Labor Day: As a kid, it’s the bittersweet last hoorah before summer’s end. As an adult, it’s a much-anticipated long weekend off work. Whatever your stage of life, don’t be a couch potato this Labor Day. Celebrate the fruits of your labor at these New Orleans-area destinations.
If you want to get some sunshine but aren’t feeling the pool, parks are the perfect compromise. It’s some of the best free entertainment you can get.
- Palmer Park. This 5.6-acre park features a mini rock climbing wall, brand new jungle gym, swings, slides, and leagues of open green space for you to enjoy. The park regularly hosts festivals, concerts, and filmings. Bring your pet and enjoy the outdoors with the whole family. For an authentic trip, you can reach the park via the historic St. Charles streetcar. Additionally, Palmer Park Arts Market is held the last Saturday of every month at this location. Shop from more than 100 local artists featuring glasswork, paintings, jewelry, and more.
- The Fly. If you’re a local, you may already know this spot by its codename. This waterfront portion of Audubon Park is a longtime favorite. Relax beside the Mississippi River, bring a blanket, and watch the sunset. For some fun, bring a frisbee or something to throw on the grill. There’s always a crowd, so be ready to make new friends and enjoy this park nestled behind Audubon Zoo.
Bring the Kids
By the time Labor Day rolls around, most schools are back in session. Once the excitement of shopping for classroom supplies and memorizing locker codes wears off, parents and kids alike will welcome an extra slice of freedom, even if it’s just for a day. Do something special with your kids this holiday weekend and try out one of these family-friendly activities located at New Orleans City Park.
- Storyland. Movies and TV aren’t the only way to bring storybook characters to life. Visit City Park’s Storyland and take a ride inside Cinderella’s pumpkin, slide down a fiery dragon, or get swallowed up in Pinnochio’s whale’s mouth. This timelessly nostalgic theme playground will be an adventure for family members of any age. The park is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the gate.
- Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. This amusement park, also accessible via Storyland’s back gate, features 17 rides, including a Fun Slide, Bumper Cars, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Roller Coaster. The antique carousel from which the park draws its name is the work of famed carvers Loof and Carmel and is more than 100 years old. Enjoy this unique masterpiece from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Labor Day. Admission is $4 per person, with free entrance for kids under 36 inches.
Ray Brandt Auto
While you’ve got some time this holiday weekend, come by Ray Brandt Auto to see what we’ve got in stock for you. With locations all across the state, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.