Escape the French Quarter frenzy for some beach time.
Most folks who venture to New Orleans pack their days with the likes of French 75 cocktails, jambalaya, and late-night jazz concerts. But the don’t-stop-eating, don’t-stop-drinking whirl of the French Quarter can grow tiring. When the loud, Hurricane-swilling crowds of humid Bourbon Street begin to grate, take a break from the barrage of epicurean wonders to revive with a detour to Shell Beach. On the Mississippi River, near Lake Borgne, it’s less than an hour from NOLA. Although it’s a scenic retreat ideal for bird watching and fishing, the less-than-enthusiastic outdoorsman will revel in the crowd-free, quiet beauty of the marshlands, too—at least until the next Absinthe Frappé or bowl of gumbo beckons. Have even more time to while away in solitude? On the way back head to Bayou Segnette State Park, in Westwego, and hit the retro wave pool or take to a canoe after a picnic lunch.
Courtesy of Louisiana Department of Culture Recreations and Tourism