City Park, New Orleans

New Orleans is a city of many attractions. The Mississippi River divides the city and provides revenue from the port and from the many cruises that are available to visitors. The French Quarter is the heart of the city of New Orleans. The restaurants that feature Cajun and Creole cuisine share the famous streets with the many jazz clubs and bars. Historical buildings are plentiful as they are now museums or shops. There is one area that lies on City Park Avenue that offers many forms of entertainment for the entire family. City Park in New Orleans suffered some damage during Hurricane Katrina, but has recovered.

The thirteen hundred acres offer an amusement park, botanical garden, golfing, a Storyland, Equest Farm, Museum of Art and a sculpture garden. The park can host weddings, meetings or parties. A cafy is on the grounds for refreshments. City Park has summer camps, volunteer days, concerts and plant sales from the botanical garden.

The Carousel Gardens Amusement Park is open on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Thursday and Friday. The entry price is three dollars for age three and up. The ride prices vary from two to four dollars or visitors can purchase an unlimited ride band for fifteen dollars. There is an antique carousel, bumper cars, train, mini airplanes, roller coaster and a new Ferris wheel. The amusement park is only open seasonally and can be reserved for private parties.

The Botanical Garden is open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The entry fee is six dollars for adults and three dollars for children ages 5-12. There are more than 2,000 types of plants for everywhere in the world. Visitors can see the refurbished Conservatory of the Two Sisters, the Pavilion of the Two Sisters, the rebuilt Lath House and a Garden Study Center.

Children enjoy playing at Storyland. It is open Tuesday thru Friday from 10:00am to 3:00 pm and 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The entry price is three dollars and children under two are free. The play park features Captain Hook's pirate ship, Pinocchio and a whale and other storybook exhibits. Storyland is available for birthday parties.

The Equest Farm takes up thirteen of the thirteen hundred acres at City Park. The stable offers boarding or leasing options as well as English Riding Lessons. They provide summer camps, field trips and riding lesson parties. For more information, contact 504-483-9398.

City Park's Museum of Art has hours of operation five days a week. Wednesday it is open from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Thursday thru Sunday the hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is eight dollars, seniors and full time students are seven dollars. Children 3 - 17 are four dollars and under three are free. The sculpture garden is free to all. The museum hosts many mid week discussions and exhibits.

The Parkview Cafy offers sandwiches, salads, drinks and desserts from 8:00 to 5:00 Mon-Fri and 7:30-6:00 on Weekends. There are also concessions in the amusement park that provide snack food.

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