Louisiana offers endless possibilities for anyone with a taste for adventure and a love of the outdoors. Here in the Alexandria area, our Realtors® are proud to live in a region with such a wealth of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
From lakes and bayous to parks and trails, there are countless ways to spend time in the great outdoors in and around Alexandria. If you're in town checking out Alexandria open houses, be sure to also visit some of these great outdoor attractions!
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana! If you're looking for your dream home, our team is dedicated to helping you find it in the Alexandria area.
If you're new to the Baton Rouge area, then allow us to introduce you to an awesome organization: BREC. BREC is an acronym made from the words "Baton Rouge" and "Recreation." This award-winning recreation agency not only maintains parks and entertainment facilities throughout the Baton Rouge area. They also host all sorts of fun activities throughout the year. Here are some of the top BREC activities our Realtors® recommend attending this autumn.
We hope you attend some of these events and come to love the Baton Rouge area as much as we do. If you're still looking for homes in the area, don't hesitate to contact us. Our agents will help you find the best Baton Rouge open houses and homes to consider.
Southern Louisiana has long been known as a sportsman's paradise. Bayous and marshes all around the Houma area are teeming with both freshwater and saltwater fish. And as our Realtors® are fond of saying, you don't need a boat to enjoy fishing in Houma.
You'll find an abundance of shore fishing access in Houma and throughout Terrebonne Parish. If you're in the area visiting Houma open houses, be sure to check out some of these amazing local fishing spots.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. It's truly a place unlike any other, and our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Houma and the surrounding areas.
New Orleans homes for sale are surrounded by natural beauty that will inspire you. When you are relaxing after a full day of New Orleans open houses, be sure to take some time to enjoy the many green spaces that The Big Easy has in store.
Our Realtors® know there are plenty of wonderful reasons to make New Orleans your next home: The history, unbeatable music and dining scene, and a lifestyle you simply can't find anywhere else. But you don't have to head out to the Bayou to enjoy Louisiana nature: It's right in your backyard.
New Orleans goes one step beyond the usual municipal park concept with its focus on gardens. Some of them are historic, playing a role in the unfolding story of the city, while others are botanical gardens that encourage research, conservation, or hands-on skill development.
Let's visit some of the most beautiful gardens you can explore in New Orleans:
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If you're looking for a relaxing, fun-filled activity for the whole family, consider taking a trip to Moncus Park. You and your family can enjoy a ton of different activities and events in this well-kept municipal park near our Lafayette homes for sale - and best of all, you'll pay next to nothing for the experience. Let's take a look at what Moncus Park has to offer and how you can plan the ultimate park day trip.
About the Park
Moncus Park is located at 2913 Johnston Street in Lafayette and is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM. The play areas are open from 9 AM to 9 PM.
If you want to access the dog park, your dog will need a special park tag. You can get this tag by submitting your dog's vaccination records to park officials and paying a $13 annual fee. This tag system ensures that all dogs can use the park safely.
Moncus Park encompasses several acres of green space crisscrossed by miles of hiking trails and walking paths. These paths take you through the park's open areas and the stunning ravine forest on the far end of the entrance. You're sure to have a great time exploring the area and discovering all the natural beauty of this space. When you're done, you can take a seat on the rolling hills by Lake Reaux to relax and catch your breath.
Have a furry friend or two in your life? Take them to the Giles Automotive Dog Park, a paradise where you can let your dog off his leash to explore the park's paths, hills, tunnels, and other features. All dogs must have park tags to visit the park, and for safety's sake, small and large dogs are only allowed in the park on specific days. Dogs under 16 inches tall must visit on odd days, while dogs that are taller than that can visit on even days.
Kids will have a great time swinging, climbing, and sliding down the equipment at the state-of-the-art Ochsner Playground. The playground includes activities for kids of all ages, so even the youngest visitors will have no trouble finding something fun to do.
Programs and Events
Moncus Park is a great place to hang out anytime, but it also hosts a huge roster of programs and events for residents to enjoy. Options include yoga classes, CrossFit training, youth gymnastics classes, sign language classes, children's painting, and storytime sessions, and more.
One of the park's most popular events is its Food Truck Fridays tradition. Every Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, a collection of local food truck vendors assembles at the park to serve lunch to hungry residents. The lineup is constantly changing and includes local favorites like Big Belly Sandwiches, Yo Daddy's BBQ and Blues, and Beignet Box. Drop in for a delicious lunch you can eat right there in the park.
On Saturdays, you can also visit the Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market. Stationed near the park's entrance, this is the perfect place to pick up some fresh produce or one-of-a-kind gifts!
Ready to move to an area where excellent parks are always nearby? Our Realtors® are here to help!
Lafayette is such a lovely place to live and grow. The city offers a lot of public resources, including several recreational areas where you can take a walk, have your kids play on the playground, or play a round of disc golf. If you've been busy looking at Lafayette homes for sale lately, we recommend taking a break and visiting one of these local recreational areas.
