Grand Isle

Tourists can enjoy a laid-back day on Grand Isle in Louisiana, complete with boat rides and nature walks.

Parks, a Wildlife Refuge, and More

Grand Isle is Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island and it supplies most of New Orleans with shrimp, oysters, and other things from the sea. This spot is where tourists can find state parks, a wildlife refuge, public beaches, and many colonies of butterflies and birds. There are roughly 1,500 people who live on Grand Isle, and officials estimate more than 12,000 travelers come through the small island annually.

Tour Grand Isle State Park

Tourists often enjoy lazy days boating on Grand Isle or just wandering around admiring the scenery. Those who have their own boat can bring it, and there are several companies that will take tourists out on the waters around the island. Grand Isle State Park is a lush place to enjoy scenery that’s unique and unlike anything most travelers have seen. There are a few places for dining on Grand Isle, but it’s often best to bring your own picnic lunch.