Things to Do in the Bayou: Barataria, Louisiana (near New Orleans)

The Griffin Fishing Waterfront Lodge is nestled into the beautiful landscape of the Barataria, Louisiana bayou and offers an unmatched experience during your stay, with comfort and local amenities as our main focus.

Our all-inclusive fishing charters are a big hit for those who frequent the area or seek thrilling vacations and special occasion adventures, and there’s, even more, to see and do around the area. Would you rather book a day trip or a group-focused adventure? Check out all our Louisiana fishing trip options.

Regardless of whether fishing is your “thing” or not, you can find a plethora of local history, natural beauty, food, and more around our little slice of paradise. In short, we’ve got everything you could hope for in a vacation!

Our Local Shortlist of Things to Do

We’ve put together a shortlist of our favorite local vendors that can help make your trip even more memorable (if that’s possible!), and offer experiences you just won’t find anywhere else.

Barataria Nature Preserve

Explore the boardwalks throughout Louisiana’s wild wetlands to see an endless array of plants, wildflowers, and forests, and witness alligators, birds, and more as you take it all in. It’s free to enter and spans across 26,000 acres!

Wetland Trace Boardwalk

Scenic overlooks, boardwalks, and pavilions provide a unique way to experience nature on this 41-acre preserve. From alligators, turtles, and snakes to birds, spiders, and other creepy crawlies, the Wetland Trace Boardwalk has it all.

Lafitte-Barataria Museum

Get to know the area’s history by exploring the details of this old fishing village. Filled with historical artifacts, wildlife specimens, and information on folk traditions of the past, the museum is a must-add to any family’s list of things to do.

Airboat Adventures

This is where it gets crazy – if you’ve ever wanted to experience the thrill of an airboat flying across the water, this is your chance! Join Airboat Adventures for personal swamp tours and airboat rides that will blow your hair back.

Voleo’s Seafood Restaurant

Specializing in Cajun and German food, Voleo’s shouldn’t be missed. They make scrumptious pizzas by hand and offer an assortment of BBQ shrimp, crawfish & oysters, and blackened flounder that will make your mouth water each and every time.

Boutte’s Bayou Restaurant

The oldest restaurant in the area, Boutte’s celebrates the community spirit and offers fresh seafood with a view. Dine on oysters, shrimp, crawfish, and more while looking out over the water and taking in your surroundings.

Joe’s Landing Marina

For all your bait and tackle needs, Joe’s Landing Marina can help you stock up and prepare for a productive, self-guided day on the water. With live bait and full maria services, Joe’s is a one-stop shop for everything fishing.

New Orleans (NOLA)

If you want to take a trip to the big city, New Orleans hardly needs an introduction! Remember that beyond the food (we’re looking at you, shrimp étouffée dumplings and Bananas Foster empanadas), there’s a slew of museums, parks, festivals, tours, nightlife, music, and more to choose from.


If spending a night in the city is part of your vacation, Harrah’s hotel and casino can provide exceptional comfort and entertainment throughout your stay. Get a good night’s sleep, try the buffet, and take in the surrounding area without a care in the world.


Boomtown is another hotel and casino that will make your trip complete. With exclusive dining options and a place to try your luck and bet against the odds, there’s an entertaining experience around every corner.

Whether you come to fish, relax, or want to combine experiences for an unforgettable mega trip, Griffin Fishing Charters & Lodge is the perfect place to explore all the things to do in Barataria, Louisiana and the nearby New Orleans has to offer. Contact us today to plan your vacation!