There’s a lot to do in New Orleans, which is why tourists never make it to Crescent Park NOLA in the Bywater District of New Orleans. I wrote about it for American Airlines’ in-flight magazine, and travelers will see there’s a lot more to New Orleans than Mardi Gras and the French Quarter.
In fact, Crescent Park, once a stomping ground for locals, is now one of the hottest tourist spots.
Crescent Park in NOLA sprawls a few miles right along the river, has INSANE views of New Orleans’ skyline and it’s not overcrowded (if anything, its mostly hip locals who come here). It’s part of the French Market District, and while it’s no Central Park (it’s only a 1.4 mile) it’s still 20 acres of linear park that connects the New Orleans community and travelers to the busy riverfront.
This under-the-radar public space was always a best-kept secret for locals, but due to the boom of tourism in New Orleans, it’s definitely become something that may become more of a landmark. Crescent Park provides breathtaking views of New Orleans, but also, travelers and locals alike enjoy the native landscaping, bike paths, a dog run and multi-use pavilions for all to enjoy.
— KatieSteiner (@KatieSteinertv) May 25, 2017
If anything, I recommend coming to Crescent Park in NOLA just for the views. They’re very impressive, and not on every tourists’ list! I brought my pup, JetsetRuby, here, and she loved it.
And yes, you can get here by streetcar if you don’t rent a bike or want to pay for an Uber.
It’s the RTA Riverfront Street Car, exit stop #10 French Market Station. Exit stop and turn right. Follow the floodwall for approximately 500 ft. to enter park using Mandeville Crossing.
If you’re up for a good walk, you can even walk here. It is definitely a hidden gem that’s becoming more popular, and with good reason. The views of the Mississippi are inspiring, and it’s extremely calm and placid. You don’t even feel like you’re in New Orleans!