10 Best Retirement Activities in Louisiana

You’ve spent years working, developing your career, and raising a family. Now it’s time to enter a new phase of life. Louisiana is a great place for retiree-friendly activities. From sandy beaches to great jazz on Bourbon Street, you’ll find all kinds of things to discover. Here are the best retirement activities in the state. 

Spirit of the Red River Cruise, Shreveport, LA

What could be more fun than a leisurely cruise along the river? You’ll get a brief history of the area from your friendly guide and captain and have a safe and relaxing 45-minute tour. Small dogs are allowed on the tours that leave on the hour.

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Sail NOLA, New Orleans, LA

If you want to kick it up a notch from just being a passenger on a boat, sign up for private lessons and learn how to sail. Offering safe and fun-filled instruction for any age or skill level, these personal lessons will give you the information you need to meet your goals. Whether you want to sail the seven seas or just around a local lake, this is the place to go.

Trail’s End Golf Course, Arcadia, LA

If you’re a land lover and prefer your recreational activities on dry land and happen to love golf, check out Trail’s End Golf Course. This 18-hole public course is in the highest elevation in the state. The rolling hills make a perfect setting for a challenging course and has great views of the countryside. 

Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Bossier City, LA

If you love being in the outdoors, the Red River National Wildlife Refuge has everything you need. From a federally-funded and protected national wildlife refuge to hiking trails and great fishing, Lake Caroline is a beautiful setting for photographers and the perfect place to bird watch. 

My Happy Place Vintage Market, Ruston, LA

You really can go to your happy place if shopping is one of your favorite things to do. Visit My Happy Place Vintage Market for some great deals on all kinds of things from vintage hard-to-find treasures to newer items. You can swap stories with the friendly owners and learn some interesting facts about the area at the same time. 

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New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

The oldest fine arts museum in the state, the New Orleans Museum of Art is just the place to go to spend the day. Featuring more than 40,000 objects in multiple collections throughout the museum, there are beautiful pieces of art in and outside the buildings that include walkways, sculptures and beautifully landscaped areas. The museum also features permanent and traveling exhibits with events open to the public. 

Louisiana Lagniappe Restaurant, Baton Rouge, LA

One of the city’s most popular restaurants, Louisiana Lagniappe Restaurant is the perfect mix of old and new. Featuring classic favorites with a little something extra that includes fresh local ingredients, their eclectic menu offers items that combine French, Creole, and Cajun influences. Don’t miss this place!

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Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Darrow, LA

Considered the “crown jewel of Louisiana’s River Road,” Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is a reminder of days gone by. Named after the original native inhabitants of the area, the mansion has been rebuilt and renovated over time to include architectural and historic influences that make it a rare place to visit. Although it is still a private residence, tours and overnight stays are available.

Buck and Johnny’s, Breaux Bridge, LA

To truly understand and appreciate the rich musical heritage that belongs to Louisiana, you have to travel to where the best music is found. Live and lively music is the lifeblood of this state, and it belongs to the young and young at heart. Buck & Johnny’s is in the heart of the historic district of the city and offers a Saturday morning breakfast that’s more of an event than a meal. Complete with traditional Zydeco flare, you’ll have your choice of all the foods that make Louisiana a great place to eat. 

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Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours, Henderson, LA

Louisiana is known for great food, great music, a rich history and a unique landscape. Part of that landscape includes the swamps and scenic byways. Taking one of the tours offered by Atchafalaya Basin is a great way to see all this up close and personal. Great for those looking to learn more about the state’s natural surroundings and inhabitants, photographers, and bird watchers. 

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