New Orleanians know how to party, but all the fun doesn't happen to the beat of a brass band inside a crowded bar. Locals love to get outside, barbecue, play sports and spend time in the outdoors, usually under the leafy canopy of a shade tree.
Two of the best places to bike or run are Audubon Park, which has a bike trail but can be crowded on nice weekends; and the peaceful streets of the Garden District. One of the residents' favorite places to jog is along the streetcar lines. If you do this, watch out for cars making quick turns on the short cross streets.
Golf is also popular in New Orleans since the weather allows players to hit the links year-round. Visitors can play at a number of public courses, including those in Audubon Park and City Park. Bike tours, walking tours and Segway tours offer more options to expand your views of New Orleans with the help of an informed local guide. These tours often dig deeper than you might if you rambled on your own.
City Park is a favorite green space, the city's front yard, much loved and used by locals of every stripe. The 1300 acre park is the largest in New Orleans, with chances for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding on the little lake, bike paths and plenty of places to picnic under the shade of gorgeous live oak trees.