Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. That said, we are sure that all New Orleans area moms agree with us that City Park is one of the absolute treasures of our city. We are excited to promote the re-opening of Carousel Gardens with a fun giveaway just for you all!
Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland are a rite of passage for any New Orleans kid. I remember spending hours at both attractions (which, you should note, are separate areas within City Park) as a child. I thought I was a pretty brave girl because I wasn’t scared to ride the ladybug roller coaster at Carousel Gardens or stand on the whale’s tongue or go down the dragon slide in Storyland.
I also firmly believed that I was a Storyland celebrity. When I was little, my grandparents gave money to City Park to renovate Storyland in my name. Because of that donation, my name and about 5 others hung in the little red school house in Storyland from when I was a child through Hurricane Katrina. When I was a teenager and returned to Storyland as a camp counselor, I loved to show my campers that my name was a part of Storyland. They thought it was just as cool as I did.
When Katrina hit and City Park was devastated by the storm, I was worried that the attractions I remembered so fondly would not re-open. But with much blood, sweat and tears of the staff and volunteers, the park re-opened more beautiful than ever. As a city, we have such a stunning park with even more attractions today like Morning Call and City Putt. But even more importantly, the iconic City Park locations such as Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park are still available to enjoy. To be able to make those same memories with my child is so much fun, as she is also a Storyland girl and it allows my inner child to join her.
However, my name and the names of the others that hung so proudly in that little red school house for all those years did not make it and fell victim to Katrina. Even though they ain’t dere no more, my memories of Carousel Gardens are being relived through my daughter’s enjoyment of the park. And now all of you can make the same kind of memories at Carousel Gardens, too!
Temperatures are rising in NOLA, flowers are starting to bloom and memories are ready to be made. Make plans to take your child or your inner child to Carousel Gardens and enjoy our City Park.
Join us for the Spring Season Opening of Carousel Gardens in New Orleans City Park at 11:00am!
Did you know that Carousel Gardens is closed from after Celebration in the Oaks closes until the spring season opens in early March? The spring season runs March 8 to May 25 (Saturdays and Sundays: 11:00am to 6:00pm). Carousel Gardens is also OPEN on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day). Please note: These are not the hours of operation for Storyland (those are March 8 to May 25 (Tuesday – Friday: 10:00am to 5:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays: 10:00am to 6:00pm)
Know Before You Go To Carousel Gardens
- Admission: $4/person
- Kids 36” & under get admission free
- $17 unlimited rides or $3/ride
Carousel Gardens is fun for all ages! The amusement park features 16 rides guaranteed to put a smile on your face, including the park’s namesake antique wooden carousel. For more info and on height restrictions, visit the website.
Season Passes are on sale now! Pass-holders enjoy unlimited access to the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland for $49/person or $149 for a four-person family pass. Discounts are available for Friends of City Park and families of four or more. New this year, passes are valid for one year from date of purchase. Also, Season Pass holders enjoy a 20% discount at Boating & Biking rentals on Big Lake. Just show your card and photo ID to receive your discount. Click here for more info or to buy season passes online.
For more information on the park and its 1300 acres of year round family fun, visit the City Park website.