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Live oaks, Spanish moss and lazy bayous frame this masterpiece of urban planning. Three miles long and a mile wide, dotted with gardens, waterways, bridges and home to a captivating art museum, City Park is bigger than Central Park in NYC, and is New Orleans’ prettiest green space. Although a planned golf course has tampered the park's natural beauty, some areas still feel like a slightly tamed expression of the forest and Louisiana wetlands that are the natural backdrop of the city.

Art- and nature-lovers could easily spend a day exploring the park. Anchoring the action is the stately New Orleans Museum of Art, which spotlights regional and American artists. From there, stroll past the whimsical creations in the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden then check out the lush Botanical Gardens. Kids in tow? Hop the rides at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park or climb the fantastical statuary inside Storyland.