All aboard! City Park launches new ‘Historical Musical Train Tour’ on Friday

Photo courtesy: Friends of City Park

New Orleans City Park launches a new musical train tour that breathes new life into its rich history. The Friends of City Park’s Historical Musical Train Tour celebrates its grand opening on Friday.

During this tour, three tour guides will perform educational songs and dialogue about the history of the Park, from the history of Bayou Metairie, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), to the education of Live Oak trees.

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The tour takes the audience on a two-mile journey aboard the park’s miniature train where local actors in costume sing and perform for passengers. During this tour, tour guides will perform educational songs and dialogue about the history of the Park, from the history of Bayou Metairie, the Works Progress Administration (WPA), to the education of Live Oak trees.

The original score was composed by Paul Soniat, director of the Botanical Gardens at City Park, and features notable New Orleans musicians, including Michael Girardot of The Revivalists and Sam Craft of Sweet Crude, among others.

Creators say the tour honors City Park’s rich history, one of the nation’s oldest urban parks. The historical aspect also ties in with celebrations and educational events happening around the city as New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial this year.

Tours will run three times a day every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the fall of 2018. Tour times are 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes, and guests are not able to depart the train once the tour has begun.

Ticket prices are $16 for Friends of City Park members, $20 for general admission, and children 36 months and under receive free tickets (but they must be booked in advance).

All proceeds from the train tour will go to Friends of City Park, a nonprofit that funds capital improvements within the park, such as the Botanical Gardens, Storyland, Popp Fountain, Historic Wooden Carousel, and many others.

For more information about the tour or to buy tickets, visit the website.

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