When weather permits, there’s nothing better than fresh air and fun. No matter the season, outdoor activities should always be on your agenda when visiting New Orleans.
Outdoor Activities in New Orleans
Get up and get out with outdoor activities in New Orleans.
Kayaking along Bayou Saint John
Kayaking along the bayou is a spring and summertime favorite for both visitors and locals alike. When the weather is nice, Mid-City is prime for soaking up the sun and fresh air while paddling through the water. Schedule a guided kayak tour or rent equipment and go solo - either way, you’ll have a good time!
Bike through different NOLA neighborhoods
Spend a Day at City Park
You can easily spend an entire day outdoors at New Orleans City Park. Browse the park’s artistic offerings at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden and the Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, plan a family-friendly outing at the newly renovated Storyland, or have a picnic near Big Lake and ask about some of the park’s recreation rentals. There’s plenty to see, do, and experience at this sprawling Mid-City oasis.
Walk, bike or run the Lafitte Greenway
The Lafitte Greenway is a 2.6-mile linear park that runs from Mid-City to the foot of the French Quarter in New Orleans. When traversing the trail by foot or on two wheels, you’ll run into restaurants and retail shops, exercise groups and designated play areas, farmers markets and green spaces. Stop into a beer garden for a refreshing sip, or hike the trail all the way to Armstrong Park. The Greenway is ever-evolving, with new points of interest popping up every few months.
Secluded swamp tours
Take a break from the city and make your way to the swamplands for an outdoor adventure like no other. Swamp tours are great group activities that offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with Louisiana's vast wetland ecosystems. From kayaks to airboats, there are tons of options for seeing the swamps–browse our guide to the different types of swamp tours and choose the experience that speaks to you most.
Outdoor Dining in New Orleans
The outdoors provide a natural ambiance like no other. Head outside for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, and see why the grass is greener with al fresco dining.
Picnic in a park
Grab a blanket and some snacks and head to one of these New Orleans picnic spots. Jackson Square, Lakeshore Drive, and Woldenberg Park are just a few of our favorite places for the occasion. With plenty of nearby restaurants offering grab-and-go options, it’s as easy as one, two, three to plan the perfect picnic.
Reservations at a patio, courtyard or rooftop dining
Breakfast along the boulevard, courtyard jazz brunches, patio lunches, and rooftop dinner. With no shortage of outdoor dining experiences, New Orleans takes eating OUT to a whole new level. Browse our full list of restaurants with outdoor seating or check out a few of our favorites and book your outdoor reservation today.
Lakeside crawfish cravings
Fresh air and fresh seafood - can it get any better? Everyone knows crawfish is best enjoyed outdoors, especially when it’s eaten waterside. Grab a pound (or two.. or three...) from your favorite crawfish place or a host a boil of your own and head to the outdoor venue of your choosing. The Fly, Crescent Park, and the Lakefront are great places to enjoy a crawfish feast.
Check out some of our top places to get boiled seafood right now in New Orleans.