Louisiana Travels for June 9

Photo provided by Gambel CommunicationsHoles on one of the courses at City Putt spotlight well-known New Orleans streets, inlcuding Elysian Fields. Show caption
Photo provided by Gambel CommunicationsHoles on one of the courses at City Putt spotlight well-known New Orleans streets, inlcuding Elysian Fields.

City Park’s the place to putter around in N.O.


City Putt, New Orleans’ City Park’s newest attraction, is open.

The miniature golf complex offers two disabled-accessible 18-hole courses, and is located at 8 Victory Drive across from the park’s Storyland.

Local flavor and Louisiana elements inspire the courses’ decor, including the swamp, Louis Armstrong, alligators and music. One course highlights various cities around the state, and the other spotlights notable street names in New Orleans. Individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations have sponsored each of the 36 holes of the courses.

City Putt’s hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday; closed on Monday. General admission for a single round of 18 holes is $8 for adults (13 and older) and $6 for children (ages 4-12). Children 3 and younger play for free.

There is a concession area, restrooms and a birthday party room, and the facility is available for private parties and corporate event rentals. For more information, call (504) 483-9458.



New at the IMAX

The Entergy IMAX Theatre at the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans is now showing Great White Shark, a new film which seeks to unravel the mysteries of the Great White and explain its role atop the oceanic food chain. The film is narrated by stage and film actor Bill Nighy.

For showtimes and more information, visit the website.



Jean Lafitte events

Ranger talks are being given at 2:45 p.m. daily during June at the Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Visitors can learn more about the 1815 Battle of New Orleans during the free talks. Call (504) 281-0510 for more information.

Also this month, ranger-guided walks at the Barataria Preserve, also part of Jean Lafitte, are taking place at 10 a.m. Fridays-Mondays. Visitors can explore the swamp and marsh during the free walks. The preserve is located at 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Call (504) 689-3690, ext. 10, for more information.



Park fees change

The Office of State Parks is making necessary fee adjustments on camping sites at parks and entrance fees at historic sites. The new pricing will go into effect Monday, July 1. The fee structure for campsites is: winter season, October-March, improved, $18/night; premium, $20/night; unimproved, $14/night; canoe, $14/night; and summer season, April-September, improved, $22/night; premium, $28/night; unimproved, $14/night; and canoe, $14/night.

The new fee structure also adjusts the entrance fees for Audubon State Historic Site, near St. Francisville, as follows:

house tour and grounds admission, $8 per adult (18-62); $6 per senior citizen (62 and older); $4 per student (ages 6 to 17); free to children 5 and younger; grounds admission only, $4 per person (ages 6 and older); and free to children 5 and younger.

Also, valid for day use at all sites, an $80 Annual Park Pass is available for purchase.

Revenues from fees go toward improvements at Louisiana State Parks sites, for additional facilities, such as new cabins and visitor centers, and to upgrading current facilities. The increase in fees allows for a great number of and higher quality improvements at sites around the state.

Existing reservations for overnight accommodations will be honored at the price structure in place when the reservations were originally made.



Center plans progress

Construction is set to begin this month on the Germantown Colony Museum Visitors Center in Minden.

The projected cost of $424,000 includes funds to display the artifacts, according to a news release from the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission.

Cataloging and preservation of more than 275 items from Germantown Colony is being done at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. Among the items are an altar, coins, ivory carvings, books and stamps.

The museum is lcoated at 120 Museum Road, Minden. For more information, call (318) 377-6061.

The Office of State Parks provided items for this column. Louisiana Travels is a biweekly column about travel destinations and events in Louisiana. Email items for Louisiana Travels to travel@theadvocate.com or jbergeron@theadvocate.com or mail to Judy Bergeron, News Features assistant editor, The Advocate, 7290 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.