1. Lafreniere Park
The largest park in Metairie, Lafreniere Park offers something for everyone. Featuring several play areas for kids, athletic fields, a 24-hold disc golf course, a beautiful lagoon, and so much more, you’ll have a delightful afternoon as this amazing park. 3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie, Louisiana 70003.
2. Camp Salmen Nature Park
This 130-acre park is perfect for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature for a few hours. The park is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday year-round, and features miles of nature trails that allow visitors the opportunity to view abundant plant life and scores of wildlife including deer and tons of migratory and residential birds. 35122 Parish Pkwy, Slidell, LA 70460.
3. Fairview-Riverside State Park
Tiny but mighty, this charming little state park clocks in at 99 acres and is the perfect little park for an afternoon outing. Set along the banks of the Tchefuncte River, you can stroll along the trail for some delightful views. The Otis House Museum is located within the park, and is truly worth a tour. Built in 1885, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. 119 Fairview Dr., Madisonville, LA 70447.
4. Bogue Falaya Park
For a truly relaxing afternoon, spend some time over at Bogue Falaya Park in Covington. The peaceful little park includes a playground for the kids, tons of green space to sprawl out on, and lovely views of the Bogue Falaya River.
5. Fontainebleau State Park
This 2,800 acre state park is nestled right up against Lake Pontchartrain, and offers endless hours of recreational fun. From the playgrounds to the many green spaces, there’s something for everyone here. Take advantage of their hiking and nature trails that lead to some beautiful water views and wildlife viewing opportunities. 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70471.
6. Bogue Chitto State Park
The Bogue Chittio State Park allows visitors to experience some of the most diverse and dynamic natural habitats around. From cypress tupelo stamps to rolling hills, you’ll have an amazing time at this 1,786-acre park. 17049 State Park Blvd, Franklinton, Louisiana 70438.
7. Barataria Preserve
Part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Barataria Preserve includes 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests all teeming with wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, turtles, snakes, and more than 200 species of birds as you stroll down the boardwalk trails. 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072.
8. Tickfaw State Park
Established in 1998, Tickfaw State Park features four different ecosystems to explore. The hiking trails will lead you through the scenic landscape, and you can also bring your canoe or kayak and cruise down the Tickfaw River for a relaxing afternoon. 27225 Patterson Rd., Springfield, LA 70462.