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If you want a break from the famed French Quarter in New Orleans (see why it's now better than ever), go uptown and visit the Audubon Park. It was originally a plantation but is now home to the Audubon Zoo. The golf course in the park opened more than a century ago in 1898, but was recently renovated. Visitors get to enjoy the views of the Mississippi River, lush lawns, lagoons, oak trees and migratory birds.