Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park attractions

Top Choice Park in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

City Park

Live oaks, Spanish moss and lazy bayous frame this masterpiece of urban planning. Three miles long and 1 mile wide, dotted with gardens, waterways and bridges and home to a captivating art museum, City Park is bigge…
Top Choice Gardens in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

The sculpture garden that sits just outside the New Orleans Museum of Art is a wooded quilt of streams, pathways, lovers' benches and, of course, sculpture, mainly of the modern and contemporary sort. During spring …
River in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Bayou St John

Back in the day, this was a true bayou – an overgrown morass of Spanish moss and prowling alligators. Native Americans, fur trappers and smugglers would use the waterway as a natural road that led over the dark wetl…
Museum in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

New Orleans Museum of Art

Inside City Park, this elegant museum was opened in 1911 and is well worth a visit for its special exhibitions, gorgeous marble atrium and top-floor galleries of African, Asian, Native American and Oceanic art. Its …
Street in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Esplanade Avenue

Esplanade is one of the most beautiful streets in New Orleans, yet barely recognized by visitors as such. Because of the abundance of historical homes, Esplanade, which follows the ‘high ground’ of Esplanade Ridge, …
Cemetery in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Metairie Cemetery

Established in 1872 on a former racetrack (the grounds, you’ll notice, still follow the oval layout), this is the most American of New Orleans’ cities of the dead. Highlights include the Brunswig mausoleum, a pyrami…
Historic Building in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Pitot House

The Pitot House, perched prettily beside Bayou St John, is an excellent example of classical French New Orleans architecture. Constructed circa 1799, it's the only Creole Colonial house along the bayou that is open …
Cemetery in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

St Louis Cemetery No 3

This long but compact cemetery was established in 1854 at the site of the old Bayou Cemetery and is worth strolling through for a few minutes (longer if you’re a cemetery enthusiast). Of particular note is the strik…
Amusement Park in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park

This little amusement park is anchored by a 1906 carousel that's a gem of vintage carny-ride happiness. Other thrills include a Ferris wheel, bumper cars and a tilt-a-whirl. If you want to stay for awhile, buy an $1…
Gardens in Mid-City, Bayou St John & City Park

Botanical Gardens

Located within City Park, both local and international flora is exhibited here. You'll also find stirring examples of Works Progress Administration (WPA) workmanship and art deco design in the form of pavilions and …