New Orleans March 08, 2019
The Tranquility Of This Overlooked Park Near New Orleans Is Truly Special
City Park and Audubon Park are certainly magical urban oases that are a welcome retreat when you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Just outside of New Orleans lies an often overlooked park that’s just begging to be visited, and you’re going to love it.
Welcome to Lafreniere Park, the largest park in Metairie.
The park opened in 1982 and was named to honor the history of the property. Lafreniere park was once the site of a plantation owned by Nicolas Chauvin, who eventually changed his name to de la Freniere. In 1954, the land became the Magnolia Park Inc. Harness Racing Course, which was renamed to Jefferson Downs in 1959. Unfortunately, the racetrack was destroyed by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, and the racetrack was relocated. The property stood vacant for a number of years until Jefferson Parish purchased the property in the mid-1970s. Construction on the park began in 1977 and the park officially opened to the public in 1982.
The park features tons of green space and landscaped gardens.
The sunrises here are truly mesmerizing, so if you're an early riser, Lafreniere Park is a must.
There’s also a 2-mile jogging trail that offers some delightfully scenic views.
With ample seating along the way plus water fountains and plenty of shade, this spot is a dream.
For wildlife enthusiasts, Lafreniere Park is a gold mine.
The bird sanctuary hosts endless feathered friends like pelicans, ducks, black swans, egrets, and more.
From the dog park to the epic 24-hole disc golf course, there are endless attractions that cater to just about everyone.
Bring your rod and reel and cast your line into the lagoon for a picture perfect day.
The carousel is always a hit with the younger ones.
For just a dollar, your kids will have a blast on this classic kid-friendly attraction.
In the summer, bring the kids out to frolic in the spray park.
Opened in 2012, the spray park features approximately 4,000 square feet of fun including 13 water features.
Lafreniere Park is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. and is located at 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, Louisiana 70003.
Have you ever been to Lafreniere Park? Share your memories with us in the comments below!