Enjoying the Outdoors in New Orleans

A visit to New Orleans likely makes you picture eating world-class seafood and out-of-this-world Cajun and Creole cuisine. You also likely imagine an incredible music scene featuring the best of jazz, blues, R&B, and much more. But did you know there are also a bunch of outdoor activities in NOLA you can enjoy this spring?

That’s right. Outdoor activities abound in New Orleans. And they go far beyond strolling through the French Market or riding down the Mississippi on the Steamboat Natchez. If you want to enjoy some sunshine while in the Big Easy, consider one of these outdoor activities in NOLA.

Play a Round of Golf

Tee off at one of NOLA’s top-notch golf courses. The over-100-years-old Audubon Park Golf Course offers an 18-hole course on over 4,220-yards of expertly landscaped terrain. In nearby City Park, the Bayou Oaks City Park South Course features 250-acres. When you add it to City Park’s North Course, it’s the only complex in the city to offer 36 holes. You can also test your skills at the municipal Joseph M. Bartholomew Golf Course.

Go Hiking and Biking

Why not squeeze in a hike or a biking adventure after getting your fill of crawfish, beignets, gumbo, and more? You’ll find bike paths throughout the city, but you don’t need to BYOB (bring your own bicycle). You can use a service like BlueBikes or rent a bike, surrey, or another unique ride on wheels at Wheel Fun Rentals in City Park.

For hiking, jogging, or a leisurely stroll, try out the paths at City Park or along the Lakefront. Or, escape to a forest in the middle of the city in Couturie Forest (located inside City Park). Another option is the trail at Audubon Park (which is right across the street from Audubon Zoo, another fun outdoor activity).

Go Horseback Riding

Several places in NOLA offer horseback riding, providing options for both beginners and expert riders. Cascade Stables in Audubon Park or Equest Farm in City Park are great places to book some riding time.

Explore the Louisiana Swamp with a Swamp Tour

Book a swamp tour to discover the mystique of the Louisiana swamp up close and personal. Maybe you’ll even come face-to-face with an alligator or two, along with other native wildlife. Check out New Orleans Swamp Tours or Bayou Swamp Tours to get started.

Rent a Kayak

Set your own pace and take in the views as you glide down Bayou St. John on a kayak. You can rent canoes and kayaks at Bayou St. John or by Big Lake in City Park.

Book a Fishing Charter

Visit FishingBooker to find some of the top fishing charters in and around New Orleans. City Park also offers catch-and-release fishing if you want a more laid-back approach.

Relax and Let Loose in City Park

You’ve already seen City Park pop up a lot in this list of outdoor New Orleans activities. But if you prefer something not so physical, there’s a lot more to do in this 1,300-acre urban park. Stroll through the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, take the kids to Carousel Gardens Amusement Park or Storyland, or enjoy a picnic under the mighty oaks. You can also rent a swan paddle boat or have an impromptu photo shoot in the Botanical Gardens.

Of course, after enjoying the great outdoors NOLA-style, you can still relish in the delectable cuisine and unbeatable nightlife. After a fun-filled day, rest your head in one of our charming New Orleans hotels until you’re ready to tackle the next thing on your list.

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