Each of these recreation centers has something unique to offer, but they are all lovely places to spend a few hours. Visit a few, and see which one you like best. If you're new to the area and still looking for a home, contact us soon. Our Realtors® are local experts and would love to help.
New Orleans is famously identified with the Mississippi River, but that's not the only notable body of water found around the Big Easy. Our real estate agents love making convenient getaways to enjoy these incredible lakes near NOLA.
Louisiana is home to many different ecosystems. If you'd like to spend a day admiring the area's natural wonders, Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to do so since it has many unique species of plants and animals. Our real estate agents often recommend that newcomers visit the refuge to learn more about local wildlife. Plan your visit with the information below.
If you spend an afternoon at the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, you're sure to fall in love with the region's natural wonders. If you love it enough that you decide to move here, don't hesitate to contact us. Our talented real estate agents will help you find the perfect place to call home.
Since Baton Rouge formed around the Mississippi River, it's no surprise that many of the city's historical sites are close to the waterfront. Immerse yourself in the rich history around Baton Rouge homes for sale at these fascinating locations.
Are you ready for an outdoor adventure you won't forget? Our real estate agents have a suggestion!
One of the many reasons Alexandria homes for sale are so in demand is because of their proximity to the Kisatchie National Forest. Kisatchie is the only designated national forest in the state of Louisiana. It sprawls across 604,000 acres, with forested pine hills set across seven different parishes.
Things to Do in Kisatchie National Forest
With so much space to explore, just about any outdoor activity you can name is provided for within the bountiful nature of Kisatchie. It has a blend of developed and backcountry areas for you to choose from. You could spend weeks there and only see a small fraction of what there is to experience.
Let's take a closer look at what you can expect in and around the forest:
There are no cabins anywhere within the Kisatchie National Forest. However, camping is welcome and encouraged. There are campsites for RVs and tent camping. Some tent camping sites are designed for groups of 10 or more. Finding the right campground for you may take some planning!
The area is divided into five ranger districts, and each one has its own campgrounds. There are dozens of different areas where camping support is provided. Bear in mind that some are intended for daytime use only. Before you visit, find the district closest to your entry point and decide on a site.
Because there are so many campgrounds available, reservations are not taken for the majority of sites in Kisatchie National Forest. However, you can call ahead to the ranger station to inquire about RV camping since RV hookups are in limited supply.
Kisatchie Bayou fishing is one of the biggest attractions and draws anglers from all around the region in the spring and summer. Kisatchie Bayou stands out for its white sandbars, its rocky outcroppings, and even a number of pristine waterfalls. Fish you can encounter include bream and bass.
Other bodies of water throughout the Kisatchie are home to catfish and crappie. The most popular of all fishing spots within the forest is Saline Bayou, which crosses 20 miles of hardwood bottomland. You may also find dozens of other ponds and streams, many of them undisturbed throughout most of the year.
129-mile long Dugdemona River is a great starting point for most anglers. A popular place to gather is Beaver Dam, which you'll find along the upper shore of Caney Lake. No matter what you choose, it is sure to be exciting.
Other Water Sports
Various ponds and rivers throughout the National Forest support kayaking. Beware that not all channels are navigable. Watch out for posted signage about entry points and proper equipment before you begin.
Hiking and Trail Riding
There are many different trails winding their way through the Kisatchie, such as the 36-mile Sandstone Trail winding through the Kisatchie Hills. You'll find hundreds of miles of marked trails. Markers include information on trail length, terrain, difficulty, and estimated time of completion.
Altogether, there are trails suitable for hiking, mountain biking, all-terrain vehicles, and horse riding. Be advised that the ranger station has designated some trails as "sunrise to sunset" only, so it is crucial to plan out your journey to return before nightfall.
There is so much to see and do throughout Louisiana. Contact us to learn more or get started with Louisiana real estate.
Geocaching is essentially a global treasure hunt. It's an activity that involves using GPS coordinates to find "caches" that have been hidden at specific locations all over the world. Here in Houma, it also happens to be a great way to get to know the local area.
To date, 21 geocaches have been hidden in the Houma, Louisiana area. Finding them all constitutes an official GeoTour of the region. It's one of only around 50 such tours that have been established worldwide.
How Does Geocaching Work?
You only need a GPS device or GPS-enabled smartphone to get started, along with the Geocaching App (it's free). Caches usually consist of boxes or containers of various sizes, with unique and mysterious "treasures" hidden inside.
Many caches have been hidden at parks, local businesses, and other landmarks in the Houma area. Download the Geocaching app, get your GPS ready, and join our real estate agents on a GeoTour of Houma, Louisiana! These are just some of the places where you can find hidden treasure:
Contact us today to learn more about life in Houma, Louisiana. It's the heart of Bayou Country, and it's a truly unique place to call home. Be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home in the Houma area.
Louisiana's live oak trees are special. They're more than just trees. They're tangible links to the past. Living history. Our real estate agents never get tired of gazing up through their majestic canopies.
Some of the oldest and largest trees in Louisiana are these monumental live oaks in Lafayette.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. From rich history and incredible architecture to wild landscapes and outdoor adventures, it's a truly one-of-a-kind place to call home. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Acadiana.
