Even in the dog days of summer, you don’t want to miss this show!
Bayou St. John
The Bayou reaches all the way from its eponymous neighborhood to Lake Pontchartrain, bordering the east side of City Park. If you’re spry, rent at kayak, grab a bottle of champagne, and float down the Bayou basking in the dazzling display of light and life. If you’d rather skip the water sports, there’s a bridge right over the Bayou across from the entrance to City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art that offers a staggering (and stable!) view.
The Fly is a part of a recreational park behind Audubon Park and the Audubon Zoo in Uptown. It can often be crowded with college students due to its proximity to Loyola and Tulane Universities, but don’t let that discourage you. The Fly sits right on the Mississippi. Enjoy the buzz of the coeds and honks of passing tugboats and freighters while the sun sinks to slumber. Or, to avoid the crowd, get there for sunrise! The sun doesn’t rise directly behind the Mississippi on this side of the city, but that doesn’t make the sky’s transformation any less beautiful.
Lake Ponchartrain’s expansive body stretches, often, as far as the eye can see. Catching the greatest show on earth (as my Grandpere called it) on the Lake provides the breathtaking effect of seeing the sunset be reflected in the Lake’s tremendous surface. Enjoy the array of reds, pinks, yellows, purples, and oranges on a blanket with a picnic as there’s ample seating on the Lakefront
This writer suggests punctuating a long and raucous night in the Quarter with beignets and cafe au lait from Cafe Du Monde right on the riverwalk behind the famous restaurant. Watch the sun spread its rays on Algiers (our neighbor across the Mississippi) while the river churns and twists below. The lights will dim on the Crescent City Connection as the sun takes over. When the shows over you can turn around and head straight to St. Louis Cathedral to repent for your indulgence (or simply enjoy the beauty that is its interior!).