Mar 6, 2024 - Things to Do

4 great spots to picnic in New Orleans

Photo shows people picnicking under the chime tree, also called the Singing Oak, in New Orleans City Park.

The Singing Oak, also called the chime tree, is a popular picnic destination in New Orleans City Park. Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells/Axios

It's spring in New Orleans, and all we can think about heading to the park.

Why it matters: We want to soak up every second of this beautiful but fleeting weather.

The big picture: New Orleans has several public places that are perfect for a picnic. Here four of our favorite options.

Chime tree at City Park: The tree is officially called the Singing Oak and features a musical installation from Jim Hart. Several wind chimes hang in the branches and provide the soundtrack for a lazy afternoon in the park.

  • The tree overlooks Big Lake and is accessible from the walking path in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art. (Map)

The Fly: This Uptown picnic spot is behind the Audubon Zoo and overlooks the Mississippi River.

  • It features open green space, trees and river breezes. (Map)

The lakefront: Drive along Lakeshore Drive and pick a bench for a picnic on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

  • It's also common to sit on your tailgate and eat a poboy or a sack of crawfish while enjoying the breeze.

City Park, Audubon Park and Lafreniere Park: These parks are huge and have many spots to put down a blanket and throw a Frisbee.

📣 Where are your favorite spots for picnicking in New Orleans metro? Tell us at [email protected].


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