New Orleans is the largest city near Louisiana, and one of the most interesting cities in the U.S. In addition to its rich history, New Orleans is also known for its diverse culture, lively music scene, and delicious cuisine. The city’s downtown area has been reduced significantly since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
New Orleans is located at 29°56′N 90°03′W / 29.967°N 90.050°W / 29.967; -90.050 (29.967, −90.05) on the southeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain, approximately 50 miles (80 km) east of Baton Rouge and was founded in 1718 by French colonists. The city has an elevation of 1 to 10 feet (0.30 to 3 m) above sea level and a coastal flood plain that is largely marshland and swamp.
New Orleans City Park is a park of about 1,300 acres (5 km2) located at the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Established in 1854, New Orleans City Park is the nation’s oldest public park. Encompassing an area larger than Central Park in New York City, it also contains the first publicly funded botanical garden and zoo in the United States. The gardens are home to several rare or extinct plant species such as the original white oak, Nyssa sylvatica alba (White Oak), and Quercus laurifolia ( laurel oak). Another attraction is Palm Tree Canoe, a 12-foot (3.7 m) tall sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky.
The park features wide lawns, an arboretum and rose garden, picnic areas, and a golf course. It hosts many special events each year. The park has been criticized for its poor maintenance but has recently undergone improvements.
New Orleans is a city of neighborhoods. City Park, the largest urban park in the United States, is right in the heart of Mid-City, one of New Orleans’ oldest and most diverse neighborhoods.
The neighborhood’s reputation was built on its association with jazz, but over the years it has evolved into a cultural melting pot of art galleries, antique shops, restaurants, and cafes. Mid-City’s popularity with local artists has helped the neighborhood weather economic downturns and contributed to its unique character.
Three of New Orleans’ most popular festivals—Festival International de Louisiane, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and French Quarter Festival—all call Mid-City home. The neighborhood also just steps away from the French Quarter, making it an ideal spot for visitors looking to explore New Orleans’ many attractions.
Mid-city is bordered by Uptown to the east; Carrollton and Treme to the west; Lakeview to the north; and City Park/Lafayette to the south.