Enjoy a lovely walk along the Mississippi:
For those eager to explore New Orleans beyond the boundaries of French Quarter, be sure to make a visit to Crescent Park. Sitting on the banks of the mighty Mississippi, Crescent Park runs on the riverfront of Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, known for their multicolored homes and fabulous bars and restaurants. Crescent Park provides a more intimate experience with the river than the famous Woldenberg park in the French Quarter and certainly provides a calm getaway from the madness of Bourbon Street.
This narrow park stretches just 1.4 miles long and is easily walkable from the French Quarter. Go for a walk or jog on the newly done running trail and experience a more untamed aspect of the river. The architecture is more severe than the serene parks you may be envisioning. Burned wharfs, iron bridges, railroad tracks and the surging rivers edge (let's not forget the well placed graffiti) give this park an undeniable edge. Gardens, walking paths and many picnic tables allow you to enjoy this park at your leisure. Grab a cold drink and a good po-boy from Frady's in the Bywater and watch the riverboats drift by.
How to get there:
Start on Decatur Street in the French Quarter and walk towards the French Market. Stay towards the river when the road forks and you’ll be on North Peter. Keep walking and you will see a staircase at the intersection of North Peter and Marigny Street (beyond the French Market and Esplanade Ave). Take the staircase into the Park. Enjoy a pleasant walk or jog through the park. Exit the park at the Piety Street Bridge (we call it the "Rusty Rainbow") and explore the Bywater neighborhood.
Enjoy the park!
The Sweat Social Team