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Outdoor Activities For Spring In New Orleans

Spring is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Luckily for residents of 1st Lake’s New Orleans area apartments, there are tons of ways to have fun and exercise outdoors. Use some of our ideas for great outdoor activities and take advantage of this temperate time. All are fun for adults while being great outdoor activities for kids as well.

Jog on Lake Pontchartrain – If you are a resident of 1st Lake’s apartments in Kenner, you have the added bonus of Lake Pontchartrain right outside your door. Lake Pontchartrain provides beautiful scenery and a natural resource for fishing, boating or jogging or strolling along the banks.

Picnic at the Park – Picnics are the perfect spring activity and a way to have fun while being outside. There are great parks near our apartments in Metairie including Lafreniere Park, which the Lafreniere Apartments are located right next to. Since 1st Lake Properties is pet friendly, residents will love bringing their dog to the Bonnabel Boat Launch Dog Park and Lafreniere Bark located inside Lafreneire park.

Fishing – Because Louisiana is part of the Gulf Coast, it offers many beautiful waterways that provide many opportunities for outdoor spring activities. There are a number of places to go fishing near 1st Lake Apartments, including the fishing community of Covington where the modern Brewster Commons apartments are located, as well as at the St. Tammany Parish fishing pier near the Audubon Gates apartments in Slidell.

Go Swimming – Many, if not most, of 1st Lake’s apartments come with beautiful and luxurious swimming pools for residents to enjoy. In addition, the Brewster Commons apartments in Covington are near the resort style Stone Creek Club and Spa, complete with fitness classes and equipment, tennis courts, spa, children’s programs and of course a large, immaculate swimming pool.

In The Spotlight: New Orleans And Apartment Renting

If New Orleans being named the Best American City by Travel + Leisure wasn’t enough to convince you to move to New Orleans, there is plenty of evidence to back up that claim! At a time when both apartment renting and New Orleans is on the rise, seize your chance to be a resident of one of 1st Lake Properties’ New Orleans apartments!

Why Rent An Apartment in New Orleans

New Orleans Food

New Orleans food is known far and wide to be among the most delicious and iconic in the world. Classic New Orleans cuisine is known for its slow cooked, rich flavors found in gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish etouffee, plus its classic sandwiches like the po-boy and muffaletta. Recently, the James Beard Foundation recognized New Orleans restaurants and chefs, nominating four chefs and one outstanding restaurant for the James Beard Awards, one of the most prestigious culinary honors.

New Orleans Music

In addition to the food, the music of New Orleans is one of the city’s most defining qualities. Congo Square in New Orleans’ Armstrong Park is known as being the birthplace of American music, laying the groundwork for Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘n Roll. Practically any hour day or night, live music can be found in local venues or on the street. In a recent Travel + Leisure article, three New Orleans music venues were featured that offer great local musicians in a cool atmosphere: d.b.a., Hi Ho Lounge and Saturn Bar.

New Orleans food, music and all of its cultural offerings are not far from the 1st Lake apartment communities in greater New Orleans, including the popular suburbs of Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge.

Foodfest Celebrate Americas Food

FoodFest brings together chefs and cooks from all over the United States in order to celebrate regional, hometown eats. This weekend-long festival highlights the delicious, informal fare found in local cafes and city neighborhoods, seafood shacks, barbecue joints, food trucks, and casual bistros.

During this event, cooks from all over the country head to New Orleans to dish up their regional delicacies. At FoodFest, you can find anything and everything from New England clam chowder to Houston tamales to Memphis barbecue to Kentucky sweet tea and mint juleps. It’s all about great American classics, cooked and served by chefs that not only love food, but love what it says about our culture and upbringing.

Bring your appetite!

FoodFest Street Festival
Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24
French Market at 1008 North Peters Street
Saturday:  11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday:  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free for all

Moving To New Orleans Checklist

Are you just moving to New Orleans from a different city or state? If you’re new to the location, you’re probably not familiar with all the resources to establish yourself in your new rental in New Orleans. We’ve offered some tips for what to do before moving in and setting up a new apartment, and now we’ll guide you through setting yourself up once you’ve moved in. Start with this moving checklist of resources and you’ll be settled in no time.

  • Voter Registration – You can register to vote in New Orleans at City Hall on 1300 Perdido Street, Room 1W24.
  • Vehicle Registration – Residents of Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge apartment rentals can register their vehicles at the Office of Motor Vehicles on 100 Veterans Blvd in Jefferson Parish.
  • Utilities – Entergy is the electric and gas provider for the 1st Lake apartment communities in Louisiana. Entergy can be reached at 1-800-ENTERGY or on the Entergy website.
  • Storage – No need to go searching for the right place to store your belongings – 1st Lake can take care of all your storage needs for you! 1st Lake offers self storage facilities that are conveniently located close to the Metairie, River Ridge and Kenner apartment rentals. Contact Kenner Self Storage or Metairie Self Storage for excellent service, on site management, month to month leases and a gated location with 24 hour access.
  • Postal Services – Locate the main post offices nearest to your apartment by checking the United States Postal Service website.

After you’ve gone through this moving in checklist, sit back and relax in your new 1st Lake Properties apartment.

Family Fun Earth Fest At The Audubon Zoo

New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo, one of the top 5 zoos in the country, is hosting Earth Fest on March 16th.

Earth Fest is a day of fun and learning, meant to educate visitors about ways to save and protect the environment.

All day long, there will be special exhibitors from both non-profit and governmental sectors, as well as businesses involved with environmental issues who will be on-site to answer questions, educate, and inform zoo visitors. Plus, they’ll even be a fun Earth Quest game during which you can win awesome prizes. There will also be food, drinks, and crafts available for purchase.

Have extra Mardi Gras beads? Bring them for a discount on your zoo admission! ARC of Greater New Orleans will accept beads for recycling outside the Zoo during Earth Fest, and if you bring in at least a dozen beads, you’ll receive a coupon for $3 off adult or $2 off child admission. And, the coupon is good for up to 4 admissions for March 16, 2013!

Learn more about Earth Fest.