Metairie is a New Orleans’s next-door neighbor and located in Jefferson Parish. This area is known for family friendly neighborhoods and offers easy to access to New Orleans and the airport. Veterans Boulevard is the main thoroughfare that runs through Metairie and incorporates a thriving shopping area which includes many car dealerships and national stores such Trader Joes, Lowes & Target. Many dining establishments can also be found along the boulevard including national chains such as Bonefish Grill to local fine dining gems such as Desi Vega’s Seafood and Prime Steaks. Founded in the 1720s, the housing in Metairie is plentiful, and here you can find a home that fits almost all budgets. Metairie’s Lafreniere Park, an ideal spot for a family picnic, soccer game or Sunday jog is also the host to several festivals and a spectacular holiday lighting event. If the idea of Mardi Gras in New Orleans seems overwhelming to you, then Metairie’s calmer, tamer and family friendly version may be more your style.