We love the New Orleans French Quarter, but there’s so much more to see when you leave our hotel’s neighborhood to explore (we’re hear waiting for you with a cocktail and live jazz when you get back!). This spring, we’re particularly excited about China Lights in the City Park Botanical Garden in Mid-City. Taking the streetcar to City Park means you’ll not only get to explore a new neighborhood, but a whole new atmosphere. The Botanical Garden will come to life with lighted sights like a 192-foot dragon, penguins, traditional Chinese lanterns and more. Check out the details below!

China Lights comes to City Park Feb. 23 through May 1, 2016. (Photo via New Orleans City Park on Facebook)

China Lights comes to City Park Feb. 23 through May 1, 2016. (Photo via New Orleans City Park on Facebook)

China Lights in City Park’s Botanical Garden

When:

China Lights starts Feb. 23 and runs through May 1, 2016. The exhibit is open from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. nightly except on Mondays.

Where:

City Park Botanical Gardens

What:

China Lights is a touring exhibit that has traversed the world. Most recently, it was in Rotterdam in the Netherlands before packing up and heading to New Orleans!

How Much:

$18 for ages 13 and older; $12 for children ages 3-12; Free for children under age 3

What to Expect:

China Lights pays homage to China’s ancient history through bright, colorful lighted displays covered in silk. More than 100 artisans worked to create the structures, including a four-story pagoda tower, a huge silk dragon, welcome gates inspired by the Tang dynasty, Chinese zodiac iconography, and more.

Getting There:

City Park is an easy streetcar ride away from our hotel. You’ll simply walk up to Canal Street and take the streetcar marked City Park/Museums – it’s $1.25 per ride, or you can buy an all-day Jazzy Pass for $3. The last stop drops you off in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the China Lights exhibit is right next door.