Do you love camping so much that you hate to put away your gear when winter arrives? You don't have to! Louisiana's warm climate keeps temperatures high enough to allow you to camp comfortably throughout the winter season.
Many of our real estate agents are nature enthusiasts who don't let chillier temperatures keep them from enjoying the great outdoors. Here are some of their favorite spots to spend a winter night under the stars across Lousiana.
Want to experience all that this only state has to offer? Let us help you find a Louisiana home to call your own. Contact us today to take the first step toward settling down in this rich bastion of culture, history, and natural splendor.
New Orleans City Park has been a community landmark for over 100 years, and its storied reputation is well-deserved. Our real estate agents love living in NOLA and all the parks residents have access to. One of the most popular being City Park.
The land on which New Orleans City Park was built was first acquired by the city in 1854, but it was not developed until nearly 40 years later in 1891. Since then, it has been slowly built up in both size and scope.
At 1,300 acres, it is currently almost 50% larger than Central Park in NYC. It is the 20th most-visited public park in the US and a beloved icon of New Orleans.
With the exception of a few past investments in exceptional circumstances, New Orleans City Park has been mostly self-supporting since opening to the public. It recoups the cost of maintenance and operation through user fees and land rents.
Today, the park is a thriving community landmark full of exciting entertainment opportunities and cultural displays. Some highlights include:
Though the park has always been regarded as a local gem, it received its first significant investment as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression. The Roosevelt Administration offered $12 million (an estimated value of $128 million today) in funding to develop the park further and turn it into a truly impressive location.
The project employed around 20,000 workers and built critical landmarks like the Tad Gormley Stadium, as well as many of the fountains and roadways that are scattered around the park.
Hurricane Katrina left 95% of the park flooded for weeks and caused an estimated $43 million in damage to the property and its attractions.
While the park was proudly self-sufficient at that time, there were few extra funds available to make the necessary repairs. It took a combination of municipal funding, investment from local organizations, and a lot of volunteer labor to rebuild the park. Eventually, however, it was restored to its former glory.
New Orleans City Park is a special place for the city's residents, simultaneously bursting with fun and steeped in history. In that way, it's a lot like the city itself.
What would our cities look like without public art? We've been fortunate to have some truly gifted artists contribute to our city's growing collection of murals and sculptures. If you're looking for the best of Lafayette's public art, our real estate agents are happy to provide this handy guide!
A hub for art and culture in Louisiana, Lafayette is a one-of-a-kind place to call home. Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette!
The bayou has shaped the culture of Louisiana for generations. A bayou is a slow-moving river at the center of a truly unique ecosystem. New Orleans homes for sale are within a short drive of the bayou, as the state is home to thousands of acres of nature preserves protecting these unique treasures.
Our real estate agents know that, just like its incomparable food culture, outdoor adventures are a big part of why some people choose New Orleans. Whether you prefer a guided group tour or a leisurely journey on your own, check out these kayak rental spots.
Whether you explore NOLA by land or on the river, there's plenty to see and do! Contact us to learn more about New Orleans real estate.
New Orleans is a city where outdoor scenery and adventure await you around every turn, with endless natural beauty to explore. The city park system is robust with well-equipped parks that feature attractions for every member of the family to enjoy, the Mississippi River offers some of the most beautiful views that you'll find anywhere, and the swamps outside the city are ideal for eco-friendly tours. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 different ways that you can enjoy the outdoors around New Orleans.
Ready to find your next home near the outstanding outdoor attractions of New Orleans? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the New Orleans, LA area.
As temperatures rise, you and your kids may find yourself in need of a way to cool off. Pools and splash pads can be the perfect solution. Here are the top choices our real estate agents recommend around the Lake Charles area.
When you're feeling a bit warm this summer, head to one of these pools or splash parks, and let the water cool you off. Contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent to guide your house hunting process.
Ask ten local fishermen to name their favorite fishing spot, and you're bound to get ten different answers. But just about all Louisiana anglers agree on one thing: the Lake Charles area is a pretty great place to fish.
We have many unique fishing opportunities here in Lake Charles, from the waters of our namesake lake to the meandering Calcasieu River and the mighty waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Join our real estate agents at some of our favorite Lake Charles fishing spots!
Be sure to pick up a Louisiana fishing license before you go. And if you're new to the area, consider booking a trip with a local fishing guide like Bayou Charters or Louisiana Fins Guide Service. There's nothing like an experienced local guide who can show you right where the fish are!
With summer well on its way, the fishing season on Lake Charles and the surrounding areas has just begun. Contact us today to learn more about outdoor adventures in Lake Charles, and be sure to ask our team about how we can help you find your dream home in Louisiana.
Disc golf has become an increasingly popular sport and is a great way to connect with nature while you get some exercise. Bring a few friends along to compete against as you explore different disc golf courses near Baton Rouge, each of which has its own unique layout and characteristics.
