Trip Planner USA  /  Louisiana  /  New Orleans  /  Sightseeing  /  Lafayette Square

Lafayette Square, New Orleans

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
Lafayette Square is the second-oldest park in New Orleans, Louisiana, located in the present-day Central Business District. In the late 18th century, this was a residential area called Faubourg Sainte Marie (English: St. Mary Suburb).The park was designed in 1788 by Charles Laveau Trudeau aka Don Carlos Trudeau (1743–1816), Surveyor General of Louisiana under the Spanish government; who later served as New Orleans' acting mayor in 1812, after Louisiana statehood. The Square was named after Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and general who fought on the American side in the American Revolutionary War. The park has a bronze statue of Henry Clay in the center of the park, and statues of John McDonogh and Benjamin Franklin on St. Charles Avenue and Camp Street.Gallier Hall, the former City Hall of New Orleans faces the square on St. Charles Avenue. Although the city government has moved elsewhere, the square is still used for inaugurations and civic events. The square also often hosts live music.From 1834 to 1938 First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans occupied much of the Western side of the square and was the tallest steeple in the city. It was from this steeple that General Benjamin Butler used the bell to ring curfew during the occupation of New Orleans (1862-1865) during the American Civil War. Most of the architectural elements (including the bell) were moved to First Presbyterian's subsequent location at the corner of South Claiborne and Jefferson Avenues in New Orleans.
Before you head to New Orleans, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly New Orleans vacation generator, to make sure you see all that New Orleans has to offer, including Lafayette Square.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • Super nice square. The dial was was going on a jazz and blues festival. People sit on the grass and enjoy the Sun.
    show original
  • Shade trees, portaloos. Excellent music. Beware the puss caterpillars that sting badly. Not to be messed with. Great festivals. Easy to get to. 
  • A nice green space. Decent park with a few art sculptures and a center monument. Well kept, clean. Nice park. 
  • Lafayette Square is a great little getaway tucked right into downtown New Orleans. Park benches, bike racks, open green space, gorgeous old live oak trees, ample parking - it's a true oasis. My favorite time of year is when Lafayette Square gets overtaken by the YLC in late spring/early summer for Wednesdays at the Square music series, featuring live music, food, drinks, and artisans. If they are visiting at the right time of year, WATS at Lafayette Square is one of my go-to events to take out-of-town friends.
  • A small park that's a short walk from the Quarter. I love going to Wednesday in the Square for great local music, small dishes from local restaurants and Abita beer. Local artists and nonprofits also set up. Get there early because it can get really crowded.
  • I went to Lafayette Square for Wednesdays at the Square which is a free concert series. The space is great: beautiful outdoor area and well kept. It's definitely nice to have a place like this in the business district. It's also right off St. Charles so it's easily accessible by street car.
  • Small park but Wednesdays at the Square are fun events for free live music, seasonal Ibitas, and treats like chips and crawfish queso.
  • Lafayette Square is a great park tucked a block off Poydras surrounded by Federal and Office Buildings. It hosts some cool events in the spring and summer on the weekends and weekdays. It has a rare distinction of being fairly homeless free which is important if you truly are just trying to enjoy an afternoon sitting in the park. I think this is due to it proximity to the government buildings and it's lack of tourist nearby.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 3​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h