Came here by trolley from Canal Street next to the French Quarter. Canal street trolley route still severed by the wreckage of the Hard Rock Hotel, so you need to catch the trolley north of the wreckage, about a mile from the center of the French Quarter.
Leave your stilettos for the nighttime, and wear comfortable shoes, as we walked at least a half mile walk from the trolley stop to get here.
$8 admission to the gardens, located behind the Art Museum. And right at the entrance is the obligatory gift shop. If you don't want to pay the $8, you can see the outside Sculpture museum area free, and then wander through the 1300 acres of New Orleans Park, checking out the stadiums, ponds, canals. But even a cheap skate like me can afford the $8.
Some magnificent vistas, walkways, arches, architecture, and water fountains. Came here in January, so no roses in bloom. Wife thrilled by numerous butterflies in the butterfly garden area, the Japanese garden, and the greenhouse full of cactus, making it worthwhile for one of us.
Highlight of the day for me was seeing the model train, with a circular track running maybe 150 feet through miniature sections of the city, complete with houses, buildings, water towers, railway stations, restaurants, and vehicles stopped at the railroad gates. At least they have the track laid out, as we didn't see any trains, let alone trains running today.
Was told that the train runs on weekends, before the pandemic hit. The city has apparently cut back on garden maintenance, due to the pandemic, so some of the lawns and nurseries are starting to look a little ragged with weeds, just like my back yard!
$8 admission fee waived on Wednesdays, but for locals only!