Rosetree Glass Studio – The Rosetree Glass Studio is the artistic creation of owner Mark Rosenbaum who channels his varied background into designing exquisite works of art. You will find classic shapes; iridescent coloring and interior designs are combined to create unique classical art. Observe the glassblowers through the studio window as they work and then you can choose a finished product. This studio is located on Vallette Street in the Algiers/Westbank neighborhood.
City Park – Visit the City Park on Palm Street in the Lakefront/Lakeview neighborhood. This park is known for its recreational activity and its natural beauty. The park located in the heart of New Orleans is a favorite place for picnics, walking through the gardens enjoying its beauty or taking a boat ride. The Botanical Gardens located inside the park is also the home to New Orleans Museum of Art,The Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden and the biggest collection in the world of live oak. Children will find lots to do such as feeding the ducks in one of the many lagoons to visiting the Hines Carousel Amusement Park. They will also want to go to Storyland, a children’s fairy tale playground that features twenty-six story book exhibits. This park has plenty of entertainment for children and adults.
Lafayette Square – Located on Camp Street in the Central Business District/Downtown. It was originally known as Place Gravier until 1825 when Lafayette visited the city and it became known as Lafayette Square. Lafayette Square is located across from the famous Gallier Hall formerly City Hall. It has been the site for inaugurations and jazz concerts for over 150 years. In 1864 the bandleader Patrick S. Gilmore performed his legendry concert with a 500 plus member band, a choir of thousands of school children and a bell ringer. Today the Square is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the city. Lafayette Square is host to Wednesday at the Square, a free summer concert which highlights top names in local acts. The Square also features a fall blues music festival.
Spanish Plaza – You will find this Plaza on Poydras Street in the Central Business District/Downtown neighborhood. In 1976 Spain dedicated this Plaza to the City of New Orleans in remembrance of their shared historical past and as a pledge of brotherhood in the future. The focal point of the Plaza is a fountain encircled by seals of the province of Spain. The Spanish Plaza is located next to the Riverwalk Marketplace near the World Trade Center which is a popular meeting area for tourist viewing the attractions of the downtown area.
Louis Armstrong Park – This Park is located on Rampart Street in the Treme neighborhood. This park honors the great jazz player Louis Armstrong. Look for the arched entrance and inside you will find the Congo Square a meeting place for the slaves in the 1800’s. You will also find duck ponds, sculptures and lots of room for just relaxing. This public park is open from dawn to dusk
These are just a few of the many free things to do in New Orleans. Visit our website New Orleans Tour Center for more information on things to do while visiting this great city. We will be happy to assist in planning your trip.
Author: Erich Roeseler