We’re blessed to live in a city so centrally located to all the diverse sights south Louisiana has to offer. An hour to the west and across the Atchafalaya sits the Cajun heartland of Lafayette, with a booming downtown that offers enough food, music and activities to fill a day trip. To the east and across the piney forests is the picturesque Pontchartrain northshore, with its quiet towns, lush state parks and bevy of breweries. And of course, to the southeast is the Big Easy. It’s a tourist destination for many, but us locals are so well-versed in all the popular hotspots we know how to find the hidden gems outside the Quarter.
Since we’ve all been cooped up at home for much of the spring and summer, it might be time for a short weekend getaway—obeying all social distancing and mask-wearing rules, of course.
Take a look at our guide to one of the more non-touristy areas of New Orleans: the Bywater. From Crescent Park to Bao & Noodle, there’s plenty to see on a quiet summer stroll.