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10 Gardens, Parks, and Green Spaces Around New Orleans

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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?

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1. City Park Botanical Gardens

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1 Palm Drive
New Orleans, LA 70124
Photo: InSapphoWeTrust via flickr

2. New Orleans City Park

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1 Palm Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

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.

3. Beauregard-Keyes House & Garden

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1113 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo via Beauregard-Keyes House

4. Armstrong Park

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701 North Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo: Jason Riedy via flickr

5. The Clouet Gardens

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Clouet St.
New Orleans, LA 70117
Photo via Clouet Gardens

6. Old Ursuline Convent

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1100 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo: Traveling Mermaid via flickr

7. Barataria Preserve

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6588 Barataria Blvd
Marrero, LA 70072
(504) 689-3690
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8. The Tree of Life

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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.

9. Audubon Park

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6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118
Photo via Audubon Institute

10. Longue Vue House & Gardens

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7 Bamboo Rd
New Orleans, LA 70124
Navin Rajagopalan via flickr

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1. City Park Botanical Gardens

1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
Photo: InSapphoWeTrust via flickr
1 Palm Drive
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. New Orleans City Park

1 Palm Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

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.

1 Palm Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

3. Beauregard-Keyes House & Garden

1113 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo via Beauregard-Keyes House
1113 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

4. Armstrong Park

701 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo: Jason Riedy via flickr
701 North Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

5. The Clouet Gardens

Clouet St., New Orleans, LA 70117
Photo via Clouet Gardens
Clouet St.
New Orleans, LA 70117

6. Old Ursuline Convent

1100 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Photo: Traveling Mermaid via flickr
1100 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70116

7. Barataria Preserve

6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072
Photo: nps.gov
6588 Barataria Blvd
Marrero, LA 70072

8. The Tree of Life

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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.

9. Audubon Park

6500 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Photo via Audubon Institute
6500 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70118

10. Longue Vue House & Gardens

7 Bamboo Rd, New Orleans, LA 70124
Navin Rajagopalan via flickr
7 Bamboo Rd
New Orleans, LA 70124