Louis Armstrong Park sits in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, known for its African-American and Creole heritage. It is easy to visit during a day of sightseeing, especially with its proximity to other attractions such as St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and St. Louis Cathedral. Several city tours—such as Segway tours, walking tours, and jazz tours—include the park.
One of the park’s best-known attractions is Congo Square. Listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, the open space was a gathering point for both enslaved and free black people, where they could socialize, sell goods, and make music together. Other points of interest in the park include Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts and Jazz National Historical Park.
Things to know before you go
- The park is bordered by Rampart, St. Philip, St. Peter, Basin, and North Villere streets.
- The main entrance is where St. Ann Street meets Rampart Street.
- There is a bike-share station on Rampart Street—a great way to get around town.
How to get there
You can walk from the French Quarter—just across Rampart Street—or take one of the city bus lines that stops on Rampart Street.
When to get there
The park is open from dusk to dawn. Events take place throughout the year, such as food and music festivals, concerts, Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations, and weddings.
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Named for local gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, this theater has been home to performing arts since 1973 and was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Still the city’s leading center for live performances, the theater is home to Broadway shows, opera, ballet, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, as well as touring musicians and comedians.
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