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Outdoor activities in Jefferson Parish

Ashley Lideau

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NEW ORLEANS, LA—Jefferson Parish has lots of places for you to visit. The region has both on-and off-the-water outdoor fun—it's only 10 minutes away from downtown New Orleans. Here are some of the activities you can do in Jefferson Parish:

On-the-water

Jefferson Parish is home to the white-sand beaches of Grand Isle. You can sunbathe, swim, fish, or just stroll along the shores. At Jefferson Parish, you can swim in Bayou Segnette State Park's 22,000-square-foot pool, fish in the Grand Isle State Park, or go boating in Bonnabel Boat Launch, and 3 other locations. Click here for more information.

You can also go paddling in Barataria Preserve, Bayou Segnette State Park, or Grand Isle State Park, or go on a swamp and bayou tour at Jean Lafitte Harbor.

Off-the-Water

If you prefer to stay dry, there are a bunch of alternate options for you too. There are many trails where you can hike or birdwatch. To see wildlife like alligators and over 200 species of birds, head to Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Park. A three-mile nature trail is also available at Bayou Segnette State Park, where you can trek and see various Flora and fauna from swamps and marshland.

Stroll along the Bucktown Boardwalk for a view of Lake Pontchartrain, which is also a great birdwatching spot, with bird blinds and informational signs. Another option would be Lafitte's Wetland Trace Nature Boardwalk, where you can see local wildlife and marsh plants like orchids and lilies.

Go cycling through the 60-plus-mile Mississippi River Trail system, but if you want to see wildlife while cycling, visit the Linear Park Bicycle Path instead.

If you like camping, visit Grand Isle State Park, which has 49 campsites with a bathhouse and a dump station nearby, or stay at one of the 16 floating cabins at Bayou Segnette State Park.

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