Courtesy of New Orleans City Park

City Park, New Orleans

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One
of the first things park visitors notice is that these are no ordinary trees.
This is the world’s largest collection of mature live oaks—majestic,
sculptural-looking marvels, the oldest of which have branches that spread out
twice as wide as their height (up to 75 feet). Live bands that gather at the
finish line of the annual Rock ’n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon course lend an
only-in-New-Orleans vibe.

Coolest Time to Visit: Thursday evenings
(March–October), when the Botanical Garden throws genteel parties with mint
juleps and performances by ensembles like the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra.

America's Coolest City Parks

City Park, New Orleans

One
of the first things park visitors notice is that these are no ordinary trees.
This is the world’s largest collection of mature live oaks—majestic,
sculptural-looking marvels, the oldest of which have branches that spread out
twice as wide as their height (up to 75 feet). Live bands that gather at the
finish line of the annual Rock ’n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon course lend an
only-in-New-Orleans vibe.

Coolest Time to Visit: Thursday evenings
(March–October), when the Botanical Garden throws genteel parties with mint
juleps and performances by ensembles like the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra.

Courtesy of New Orleans City Park

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