The very broadest definition of “Uptown,” if derived from the historic definition including everything upriver from Canal Street, would encompass about one-third of the city. In its narrowest usage as a New Orleans City Planning neighborhood, “Uptown” refers to an area of only some dozen blocks centering on the intersection of Jefferson and St. Charles Avenues. Neither of these is what most New Orleanians of recent generations usually mean by “Uptown”. While some may quibble about the exact boundaries, “Uptown” generally refers to the areas of the city closer to the river (the river side of S. Claiborne Avenue), upriver from the Pontchartrain Expressway, and nearer the modern CBD/Warehouse District neighborhood.
The uptown area is where Tulane and Loyola Universities are found. Directly across St Charles Avenue from Tulane and Loyola is Audubon Park where you’ll see walkers, joggers and cyclers exercising along the 1.8 mile path circling the park. This large park also includes duck ponds, picnic areas, and large green spaces where people play soccer and volleyball as well as throw frisbees back and forth. Running throughout the park is also the Audubon golf course, a full 18 hole golf course complete with clubhouse for after golf relaxation. Directly behind Audubon Park towards the river is the Audubon Zoo. The Audubon Zoo is often ranked among the country’s best for innovation and entertainment value!
Also found nearby is the famous Audubon zoo and Audubon golf course. Uptown New Orleans is the epitome of the gracious, gentle beauty that’s defined New Orleans for many generations.
The raised Creole cottages and restrained Greek Revival houses and gabled Tudors and Carpenter’s Gothic fantasies that line streets named Jefferson and Napoleon and Austerlitz and Amelia.
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