Jefferson Parish, Louisiana is just next door to New Orleans. It 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 sixty 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, flourishing industrial parks, and family-friendly green spaces.
Its proximity to a world renown city and experiential attractions makes Jefferson an ideal destination, whatever the interest. Whether seeking the architectural charm, history or entertainment of the French Quarter or the adventure and openness of the outdoors, the quiet discovery of historical sites, or indulging in world-class cuisine, Jefferson delivers! The diverse region allows you to explore nature yet remain close enough to the action of New Orleans. We are just ten minutes away from downtown! By day, hike the hidden wetlands of the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and by evening, enjoy the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street.
Come play outdoors in New Orleans’ backyard! 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. Either way, the serenity and wonders of nature will intrigue and inform you. If you dream of catching the ‘big one’, Jefferson Parish will have you reeling ‘em in! Whether its casting from a fishing pier along the bayou, or an exciting off-shore Gulf waters’ charter you’re dreaming of, we’ve got the licensing, bait & tackle, charter captains, and can even arrange to have a fish fry dinner with the day’s catch! If a night beneath the stars is your ideal get away, tent camping on the beach at Grand Isle State Park is where you want to be. Or bring your RV for a less rustic experience and head over to Elmer’s Island beach and see the largest single coastal ecosystem restoration which includes miles of gorgeous white sand beach! Hiking and nature trails abound throughout the park and are waiting to be explored.
Louisiana Oyster Trail
Louisiana is known as a culinary epicenter offering a variety of cuisine derived from our diverse culture and heritage. One culinary delicacy stands out in Jefferson and it can be found prepared in a variety of ways along the Jefferson Parish Louisiana Oyster Trail. Fresh Louisiana oysters prepared in a variety of ways from on the half shell, fried, sauteed to charbroiled can be found at more than two-dozen eateries along the trail. A delight for the senses as you experience the culinary art our local chefs bring to the Louisiana oyster while taking in the visual art of the hand-painted 3’ tall oyster sculpture at participating restaurants.
Our destination has taken the Clean & Safe Pledge indicating its commitment to the health and safety of our community and visitors. We welcome you to experience our unique way of life and want you to be confident as you explore. Visit our website for details on the Pledge and to start planning your get away – www.visitjeffersonparish.com/pledge.