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New Orleans has become a top sports destination, hosting major sporting events like the Sugar Bowl, basketball tournaments and of course our beloved New Orleans Saints home games throughout the year. But beyond team sports you’ll find great parks for running and biking, Frisbee golf (or great regular golf), horse racing, marathons and tennis. The Lake Pontchartrain and Bayou St. John waterways offer fishing, boating, kayaking and paddleboarding right here in the city. Discover why Louisiana is the Sportsman’s Paradise and how New Orleans is the epicenter.

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New Orleans Picnic Guide

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Every year about this time, New Orleans slips into a beautiful period when the cold winds subside and the heat hasn’t quite made it to our doorstep. When this magical moment happens, grab your friends and hit up some great local shops and discover your new favorite picnic spot in NOLA.

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Most Instagrammable Places in New Orleans

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New Orleans has no shortage of visual inspiration. Everywhere you look in this magical city, you will find colors, textures and scenes that will make you want to stop and capture the moment. Here are some of the most highly Instagrammable spots in NOLA, featuring photos taken by you!

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City Park wildflowers field

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Where to Watch New Orleans Pelicans Games

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There are an unbelievable number of opportunities to catch Pelicans in New Orleans, one just need to know where to look for the majestic birds that hold a special place in the hearts of locals. So if you’re up for a great night of entertainment checking out the birds’ huge wing spans; the seemingly impossible way they take flight; the …

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Ideas For Getting Around New Orleans Without a Car

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Like many other American cities, New Orleans is a car city, by and large. Most people drive their own cars as a main mode of transportation — however, some people do just fine without them. Most people who visit from out of town do so without ever renting a car. While some of our public transportation schedules aren’t as robust …

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4 Romantic Date Ideas in New Orleans

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, we know you might be thinking hard about how to spend this romantic day — but why wait until then? Take a break from your standard take-out and a Netflix and check out one of these romantic date ideas to get you and your loved one — or prospective loved one — out and exploring New …

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Where to Find Free and Cheap Workouts in New Orleans

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Getting in shape shouldn’t mean breaking the bank, but sometimes the only motivation you need is knowing where to go to get fit for less. To help you stick to those resolutions you declared as the ball dropped, we’ve compiled a list of free and cheap fitness classes for you to finally get yourself in gear this year. Whether you’re …

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Free Things to Do in New Orleans in January

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So you might be a little broke post-holiday season — or, all your dough just might be in the form of Starbucks gift cards — but that is OK. From Uptown to Downtown and on side streets in between, you can get a taste, a listen, or a vision of New Orleans culture for no money down.

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5 Uniquely New Orleans Ways to Be Healthy in 2015

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Exercising, eating healthier, “detoxing” and other healthy habits typically top people’s new year’s resolutions list. But since we’re in New Orleans, opportunities to indulge lie around every corner.  However, we believe living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying the city’s rich culture are not mutually exclusive. From burning calories with bounce music to races that feel more like parties, here’s our …

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7 Places to Take Dance Classes in New Orleans

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New Orleans is a city full of celebration, costume, music and best of all, dance. We strut in second lines down the street, twerk in the clubs, and showcase burlesque as an art form, but what if you need help putting that rhythm back in your feet or just want to get a good workout while having fun? Lucky for …

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Free Fall: New Orleans November Freebies

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Tom Petty doesn’t have anything on us! We are free falling all over some gems to keep you busy as fall finally begins to take hold in New Orleans. The best part is that everything listed here is free so you can enjoy the city without breaking the bank before the holidays.

National Park Service Ranger Jazz Walk

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GoNOLA TV: Audubon Park

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With fall in the air, right now is a great time to be outside in New Orleans — that hint of coolness sure makes running and other exercise a lot more tolerable. One of New Orleans’ great green spaces is Audubon Park, located Uptown right off the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. There are lots of reasons to love this …

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GoNOLA Find: November Project

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What is the November Project? This week’s GoNOLA Find is a free fitness movement that was born in Boston as a way to stay in shape during cold New England months. Now present in 17 cities across the U.S., the movement is focused on motivating and encouraging people of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels to get moving. The …

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Let the Good Times Roll: Biking in New Orleans

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There is no better way to view the beautiful details of New Orleans than on two wheels. In fact, we were named one of the top 50 best cities for cycling in the U.S. by USA Today. Just take a look at the numerous bike trails in our city, the Rails to Trails project, and routes all across Louisiana …

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GoNOLA Neighborhood Guide: Lakeview

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Of the many diverse and interesting neighborhoods in New Orleans, Lakeview enjoys a special pride of place among New Orleanians. Developed in the middle of the 20th century, this charming neighborhood, bounded by City Park, Bayou St. John, Lakeshore Drive along Lake Ponchartrain and 17th Street Canal, is a quiet, suburban-like neighborhood with classic mid-century and new modern architecture. Its …

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GoNOLA Recommends: 4 Top Places to Jog in New Orleans

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Fall weather in New Orleans is perfect. It’s just cool enough to go outside without a coat, and it rarely rains (at least by New Orleans standards). This cool weather is a perfect opportunity for those who prefer to exercise outdoors, whether you’re just an avid runner or you are training for a marathon. Here are four great areas to …

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GoNOLA Find: Planters Grove

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Tucked away in Central City and a few blocks north of the growing Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard lies a park you’ll go nuts for. In 2011, Planters, the national nut snack brand, opened the Planters Grove park as part of a sustainability initiative. Built by The Corps Network, the national member organization for Service and Conservation Corps, with its local …

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