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Jefferson Parish

Jefferson Parish is a sportsman's paradise. Whether it's a quiet get away hiking through a lush nature trail, an adventurous deep water excursion, biking or paddling that you seek, come Visit Jefferson Parish! The diverse region of Jefferson Parish allows you the ability to explore nature yet remain close enough to the action of New Orleans. You can charter an experienced local fisherman to fish in the serene setting of Jean Lafitte, or cast off the coast of Grand Isle, home of the annual International Tarpon Rodeo. Ride the biking trails snaking the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, or navigate the unique waterways and bayous by canoe or kayak. Explore abundant wildlife and vegetation along the nature and birding trails of the Barataria Preserve in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Grand Isle State Park, and Bayou Segnette State Park.

Fishing, just like in many Louisiana coastal communities, is a 365-day adventure in Jefferson and with our liberal limits, there will be plenty for you to bring home. Each season brings about new challenges for anglers. Whether saltwater or fresh, Jefferson Parish has the perfect "fishing hole" for you. Winter is a great season for catching freshwater crappies or sac-au-lait. Spring delivers the cats, flathead and blues, while the summer heat brings on the redfish and tarpon. Autumn brings large-mouth bass teeming in our marshes and rivers.

Experience one of our many festivals celebrating our unique heritage and culture. Throw your hands up at the Family Gras Carnival Festival featuring parades, music and cuisine, or kick up your heels at the Gretna Heritage Festival dancing to the sounds of Louisiana zydeco. Treat your taste buds at the Bucktown Seafood Festival. Experience the spiritual and cultural pageantry of the Blessing of the Fleet Festival in Grand Isle. Learn the Cajun-Two-Step at the Gumbo Festival, and delight in the festivities of the Pecan Festival, the Oyster Festival, and more! Visit our Events Calendar for a complete list of festivals.

Jefferson Parish restaurants are among Louisiana’s best! We offer the freshest ingredients, unique specialty dishes, and boast the friendliest staff. Louisiana is known as a culinary epicenter offering a variety of cuisine derived from our diverse culture and heritage. Coastal to northern Louisiana Cajun, Creole, African, Caribbean, Native American, Italian, Spanish and French influences can be found in our cuisine. Such influences has produced the flavors in dishes like jambalaya, etouffee, boudin, and gumbo.

Begin your adventure by visiting our website or contacting Visit Jefferson Parish toll-free 1-877-572-7474. Sign up for our e-newsletter and order your free visitor guide here.  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram! #VisitJeffersonParish

Parish Area

643 sq. miles
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