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Botanical Garden

With such a short time to enjoy the city (4 days) would the Botanical Garden and a trip to City Park be a good investment in time? I normally like to see such things when I travel but wonder if the Botanical Garden has come back since it was damaged by Katrina.

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Only you can decide whether you would want to spend part of one day at City Park/Botanical Gardens/Sculpture Garden/Art Museum,etc. I had been to NOLA several times before I ventured out that direction, but now I attend several things at the Park. The park/garden is beautiful, accessible by bus or streetcar, the exhibits are excellent,. excellent restaurants nearby, etc.... neworleanscitypark.com/botanical-garden may give you more info and help you decide.

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As an alternative, take a walk to American Aquatics Garden and Gifts in the Marigny neighborhood, only a couple of blocks from the French Quarter in the Marigny neighborhood east of Esplanade Avenue. It's a neat place for plant lovers.

If your trip is in the summer, I would skip the Botanical Garden because of the heat. If your trip is this fall, you can take the SPECIFIC "City Park" Canal Street streetcar to get there.

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Good suggestions; I did hear the Aquatic Garden "shop" was pretty spectacular. I will be in NOLA end of September, so am not sure if that is considered summer or fall by their standards. At home the weather would be turning pretty cool.

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Zeebo, late September in NOLA is considered towards the end of summer, daily high temps in the mid 80s (F), daily low temps (just before sunrise) in the mid 60s. A bit different than Minnesota.

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The end of September is still very warm.

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AAG is very interesting...small and won't take a lot of time. Very nice.

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Botanical gardens are usually at the top of my list of things to see too. I've been to NOLA twice for several days each time with tentative plans to see the botanical garden both times, once there, it's seemed like more trouble than it's worth. The whole city is really a botanical garden, especially if you don't live in the south. With just the few days, I'm fine with playing "spot the giant house plant" while just doing other things throughout the FQ. It sounds like this would be your first visit? If so, I think you'll be blown away by plants in the FQ! Take a walk down Esplanade if you have the opportunity.

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All Katrina damage at City Park was repaired years ago except for the golf courses, which are still under renovation. All projects being worked on now are improvements to the park, which is VASTLY improved since the hurricane. The new City Putt (miniature golf) and City Bark (dog park) additions are great, too! And you can now get beignets at the "Casino Building" across from the botanical gardens, 24/7!

Edited: 3:11 pm, July 12, 2013
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