Bayou Barriere Golf Club stretches up and down the bank of the Intracoastal Canal, dividing 27 holes into three nine-hole layouts that can be played as three distinctive 18-hole combinations. Extending up to 6,646 yards at its longest, the course challenges golfers with holes ranging from short par 3s to lengthy dogleg par 5s. Three sets of tees make the course playable for golfers of all abilities, and tree-lined fairways and an abundance of sand bunkers and water hazards require precise shot selection throughout the round. The course’s bermuda-grass greens and tee boxes are maintained as emerald alleyways with the aid of a new irrigation system, which is five times more powerful than the club’s previous setup, and nearly twice as effective as holding an epic water-gun fight every hour.
Sure, it might be simple to win a local HORSE tournament, but it takes a little more skill to make it to the big leagues. Fortunately, the team of coaches at Elevate NEXT usher aspiring b-ballers to new heights with summer camps and à la carte training sessions. The crew includes Marcus White—who briefly claimed the rebounding record on the Lakers D-League team before getting sidelined by an injury—alongside Sky Hyacinthe and Ben Aronin.
After Frankie Cheek discovered segway tours while visiting Italy, he decided to start his own company in his native New Orleans. When he was boarding a plane back home, Hurricane Katrina struck, redirecting him to Louisiana’s grandfather country: France. While exploring Paris in the wake of the devastating tragedy back home, Cheek drew inspiration for his future segway tours—he was resolved, according to his website, to "help a city rich in history move forward while riding the most high-tech transporter available." Since returning to New Orleans, he’s led daily segway adventures, whirring groups of sightseers around the French Quarter, the riverfront, and Jackson Square with the ease, maneuverability, and safety-minded attitude of a cool biker gang. Plus, through a partnership with other tour companies, Cheek can also guide guests through swamps, plantations, and supposedly haunted locales.
With its imposing, slate-gray façade, the 170-year-old U.S. Custom House may be the last building in which you’d expect to hear the delighted squeals of children. But behind the steely columns, the building erupts into 23,000 square feet of colorful displays and fluttering, scuttling insects, courtesy of the Audubon Society and Insectarium. In the Asian garden, hundreds of butterflies dodge shafts of sunlight to alight on tropical ferns and the shoulders of young visitors. And at the Insects of New Orleans gallery, visitors can ogle the pink katydids, cockroaches, and lovebugs that contribute to the city’s heritage.
These bug-filled displays are all part of the insectarium’s mission to conserve Louisiana’s indigenous species and inspire stewardship in its visitors. While adults can sate their curiosity with the vast array of exotic species, curators gear many displays toward young guests by making them lighthearted and interactive: the Field Camp’s entomologist answers questions about how to collect bugs or break up flea-circus strikes, and at Bug Appétit, chefs dole out insect-filled delicacies to adventurous palates.