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Audubon Park - St. Charles & Walnut Aves., 861-2537 – Oak forested park features playground; golf; biking  and jogging paved track. View of the Mississippi River and the Zoo/Aquarium cruise dock. Park closes at 11 p.m. (Audubon Park and Audubon Zoo are located in Uptown New Orleans easily accessible using the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar Line)

City Park - Orleans and City Park Aves., 482-4888 - Oak covered park features the Carousel Gardens (amusement rides), Botanical Gardens, Storyland (depicting children’s fairy tales), railroad train, golfing, fishing, sculptures, lagoons and more.


Storyland in New Orleans City Park

Fair Grounds Race Course  1751 Gentilly Blvd., 944-5515  Horse Racing Thanksgiving Day-March 31 at this thoroughbred track; it hosts Jazz Festival and other special events in the off-season. Call for race times.

Lafreniere Park - 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, 838-4389 - A suburban park featuring picnic areas, paddleboats and fishing, and the "Tot Lot" playground. Park closes at 10 p.m.  nightly.

Lakeshore Park - Lakeshore Drive Green along the Lake Pontchartrain shore.  Features seawall, picnic areas and playgrounds.