Get wet! 10 ways to cool off with adventurous water fun

Many people are looking for ways to beat the heat this summer. For some adventure seekers, a dip in the pool just doesn't cut it. The abundance of waterways around New Orleans and its surrounding suburbs offer many creative ways to cool off.

Whether you're looking for a thrill or just want to chill on a boat, we've compiled a list of everything you can do for some fun on the water.

Flyboarding

You’ve probably seen this extreme water sport while on a beach vacation. Well, did you know there are two places near New Orleans where you can give it a shot? Aquafly New Orleans and NOLA Flyboarding both give folks a chance to soar high above the water. All it takes is a little bit of patience and a lot of balance. Photo courtesy: NOLA Flyboarding via Facebook

Watercraft Rentals

Jet skis, kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) are just some of the fun ways to explore the waterways and bayous of Louisiana. Companies like New Orleans Kayak offer guided swamp tours, while NOLA Paddleboards will get you paddling down Bayou St. John on a SUP. Want something with a little bit more of an adrenaline rush? Get yourself a jet ski or a sidewinder tube ride from NOLA Flyboarding. Photo courtesy: NOLA Paddleboards

Tubing

Grab a bunch of friends, a cooler, some sunscreen and float down the Bogue Chitto River for an exciting tubing adventure. The trip takes anywhere from two to four hours depending on how many stops you make. Here’s a list of places to go tubing this summer to escape the heat. Photo courtesy: Louisiana River Adventure

Photo courtesy: Thibodaux Parks and Recreation Department

Splash Pads

Keep your kids cool during the summer with one of the many splash pads located around the area. Lafreniere Park, Audubon’s Cool Zoo and parks around the city of Mandeville are just a few places where your kids can get wet. This list features some splash pads that are great for kids.

Airboat Tours

This is an exciting and unique way to get out on the water, while exploring the swamps and bayous surrounding New Orleans.  The high-speed adventure gets you up close and personal with gators, pelicans and other wildlife. New Orleans Airboat Tours and Airboat Adventures are just a couple of the companies offering this one of a kind experience. Some swamp tours will even teach you about some cool legends.

Water Parks

Battle the waves, and ride the slides at the city’s nearby water parks. Blue Bayou Gulf Islands and Water Park offer an adventurous afternoon for both kids and adults alike. We put together a list of water parks you can drive to around the Gulf Coast.

Nearby Beaches

In less than one hour from New Orleans, you can have your toes in the sand on the beaches of Bay St. Louis, Miss. The beaches there are very shallow, making it a perfect place for families with young ones. Want to stay a little closer to home? Take a dip along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain at Fountainebleau State Park.

Kite Surfing

Get your adrenaline pumping with this extreme sport. Kite surfing combines a little bit of wakeboarding, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics all into one action-packed adventure.

Boat Rentals

There are several companies on both the North Shore and South Shore that will let you rent a boat or charter one with a captain. Whether you want to go water skiing, chill on a yacht or take a booze cruise at sunset, there is no shortage of places that offer this service. Joe Rugs Water Adventures and Nunmaker Yachts are just a couple of the companies that offer you some fun in the sun.

Fishing

Well, they don’t call it the “Sportsman’s Paradise” for nothing. Whether it’s saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, brackish or deep sea, Louisiana has it all. If you want to catch some trout or a wicked tuna, you can do it with many of the charter companies operating across the state.