Summertime is a great time for sunshine, smiles, and seeking new adventures! Looking for some fun places to explore that aren’t too far from home? We have put together a list of parks in the Greater New Orleans area that you should check out this summer!
Lafreniere Park is located in Metairie, Louisiana, and has several different attractions. From the walking path, playground, dog park, splash pad and more, the possibilities of fun are endless! Even more family fun awaits at Lafreniere Park’s Annual Uncle Sam Jam! This great event takes place in the park on July 4th weekend with music, food, and fireworks. Each Wednesday, the park hosts a Farmer’s Arts Market! You can find local vendors with unique gifts, fresh produce, and more!
Throughout the year, there is always something to fun going on at Lafreniere Park. From events to outdoor activities like running on the jogging trail or play on one of the sports fields. The 155-acre park also has several picnic shelters, playgrounds, a lagoon, a carousel, and a disc golf course!
Play right next to Lake Pontchartrain at the Bonnabel Boat Launch Park. It is the perfect place to catch the sunset, or sunrise for early birds, over the water. Walk or bike along the Lakefront Trail, an over 9 mile-long paved path, that goes from Metairie to Kenner.
Take a closer look at the Lake by utilizing the boat launch! It also has a dog park so your furry friends can enjoy the day with you too. A play area makes it a fun stop for the whole family.
Head to Bucktown for more outdoor fun! Walk along the newly renovated, 1,000 foot long Bucktown Marsh Boardwalk and learn about the plants and wildlife through its informational signs. Pack a picnic and enjoy under one of the covered pavilions. There’s lots of green space with a beautiful lakefront view to stretch your legs! The pier is a great fishing spot so bring your poles and bait.
Wally Pontiff Jr. Playground used to be known as Metairie Playground. It is one of the oldest public playgrounds in Jefferson Parish, with its development starting as early as 1945. In 2003, the park was renamed to honor Wally Pontiff, Jr., who played baseball at the playground before his college athletic career at Louisiana State University. To learn more about Wally’s story and the Wally Pontiff, Jr. Foundation, you can visit the website.
You can find several sports fields, a track, a gym, and a couple of tennis courts at the park. Your fur-ever friends are welcome too! They can enjoy the dog park that is on-site as well. With a meeting center, picnic shelters, and a bird sanctuary, there are many ways to stay entertained here!
Home to the Kenner Pavilion, a popular outdoor rental space, the park has a quarter-mile walking path for its visitors to enjoy. A couple of picnic shelters and playgrounds, including a handicap-accessible one, make this a great spot in West Jefferson Parish to stop by! Don’t forget the pup – there’s a dog park they can play in too.