Cool off, play in the water and feel like a kid again (while keeping the kiddos entertained) this summer.
New Orleans: Pretty much the closest you can get to the water without being in it, Kayak-Iti-Yat kayak tours let you explore the New Orleans area’s beautiful bayous and historic waterways from a different perspective. Nice and easy – just like the city’s vibe – different tours each offer a different experience. A two-hour Big Easy Bayou Tour past neighborhoods showcasing different architectural styles is perfect for first-timers, while the four-hour Pontchartrain Paddle is a dynamic trip for more active, outdoorsy types. It runs the entire length of Bayou St. John and back, taking you through the city’s oldest neighborhood along the way.
Slidell and Madisonville: It’s a bird … It’s a plane … It’s … AquaFly! A business born after the owner stumbled upon a random YouTube video has catapulted into a mega-successful venture today in two locations. Simply put, there’s no more unique – or exhilarating – way to experience the water than being “blasted” out of it and having the flyboard strapped to your feet keeping you propelled and floating in the air some 40 feet high. You’ll twist and turn, shimmy and shake, until you splash down for the coolest landing ever. Sound crazy? It is. But crazy fun. Check out these AquaFly videos and book this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
When you really want to chill, it’s hard to beat the relaxing vibe of floating down the river with friends – music playing, drink in hand.
Louisiana River Adventure Tubing in Franklinton offers “no reservation required” tubing trips down a popular stretch of the Bogue Chitto River just 90 minutes north of New Orleans. Two-hour and four-hour floats are the same price – just $20 – and free shuttle service gets you to and from the river. They also offer kayak and canoe trips as well.
In the Northshore, check out Tiki Tubing, just a short drive from New Orleans. This laid back river float takes tubers down the Amite River. A $25 ticket includes your tube, parking and transportation upriver where the float trip begins. Tiki Tubing also offeres ice chest rentals. Don't forget your sunscreen and water!
Mandeville: When you’re ready to explore the waters of St. Tammany Parish on Louisiana’s North Shore, Bayou Paddle Co. will help you get on your feet. Literally. The outfitter’s SUP (stand-up paddling) trips let you explore Lake Ponchartrain and the Bogue Falaya, Bogue Chitto and Tchefuncte rivers while balancing on your own individual paddleboard. The company provides everything you need to get out on the water – including equipment, a guide and even lessons, if you need them.
Statewide: When summer gets you a little (or a lot) hot under the collar, Louisiana’s family-friendly water parks, playgrounds, parks and resorts have just the cure. Enjoy water slides and canons, lazy rivers, splashing fountains and more at locations throughout the state. Read more about water parks and water playgrounds in Louisiana. Louisiana also has beaches perfect for shelling and shore fishing.
New Orleans: Blend the European charm of Venice, Italy, with the undeniable appeal of “America’s Most Romantic City” city and you get NOLA Gondola in New Orleans. You’ll enjoy a magical 50-minute trip aboard a hand-crafted Venetian gondola as it glides through breathtaking lagoons, along intimate waterways and under stone-arch bridges. With a former Venice gondolier as your guide, this ultra-authentic experience is as real as you can get this side of the Atlantic Ocean.