10 Fun Water Activities Around New Orleans

It's not a secret that New Orleans can be one hot place. Here is a list of places and activities that will help you and your children survive the heat. Arm yourselves with sunscreen and towels for a day of fun!

1. Splash Pad at Lafrenlere

Splash Pad at Lafrenlere

This park is a great place for children under 10. The young visitors will have an immense amount of fun running around through various water features, 13 to be exact. The park is open from 12 to 7 pm and costs $5 for 90 minutes of fun, and you most likely will not be asked to leave even after your session is over - that's the spirit of the Big Easy.
Toddlers have a special fenced area to keep cool while the parents watch worry-free, knowing that their youngsters won't run away.

2. The Cool Zoo

Cool Audubon Zoo

This is a part of the Audubon Zoo, which is regarded as one of the best zoos in the nation. And it's not too hard to see why. How many zoos are complete with water slides and cannons?
The visitors of all ages will enjoy this part of the zoo on a hot summer day. There is an additional fee to gain access to the water fun, but it's all worth it. Smaller children can enjoy separate areas of water splashing; families can relax eating lunch under a shaded tree, or in a rented cabana. The park is usually busy and stays that way all day, so be prepared.
Gator Run is another attraction added to the Cool Zoo more recently. This lazy river is heated during colder months. Rafting here is definitely fun for the entire family.
The tickets cost $12 on top of the zoo admission price, and can be combined with different packages, such as all day water attractions, Audubon's Dinosaur Adventure, train rides, and all day carousel.

3. NORDC Pools

These free for everybody pool facilities can be found all over the city. All visitors can get free swimming lessons here too. How many cities can offer that?
The most popular such pool is located right in front of Audubon Zoo, but rest assured, there are plenty of others. Be prepared to wait if the pools are full to capacity, which they often are in the summer.

4. Ormond Spray Park

This park is located in Destrehan. It operates on all days of the week, except Mondays. Children must be more than 62 inches tall. All minors under 12 years of age are expected to come with adults. Other than that, the fun is unlimited.

5. Blue Bayou Water Park

Blue Bayou Water Park

Visitors to Baton Rouge should combine their trip to Dixie Landin' Amusement Park and Blue Bayou Water Park and pay only for one ticket instead of two. This park offers some cooling off after the joys of amusement park. It features 20 different water activities for all ages. The Racers claim to be the fastest water racing in the world. You'll have to see that for yourself to believe it.

6. Gulf Islands Water Park

Gulf Islands Water Park

This park is located in Gulfport, Mississippi, so you will have to take a trip there. It takes only about 1.5 hours to get there from New Orleans, but it's definitely worth it for all water lovers. Water slides, pools, and splash pads are available in this park - enjoy tube rides, a little bay for the youngest visitors, a lazy river for all, and finally, the beloved wave pool. Tired parents can enjoy a cabana or a pavilion available for rent.

7. Buccaneer Bay Water Park

This park is a more natural place to enjoy all that water has to offer. It is located on the beach in Waveland and is surrounded by old moss-covered oaks, swamps, and Mexican Gulf. After you get to marvel at the pristine nature here, enter the water park to cool off. The facility is open all day during the summer months.
Buccaneer Bay Water Park The Pirate's Lagoon pool is famous for its 6 foot tall waves and entertains visitors with tubes. Two fast water slides are giant and geared towards older kids. Little visitors can enjoy Lil' Smuggler's Cove pool for some safe playtime. Parents can lounge around the pools while their young ones get to enjoy the day.

8. Bayou Segnette Wave Pool

Bayou Segnette Wave Pool

This park is just mere 30 minute drive from New Orleans. Some of the family activities offered here are boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and the wave pool. Pools are open only for a couple of summer months, so don't miss an opportunity to enjoy them. They are also closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so check your calendar before heading there. Sometimes the pool facility will be open on some holiday Mondays, and then closed on the following Tuesday and Wednesday, so call in advance to be on a safe side.

9. Thibodeaux Municipal Pool

Thibodeaux Municipal Pool

This facility is brand new and opened its doors just last year, in 2017. This pool system offers 24 separate water activities on the whooping 2,500 square feet grounds. Visitors can enjoy sprinklers and fountains that play in a show-like synchronized fashion.

10. Your Own pool at home

This is the cheapest and closest to home water entertainment. Buy an inexpensive water table or an inflatable pool from your local Target or Big Lots, and beat the summer heat right at home or in a vacation rental. After all, nothing conquers the heat as good as your garden house and some ice cream afterwards.