Over 170 years old, New Orleans City Park is one of the largest urban Parks in the country. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Once the site of Allard Plantation facing Bayou St. John, City Park holds the world's largest collection of mature live oak trees, some older than 600 years in age. The park was founded in 1854, making it the 48th oldest park in the country, and established as the "City Park" in 1891. Tour the formal gardens, enjoy the swan boats, or ride the famous City Park carousel.