Amusement parks in Louisiana took a hit with the loss of Six Flags New Orleans, which was closed prior to Hurricane Katrina and never reopened. Plans for the abandoned park remain uncertain. However, the state still has plenty of other parks, including amusement, water and a kid-friendly one with a storybook theme. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Louisiana amusement parks.
City Park offers a range of attractions, especially for those who enjoy art and nature, sports and recreation or family activities. The park takes up 1,300 acres in the heart of New Orleans.
Take A SpinCity Park's antique carousel is one of only 100 antique wooden carousels in the country, and the last one in Louisiana. The carousel features the masterwork of famed carousel carvers Looff and Carmel and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Other AttractionsOther rides include the new Musik Express, Rockin' Tug, Coney Tower, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Cars, Monkey Jump, Red Baron mini plane, Scrambler, Tilt-A-Whirl, a 40-foot fun slide, Umbrella Cars, Ship Maze, Construction Zone, Live Oak Lady Bug roller coaster and a miniature train ride that tours the park. City Park's Storyland is a fairytale playground that features Captain Hook's pirate ship, Pinocchio and the whale and Jack & Jill's hill. It has more than 25 exhibits and is inhabited by sculpted characters created by Mardis Gras float-makers.
Cafe SnacksThe Parkview Cafe in the Timken Center serves sandwiches, salads, desserts, coffee, soft drinks and ice cream. The cafe also offers free wireless Internet access to patrons.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at City Park.
Address: 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
Hours: March 12 to May 29, the park is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June through August, the park is open from Thursday to Sunday. Storyland is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: $3 per person. Friends of City Park members and season pass holders enter free. A single ride is $3. Unlimited rides and entry is $20 per person. Children shorter than 36 inches ride free with a paid adult. Season pass holders ride free.
Dixie Landin' Family Theme Park
Dixie Landin' has 26 rides, 10 games, shops and plenty of food. Its rides include roller coasters for the brave, as well as water and kiddie rides. It is next door to the Blue Bayou Water Park. Ticket prices include admission to both parks.
Cajun CoasterRagin' Cajun is a giant steel looping roller coaster that drops from 14 stories up. Dixie Landin' says it is the "most popular coaster ever built." It has seven cars that hold a total of 28 people. It runs half frontward and half backward at speeds of 47 to 50 mph.
For KidsThe Kiddie Section features small rides for younger visitors. That includes The Delta Crop Dusters, a biplane ride that allows kids to move planes up and down; Gasoline Alley, which gives kids a chance to drive their parents around in a Model T and the Grand Carousel. The park also has a laser light show at 9 p.m. on weekdays.
Sweets And TreatsSweet Magnolia offers items like ice cream, cotton candy, popcorn, funnel cakes, nachos, cookies and Coke products. Dixie Dilly offers a selection of items like hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and chicken sandwiches. Dixie Landin' also offers frozen Coke, Dippin' Dots and fresh lemonade on carts throughout the park.
Safety RecordThere have been a number of accidents at this park. In 2010, a 21-year-old woman died after falling from the Xtreme roller coaster, according to WAFB, the CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge. WAFB also reports that a 2-year-old boy broke his arms and legs when he fell from the Over the Rainbow ride in 2006. Also, in 2006, a woman filed a lawsuit claiming inadequate safety restraints on the park's Conja ride, WAFB says.
Address: 18142 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Hours: The park is open May through August. Hours are subject to change.
Price: $34.99 plus tax for anyone taller than 48 inches; $27.99 plus tax for anyone shorter than 48 inches; $27.99 plus tax for seniors and admission for anyone shorter than 35 inches is free. Admission also includes access to the Blue Bayou Water Park. After 6 p.m., admission to Dixie Landin' is only $12.99 plus tax for anyone 48 inches tall and taller; $9.99 plus tax for anyone shorter than 48 inches; $9.99 plus tax for seniors and anyone shorter than 35 inches is free. These prices are not available on Special Event Nights or Concert Nights.
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