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6 CITY PARKS TO VISIT IN NEW ORLEANS

Even in New Orleans’ warm days of summer, there are plenty of options to “laissez les bon temps rouler” — let the good times roll, as they say in the city. Don’t let the humidity put a damper on your visit to New Orleans. Morning and evening options for outdoors fun are plentiful in the Big Easy, says the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

 

Art and Breakfast at Jackson Square

Bring your fresh beignets and coffee from Café du Monde to Jackson Square and watch this landmark come alive when local artists — some who have been selling their creations here for decades — begin to show up. Drawings and paintings adorn the park, especially on evenings and weekends.

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Audubon Nature Institute and The Fly along the Mississippi River

Head to historic Uptown New Orleans to one of the country’s most exciting zoos, which features an aquarium and insectarium. Once you are done with the sun bears and sea otters, appreciate the Mississippi at The Fly — possibly the best place in the city to relax at sunset.

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See the City at Crescent Park

Stretching between Faubourg Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, Crescent Park is one of New Orleans’ newest green spaces.  Grab a bottle from Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits on the park’s east end, then grab a seat for the best view of New Orleans skyline in its glory along the Mississippi River, recommends the concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

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Mornings in Audubon Park

Hop on the streetcar early in the morning for a peek at the Garden District as it wakes up. Audubon Park’s ancient live oaks have stood the test of time in the Crescent City, while Bird Island, in the middle of the Audubon Park Lagoon, has different species of wading birds putting on a show throughout the year. For those hoping to get a morning jog in before temperatures start to rise, Audubon Park is an ideal destination.

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Fourth of July at Woldenberg Park

Take in the Mighty Mississippi and a grand fireworks show while celebrating America’s birthday from this 16-acre green space. Sculptures — “Ocean Song” and “Monument to the Immigrant” among them — and a 90-foot linear water fountain with light shows are among the highlights of this peaceful oasis.

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Thursdays at Twilight at New Orleans City Park

Once the sun starts to set, the New Orleans Botanical Garden welcomes jazz and R&B musicians for live performances every Thursday. The series is beloved by local music lovers for its intimate shows and refreshing mint juleps. Through Aug. 31.

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