With warmer weather on the rise, everyone can agree that it’s time to get outside and bask in the sun. Spring blossoms earlier in the south, so we decided to put together a short list of our favorite things to do outdoors in Louisiana. Known as “The Sportsman’s Paradise,” our great state is home to a wide range of activities for all ages and interests.
Open a Can of Worms
Fishing is a passion and pastime of many Louisianians. We have some of the best deep sea and freshwater fishing in the nation, and there’s a honey hole in driving range of every city in the state. Whether you prefer to kayak fish alone in the Atchafalaya Basin, or you hop on a 6 person charter to deep sea fish in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana offers some of the best angling you can get.
Our favorite spots to fish from the banks are Toledo Bend State Park and Cypremore Point. If you are visiting early summer, don’t miss the Tarpon Rodeo in Grand Isle, LA. Got a craving for some blue point crabs? Catch your limit at Rockefeller Refuge in Grand Chenier. Got your own boat? Caney Lake in North Louisiana boasts the 15+ pound state record for a largemouth bass. With the falling water levels, the bream and sac-a-lait will be hopping in the Henderson Swamp! What are you waiting for? Grab your tackle and get outdoors!
Float on a Lazy River
Canoeing, kayaking and inner tube floating are great ways to cool down in our warm climate, and Louisiana is famous for our numerous navigable waterways. If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend the day with your spouse or kids, paddle your canoe or kayak into the Atchafalaya Basin and enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets that Cajun country has to offer. The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail covers 135 miles of swamp land with access points for kayakers of all ambition. Whiskey Chitto Creek is famous among young spring breakers for their lazy, winding, shallow riverbed, making it a perfect spot to float your day away in an innertube. Grab an extra tube for your ice chest, and you are set for a half day adventure.
Feel The Wind In Your Hair
Airboat swamp tours are an affordable, safe way to experience thrilling adventures for any age group. Get up close and personal with the gators and other wildlife with a 1.5 hour guided trip around the Atchafalaya Basin by the #1 tour company in Henderson, LA. Captains Nick, Tucker and Craig will teach you about the world’s most ecologically diverse wetlands and chances are, you will spot a gator or two if you plan your trip at the right time. Ages 3 and older are welcome, and we can accommodate tours of any size.
Take a Hike
Springtime in Louisiana is the perfect time to get some fresh air on a hiking trail in one of our numerous forests. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there’s something for everyone on our trails. Louisiana has 24 official state parks where you can pack a bag lunch and spend the day exploring our natural beauty. If you crave something a little more urban, you can plan to spend several days walking around the manicured grounds of our older antebellum homes and bed and breakfast spots.
Let’s face it, being indoors is fine during the winter and late summer. Springtime in Louisiana, however, is for adventure. Get rid of your cabin fever by booking a trip to experience all that our great state has to offer.