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Best Outdoor Activities in New Orleans

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For those looking to get outdoors and explore, look no further than Canoe & Trail Adventures. This outfit touts itself as the most experienced guide service in Louisiana, and with over 40 years of experience. it's hard to refute that. Tours run the gamut from wetlands to trailheads, in state to out of state and everything in between. Canoe, hike or otherwise explore the great outdoors with Canoe & Trail Adventures.

See the city of New Orleans from a new perspective with Bayou Kayaks. This kayaking outfit leads paddlers up the Bayou St John to Orleans Avenue and then down to Robert E Lee Boulevard. Witness an impressive display of various flora and fauna, as well as the classic French Colonial architecture New Orleans is known for, as you glide through the eight-mile round trip. Perfect for beginners or experts, kayaking with Bayou Kayaks is a great way to see the Big Easy.

Having started out as the nation's first sugar plantation, then an urban park, and finally renamed in 1886 as Audubon Park in tribute to John James Audubon who painted many of his famed "Birds of America" in Louisiana, the 340-acre Audubon Park and Audubon Zoo is a place one can truly and peacefully enjoy New Orleans's old-world charm: fountains, statues, gazebos, lagoons, giant oak trees, and the occasional horse-back riders and carriages. There are also a golf course, tennis courts, and a extremely popular 1.8-mile-long paved jogging track. Do walk along the outskirts of the park and be wowed by the historic buildings of Loyola and Tulane universities, as well as many elegant mansions.

Cajun Pride Swamp Tour is a fun and informative way to see a scenic swamp and wildlife refuge. You might see a whole zoo's worth of creatures including: alligators, bald eagles, waterfowl, owls, beavers, raccoons and even black bears. Tours generally last about an hour and a half.

It's just impossible to get bored of New Orleans' plush City Park. Sprawled over 1,500 acres, this welcoming oasis attracts hordes of people every day. You'll find lovebirds sharing some time together, children playing around, joggers doing their daily rounds and people absorbing the park's beauty. Camps, field trips and an amusement park are the facilities for children. Sports lovers can choose from golf, football, tennis and lots more. The park also provides the perfect setting for weddings, picnics, birthdays or other special functions. If you're a nature lover, you can volunteer to help protect this beautiful park.

Consisting of six sites spread across New Orleans, this historic site pays homage to the pirateering legacy of Jean Lafitte, and the historical events that unfolded in his wake. The visitor center has historic walking tours of the French Quarter and also sets the scene for other historic sites in and around New Orleans. The extensive Barataria Preserve is part of the site, and is sheathed in a tapestry of marshes, swamps and dense hardwood forests, while the Chalmette Battlefield has been the ground of many historic battles and wars. Characterized by a string of teeming bayous and inextricable Cajun traditions, the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is a stirring insight into the historical heart of New Orleans.

Located on the eastern limits of New Orleans, Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge is actually the biggest wildlife refuge in an urban area in the United States. Visitors to Bayou Sauvage have many choices when it comes to activities, from hiking, fishing and hunting to birdwatching and self-guided trail walks. The Bayou Lacombe Visitors Center is a good place to start a visit to Bayou Sauvage as they can provide visitors with information about the wildlife refuge, Junior Ranger kits for kids, along with several miles of trails and a botanical garden.

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