New Orleans Museum of Art Sculpture Garden
New Orleans, Louisiana
Fifteen minutes by streetcar from the buzzing French Quarter, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art is a sanctuary of nature and creativity.
The lagoon, magnolias and 200-year-old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss serve as a reminder of Louisiana's wild beauty.
The garden features more than 90 sculptures by 19th- to 21st-century artists, several -- including a 60-foot mosaic wall by Teresita Fernández, a glass bridge by Elyn Zimmerman, and an installation by Maya Lin -- commissioned specifically for the unique site.
In 2019, a 6.5-acre expansion enhanced the sustainability and health of the water and added several experiential features, such as a 280-foot canal link bridge (the first of its kind in the US) that dips into the lagoon, bringing visitors nearly eye-level with the waterline.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday; Senior and immunocompromised only -- 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; General public -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Museum members only -- 4 to 6 p.m.
Cost: Adults -- $5; Seniors, military, university students -- $3; 19 years and under -- free; Healthcare workers and first responders -- free through December 31, 2020