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Exploring the Outdoors in NOLA: Bayou Sauvage in New Orleans East

Here in New Orleans, with our plethora of world-class restaurants, invigorating nightlife scene and limitless live music, there is always something exciting to do. What many people might not realize is that we also have a world of outdoor excursions to encounter, and with our unique landscape, taking in nature in New Orleans is an experience all its own.

If you love to get outdoors, you should make a stop at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge in New Orleans East. Considered the nation’s largest urban National Wildlife Refuge, Bayou Sauvage includes more than 24,000 acres of fresh and brackish marshes and coastal hardwood forest, and is only 15 minutes from the French Quarter. It’s home to more than 340 bird species and the freshwater lagoons, bayous and ponds are filled with largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and catfish. If you go for a boat ride or hike through this serene landscape, you may see the likes of white-tailed deer, squirrels, otters, raccoons, feral hogs, nutria, mink, turtles and of course, alligators.

From fishing to wildlife photography, Bayou Sauvage makes for a peaceful change of scenery. Get to know a different side of New Orleans by taking a trip to New Orleans East.

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