Our real estate agents recommend trying these 5 places to play disc golf near Baton Rouge:
Contact us to see homes for sale near Baton Rouge. This area of the country has plenty of natural beauty and recreational opportunities, and we'd love to share more about what makes the Baton Rouge area such a special place to call home.
The city of Lafayette is a great place to spend some quality time in the great outdoors. With beautiful parks and endless streets lined with historic buildings, there's always something new to discover.
And if you have a four-legged friend along for the journey? So much the better. These are our real estate agents' favorite places to take your dog for a walk in the Lafayette area.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Lafayette, Louisiana. It's a truly unique and special place for you and man's best friend to call home.
Louisiana's wild natural beauty is no secret, but you miss a lot when you travel by car. To really get a sense of what Lafayette and the surrounding areas are all about, the best way to explore is by bicycle.
Fortunately, there are a lot of great bike trails in the Lafayette area. Our real estate agents are delighted to share some of their favorites, from smooth cycling paths to rugged mountain biking trails.
Contact us today to learn more about life in Louisiana. Our team is here to help you find your dream home in Lafayette and the surrounding areas.
The journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one of nature's most fascinating and inspiring transformations. On Sunday, March 14, spend some time observing these beautiful insects during National Learn About Butterflies Day. Get an up-close and personal view of these delightful spots around Baton Rouge suggested by our real estate agents.
Create Your Own Butterfly Garden
Another fun option is to create your own butterfly garden! It's a family-friendly activity that benefits the environment and boosts the curb appeal of your home.
When it comes to "cocooning," there's no place better than a home of your own around Baton Rouge. Contact us at Latter & Blum for help from our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.
Eager for a taste of the great outdoors? Our real estate agents can help!
At Latter & Blum, our real estate experts spend hours every week exploring the best Lafayette homes for sale. But every now and then, even we feel the call of the wild. Louisiana's iconic bayous have shaped culture and history here for centuries, and they promise adventure for new residents and long-time locals.
What better time to reconnect than during National Day of Unplugging?
National Day of Unplugging is an awareness campaign that provides 24 hours of rest away from technology on the first Friday in March.
There are all kinds of outdoor escapes to choose from around Lafayette!
Let's look at a few of them now:
Living in Lafayette puts you at the crossroads of natural wonders. Imagine all that and the history, culture, and cuisine of one of America's most beloved cities. Contact us at Latter & Blum to learn about Lafayette real estate opportunities.
2021 started on a high note around Houma homes for sale. In a move nearly 20 years in the making, construction of the new South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center broke ground on January 7. Our real estate agents take an in-depth look at this exciting development for nature lovers in Houma and all around the state.
One of Louisiana's most precious natural resources is its nearly 400-mile-long coastline winding beside the Gulf of Mexico.
The foundation behind the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center envisions the facility as a hub dedicated to increasing awareness and promoting ways to preserve the coastline. With students seen as the bearers of the future, the focus is being placed on educating them in the skills needed to adapt along with the changing environment.
Phase 1 Sets the Stage
Current construction is actually the first of four planned phases in the development of a multi-faceted learning center. Phase 1 is centered around a live man-made wetland encompassing half an acre that will be used for hands-on learning. A covered pavilion at the end of a boardwalk will serve as the site for outdoor lessons.
The anticipated completion of Phase 1 is April 2021. Executive Director Jonathan Foret is optimistic that the annual Rougarou Fest, a popular event that has served as a fundraiser for the center, will be able to move from downtown to the center's grounds this year. As with many events over the past year, 2020's Rougarou Fest was held via online and drive-thru activities and still raised more than $50,000.
What's in the Future?
Once completed, the ambitious South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center will certainly be a stunning addition to the Houma community. The final cost is projected at approximately $8 million. While funding of the $1.7 million cost of Phase 1 is coming primarily from the state, the foundation had to put up a 25 percent cash match, raised through events such as Rougarou Fest as well as grants from private foundations.
Ultimately, the 27,000-square-foot facility will occupy 2.4 acres in Houma, conveniently located just a short walk from the main branch of the Terrebonne Parish Library. Here's what you can expect to see in coming years:
At Latter & Blum, we're committed to promoting the cultural and social benefits of living in Houma and surrounding areas. Contact us for all your local real estate needs.
Our real estate agents love Louisiana in the winter. With mild days and a hint of chill in the night air, it's the perfect time to head into the great outdoors in search of adventure.
And with 38 state parks, historic sites, and preservation areas across the state, there's plenty of adventure waiting to be found. These are some of our favorites, and we hope to see you out there living life to the fullest in these Louisiana State Parks this season!
From the Bayou to the Big Easy, there's always something to explore and experience in Louisiana. Contact us to learn more about life in Louisiana, and talk to our team about finding your dream home today.
For many of us, two of the most important personal goals are to work on fitness and spend more time enjoying the outdoors. So why not accomplish both goals at once? The parks and trails around Alexandria are just waiting to be explored, offering outdoor fun for all ages. Our real estate agents have all the details on 6 great walking trails around Alexandria where you can get your steps in this year.
