*I visited Jefferson Parish on a FAM Trip, all expenses were covered, but all opinions are my own.
When I think of Louisiana I think of Bayous, swamps, New Orleans, seafood and a place that would be fun to visit. This last month I had the pleasure of visiting Jefferson Parish and learning more about Louisiana. While I was there I was able to visit towns such as New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner and Gretna and each one has a unique offering to people visiting. So here’s a little more about my three day whirlwind trip to Jefferson Parish Louisiana!
1. Jefferson Parish is the “county” and the county seat is Gretna. Gretna is a quaint little town that puts me in the mind of a modern day Mayberry where everyone knows your name. It has LOTS to see and do just in that one town including a gorgeous view of New Orleans, along side the Mississippi River. But that isn’t all, they have the Gretna Green Blacksmith Shop, Gretna Historical Society, The Louisiana Fire Museum, The Saint Joseph Church as well as the German-American Cultural Center. Ronnie Gauthreaux and Mayor Belinda Constant love their town and they were absolutely fabulous hosts!
2. Metairie has several great places to stay but we stayed at the Country Inn and Suites and it is the perfect hotel for your New Orleans visit. If you are in town for a visit be sure to stop by Painting With A Twist where you can paint your own picture. I’m not an artist at all but I was able to follow the instructions to complete my Fluer de Lis and the results were amazing! Don’t forget to check out their Family Gras too, perfect for the entire family to attend!
3. Kenner Louisiana is a suburb of New Orleans and is known as Rivertown. Rivertown USA is right on the Mississippi River and offers a Planetarium and Science Center as well as Heritage Park. But is also home to La Salle’s landing which was the sight of the first heavyweight boxing championship on May 10, 1870. This was a quaint little town that had lots to see and do but the next time I’m taking some time to shop.
4. While you are visiting Jefferson Parish I strongly suggest an Airboat Ride from Louisiana Swamp Tours, and a stop by Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve to check out the wildlife and amazing scenery!
5. Eats! We all know I always have to eat while I’m gone and Jefferson Parish is home to the Louisiana Oyster Trail! I even tried my first raw oyster and lived to tell about it! But I would have to say that Charbroiled Oysters are my favorite! But I ate at several restaurants so be sure and come back for more details on those!
6. Transportation– Alert Transportation and Uber were my means of transportation but I do have to admit that I’m partial to Alert Transportation because they were always ready when we were and their hospitality was amazing. They even kept cold drinks for us in vehicles and the owner Milton was one of the best.
As you can see there are lots of things to see and do that don’t include Mardi Gras! But stay tuned for the next post in this series when I tell you all about my visits to these fabulous locations! A special thanks to Terrie and the Jefferson Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau for this fun filled FAM trip!