Bayou Kayaks maintains a fleet of 15 sleek, 24 single, 5 tandem, and 10 junior kayaks as well as 6 paddleboards that transport paddle buffs through the placid waters of Bayou St. John. After receiving safety equipment and a short tutorial, kayakers paddle through the scenic waterways, passing railroad bridges, waterside meadows, and urban wildlife. The modern sit-on-top vessels even allow paddlers to store their drinks in cup holders and bring along animal companions?such as dogs and well-behaved antelope?for the ride.
With a little help from Joe Rugs Water Adventures, almost anyone paddle a boat, cavort with friends at a memorable party, or even tour a swamp via airboat. Kayak and pontoon rentals let oar wielders craft their own excursions. Charter fishing trips, conversely, put an expert at the helm so passengers can focus on hooking fish they can batter and fry at home. Birthday and bachelor and bachelorette partiers can commission booze cruises, and fun seekers looking to stay dry can stay at the Lighthouse Bar, where a pool, waterfall, hot tub, and bar inspire dancing alongside live music.
In 1987, Brian McInerny was careening around Italy in a four-wheel, multipassenger Surrey cycle. An avid cyclist, he fell in love with this quirky contraption that he'd never seen in the United States and he immediately sought out the manufacturer and purchased a crate of them. Wheel Fun Rentals traces its origin to this very moment, as Brian changed his surrey-distribution company into a rental and tour company that spans the nation. In spite of a general suspicion of unicycles and their ulterior motives, the company's corporate philosophy espouses "Supporting active healthy lifestyles for our customers and maintaining a healthy environment for all." Wheel Fun's fleet of rentals now includes bicycles, multipassenger Surreys, scooters, surfboards, and paddle-based watercraft. They also promote green communities by offering free rentals to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Gravity Trails gives visitors adventurous ways to explore the outdoors with ziplines, kayak tours, and bike rentals. The company's portable zipline can be set up at virtually any location and stretch from 100 to 300 feet, giving groups and get-togethers a heart-pounding way to explore a favorite park, take in the coastal scenery, or careen through the mall for some very last-minute shopping. For a more leisurely outing, two-hour swamp tours let customers get up close to one of these areas the native flora and fauna of Cane Bayou, Pearl River, Honey Island, and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve amid the silent ripples of a kayak. Tourists sans transportation will especially rejoice in Gravity Trails' bike-rental program, which delivers gleaming cruiser bikes directly to customers' doors for as little as four hours and as long as a week.
Traveled by the city's Native American inhabitants and earliest explorers, Bayou St. John was a central New Orleans travel hub for generations. Kayak-iti-Yat owners Sara and Sonny love to take guests paddling through this historic waterway, pointing out the architecture, history, and idiosyncrasies of the accompanying neighborhood. Passengers glide along in Jackson Regal kayaks with ergonomically-designed seats and adjustable foot holds, moving past City Park and its centuries-old live oak trees, as well as historic Spanish Custom House and the Fair Grounds Race course. Trips putter along at a calm, leisurely pace, giving guests plenty of time to take in trees draped in Spanish moss or blow raspberries on the bellies of passing pelicans.
Gravity Trails specialize in adventures worthy of Indiana Jones?but instead of unfolding in a haunted cave, they unfold amidst lush wildlife on a swamp within 30 minutes of New Orleans. On guided kayak trips, visitors paddle through scenery covered in Spanish moss, while a tour guide regales them with information on local geology and history. The experience doubles as a leisurely workout for visitors looking to burn off a po-boy consumed the night before in the city. In addition to swamp tours, Gravity Trails offers customers zip line canopy tours in the surrounding area of New Orleans?an opportunity to bask in the scenery from new heights.