Put on your walking shoes and explore New Orleans. We've mapped out six great places you can stretch your feet while taking in what the city has to offer.
The Garden District
The Garden District neighborhood is home to beautiful architecture, restaurants and landmarks. Magazine Street, central to the Garden District, gives walkers six miles of walking space with several places to visit along the way. Make sure you grab a sno-ball to beat the heat. The neutral ground along St. Charles Avenue is a popular place for walkers and joggers to travel near the streetcar line. If you’re looking for more insight into the area as you travel, there are numerous guided walking tours that cater to the Garden District area.
Take a walk on the wild side at the Barataria Preserve at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The area features several walking and hiking trails that puts walkers right alongside Louisiana’s wild wetlands. If you’re feeling adventurous, the park offers a Pecan Grove Self-Guided Tour to help walkers get the most out of their experience.
Stroll along the Riverfront where the path along the Moonwalk and Woldenberg Park makes a popular walking destination. Get a great view of the muddy Mississippi River and the Steamboat Natchez. You might even catch a great show from a street musician during your walk.
New Orleans City Park offers quite a few options for walking along scenic landscape views. The City Park Track, originally built for the 1992 Olympic Trials, is one option giving walkers or runners 400 meters of leg room. The park also offers a one-mile Festival Grounds path and a three-quarter mile path around Big Lake. Walkers can also escape within the 60-acre Couturie Forest for a nature-filled walking experience. While you’re at the park, here are some great summertime activites you can explore.
The French Quarter
There’s never a dull moment in the French Quarter. The city’s oldest neighborhood provides plenty of foot space to explore while taking in incredible sights. Some popular spots include the French Market, Royal Street and Jackson Square, among others. We’ve also mapped out some things you have to cross off your Bourbon Street Bucket List whether you’re a tourist or a local. Another special Bourbon Street experience includes Galatoire’s.
Travel along beautiful landscapes at Audubon Park. Walkers can enjoy the 1.8-mile jogging path circling Audubon Park. The path is open to walkers, runners and cyclists. Another popular area,”The Fly,” makes a great place to catch a beautiful view of the Mississippi River.