Louisiana Northshore/St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish offers scenic beauty and outdoor adventures, a vibrant culinary scene and exciting family-friendly attractions. Located within an hour of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, St. Tammany Parish offers unique Louisiana experiences.
On the Northshore, explore the picturesque Tammany Trace, a 31-mile rails-to-trails conversion perfect for biking or hiking, with trailheads and activities at many of the Northshore communities. See alligators, bald eagles, and more in the serene Honey Island Swamp, where operators offer tours daily. Kayak Cane Bayou through Bayou Adventures, or charter a captain from Slidell and catch monster trout, record redfish, and more. There are about 80,000 acres of national wildlife refuge set aside in the parish, including Big Branch NWR and the Northlake Nature Center on Bayou Castine. Birdwatching is popular on the Northshore, with many bird species, some endangered and rare, visiting or making homes here.
Come hungry, and treat your palate to sophisticated cuisine from La Provence in Lacombe and Dakota in Covington. Or, roll up your sleeves and dig into fresh Louisiana seafood from local favorites like Liz’s Where Y’at Diner in Mandeville, or Morton’s in Madisonville. Taste all the flavors that made Louisiana famous.
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St. Tammany Parish will feed your appetite for adventure. Experience our natural beauty, culture, and heritage through the unique personalities of our charming towns.
The giant oaks along Mandeville’s lakefront are iconic for this old and lovely town on the north shore of the Lake Pontchartrain, an estuary famous for its fishing. Progressive yet protective of its heritage and natural beauty, Mandeville offers visitors excellent shopping, fine dining and a lively good time, as well as a spot to perch on the seawall and watch pelicans glide by. Walk the boardwalk at the Northlake Nature Center. Don’t miss the Mandeville Community Market, held each Saturday, or the Seafood Festival, held in July.
The parish (county) seat of St. Tammany, Covington is a charming town with great restaurants and shopping. Stroll the streets of its historic downtown district – Covington was founded in 1813 – for urban pleasures in a visitor-friendly setting. Find galleries, boutiques and antiques shops, dining and nightlife near the Tammany Trace trailhead. Catch free concerts riverside, and don’t miss the Three Rivers Arts Festival, held every fall.
On the eastern edge of St. Tammany Parish, Slidell offers visitors a vibrant arts scene, family-friendly attractions, natural beauty and proximity to New Orleans. Olde Towne Slidell is a 10-square-block downtown district of historic buildings, antiques and specialty shops, and museums. Charter a fishing captain at one of the marinas, enjoy a free concert in Heritage Park or savor Louisiana flavors at great spots like Palmetto’s.
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A popular retreat for 19th-century New Orleanians, this historic little town is still a great place to breathe deep and relax. Quirky, artsy and full of positive energy, Abita is home to the eclectic Abita Mystery House at the UCM Museum, the Abita Opry, and Abita Brewing Company, makers of TurboDog and other popular beers.
Hugging the banks of the lovely Tchefuncte River, Madisonville is rich in maritime history. Explore that history at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and learn about efforts to preserve Madisonville’s lighthouse. Fish or crab off the public pier on the lakefront -- or just enjoy some of the best seafood anywhere while overlooking the river.
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