City Park’s not just about trees and greens—it’s an art-lover’s dream. From the dozens of modern works in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden to the architectural gems which dot the park’s grounds, there is endless art to see—better get started!
These hand-rolled, powdered-sugar-topped doughnuts are a New Orleans specialty that you can find 24-7 in the City Park location of Morning Call. Do not attempt beignets while you’re wearing you sharpest black outfit. Trust us on this one.
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park (KAR-o-cell GAW-dins MUSE-mint pawk)
Since 1906, the young and young-at-heart have enjoyed the "flyin’ horses" of City Park's antique carousel, which is one of only 100 antique wooden carousels in the country and the last one in Louisiana.
Café au Lait (ca-FAY oh-LAY)
This classic New Orleans drink is equal parts coffee with chicory and hot steamed milk. Delicious alone, and even better with a side of beignets – get one of each at City Park’s Morning Call restaurant.
Defined as “an area for walking,” Esplanade in New Orleans is the name of a main road that will take you from the banks of the Mississippi in the French Quarter to the steps of the Art Museum in City Park. Always pronounced to rhyme with “lemonade” rather than “pretzel rod.”
City Park is home to 11 miles of lagoons where you can hook your next fish story. You don't need a big rig, just your pole, bait and a little patience—we’ll keep our fingers crossed that they’re biting when you visit.
Flyin’ Horses (FLY-in horses)
A local term for a merry-go-round, more specifically the merry-go-round in City Park’s Carousel Garden. It’s true: you’re never too old to pick your favorite flyin’ horse and go for a spin. (Or two.)
A local term meaning “a little something extra.” Lagniappe is the 13th cookie in a baker’s dozen, the dog bone given by your butcher alongside your order of steaks. At City Park, we think of lagniappe as a walk around the lake after a visit to the Art Museum.
City Park is home to the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world, the oldest between 600 – 800 years old. Why call them “live oaks?” Because they are nearly evergreen—new spring leaves appear just as old ones begin to fall. We love to spot other plants—like resurrection ferns and Spanish moss—that live on these trees, too.
Morning Call Coffee Stand (moor-nin CAWL CAW-fee stan)
Here’s one for all you night owls and early birds: you can get hot beignets and café au lait at the City Park location of this New Orleans institution 24 hours a day. Grab a seat and start (or end) your day on a high note.
Museum of Art (da AWT mus-eem)
Get a major dose of culture amidst the more than 40,000 works in The New Orleans Museum of Art’s stunning permanent collection. Highly recommended for impressing first dates, work clients and mothers-in-law.
Pavilion of the Two Sisters
A centerpiece of the 12-acre New Orleans Botanical Garden, the Pavilion of the Two Sisters is modeled after a traditional European orangery, where delicate fruit trees and other plants would be brought to spend cold winters. You’ll find that much of the New Orleans population wishes for similar shelter when temperatures drop below 60 degrees.
You can’t miss the ionic columns of this Neo-Classical beauty, which was built in 1907 and is one of City Park’s oldest structures. Take a cue from the ducks, geese and swans and catch the Peristyle’s reflection in the bayou at sunset—or get yourself invited to one of the many parties, picnics and weddings held there each year.
Apologies to your local swingset, but Storyland’s fairytale playground has pirate ships, dragon slides, Cinderella’s carriage and much more to thrill City Park’s young visitors. When you’re ready for the next chapter, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is right next door.
Train Garden (train GAW-den)
You can (and should) seek out this rolling wonder inside the Botanical Garden—its buildings are made entirely of botanical materials and they mimic the layout of the city itself. You’ll walk a pathway that represents the water surrounding New Orleans while you overlook more than 1,300 feet of track, carrying streetcars and trains like those that traveled the city in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Since they’re all 1/22 of their actual size, you will most likely leave feeling like Gulliver.
"Yat" is a term for the quintessential neighborhood New Orleanian that’s derived from the local greeting, "Where y'at!" A Yat is most distinguishable by his or her accent, and you can brush up on it by reading our site in their native tongue. You’ll sound like a local before you know it!