Make Louisiana your playground. Whether you like to get out on the field and "mix it up" in a friendly ball game, swing the clubs on a beautiful course, or soak up the sports action from the comfort of a stadium seat, you'll find plenty of options. Check out the fabulous golf courses of the Audubon Golf Trail, for starters. Or check the schedules for college, semi-pro and pro sports teams. LSU football or basketball, anyone? Hockey in Louisiana? Yes, we have that too. Do you enjoy NBA basketball? Take a seat in the New Orleans Arena as the Hornets take the floor. And for professional football, perhaps you've heard of the current world champion NFL team called the New Orleans Saints!
Though closely associated with its famous neighbor, Metairie largely developed as a 20th century alternative to the Old World ways of New Orleans. The upscale Old Metairie community boasts many 1920s-era homes and high-end boutiques, while much else in Metairie evolved along familiar American suburban patterns of family living and convenience. Veterans Memorial Boulevard forms a long, broad route lined with restaurants and retailers of all description, including Lakeside Shopping Center, one of the region's largest malls. The dense and diverse collection of bars and restaurants in a part of town called Fat City serves as the nightlife center. The New Orleans Zephyrs minor league baseball plays at a stadium adjacent to the headquarters and training facility of the New Orleans Saints. A long roster of Mardi Gras parades transforms the suburban streets each year, while Metairie recently added a youth-oriented, weekend-long festival called Family Gras to the carnival calendar.