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In New Orleans, fall is the favorite time of year for many locals and visitors alike. The sweltering heat and humidity of the summer gradually, and then suddenly, give way to the crisp air and cool breezes of the autumn months. Muggy evenings turn into ideal walking weather, and the welcomed cool of the early mornings lingers a bit longer with each passing day.
We don’t have quite the vibrancy of the changing leaves as other parts of the country might. But what we lack in leaves, we make up for in sumptuous blooms of fragrant fall flowers and the sky’s lovely hue—a bright blue you have to see to believe.
Because of the magnificent weather, locals and tourists both love to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Rides on the streetcar, walks through the French Quarter, and strolls through picturesque City Park and Audubon Park become part of regular routine. Visits to the Audubon Zoo also top fall to-do lists, along with long walks along the Mississippi River, the Riverwalk, and Woldenberg Park.
Day by day, the St. Charles Streetcar whirrs and clanks down the tracks, pervading the soundscape of Uptown New Orleans just steps from Southern Comfort Bed & Breakfast. Like the New York City subway, the streetcar’s distinct rumble and brakes can be heard from several blocks away. The oldest operating rail system in the country, this line of historic, green streetcars is an iconic piece of New Orleans’ colorful backdrop.
The line begins at S. Carrollton and Claiborne avenues at the front of Palmer Park, home of the monthly Arts Market. Traveling up Carrollton’s tree-lined neutral ground, streetcar riders pass a number of large, classic homes. Carrollton Station, a streetcar barn where the “Green Ladies” go to rest, is nestled just passed the crisscrossed tracks at Willow St. Beyond Willow stretches a more commercially condensed strip of shops and restaurants, with menu fare from all corners of the globe—Mexican, Lebanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Italian, Creole, classic American, and everything in between.
At the edge of Carrollton, the streetcar line turns onto St. Charles Ave in a neighborhood known as the Riverbend, named for its curvature parallel to the Mississippi River levee. More beautiful, oak-lined streets give way to the stoic, historical structures of Tulane and Loyola Universities, with the luscious, inviting greenery of Audubon Park across the street.
The Audubon Zoo is one of New Orleans’ most popular attractions . Named after John James Audubon, French naturalist and New Orleans resident in the early 1800s, the zoo sits on nearly 60 acres of land in the Uptown area of the city. Audubon Zoo is managed by the Audubon Nature Institute which also oversees New Orleans’ famous Aquarium of Americas, the Audubon Insectarium, and a host of other research projects, parks, and nature and environmental-based endeavors.
The zoo is wonderful. No matter the season, visitors can expect to see a large part of the zoo’s 2,000 animals . Winter months will obviously be ideal for those species adapted to colder climates, but sometimes visitors can still catch playful penguins during the summer months as their tanks are temperature-controlled. During warmer months visitors will notice the intense heat and humidity of this city, but viewing playful primates, giant turtles, leaf-munching giraffes, big, lazy cats, and the zoo’s intense swamp and reptile exhibit makes it all worth it.
Tigers, gorillas, and orangutans scatter the Audubon grounds. The zoo even has a rare animal exhibit—including white tigers and albino alligators—that can be found year round. The zoo is truly a spectacle, catering to all ages, groups or single admission, and has therefore become one of the most popular things to do for both New Orleans locals and visitors alike.