Do you make New Year's resolutions? If so, is one of them "Get in better shape for 2020?" If it is, Jefferson Parish is the place to begin your fitness journey! Check out all the ways you can get in shape and be active throughout Jefferson Parish!
Hike the Wetlands of the Barataria Preserve
Sure, you can join a gym and walk/run on the treadmill. But why do that when you can get out and explore our beautiful wetlands? At the Barataria Preserve, you will find nature trails and birding trails. Wander through their boardwalks and see local wildlife like alligators, raccoons, snakes and more, all while getting exercise!
Did you know that Jefferson Parish is the shopping capital of Louisiana? If nature isn't your thing, we have four major malls, specialty shops, boutiques and farmers markets. Get you cardio in and shop 'till you drop in Jefferson Parish!
Jefferson Parish offers a range of biking trails and parks. A twenty-two mile asphalt bike path atop the east bank levee of the Mississippi River spans three parishes, including Jefferson, Orleans and St. Charles. The Gretna Friday EZ Rides in downtown historic Gretna are a fun way to connect with friends and make new ones. Residents and visitors are welcome to light up their bikes and join the ride! The annual Tour de Jefferson in the spring is one of the premier cycling events in the region, bringing riders from around the country to Jefferson Parish each year.
Explore Bayou Segnette State Park
Bayou Segnette State Park offers the best of everything. Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, a multitude of recreational opportunities await visitors of all ages--camping, boating, hiking, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrounds and, of course, swimming in the wave pool, as well as an ecosystem that offers you the chance to spot plants, trees and wildlife from both swamps and marshland.
Go Fishing at Grand Isle State Park
Grand Isle State Park looks out toward nearby Grand Terre island, once the lair of the legendary pirate Jean Lafitte and site of the ruins of U.S. Army Fort Livingston. It features a 400-foot long public fishing pier with a nearby fish-cleaning station. State officials say that over 280 species of fish are known to live in the waters around this sandy spur. You can even pitch a tent and camp right on the beach!
Hike the Jean Lafitte Wetland Trace
This one-mile raised boardwalk, right behind the Lafitte Barataria Museum, loops through the swamp and wetlands of Jean Lafitte. Spot a gator and enjoy beautiful scenery!
Discover Lafreniere Park
Jefferson Parish is full of family-friendly green spaces where it's easy for you to get in shape! Go for a jog around Lafreniere Park's 20-acre lagoon or play a round of disc golf on their 18-hole course. You can even get some exercise with Fido at their 5-acre dog park.
Sign up for a 5K or Fun Run
You can celebrate carnival and get some exercise at the 2020 Mardi Gras 5K & Kids' Half Mile. Race day is Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Metairie, Louisiana. After the race, stick around and enjoy the free Family Gras Music Festival!
Enjoy majestic views of the Mississippi River at the Huey P. Long Bridge Run on May 9, 2020. After the run, enjoy live performances and local dishes, like gumbo, served up in the shadow of the bridge.
Small changes can have a big impact. So get outside, move your body and get in shape for 2020!
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