Sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts will quickly discover that New Orleans is the ultimate destination for watching professional games - we've got some of the most passionate fans around - and taking part in activities amid our gorgeous Southern setting. Whether you're interested in golf, saltwater fishing, basketball, football or horse racing, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the local sports culture.
Join crowds of cheering fans to root for one of New Orleans' professional sports teams, such as the beloved New Orleans Saints NFL football team, the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans or one of New Orleans' collegiate sports teams.
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When it comes to fresh-air pursuits, New Orleans has a range of outdoor activities from which to choose. Spend a day saltwater fishing on a chartered boat, hop into a kayak for urban sightseeing or rent a bicycle to explore New Orleans' neighborhoods.
Take advantage of New Orleans' warm climate and enjoy one of the many scenic golf courses, which are open year-round. From high-end public courses to serene, resort-owned grounds, golf enthusiasts will love the proximity and variety of these peaceful retreats. This golf-centric destination also is home to one of the oldest PGA Tour stops, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which has been played annually since 1958.
3 Fresh-Air Escapes in New Orleans
When your tail feathers just can't be shaken any more and one more trumpet toot will send you over the edge, spend the day in some of New Orleans' more peaceful locales.
For a bit of wholesome fun, there's no better bet. Have a picnic beneath live oak trees, rent a paddleboat or bicycle, smell the blooms in the botanical garden, stroll the five-acre sculpture garden and browse the New Orleans Museum of Art.
"Gone catchin'" might not mean much to folks outside the South, but here it means a mellow day on the beautiful in- or off-shore waters, waiting for the redfish, flounder, largemouth bass and speckled trout to tug on your line.
Pretend the expression is "hair of the horse" and head for green pastures. Take a guided two-mile ride around Audubon Park, gallop around a working ranch or saunter through Louisiana's lush countryside.
The gardens at Longue Vue House and Gardens offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Pack a picnic and casually dine with family and friends on the magnificent Spanish Court; take a stroll through several "garden rooms" and view plant collections of camellia, the Louisiana iris, native plants and other horticultural delights; or bring the kids out for interactive and educational fun-in-the-sun as they play, learn and grow in the Lucy C. Roussel Discovery Garden for children!