City Park Trail – 1903 Babe Ruth Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301
City Park Trail is one of many fun trails located close to Alexandria homes for sale, and it's a great choice if you're planning to take your kids along for your walk. This park features a variety of outdoor playgrounds and play structures, perfect for keeping your little ones entertained while you enjoy a walk. There's also a large, covered pavilion in the center of the park, where you can set up a family picnic after exercising.
Green Belt Trail – 1011 Jackson St., Alexandria, LA 71301
For a longer walk that will take you around many of the sights of the city, try a trip to the Green Belt Trail. This trail loops around downtown Alexandria, and features ample lighting so you can use the walking trail at night. The Green Belt Trail connects with many landmarks around Alexandria, so it's a fun choice when you want to explore the city.
Bayou Rapides Trail – 300 N Bolton Ave., Alexandria, LA 71301
Traveling along Bayou Rapides and featuring waterfront views, the Bayou Rapides Trail is a great option when you're in the mood for a scenic walk. This trail runs for about half a mile and includes a fishing pier so you can drop some lines in the water after your walk.
Levee Trail – 1 Johnston St., Alexandria, LA 71301
Take a trip along the levee and enjoy some time in nature when you walk the Levee Trail, which is located on the edge of the Red River. This trail is a bit more out of the way than some of the others on our list, so it's the perfect pick when you're in the mood for a little solitude and tranquility with your walk.
Frank O Hunter Park Trail – 2399 Willow Glen River Rd., Alexandria, LA 71302
Frank O Hunter Park is the home of high school football in Alexandria, and the Frank O Hunter Park Trail allows you to see one of the city's favorite parks from a new perspective. The entire park was updated in the 2010s to include a brand new football field, along with expanded walking trails.
Compton Park Trail – 4300 Wakefield Alexandria, Alexandria, LA 71303
Located at one of the most beautiful and widely used parks in Alexandria, the Compton Park Trail is one of the longer walking loops in the area. This park features ample green space, with multiple walking trails that include interpretive signage, as well as decorative walls that help protect the trail from damage. Along the way, you can stop at the observation deck to enjoy gorgeous views of the local wetlands.
Outdoor adventures are never far from home when you live in Alexandria, and our team would love to help you find your next home in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Alexandria, LA area.
The Houma area is an amazing place to call home for anyone who loves exploring the great outdoors. Whether you want to explore the wetlands, play a round of golf, see the sights with a local guide, or take in the swamps from an entirely new perspective, now is the time to start planning your next outdoor excursion. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on 6 outdoor adventures that you can enjoy in the Houma area.
Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge – 3599 Bayou Black Dr., Houma, LA 70360
Our tour of outdoor adventures near Houma homes for sale starts with a trip to the expansive Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge covers more than 4,300 acres of historic swamps and freshwater wetlands. The bulk of the refuge is only accessible by boat, but the sights, sounds, and wildlife are more than worth the trip. There's also a one-mile driving trail accessible by car if you're in the mood for a quick trip.
The Ball Park, Inc. – 6229 W Park Ave., Houma, LA 70360
Enjoy some old-fashioned, outdoor family fun at The Ball Park, Inc., which is home to Houma's favorite miniature golf course. The golf course features 18 holes in a scenic, beautifully landscaped setting, with plenty of lighting available for miniature golf after dark. When you're done with your round of golf, be sure to check out the batting cages for even more fun.
Anne Miller's Son's Marsh & Swamp Tours – 3718 Southdown Mandalay Rd., Houma, LA 70360
There's so much natural beauty to explore around Houma, and a knowledgeable a local guide can really enhance your enjoyment of outdoor adventures. Anne Miller's Son's Marsh & Swamp Tours is a business operated by the son of the legendary Alligator Annie, with trips available to the Mandalay Wildlife Refuge and beyond. These tours are a great way to explore local ecosystems and see local wildlife in a natural setting.
Houma Golf Club – 6433 Alma St., Houma, LA 70364
Looking for a fun, quick round of golf that's perfect for younger golfers who are learning to play and still poses an enjoyable challenge for experienced players? The Houma Golf Club is a public, 9-hole course that's as affordable as it is fun. Play a full round for less than $10, and leave plenty of time for more outdoor adventures in your day.
Hammonds Cajun Air Tours – 194 Aviation Rd., Houma, LA 70360
Ever wish that you could see the amazing outdoor sights of the Houma area from a new and breathtaking perspective? Then it's time to book a trip with Hammonds Cajun Air Tours and take to the skies! Flights take off daily from the Houma-Terrebonne Airport, with spectacular views from the moment you hit the runway. During your guided tour, you'll be able to observe local wildlife and see how all of Houma's natural areas are connected.
Ellendale Country Club – 3319 Hwy 311, Houma, LA 70360
When you're in the mood for a full 18 holes of golf, it's tough to top the experience at Ellendale Country Club. Along with a world-class golf course, Ellendale Country Club features a driving range, golf lessons, a full pro shop, and demo days when you can try out all of the latest golf equipment.
