Sometimes, you just need a couple of hours to yourself, to escape from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. The next time you need a place to retreat, think about heading to one of these peaceful parks for some quality time to yourself.
1. Bogue Falaya Park
Tons of picnic benches, a pavilion, and a playground for the kids make this a great place to escape to on the Northshore. The Bogue Falaya River runs through the park offers some picture-perfect views.
213 Park Drive, Covington, LA 70433
2. BREC’S City-Brooks Community Park
At 154 acres, there’s something for everyone in this massive park. There’s a dog park, a splash pad, a labyrinth, a golf course, and a 50-acre lake that’s stocked full of fish.
1515 Dalrymple Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70806
3. Girard Park
Girard Park hosts some lovely man made ponds to sit and gaze out at, and you’ll encounter tons of geese and ducks. There’s a walking path that goes around the entire park, basketball courts, playgrounds, and a public pool to keep you busy.
500 Girard Park Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503
4. Indian Creek Recreation Area
With more than 100 acres to explore, Indian Creek is the perfect escape to nature. Visors can enjoy the reservoir, the 2.5 mile hike through the mixed hardwood forests, or relax on one of the three swimming beaches.
100 Camp Ground Road, Woodworth, LA 71485
5. Kiroli Park
The park’s well-maintained gardens are perfect for taking a casual stroll or taking a few moments to yourself on one of the many benches scattered throughout the park.
820 Kiroli Rd, West Monroe, Louisiana 71291
6. Lafreniere Park
Located in Metairie, this park is a wonderful place to enjoy some quality time and get away from it all.
3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie, Louisiana 70003
7. Moncus Park
This 100-acre park has tons of luscious grass to lay out and soak up some sun while you catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to finish.
2913 Johnston St. Lafayette, LA 70503
8. New Orleans City Park
Established in 1854, the 1,300-acre outdoor oasis is one of the oldest urban parks in the country. Stroll under picture perfect moss draped oak trees, stop and smell the roses in the botanical garden, or just sit at one of the many benches and people-watch. There are also several family-friendly attractions, including an amusement park, a carousel, putt-putt, and more.
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124
9. Niblett’s Bluff Park
Overlooking the Sabine River, this park is a lovely place for a peaceful escape. They have campsites if you’re looking to make a weekend out of it, a boat launch for some fun on the river, and a playground for the kiddos.
3409 Niblett Bluff Road, Vinton, LA 70668
10. Prien Lake Park
Visitors to the park can enjoy beautiful flowers, fountains, streams, and a walking trail. The 20-acre park has a gorgeous view of Prien Lake, and truly breathtaking sunsets. There are several picnic areas, a playground, and a splash pad for fun for all ages.
3700 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, LA 70601
11. Rip Van Winkle Gardens
This is the perfect place to relax. The 20 acres surrounding the Joseph Jefferson home sits on top of a salt dome overlooking Lake Peigneur. Stroll through this beautiful semi-tropical garden and then have lunch at Cafe Jefferson for the perfect afternoon!
5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd. New Iberia, LA 70560.
12. Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
5 miles of hiking trails and exhibits are waiting for you to explore at this nature park. There’s an amphitheater, 2 group picnic areas, an herb garden and an outdoor aviary.
8012 Blanchard Furrh Rd, Shreveport, Louisiana 71107