Kayaking tours on historic Bayou St. John through New Orleans
Locally owned, family run. Capture New Orleans from a different perspective. Kayak our beautiful bayou as we guide you along our historic waterway. We’ll keep with the pace of the city—nice and easy, taking in the southern scenery, hospitality and weather.
Bayou St. John, meandering through Mid-City and Gentilly itself was a key component in establishing our city. The Native Americans showed early explorers the bayou as a way to access, at the time, a potential future city from the Gulf of Mexico without having to fight the Mississippi River’s strong currents. While kayaking, you will see some of the older city structures, like the Spanish Custom House and the Pitot House, both built in the late 1700’s. You might hear and catch a glimpse of the happenings at Fair Grounds Race Course, one of the oldest horse tracks in the United States, as well as the site of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. You will be paddling alongside beautiful City Park, which houses centuries-old live oak trees. You’ll see New Orleans Museum of Art as you pass the grand entrance of the park. St. Louis Cemetery #3 will be visible from your kayak. The elaborate above-ground tombs are spectacular.
There is a bit of wildlife to observe. It isn’t uncommon to spot a great blue heron stoically perched on a tree branch, soft-shell turtles sunbathing along the bank or a brown pelican diving into the water after a fish. At dusk you might notice one of the notorious nocturnal nutria venturing out for a swim and a snack.
Bayou St. John flows through many thriving neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to observe (and maybe interact with) the other wildlife. Folks do all sorts of things on the banks of the bayou—exercise, fish, play, picnic, etc. The locals living along the bayou build colorful festive gardens that can be seen while touring as well. You’ll certainly get a feel for New Orleans through the local community.
This experience will bring balance to many things: You’ll find nature in an urban setting, visit history in the present, have a few active hours among several decadent ones, and feel local while vacationing.