Louisiana is known as a Sportsman’s Paradise.
The state boasts millions of square miles of open wilderness, conveniently located near city centers. Rivers, lakes, parks and recreation spaces are perfect for enjoying the outdoors. With mild winters and sunny, warm summers, Greater New Orleans is the perfect location to spend time outside and enjoy nature.
Rankings & Facts
City Park in AmericaNew Orleans City Park Thrillist
rail-trail hall of fame nominationSt. Tammany Parish Rails-To-Trails Conservancy
Percent of Residents within Half-Mile Walk to a ParkNew Orleans Trust for Public Land
National ParksGreater New Orleans U.S. National Parks Service
State ParksGreater New Orleans Louisiana Department of Culture
Life on the water
Greater New Orleans lies amidst a network of bayous, lakes, and rivers which provide the perfect location for cruising, canoeing, and kayaking.
Lake Pontchartrain is a popular sailing destination, where leisure sailors and racers alike enjoy the calm waters and winds that come in from the Gulf of Mexico. On both sides of the lake, you can find a mixture of public piers and private yacht clubs to accommodate any size vessel.
Soaking in natural scenery
Throughout the region, green spaces can be found in great abundance. In the city itself, dozens of parks provide the perfect setting for organized sports, playtime with children, or a relaxing picnic.
New Orleans City Park is a 1,300-acre public park with amenities that include boat rentals, equestrian stables, private dog parks, a football stadium and more. Audubon Park and Riverview (known to locals as “The Fly”) is home to formal and informal sports as well as Audubon Zoo—one of the top 10 zoos in the country
Around the region, visitors and residents enjoy the scenery found in the region’s state and national parks, wildlife centers, and more, including Jean Lafitte State Park, Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, and Fontainebleau State Park, which all have exceptional amenities for their guests.
Running and Hiking
Fitness in the Big Easy
Southeast Louisiana sits on mostly flat land, making it the perfect place to take an evening jog along the levee, or run laps at a local track. The Crescent City Classic 10K, Jazz Half Marathon, and Race for the Cure are just a few examples of the many regional races that attract runners from around the country.
With more than 22 state parks in Louisiana, and six within an hour of the city center, Greater New Orleans offers a wide array of hiking paths and nature trails. Snakes, frogs, alligators, birds, and even the rare Louisiana black bear are all creatures that can be spotted while hiking local trails.
Fishing and Hunting
It’s a sportsman’s (and woman’s!) paradise
The Louisiana bayous and forests are home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in the country. You’ll find alligator, deer, turkey, quail, rabbit and squirrel hunting within the region. Venice, LA, located in Plaquemines Parish, was voted one of the top five best hunting locations in the United States.
Easy access to water makes fishing one of the most popular pastimes of regional residents. Each of the parishes in the region offers unparalleled access to both freshwater fishing and deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Redfish, speckled trout, flounder, and bass thrive in area waterways. Whether spending a relaxing afternoon on the lake, or booking a chartered trip to the Gulf of Mexico, fishermen are sure to be pleased by the many area offerings.