Five Outdoor Adventures to have in Louisiana

It’s no secret that Louisiana has a long and unique history that dates back to pre-America. Louisianans are known worldwide for their diversity, their love for their heritage, being home of Cajun culture, the birthplace of Creole food and jazz, and a state that knows how to celebrate. However, food isn’t the only thing Louisiana has to offer. With year-round warm weather and beautiful landscaping, Louisiana provides ample opportunity for outdoor adventures. You can find outdoor experiences anywhere – like New Orleans, in the Louisiana backwoods, or on the Gulf.

Here are just a few outdoor adventures to make sure you add to your Louisiana bucket list:

Paddling and Kayaking

More than 15% of Louisiana is covered with water – you have the Gulf Coast, swamps, bayous, marshes, and rivers. A great way to really dive into Louisiana’s aquatic ecosystems is through kayak, paddleboat, or canoe. In north Louisiana, you can glide along forests filler with hardwoods, cypress, and tupelo. To the south, there are more than seven water routes that snake through over 170,000 acres of protected wildlife. For a more urban experience, head to New Orleans and paddle in the waters of City Park or the Bayou of St. John.


Love to golf? The Audubon Golf Trailhas 16 beautifully landscaped golf courses throughout Louisiana, including:

The Wetlands in Lafayette

Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans

Santa Maria Golf Coursein Baton Rouge

Island Country Clubnear Plaquemine

Even better news? Regardless of the time of year you’re traveling to Louisiana, the year-round weather means you can golf almost any day of the year!


Although Louisiana is known for its wetlands and marshes, there are a variety of hiking trails for people who prefer to take in the sights by foot. Just a few minutes outside New Orleans are the Barataria Preserve trails in Jean Lafitte National Park, where you’ll find wooden platforms that keep you away from the alligators. Or you can head to North Louisiana to Driskill Mountain, a 1.9 mile trail through the forest. This trail will take you to the highest point of Louisiana, 535 feet above sea level. Near the Mississippi border is the Tunica Hills State Wildlife Management Area, where you can experience wildlife, waterfalls, and rugged terrain.

Swamp Tours

Ready to get a closer look at what’s living in the swamps? You can take a boat ride through Louisiana swamps to get a closeup of the state’s plants, wildlife, and swamp creatures like owls, turtles, alligators, and swimming pigs. Most tour guides will include Cajun food and local music for a more authentic experience. If you’re lucky, you might end up in true Cajun country that’s only accessible by boat.


Beaches in Louisiana? There sure are! Get your relax on by heading to Mandeville, a drive that will take you over one of the longest over-water bridges in the world, and layout on the white-sand beaches of Fontainebleau State Park. About two hours south of New Orleans is the barrier island of Grand Isle, where you’ll find ten miles of coastline and sandy beaches bordering the Gulf of Mexico.

For more Louisiana related articles, click here.


Louisiana Swamp Tours To Consider Taking

Louisiana has a lot to offer, but the most amazing thing is the wildlife and scenery. Swamp tours are the best way to see both. However, with the large amount of swamp enclosed in Louisiana, this means there are multiple swamp tour options. Thankfully, The Crazy Tourist has done some work for us to find the 15 Best Louisiana Swamp Tours. We are here to give you five of them. Remember, Louisiana weather can be unpredictable, so check with each tour and make sure there are options in case the weather does not work out.

New Orleans Airboat Tour

Have you ever heard of an airboat? A boat that is powered by huge engines that use propellers to push the boat through the water, and sometimes mud, without using a motor that has to be placed in the water. Airboats give a more unique experience because they can get int places regular boats cannot. Only an hour away from New Orleans this tour is only a few hours long, meaning you will have time to explore the rest of the city after being able to explore the bayou.

Expect to see snakes, turtles, birds, and even gators on this amazing tour.

Swamp AND Plantation Tour

Looking for a full day filled with history and legends that fill Louisiana’s swamps? The Destrehan Plantation makes its visitors feel as if they are walking into a different century. This plantation is the oldest documented plantation that is located in the Mississippi Valley  Five hours long and you will not only see the plantation but you will visit Manchac Swamp. The Cajun werewolf is said to lurk in these swamps and has been for centuries. Watch out, he might be just around that cypress tree.

There is also a tour available that not only has the plantation tour, but there is also a 6 to 9 person Airboat swamp tour included in the package. This more personalized tour will help you appreciate the true beauty of the Louisiana swamps. The Destrehan Plantation also offers a Museum that helps display the Slave Revolt that happened in 1811.

Eco Swamp Tour

This tour is one for those who prefer a small setting. Focusing mainly on Pearl River  and theHoney Island area, this tour really focuses on the fauna and flora that takes up Louisiana’s swamps. Two hours and a six person limit, this is perfect for those who want a quick glimpse into what the swamp has to offer.

Honey Island

The Southeast’s largest lakes, Lake Pontchartrain is the perfect place to discover the legends that go along with Louisiana’s swamps. Legends that include the spirits of pirates that have been long gone and ghosts that lurk in the swamps. Honey Island has been known as one of the least altered swamps in the United States. It is a protected wildlife area, but watch out for the Honey Island Swamp Monster. The array of wildlife that takes up the Louisiana swamp is almost unbelievable. Take this tour and get a chance to see otters. How could they possibly live there with all of the gators?

For more Louisiana related articles, click here.