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The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

New Orleans Oasis–The Sculpture Garden at NOMA

After exploring the hustle and bustle of downtown anywhere, I always long for the quietude of nature. Even better, nature and art!

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is located in City Park, next to the New Orleans Museum of Art. What makes it unusual is the juxtaposition of mature trees and landscaping with modern sculpture. Over 60 pieces have been placed over 5 acres. It's a great place for a little meditation or rest, before tackling another museum, restaurant, or the insane and noisy Bourbon street.

Morning Call Coffee Stand is nearby, they serve strong coffee and beignets, if you need a fix.

>>>Nina Dietzel traveled on Trafalgar’s “Tastes and Sounds of the South” itinerary as part of AFAR’s partnership with the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more on Nina’s journey, visit the USTOA blog.