Yeah, yeah, it's summertime and you're hot. We know. Sure, the comforts of icy air conditioning are ideal this time of year, but sometimes you need some fresh air. Here's a handy map of some of New Orleans' prettiest, most historic, coolest green spaces to lure you out of the house. It's easy to take the flora and fauna for granted around here – New Orleans is in bloom almost year-round, live oak canopies take over a majority of the neighborhoods, and balconies drip with lush greenery. Of course City Park and Audubon are included on our map, but we also included the Old Ursuline Convent garden (one of the oldest in the country), an abandoned lot turned volunteer-run park, and even a swamp! There are a ton of secret gardens around town, most at private residences, so we obviously didn't include those. Same with community gardens,which are often locked or members-only. If we missed your favorite spot to commune with nature, drop us a line or holler in the comments. And remember, if you don't brave the elements how will you talk about how hot it is?Read More
10 Gardens, Parks, and Green Spaces Around New Orleans
City Park Botanical Gardens
New Orleans City Park
City Park has the oldest grove of mature live oaks in the entire world. If that’s not impressive enough, there are gorgeous lagoons, a sculpture garden, tennis courts, and a new putt-putt golf course, biking and walking paths, and more in the 1,300-acre urban park.
Beauregard-Keyes House & Garden
The Clouet Gardens
Old Ursuline Convent
The Tree of Life
Named by locals, The Tree of Life could be Audubon Park’s oldest live oak. Tons of people get married here but it’s a popular picnic spot, too. Rumor has it that this tree was planted for the bride of a New Orleans plantation owner.