1. City Park
Established in 1854, this 1,300-acre park is one of the oldest urban parks in the country. City Park offers something for everyone; take a stroll through the botanical garden, admire the art at the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, or get active on their bike and walking paths. Or you could just lean up against one of the many towering oak trees and read a good book underneath the canopy of Spanish Moss. Located at 1 Palm Dr., New Orleans, Louisiana 70124.
2. Sugar Roots Farm
Sugar Roots Farm is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. Open to the public on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the farm has walking paths where you can meander and visit with the livestock. Cups of food are available for purchase to feed the adorable animals. Chickens, goats, horses, turkeys, cows, and more all would love for you to stop by and play with them! Check them out at 10701 Willow Dr., New Orleans, Louisiana 70131.
3. Barataria Preserve
Just a short drive south of New Orleans and you’ll feel like you’re in a whole other world. These boardwalk trails will lead you through parts of the bayous and swamps that you wouldn’t be able to get to by boat. As a result, you get to adventure deep into the picturesque swamps. Not only will you have beautiful bayou views, but you’re sure to come across some wildlife along the way. Located at 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA 70073.
4. French Market
America’s oldest continuously operated open-air market has been around since 1791. The flea market and the farmers market is open seven days a week, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stop by the French Market and pick up your fall produce and support local farmers! Check them out at 700-1010 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70116.
5. Palmer Park
This 5.6-acre park features big grassy areas perfect for lounging or throwing the ball around, tons of trees to provide you with some shade, a playground for the kiddies, as well as a popular monthly arts market. Check it out at the corner of Claiborne and Carrolton, New Orleans, LA 70118.
6. Bayou Sauvage
The autumn weather is the perfect time to explore some of the 23,000 acres of the Bayou Sauvage National Refuge, located in Lacombe. An easy drive from New Orleans, the refuge treats visitors to tons of wildlife, as it’s the largest urban wildlife refuge in the country. The boardwalk offers the perfect spot for photography, and thousands of people visit the refuge each year to photograph this spectacular area. Located at 61389 LA-434, Lacombe, LA 70445.
7. River Road
This picturesque road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is a lovely little scenic drive to take in the fall. Roll the windows down, turn the music up, and enjoy the beautiful views of the Mississippi River, moss-draped oak trees, and wide open fields.
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8. Visit a plantation
While you’re driving down River Road, stop off at one of the many plantations for a tour of the grounds. The crisp fall weather is perfect for wandering around these lovely areas while learning the history of each plantation.
9. Tammany Trace
A short drive across the Causeway and you can explore some (or all) or the Tammany Trace. At approximately 30 miles, the Trace makes its way through five towns: Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Lacombe, and Slidell. The paved walkway is perfect for biking, rollerblading, or just taking a leisurely stroll.
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