Ready to find your next home in a community that's packed with outdoor adventures? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.
The Big Easy has so much to see and do. You could spend years eating and exploring your way through the city. Although there are plenty of attractions worth the price of admission, New Orleans has its share of budget-friendly activities that will delight residents and visitors alike. Our real estate agents encourage you to check out these five free things to do near New Orleans.
Would you love to live in one of NOLA's vibrant communities? We can help you find a place surrounded by the best Crescent City has to offer. Contact us today to schedule tours of our New Orleans homes for sale.
Are you ready to lace up your running shoes for a 5k in the Baton Rouge area? Then you'll find no shortage of great places to train for your next run! Between beautiful city parks, well-established nature trails, and trails running through popular local attractions, Baton Rouge offers a little bit of everything. Get ready for your next 5k, and enjoy some great natural scenery while you train. Our real estate agents have the details on some of the best places to train for a 5k around Baton Rouge.
Milford Wampold Community Park – 901 Stanford Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Located on LSU lake with beautiful views of the water, Milford Wampold Community Park is a lovely place to train for a 5k close to Baton Rouge homes for sale. There are paved trails running throughout the park, along with a sandy beach that allows you to add a different type of surface to your training.
Highland Road Community Park – 14024 Highland Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
With more than 144 acres to explore that include paved trails and activities for family members of all ages, Highland Road Community Park makes it easy to fit some 5k training into a full day of outdoor family fun at the park. In addition to a variety of connected trails, the park features athletic fields of all types, a playground, picnic pavilions, a boat launch, and an air-conditioned indoor gymnasium.
Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway – Downtown Baton Rouge, LA 70802
The Baton Rouge Downtown Greenway connects with a number of downtown parks, outdoor attractions, and existing trail systems with views of the Mississippi River all around you, making it a great way to mix some variety into your 5k training. Currently, the loop connects the levee bike path, town square, and Brooks Park, with even more trails expected to be added in the future.
Comite Park Trail – 8900 Hooper Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70818
Looking for a trail that will allow you to put your training to the test? The Comite Park Trail is an excellent choice, with elevation changes that will add a little spice to your next run. This trail rates as moderate by popular hiking standards, with a 4.9-mile loop along the river that offers beautiful views while you run.
Dawson Creek Trail – 7122 Perkins Rd., Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Located at the well-lit Perkins Road Community Park, the Dawson Creek Trail offers a convenient, paved running trail that can still be enjoyed even after the sun goes down. The trail runs for just over four miles with offshoots into the woods where you can extend your run, while the park also features a rock climbing wall, skate park, BMX bike trails, and a playground perfect for entertaining younger visitors.
Living in Baton Rouge means that your next outdoor adventure is never far from your front door, and our team is here to help you find your next home in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.
Cajun Country is scenic no matter how you choose to explore it, and riding the trails is a great way to see the area from a different perspective. Whether you're an experienced rider looking for a challenging trail or you're searching for a scenic, leisurely trail to ride on a Sunday afternoon, Cajun Country offers a little bit of everything. Of course, the best trails also feature plenty of places to stop for food and fun along the way. Our real estate agents know Cajun Country, and we've got 6 biking routes that you won't want to miss.
Houma to Cocodrie – Winn Dixie Shopping Center at Hwy 24 and Prospect Blvd., Houma, LA 70517
Beginning in Houma, the Houma to Cocodrie route lasts for 31 miles, with a variety of entry/exit points throughout the route. See Houma homes for sale from a whole new perspective! The scenery really picks up around the 5-mile mark of the route, if you start from the Winn Dixie Shopping Center. You'll travel along the waterfront, where you'll see fishing boats in action, then make a trip through quiet, peaceful marshes before ending your ride in Cocodrie.
Lafayette to Opelousas – North University Ave., Lafayette, LA 70506
The Lafayette to Opelousas route actually consists of three separate routes, with varying distances, scenery, and terrain. For a shorter ride, try the 20-mile red route, which travels along North University Ave. through Lafayette, before heading north to Opelousas. The blue route is a bit longer at 30 miles, while the green route checks in at a healthy 50 miles.
Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail – 1050 Henderson Levee Rd., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
With more than 50 miles of trails to ride along the top of the levee, the Atchafalaya Basin Wilderness Trail features outstanding scenery and plenty of room to stretch your legs. The first half of the trail is paved, and the rest is gravel. There are no cars or trucks allowed on this trail, so it's a great place for a long, relaxing ride.
Houma to Thibodaux Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
Looking to explore nature while you ride? The 50-plus mile Houma to Thibodaux Loop will take you past a historic cypress swamp, and passes a variety of local museums where you can learn more about Cajun Country. Wildlife Gardens is an especially popular stop for nature lovers.
Chicot State Park – 3469 Chicot Park Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586
Open year-round with more than 6,000 acres to explore, the Chicot State Park trail is one of the best spots on our list for natural scenery. The trail travels around Lake Chicot, where you can stop to fish or simply enjoy the view. The terrain is easier to navigate in dry conditions but requires the right equipment when the weather is wet.
