We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Bogue Falaya Park
From sprawling green space to playgrounds and pavilions, Bogue Falaya Park is a true hidden gem in the heart of Covington. The views of the Bogue Falaya River are delightful, and the park has many spaces where you can find a quiet little area to sit back and relax.
Address: 213 Park Drive, Covington, LA, 70433
2. Fontainebleau State Park
Nestled on the shores of Lake Pontchartain, Fontainebleau State Park is perfect for anyone looking for get away for a bit and immerse themselves in some of the most beautiful natural landscape Louisiana has to offer. The 2,800-acre state park has several natural trails, a cozy little beach, and a long pier over the lake where you can watch the most stunning sunsets around.
Address: 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA, 70471
3. Bogue Chitto State Park
It’s a bit of a haul from New Orleans, but worth every mile. Located in Franklinton, this 1,786-acre state park truly has something for everyone. Launch your canoe in to the Bogue Chitto River, bring your rod and reel and fish from one of the many fishing piers, or explore more then seven miles of nature trails. There’s also a 9-hole disc golf course and 11 ponds stocked with freshwater fish.
Address: 17049 State Park Boulevard, Franklinton, LA, 70438
4. Lafreniere Park
Located next door to New Orleans, Lafreniere Park is the largest park in Metairie and certainly worth the 10 minute drive. With multiple sports fields, a two-mile running track, a beautiful pond, and tons of sprawling green space, you’ll quickly fall in love with Lafreniere Park.
Address: 3000 Downs Boulevard, Metairie, LA, 70003
5. La Salle Park
Next door to the Shrine on Airline Drive, La Salle Park features multiple baseball fields, soccer fields, an agrarian garden, and a nature boardwalk as well as a jogging path and a small fitness area.
Address: 6600 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA, 70003
6. Bonnabel Boat Launch Park
For a truly picture-perfect afternoon, a trip to Bonnabel Boat Launch Park is a must. Beautiful views of the lake, a nice breeze, and the calming sounds of the waves crashing nearby. Sounds like paradise, right?
Address: 1599 Bonnabel Boulevard, Metairie, LA, 70005
7. Bayou Segnette State Park
Located not far from New Orleans, this Westwego state park features both swamps and marshes and ample fishing opportunities. The floating cabins are a picture-perfect destination to spend a weekend getaway, and there are also a few nature trails and playgrounds for the kids.
Address: 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA, 70094
8. Wally Pontiff Jr. Playground
Jefferson Parish’s oldest playground dates back to 1945 and was originally called Metairie Playground. Several sport fields pepper this massive park, as well as a cross country course and several playground for the little ones.
Address: 1521 Palm Street, Metairie, LA, 70001
9. West End Park
For a nautical afternoon, head over to the oak-lined West End Park where you can sit back and listen to the waves crash on the seawall and watch the boats sail by. West End Park is also a great place to watch the sunset over the lake!
Address: 7601 Breakwater Drive, New Orleans, LA, 70124
10. Pontchartrain Park
Established in 1955, Pontchartrain Park features something for everyone. From basketball courts to tennis courts, there is fun for all ages at this hidden park right in New Orleans.
Address: 6500 Press Drive, New Orleans, LA, 70126
11. Fairview-Riverside State Park
Tiny but mighty, this 99-acre state park is just a short trip across the causeway and features beautiful green space, incredible river views, and the option to tour the Otis House, historic home on the property that dates back to 1885.
Address: 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville, LA, 70447