Do you want the inside scoop? Friends of City Park is hosting Behind the Scenes Tours with ‘City Peek’. Enjoy a hiking tour in Scout Island, explore Equest Farm and learn about the stables and horses, learn all about the New Orleans Botanical Garden, and get an in depth look at the mini train garden!

Tours are limited to 30-40 people depending on the tour and everyone must sign up in advance to attend.

Friends of City Park members: $5
Non-Member Kid 4-12: $7
Non-Member Adult: $10
Kids 3 years and under are free

If you would like to sign up for all four tours, please call 504-483-9376.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. 
Scout Island Tour

Led by Professor and Loyola Chair in Environmental Communication, Bob Thomas, Ph.D.

Come take a hike! Partake in an in-depth tour of Scout Island led by Professor and Loyola Chair in Environmental Communication, Bob Thomas, Ph.D. He was Founding Director of the Louisiana Nature Center, served as Vice President for Environmental Policy at the Audubon Nature Institute, and taught various biology courses at the University of New Orleans from 1979-1996. Dr. Thomas currently serves on the City Park Improvement Association Board. Participants will explore a section of the park that is normally closed to the public and learn about the plants, birds, and other species that inhabit this part of the Park. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suited for the weather. The tour will begin at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the forest on Harrison Avenue. Tour size is limited to 30 people.

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. 
New Orleans Botanical Garden Tour

Led by Botanical Garden Education Director, Susan Capley

Explore the New Orleans Botanical Garden with a trained garden guide! The Botanical Garden Tour takes visitors on a meandering walk through the grounds of the historic garden. The tour covers the history of the garden (including information about this Works Progress Administration-funded project) and various exhibits and plant collections throughout the garden. This walking tour lasts approximately 1-1.5 hours and departs from the entrance of the Botanical Garden. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suited for the weather. Tour sizes will be limited to 40 people.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.
Equest Farm Tour
Led by Equest Farm Director, Leslie Kramer

The stables in City Park have attracted people for over 75 years. Through a long and illustrious history, the stables have survived in this urban setting. For one family, it has been a 50 year commitment to this sport and the special relationship between people and horses. Fifty years ago, Ben Brupbacher brought his two oldest daughters to ride at the stables. It began a life-long passion for the sport and the stables. Tour the grounds, with Leslie Kramer one of Ben’s daughters, to enjoy the refurbished barns, covered ring and manicured grounds. While touring, you will be treated to a morning viewing riders practicing from the very beginner to the advanced show rider. A tour of the barns and an introduction to some of the horses in their houses will give you an idea of the personalities of not only the horses but their people. Join us for a view of this urban equestrian life in our own City Park. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suited for the weather. Tour will meet at entrance to Equest Farm on Filmore and last 2 hours. Tour size will be limited to 30 people.

Saturday, June 17, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.
Mini Train Tour
Led by City Park Mini Train Expert

The Historic New Orleans Train Garden is one of the park’s hidden gems, tucked away in a vibrant, lush corner of the Botanical Garden. The train garden features typical New Orleans home and building architecture made with botanical materials, and replicas of streetcars and trains that wind around the track. Tour participants will experience an in-depth look at its history, detailed artwork, and maintenance. Following the mini train garden tour, participants will take a ride on the 2-mile long Train Amusement Park Ride around City Park. Tour size will be limited to 40 people.