On the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain sits Metairie, the first suburb of New Orleans. The land on which Metairie was founded in the early 1760s is the result of the Mississippi River changing its course toward the Gulf of Mexico, leaving a high ridge of land where its banks had been previously. This land, known as Metairie Ridge, was settled by the French.
Today Metairie is a bustling suburb that makes up the most populated community in Jefferson Parish and is actually the fifth largest unincorporated area in the United States. Along with shops, restaurants, professional buildings and offices, and green space; Metairie is the home of both the New Orleans Saints’ and New Orleans Pelicans’ practice facilities and team offices.
Metairie’s largest park is Lafreniere Park. It features two large playgrounds, marshland and wildlife, as well as a robust recreation complex. Along with soccer, baseball, softball, and other multi-purpose fields, Lafreniere also features a two-mile walking track. From one park to another, The Shrine on Airline is home to the Miami Marlins AAA affiliate baseball club, the New Orleans Baby Cakes.
Here are a few of the many things to do and see in Metairie:
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