Ways to Cool Down on Louisiana's Coast

Keeping cool during the Dog Days of August is a top priority in Louisiana! Here are some of our favorite ways to stay cool during those hot, summer days!

Calcasieu/Cameron Parishes 

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Summertime means two words: hot and humid! Have no fear – Southwest Louisiana has got a few sure-fire ways to beat the heat! When summer arrives in full force – the first stop for many visitors is the pool. L’Auberge Casino Resort entices guests outdoors with their tropical garden pool complex. Just down the boardwalk from L’Auberge, you’ll find the Golden Nugget. Their H2O Pool and Bar has an exciting Las Vegas vibe. Sulphur Parks & Recreation (SPAR) Waterpark offers fun in the sun for all ages. This wild wet destination offers a 600-foot long Raging River, Larry’s Lazy River, and the Lagoon Pool. 

Craving a cold treat? Lake Charles has got snocones, popsicles, ice cream and frozen daiquiris a plenty!  Make sure you visit Pops and Rockets Pop Lab for gourmet popsicles and ice cream. For an out of this world sno-cone, you’ve got to try Mama Shine’s Shaved Ice Snownado, a combination of shaved ice and ice cream blended together in a decadent treat. No Louisiana summer is complete without the sweet taste of a frozen daiquiri. And lucky for travelers, Southwest Louisiana has several drive-up establishments to choose from and a TON of flavor combos! 

Iberia Parish
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Step out of the sun and explore Iberia Parish’s rich culture, history and industry at Jeanerette Museum, Bayou Teche Museum, Shadows-on-the-Teche, Conrad Rice Mill/Konriko Company Store and Tabasco Visitors Center. Take a dip and work on your tan at the Isle of Iberia RV Resort, which features a lazy river, splash pad and swim-up bar (pool is open to non-campers on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). Brush up on your creative skills at A&E Gallery’s art lessons and enjoy Iberia Parish Library’s free indoors activities from movie nights to toning up the whole body. Bring a picnic and spend a lazy afternoon in the shade of centenary oaks at Jungle Gardens and Jefferson Island Rip Van Winkle Gardens. Cool off with Tabasco ice cream at the Tabasco Country Store, gelato at Fudge It  and snowballs at Cool Scene.

* Photo courtesy of Isle of Iberia RV Resort

Jefferson Parish
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With the summer heat at its most ferocious, keeping cool is a top priority in Jefferson Parish. Fortunately, this area has a variety of activities to help us stay cool during the summer! Check out the Lafreniere Park Spray Pad. It features13 water features – 5 in-ground, 5 above ground and 3 water cannons! Or head on over to Bayou Segnette State Park’s Wave Pool. This 22,000 square-foot wave pool has been a popular way to cool down in Jefferson Parish since the 1990s! There’s also a splash pool and slide for small kids. The pool has concessions and picnic tables if you plan to make a day out of it. Spend a day or the weekend at the beach in Grand Isle! It is Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island and possesses seven miles of beautiful beachfront! Bring the family and lounge in the surf and relax on the sand. Or, bring your rod and fish the day away.

If being outdoors isn’t your thing, then head inside and enjoy that cool AC! Head on over to the Kenner Planetarium, Megadome Cinema & Space Science Complex where visitors can see laser shows, educational movies and experience exciting scientific discovery with dynamic hands-on exhibits about weather, optical illusions, insects, even a real-life space shuttle, making learning fun for everyone. Are you a fan of the arts? Jefferson has a variety of theaters where you can see the hottest live shows on tour!

* The Little Mermaid courtesy of Rivertown Theaters

Lafourche Parish
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Along the Cajun Bayou, the days of summer center on relaxation and fun. Fishing, shopping, and sightseeing are just a few ways to do just that in Lafourche Parish. Here are some of the top ways to cool off up and down the Bayou. 

Chill out in the new Splash Zone at the Thibodaux Municipal Pool. This recent addition to the park features more than 20 water experiences including sprinklers, water dumps, and timed water shows. It's a great way to beat the summer heat in Louisiana's Cajun Bayou!

In the heart of Thibodaux you’ll find the Bayou Country Children’s Museum filled with bayou life fun for the little ones. Kids will learn how to be a true Cajun through hands-on exhibits like the estuary water table and sugar cane alley.  The museum also provides educational camps throughout the summer that focus on topics like dinosaurs and science. 

St. Bernard Parish

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The St. Bernard State Park is the ideal spot for visitors who are seeking a family atmosphere and natural experience.  Picnic tables, barbeque grills, restrooms, and a large, covered pavilion complete with a grill are ideal for a family outing. The splash pad and bathhouse will delight youngsters and their families all summer long. Visitors may also launch their boats one-tenth of a mile from the park's entrance in the Caernarvon waterway and experience some great fresh and salt water fishing.  St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans Most Historic Neighbor!

St. Tammany Parish/Louisiana’s Northshore
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Summer memories are the sweetest. And the wettest. When the temperature climbs into the high 90s, activity options can narrow to indoors, in the A/C, or outdoors, in the water. Around here, we’re fortunate enough to have lots of ways to get in, on and around some high-quality H2O. 

TUBING

Several operators offer tubing trips down the Bogue Chitto River, including tube rental, life vests and shuttles. Some rent special tubes for ice chests, too.

PADDLEBOARDING

Fun for all ages, stand-up paddleboarding has been growing rapidly on the Northshore.

KAYAKING

You don’t even need your own gear. You can rent a kayak from one of several outfitters on the Northshore, offering kayaks and canoes – and guides if you need them – for paddles down bayous Cane and Lacombe, the Bogue Falaya River or parts of the Honey Island Swamp. 

SANDY BEACH

Families love the little sandy beach along the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline in Mandeville’s Fontainebleau State Park. There’s another stretch of sand on Mandeville’s lakefront near the end of Lakeshore Drive near the marina. Land-O-Pines family campground offers sandy river bottom swimming, too, along the Simalusa, where the water’s clear and shallow, great for small children.

SAILING WE WILL GO

Get out on Lake Pontchartrain with Capt. Rick Delaune, who offers sailing charters (and lessons, too) aboard his 42-foot sailboat, the Windward Passage.  The boat sails from Bayou Castine in Mandeville. Visit www.delauneyachtcharters.com for more information.

SPLASH FOUNTAIN

Several Northshore communities have public splash pads offering a chance to cool off. Kids play in the spray for free in Mandeville at the Mandeville Trailhead, in Abita Springs at the Abita Trailhead Park in the heart of town, and in Pearl River, right behind Town Hall.

CAST A LINE

Fishing is a year-round activity on the Northshore. Grab a pole and crab nets and head out to any number of spots on area rivers and the lake, or you can hire a charter fisherman to take you to that perfect spot in the Rigolets Pass or out on the lake. 

Vermilion Parish
www.Vermilion.org

In Vermilion Parish, many people cool off at Palmetto Island State Park’s Splash Pad. Located 15 minutes south of Abbeville, Palmetto Island State Park offers 96 RV sites and six cabins, nature center and splash pad. A boat launch to the Vermilion River provides access for boats while interior lagoons cater to canoers and kayakers. Hiking trails wind their way throughout the park where visitors can view native flora and fauna, including the Abbeville Red Iris, which is the rarest of the Louisiana Iris species and Louisiana’s only endemic plant.
 

Palmetto Island State Park
19501 Pleasant Rd., Abbeville, LA  70510
337-893-3930, 888-677-0094