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Take the Streetcar to Fair Grounds from the French Quarter

On a day when the weather is mild there is no more enjoyable way for out-of-town visitors to reach Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots than on New Orleans’ historic streetcar line, which has been in operation since the first half of the 19th century.

Fair Grounds is easily accessible via the streetcar’s City Park line, which ends a few blocks from the racetrack in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art. Visitors staying in the French Quarter can board the streetcar going north on Canal Street (away from the Mississippi River) for a pleasant half-hour ride.

To view the weekend schedule for the City Park streetcar on the Regional Transit Authority website click here.

Be sure to board a streetcar bound for City Park, as the other streetcar lines will not terminate near the racetrack.

From the end of the City Park line, walk south on Esplanade Avenue through the historic Esplanade Ridge neighborhood and its selection of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques, before making a left onto Mystery Street, which leads to Fair Grounds’ west gate.

The streetcar runs until midnight and a return trip from City Park to Canal Street will similarly take about a half-hour.

Standard streetcar fare is $1.25 and the senior price (for those 65 and over with valid photo ID) is 40 cents.