Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, is home to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, two state parks, a national park and preserve, numerous historic districts, wetland adventures, and urban shopping and dining. Jefferson is a diverse community sprawling the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain and ending 60 miles later on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Nestled next to our famous neighbor, New Orleans, Jefferson Parish offers vibrant communities as well as the quiet serenity of a nature walk. Our neighborhoods are comprised of modern high-rises, historic homes, fishing piers, Mississippi River views, marshland, contemporary and old-world restaurants, and family-friendly green spaces. Its proximity to a world renown city and experiential attractions makes Jefferson an ideal destination, whatever the interest. The diverse region allows you to explore nature and be a part of a vibrant destination!
A bayou adventure awaits! Bayou Barataria, considered by Thomas Jefferson to be the crown jewel of the Louisiana Purchase, is teeming with wildlife and vegetation, along with tall tales and legends. Enjoy an up-close adventure aboard an adrenaline pumping airboat, or if you prefer a slower pace, aboard a pontoon boat at Airboat Adventures. Either way, the serenity and wonders of nature will intrigue and inform you.
Louisiana is a culinary epicenter. One culinary delicacy stands out in Jefferson to be enjoyed in a variety of ways along the Jefferson Parish Louisiana Oyster Trail. Fresh Louisiana oysters prepared on the half shell, fried, sauteed and charbroiled are found at more than 20 eateries along the trail. A delight for the senses as you experience the culinary art while taking in the visual art of the hand-painted, 3-foot-tall oyster sculptures!
Intrigued by the past? Step back in time visiting Jefferson’s quaint historic district of Gretna. Delight in beautifully restored buildings with period pieces such as the Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop. Commemorating blacksmith shops during the 1800s, the shop offers live demonstrations to groups. Named after Scotland’s Gretna Green, famous for its runaway marriages, the story posted on the door of the Blacksmith Shop tells of the young couples who would escape England to be married in Gretna Green, Scotland, where the marriage laws weren’t as strict.
Take a unique step back in time along the Soul of South Louisiana Tour. In Jefferson Parish, this tour highlights the trials and triumphs of the native, creole and African American communities. From the moss-draped bayous of Jean Lafitte to the metropolitan streets during the civil rights era, your group will discover the rich history and contributions made.