While technically in the Lakewood neighborhood, this beautiful destination is in easy walking distance of the Mid-City streetcar. Fourteen separate gardens are arranged throughout 8 acres of beautifully maintained property, embellished with fountains, architectural flourishes, and gorgeous pathways of hand-laid Mexican pebbles and rough-cut marble. This city estate, now a National Historic Landmark, was fashioned in the 1940s after the great country houses of England,
and the villa-style mansion is decorated with its original furnishings of English and American antiques, priceless tapestries, modern art, and porcelain. Longue Vue is open Tuesday through Sunday, and guests can visit the house by guided tour or explore the gardens at their own leisure. Themed gardens include the formal Spanish court, modeled after a 14th-century Spanish garden, as well as a Discovery Garden, which introduces kids to the intricacies and wonders of horticulture.
While the verdant gardens are open year round, March and April see the amarillos, daffodils, azaleas, spring snowdrops, tulips and poppies in full bloom.