It’s Day 2 of my Thankful for New Orleans challenge, and I’m so proud that I haven’t missed a day yet. 🙂 I had to take a break from errands and miscellaneous house stuff to make myself write today, and I had to do it early because I know if I sit down later in the day, I’ll be out. One of the hazards of the 4:30AM alarm, I suppose. Today I am focusing on a gorgeous spot that offers a little something for everyone. I am so thankful that this lovely place exists and that I get to hang out there every now and then.
Day 2 – City Park
One of the most picturesque spots in New Orleans is City Park, 1,300 acres of beauty and serenity right in the middle of the city. If you are a lover of flowers, check out the Botanical Garden, and be sure to bring your camera. The water lilies look too spectacular for real life. If art is your thing, you can wander through the Besthoff Sculpture Garden and see some unique pieces, that are sure to make you think. For you sporty folks there are jogging paths, tennis courts, and an 18-hole golf course, and you semi-sporty people can test your short game at City Putt, a cute miniature golf course with lots of New Orleans flair. Carousel Gardens Amusement Park has some fun little rides, the star attraction being a beautiful carousel which has been going round and round for over a century. Morning Call is open 24 hours a day for your coffee and beignet needs, or if you want to shop for some local souvenirs. My favorite thing to do in the park, though, is to wander beneath the hundreds of live oak trees, dripping with Spanish moss. They’re breathtakingly beautiful, and they have the ability to make you realize what a tiny part of this great big world you are…in a good way. 🙂 If you’re heading to City Park, leave your watch at home, silence your phone, and allow yourself to enjoy the best of what nature has to offer.