s even better than before. The 12-acre New Orleans Botanical Garden sits inside of City Park and it offers the chance to view 2,000 varieties of plants. Also in City Park, locals and visitors browse the galleries of the New Orleans Museum of Art and enjoy sculpture in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.
A Train Garden, Golf Course, Mature Oak Tree Garden, and More in City Park
City Park is not a typical kid-friendly park with playgrounds and sandboxes, but there are some things for little travelers to do like play in the Train Garden and ride an antique carousel. Inside of the sprawling 1,300-acre City Park, visitors also have access to 12 soccer fields, 26 tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, two football fields, and plenty of places to enjoy recreational activities. City Park features the most expansive mature oak tree grove in the world, which is where tourists can find the McDonogh Oak and Anseman Oak – 2 trees thought to be between 600 and 900 years old.