Audubon Park, New Orleans

Audubon Park, New Orleans (must see)

The Audubon Park is a 340-acre oasis named after naturalist John James Audubon. It was designed by John Charles Olmstead and opened in 1898. Formerly a sugar plantation, owned by the first mayor of New Orleans, Etienne de Boré, the site was the location of the World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. It was also the location of a Union camp and hospital during the Civil War. The park is located between the Mississippi River and Saint Charles Street and is across the street from Tulane University and Loyola University.

There is something for everyone at the Audubon. Visitors will enjoy the walking trails, lagoons, horse stable, tennis courts, and golf course. In addition, there is a stunning view of the nearby river. The clubhouse serves breakfast, lunch and tasty treats throughout the day and is open from 8 am until 5 pm.

Geese, ducks, and other wildlife are in abundance at the recreational area. The nearby Ochsner Island attracts a variety of birds, many of whom use the island as part of their migration route. Although the park lost its famous oak trees during Hurricane Katrina, it is one of the few locations in New Orleans that survived with minimal damage.

Why You Should Visit:
Stunningly beautiful park, home to the Tree of Life oak tree which is almost 500 years old and which visitors are welcome to climb.
Adjacent to the Audubon Zoo, Tulane, Loyola, the glorious mansions of the Garden District, and even surrounds a golf course.
Lovely little pavilions, viewing benches, and meditation areas. Paved path with lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
Fall and winter are great times for bird watching. People watching good year round.

Tip:
Great sunset view at the western end!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 5am-10pm

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Sight Name: Audubon Park
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA
Sight Type: Other
Guide(s) containing this sight: Uptown Walking Tour in New Orleans  

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