Time to Tour Audubon Park in New Orleans



You know me: I cannot possibly pass up a party. So today I am celebrating Park Day with my blog dog friends Finn & Charley Too and Gizmo of Terrier Torrent fame. They asked all of their friends in the great blog dog world to go out into the real word, visit a park, and share their experience with the cyber world on this very special day. Now, before I get started, I have a slight clarification. I know the lovely badge for this day says “I hiked for Park Day.” Technically, I did not hike. You may recall that my humans and I had a bit of a Big Easy late night, so my “hike” was more of a “leisurely stroll,” but I think my visit still qualifies. So let’s get started with the tour!

Fountain 1 thek9harperlee

It is my pleasure to welcome you to New Orleans’ beautiful Audubon Park. When you visit Audubon Park, chances are I will not be there to greet you, but I can assure you that the Gumbel Memorial Fountain, installed in 1918 at the park’s St. Charles Avenue entrance, will be there.

Flowers thek9harperlee

The site of Audubon Park began its public life as home to The World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition of 1884. (That was Louisiana’s first world’s fair. One hundred years later, New Orleans hosted The 1984 World’s Fair: Louisiana World Exposition.) In 1886, the city changed the park’s name from Upper City Park to Audubon Park to honor John James Audubon, who painted many of his “Birds of America” in Louisiana. A few years later, city leaders hired landscape architect Charles Olmsted, whose family developed New York City’s Central Park, to create an urban oasis in Uptown New Orleans.

Moss in Live Oaks thek9harperlee

And what a beautiful oasis it is. Century-old oak trees are decorated with Spanish moss and resurrection fern . . .

Cyprus Stumps thek9harperlee

 . . . and cypress trees with their little stumps line a central lagoon.

Leash Law thek9harperlee

Audubon Park welcomes canine visitors who are attached by a leash to their humans. (Yes, I know, in each of these photos I was not exactly “attached” to my human, but that was special for the photos; I promise you that the entire time we were walking, one end of the leash was attached to my collar and the other end was attached to my human mommy’s hand.)

Doggy Water Fountain thek9harperlee

There are special fountains where humans and their dogs can drink side-by-side . . .

Fountain 2 thek9harperlee

. . . but I highly recommend taking a little sip from that lovely fountain at the park’s entrance . . . if you’re a dog.

WlakingJoggingBike Path thek9harperlee

A 1.8 mile jogging/walking/biking/pretty-much-anything-but-driving path circles through the park.

Golf thek9harperlee

Along the way, you’ll catch several glimpses of the Audubon Park Golf Course. The park is also home to a pool, stables, tennis courts, playgrounds, and the Audubon Zoo.

Church thek9harperlee

Just before the path brings you back to the park’s entrance, there is a pretty little spot to stop and enjoy a view of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. The church is on the campus of Loyola University, which, along with Tulane University, is located across St. Charles Avenue from Audubon Park. This is the perfect place to pause and reflect on all that you have seen during a lovely leisurely stroll through beautiful Audubon Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed your virtual visit!

32 Comments on “Time to Tour Audubon Park in New Orleans”

  1. The Red Man couldn’t decide which was more beautiful – Audubon Park or Miss Harper Lee, but in the end he voted for Miss Harper Lee. She’s just HOT!

  2. Maryanne says:

    I agree with Shelia Morris, you’re looking darn good Miss Harper Lee! If that first photo doesn’t spell HAPPINESS, I don’t know what does 😉

  3. finnhoward says:

    What a great park! I like the special fountains for canines! We always have to stay leashed in our parks too. And don’t worry, the leisurely stroll is just fine! Thanks for playing along!!

    • So glad you liked Audubon Park. It’s one of my favorite places. Thanks for hosting such a very fun Park Day, and for approving the leisurely stroll. 😉 I cannot wait to see where everyone else went.

  4. Miss Harper, how is it that you always make me want to move to America? !

  5. Wow… what a beautiful park you have there Harper Lee. Thank you for show’n it to me.

  6. Ogee says:

    You are an excellent tour director, Miss Harper Lee! Has the city considered adding you to the payroll yet?

  7. I did not know there was a hike for park day! Must tell Mama right away! Wooo!

  8. GizmoGeodog says:

    Thank you so much for coming to Park Day Harper Lee…It’s lovely to meet you today… Audubon Park looks great and it’s interesting that this is the second Olmstead Park we’ve seen…NEPA Pets took us to Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre, PA that he designed too http://www.nepapets.com/taking-your-dog-for-a-walk-in-nepa-kirby-park/#comment-681 Your park looks a lot like my area…The huge old oaks with the dripping Spanish moss is so familliar,,,we even have a drinking fountain like yours…You look beautiful sitting in front of all those flowers…Hope we get to visit with you again soon!

    • Thank you so much for hosting Park Day. I’m so happy you enjoyed visiting Audubon Park with me, and I cannot wait to find out what my humans and I will discover on the next Park Day!

  9. emma says:

    Looks like a great place, love that drinking fountain. No worries about the leash thing…rules were made to be broken…I like to break a few myself now and then 😉

  10. jank1961 says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed my virtual visit to Audubon Park, with my lovely tour guide, Miss Harper Lee! I especially like the special dog fountain….that is great! Were you tempted to go into the fountain to cool off too though? 🙂

  11. Very nice to meet you Miss Harper Lee, I am Molly the Golden, currently on the OR coast.
    Thank you for taking us through Audubon Park in New Orleans, very beautiful! You are an elegant Golden and you photograph so well!
    Have a great weekend,
    Molly and Kathy

  12. 2browndawgs says:

    That sure is a pretty park. Love the pictures. 🙂

  13. writetowag says:

    Ms. Harper Lee, you are such a beautiful dog…those pics are truly lovely!!!! So glad you are doing great!!!!

  14. What a lovely park. I missed this one when I was in New Orleans end of December.


  15. dawn says:

    Thank you for stopping by and sharing your Olmsted park! Your’s has such beautiful trees. And a fountain!!

    I was reading about Olmsted parks on Wikipedia and they designed so many! Some day i will have to go through the list to see what they look like.

  16. Hi Miss Harper Lee!! We are still getting around to see everybuddys park day post. We must say you have a lovely park and you are lovely also!!
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

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