Bayou Black Loop – Intersection of Hwy 311 and Mystic Blvd., Houma, LA 70360
Beginning at the same point as the Houma to Thibodaux Loop, the Bayou Black Loop is another favorite for Houma residents. If you're riding this loop, be sure to bring your appetite. There are many great places to stop for a meal along the way, whether you're in the mood for fresh seafood or classic Cajun cooking.
Still searching for your next home in Cajun Country? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Houma, LA area.
Want to spend some time outdoors to relax after comparing the best Lafayette homes for sale?
Our real estate agents enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to rock climbing. We know that sometimes you just want to stop and smell the roses – or other flowers. Luckily, the natural beauty of Lafayette will never let you down. There are plenty of places to see brilliant flowers in bloom. One of them could be your own backyard!
If you need other ideas, we have them. Lafayette and the surrounding cities are filled with a variety of botanical gardens, arboretums, parks, and many more. Let's drop in for a quick visit to some of the best gardens in Lafayette and the neighboring communities.
Here are just a few of your options for local gardens and nature centers:
Lafayette is in bloom, and there's never been a better time to see it for yourself. Contact us at Latter & Blum to find out more about the local or for help with your real estate questions.
Do you love exploring nature, and enjoying long, sunny days discovering the great outdoors? Then the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road has more than 180 miles of natural beauty waiting for you! This slice of wilderness along the coast of Louisiana is an amazing place to hike, hunt, fish, observe wildlife, spot rare birds, and discover the unique ecosystems that make our state such a fascinating place to call home for nature lovers. Get to know one of the great natural treasures of Louisiana, with a little help from our real estate agents.
Louisiana's Very Own All-American Road
The Creole Nature Trail is classified as an All-American Road and is one of fewer than 50 natural areas with that classification in the whole country. Easily reached from Lake Charles homes for sale, the Creole Nature Trail covers more than 180 miles of coastal and inland areas, from the shores of the gulf to the lush wetlands and beyond.
Explore Louisiana's Outback and Experience the "Last Great Wilderness"
With so much wildlife and rugged, undeveloped natural terrain, the Creole Nature Trail has earned the nickname of Louisiana's Outback, as well as a reputation as a "Last Great Wilderness" in America. This is an area where local wildlife is free to live in nature, and visitors are free to observe them. The natural beauty along the trail is unrivaled, with spectacular views around every corner.
Travel the Trail by Bike, Boat, Car, or Hike
The Creole Nature Trail covers so much ground that there are many different ways to explore the area. You can reach many entry points and attractions by car then set out to explore in whatever way you enjoy. The extensive waterways along the trail make many areas easy to explore by boat, and there are tons of smaller trails available for hiking. Major roadways along the trail also make many areas accessible by bike, and off-road trails provide a fun, scenic challenge for mountain bikers.
Attractions on the Creole Nature Trail
No matter how you love to explore nature, you'll find an attraction to suit your style along the Creole Nature Trail. Refuges and wildlife sanctuaries in the area include the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, and Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. The Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point is the perfect place to start your journey, with family-friendly attractions, more information on the trail, and interactive exhibits on Creole culture.
Fishing, Crabbing, and Hunting in Louisiana's Outback
The Creole Nature Trail is a popular place for anyone who loves fishing, hunting, and crabbing. There are boat launches located all along the many waterways that weave through the trail, along with plenty of prime spots for laying crab traps. Hunters love the wide variety of ducks that visit the area, and the many designated hunting locations spread throughout the area.
Enjoy a Truly Unique Day at the Beach Along the Gulf
If you love combing the beach for rare, spectacular shells, then you'll love visiting the more than 26 miles of Gulf beaches on the Creole Nature Trail. You'll have opportunities to find shells and enjoy sights that simply aren't available at busier beaches.
Ready to start exploring the Creole Nature Trail? Then now is the perfect time to find your next home close to nature. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Lake Charles, LA area.
If you're a pet owner, one of the first questions you ask when you move to a new city is, "will my pet be happy?" Here in New Orleans, our real estate agents are happy to report that we live in an amazingly pet-friendly city, with plenty of options for your four-legged friends! Be sure to check out these amazing dog parks in the NOLA area!
New Orleans is a fun place to live for dogs, and it's not bad for humans either! Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in New Orleans.
Louisiana has a wonderful climate, but temperatures can soar over the summer. Fortunately, residents of our area have learned some tips and tricks that can help make you more comfortable. Our real estate agents suggest the following seven ways to beat the Louisiana heat this summer:
Contact us if you're looking to sell your home or would like to find out about Baton Rouge homes for sale in the area. Our real estate agents have a great deal of experience buying and selling homes in Louisiana and can help you sell your existing home and find the right one for you!
Our real estate agents know many of our clients are on the lookout for safe and fun ways to get outdoors this summer. Parks throughout New Orleans are beginning to welcome guests again, and the weather is right to take the family picnic you've been dreaming of.
