Uptown boasts a wide array of architecture ranging from grand mansions and Creole cottages to Greek Revivals, gabled Tudors and Queen Annes. Previously pastures and farmland, the neighborhood is world-famous for its oak-lined streets.
Although many people refer to the Garden District and Carrollton as “Uptown,” Uptown is in fact a specific neighborhood bounded by Louisiana, Broadway, Claiborne and the River. The City Planning Commission divides this large area into a number of “sub neighborhoods” such as Freret, Touro, West Riverside and Black Pearl.
Uptown is home to two New Orleans universities: Tulane and Loyola. Both universities are located on St. Charles Avenue across from Audubon Park. The park is approximately six miles to the west of the City Center of New Orleans and sits on land that was purchased by the City in 1871. It extends from St. Charles Avenue to the Mississippi River. Named in honor of the artist and naturalist, John James Audubon, the park contains one of the top-rated golf courses in the country, and green space with ponds, bridle-paths and Beaux Arts fountains. The ring road around the park is a popular place for bicyclists, joggers and skaters. The Audubon Zoo, one of the top-ranked zoos in the country, is nearby and showcases innovative natural habitat exhibits and an extraordinary animal collection ranging from the white alligators to white tigers.
The levee and bend of the river, commonly referred to as "The Fly" by locals, provides a haven for dog-walkers, bicyclists, picnickers and sunbathers. For shopping, Uptown offers Magazine Street, with its eclectic mix of shops, art galleries and restaurants. Another popular locale, Freret Street, has experienced a revival over the past decade. The eclectic dining and cultural scene has become a destination for locals and visitors alike. The first Saturday in April, The Freret Street Festival showcases the best this corridor has to offer. Uptown is also home to the Prytania Theater. A favorite for locals, it was constructed in the early 1900s and offers current movies on a single-large screen, one of the only such theaters remaining in the state.
This neighborhood, with its older, raised homes and naturally occurring high ground, was spared most of the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. Uptown was repaired quickly and today it is one of the most enduring sections of the City.