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Ways to Cool Down on Louisiana's Coast

The heat is on! But don’t worry. We’ve got a lot of ways for you to keep cool during these hot summer days! Check out our roundup below!

Houma
www.houmatravel.com

Since August is craft beer month, swing on down to Houma to cool off with a brew at Spigots Brew Pub. With over twenty-four taps of all in-house brewed beer, you’re bound to find a new favorite. For a refreshing break from the summer heat, try out the flagship Weiss. This light beer has a subtle fruitiness that pairs perfectly with Bayou Country summers. For those looking for something innovative, try out one of the premium beers Jacob Aucoin and Knick Turner are creating, such as Chocolate Cherry Porter or Summer Shandy.

For a trip down memory lane and a cool treat, stop in at Scarlett Scoop. This nostalgic ice cream shop is a staple of Bayou Country summers. Churning out flavors such as Southern Red Velvet, Peachy Peach and King Cake, you will be treated to a creamy, delicious southern delight. Take some time to peruse the shop, as you will find classic penny candies, roman taffy, and homemade treats throughout.

Iberia Parish
www.iberiatravel.com


* Photo courtesy of Isle of Iberia RV Resort

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 Museum. Take a dip and work on your tan at the Isle of Iberia RV Resort, which features a lazy river, splash pad, swim-up bar and live music on select Saturday nights. Brush up on your creative skills at Paul Schexnayder Studio + Gallery  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.

Jefferson Parish
www.visitjeffersonparish.com


* Photo from NOLA Weekend

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!
 

St. Bernard Parish
www.visitstbernard.com

Cool Down at the St. Bernard Parish State Park!  Enjoy great amenities including the splash pad, fishing, hiking and camping

 

St. Tammany Parish/Louisiana’s Northshore
www.louisiananorthshore.com

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

Located 15 minutes south of Abbeville, Palmetto Island State Park offers opportunities for those who like to get up-close with nature and get immersed with our rural surroundings. This state park features 96 RV sites, six cabins, a nature center, hiking trails, a Splash Pad and more. A boat launch to the Vermilion River provides access for boats while interior lagoons cater to fishermen, 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. 337-893-3930, $2 per person to enter for day use.

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

Lafourche Parish
www.lacajunbayou.com

After exploring the great outdoors on a swamp tour or a fishing trip, a Cajun snowball is sure to cool you down! These tasty treats come in so many flavors like wedding cake and rainbow. For a really decadent experience, make sure to order yours with condensed milk on top. Snowball stands can be found just about anywhere along the Bayou. So swing in and grab yours while it's still hot!  

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