New Orleans has balanced its development with green spaces so wherever you journey in the Big Easy, you'll never be far from a hiking trail, bicycle trail, or a dog park. Picnic spots abound!
Consider these sites for your next picnic excursion:
Please remember to practice social distancing and follow CDC guidelines while out in public.
From New Orleans to Baton Rouge, Lafayette to Lake Charles, Latter & Blum is here to help you reach your real estate goals. For personalized advice about New Orleans homes, contact us.
Summer's here and you're probably hearing the call of the great outdoors. Fishing is a relaxing way to enjoy nature while maintaining social distancing. Plus, our area is home to many wonderful fishing spots and fishing charters. Get ready to catch "the big one" with these popular fishing charters not far from Houma homes for sale.
Known for smooth jazz, delicious food, and a lively culture — New Orleans is a destination unlike anywhere else in the country. Plus, avid golfers will love the links surrounding the Crescent City. Our REALTORS® invite you to grab your clubs and take your dad to one of these five challenging NOLA golf courses for Father's Day.
Time to turn off the basketball games on TV and hit the basketball courts! In addition to improving agility, endurance, and other physical skills, basketball helps develop hand-eye coordination, confidence, and social skills. Perfect your layup or three-point shot at these six basketball courts near Lafayette homes for sale.
Lace-up your favorite running shoes — the Cajun Country Run is racing back into Lafayette to go the distance for another year. Acadian's oldest half-marathon is the second race in the Le Courir des Cadiens race series and one exciting morning that you do not want to miss! If you're planning a visit to browse Lafayette homes for sale, our REALTORS® encourage you to pay a visit to Acadian Park to watch — or even run — in this annual holiday event.
The Cajun Country Run was founded in 2002 and 2010, became a substantial supporter of Transportation Recreation Alternatives In Louisiana. TRAIL helps the running community of Louisiana blaze new trails by enhancing opportunities for outdoor recreation. A 10K race was added in 2012, and the 5K was added a year later. The race has evolved over the years and now offers runners five individual options for competing on both paved roads and dirt trails. Certified by the USA Track & Field, the 5K, 10K, and half-marathon of the Cajun Country Run are part of the Courir des Cadiens series of racing events.
The Courir des Cadiens Race Series includes three annual races that increase in distance at each subsequent event. The first race of the year is the Tour des Atakapas, which occurs during the Festivals Acadiens et Creoles. The Tour des Atakapas hosts distances of 3, 5, and 7 miles and also includes a run-paddle-run duathlon. Festivities follow this October event.
The Cajun Country Run follows the Tour des Atakapas. The third and final race in the Courir des Cadiens Race Series is the Zydeco Marathon. This event challenges racers to endure a half marathon or marathon run to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
This year's event will bring tidings of great joy to winners of the race. One of the hallmarks of this event is the Special Gator Head trophy awarded to the winning male and female in each category. The fastest winners dressed as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, as well as the best dressed Claus couple, will receive special prizes. All winners will walk away with a Santa's sack full of goodies from local sponsors.
For nearly 20 years, the Cajun Country Run has been a beloved holiday race for Lafayette runners. Warm food and cold beer will be served after the race, so gather up some friends and get to know the community.
For more information on the Lafayette community and buying homes in the area, contact us today!
Fall is a wonderful time of the year in Louisiana. With the cooler weather moving in, there are many spectacular opportunities to enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Our real estate agents love to lace up a pair of comfortable walking shoes and venture off into the green spaces of Lafayette for a brisk stroll. We've picked out a few of our favorite fall hiking trails around Lafayette that you'll want to go on!
Autumn is around the corner, and our REALTORS® are excited for the return of the fall festival season! Throughout the Lafayette area, our towns come alive with festive food and fun to celebrate the harvest season. We invite you to come and join us at one of our fall festivals around the community.
Nothing says summer like a picnic. July is National Picnic month, so what better time pack a basket and head outdoors to exceptional Acadiana picnic spots.
Whether you're looking for a place to take a quick break, planning a romantic afternoon out, or want to get together with family and friends, fun times are sure to be had! Lafayette homes for sale are right near some of the best picnic spots in our city. So take the opportunity to get to know your new neighborhood, enjoy a meal and summer fun at these prime locales.
A picnic with family, friends, and neighbors is always a pleasant way to enjoy the outdoors and the summer. Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect Lafayette home to fit your lifestyle. Contact us to get started.
Are you ready to celebrate the start of spring in Baton Rouge? Kick off the season in style by celebrating National Take a Walk in the Park Day, which takes place every year on March 30th, at one of the many vibrant parks and green spaces located throughout Baton Rouge. From BMX tracks to secluded trails and astronomical observatories, the parks and green spaces of Baton Rouge truly feature something for every member of the community to enjoy. The outdoor spaces of Baton Rouge are popular during every season, and spring is the perfect time to explore the city. Our real estate agents have the local perspective, with a guide to enjoying Take a Walk in the Park Day at six beautiful Baton Rouge parks and green spaces.
Searching for the perfect home close to all of the outdoor attractions in the city? Our local team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Baton Rouge, LA area.