Five Must-Do Outdoor Attractions in St. Tammany Parish

You’re all moved in and unpacked, and now you’re ready to explore your new home! St. Tammany Parish has a lot to offer families, from great schools and neighborhoods to lots of fun indoors and out! Here are five must-do outdoor attractions in St. Tammany Parish for your family’s enjoyment!

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Tammany Trace

This bike and hiking trail, which was originally the corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, spans from downtown Covington through Abita Springs, Mandeville, and Lacombe, ending in Slidell. Trace side attractions include museums, a splash fountain, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and playgrounds, including Kids Konnection. This boundless playground, the only of its kind in Louisiana, was created as a place for all children, with or without special needs, to be able to play together!

Fishing

There are plenty of public piers on the Northshore, like Sunset Point and the Mandeville Fishing Pier (Massena Street at Lake Pontchartrain). Lake Road in Lacombe is another popular destination for “old school” fishing, where lawn chairs and cane poles abound. Don’t forget to purchase a license from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries if you plan to fish! (800-256-2749; http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/.licenses.fishing).

Global Wildlife

Located in Folsom, Louisiana, Global Wildlife is home to over 4000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world. Open seven days a week, children can learn about  conservation and preservation through hands-on experiences, such as the Safari Tour.

Fontainebleau State Park

Located in Mandeville on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, this 2800 acre park has it all, including natural trails to hike, a beach area, a fishing pier, a camping area, and splash fountains. Fontainebleau is a great place to spend the day or the weekend! There is a $2 entrance fee. Seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under are free!

Honey Island Swamp

Named for the honeybees once seen on the island, Honey Island Swamp is one of the least altered river swamps in the country. Located between the East and West Pearl Rivers, the swamp is 3-7 miles wide and 15-20 miles long. Almost 35,000 of its 70,000 acres are sanctioned as a permanently protected wildlife area. You can view this pristine wilderness with one of the swamp tours offered, likely seeing alligators, snakes, birds, nutria, and deer and possibly the Honey Island Swamp Monster.

Have fun getting out and exploring your new home!

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Northshore Halloween Activities for Children

HalloweenIf you’re looking for something Not-So-Scary for the kids to do on the Northshore this Halloween, (Covington, Mandeville or Abita Springs) look no further. We’ve found a variety of activities for you to enjoy with your little ones in St. Tammany Parish, starting this weekend! Whether you are seeking safe trick-or-treating locations to, pumpkin picking and decorating, or games and hay rides, you can find it on the Northshore. There’s bound to be something that catches your little ghoul’s eye.

Knights of Columbus Pumpkin Patch – October 17-31 – St. Peter Parish, Covington

Bring the kids out to the largest selection of quality pumpkins in Western St. Tammany Parish, and let them pick a winner!

Monster Mash – Saturday, October 17 – 10:00-3:00 – Bogue Falaya Park in Covington

This event, which raised money for the St. Tammany Parish Hospital parenting center, offers games, children’s entertainers, and refreshments from local restaurants. Tickets are $15 for children in advance or $20 at the gate, and $5 for adults in advance or $10 at the gate.

BooFest 2015 – Saturday, October 24 – 10:00-3:00 – Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington

At this popular event, children can trick or treat at over 60 “haunted houses.” Admission is $2, and all proceeds benefit children with disabilities and their families. Gates open at 9:30 for special needs families.

Trickin’ and Treatin’ at the Covington Trailhead – 10:00-12:00

This free event features a carved pumpkin contest (pumpkins are carved ahead of time and brought to the event for judging), trick-or-treating, and an interactive performance of The Wizard of Oz. Attendees should bring canned or boxed food donations for the Covington Food Bank.

Pumpkins in the Park – Saturday, October 31 – 11:00-2:00 – 111 Terra Bella Blvd in Covington

Activities include pumpkin painting, face painting, a hayride, crafts and light refreshments. While the event is free, children should bring a non-perishable food item for the Covington Food Bank.

St. Timothy United Methodist Church Fall Festival – Saturday October 31 – 3:00-5:00 – St. Timothy UMC in Mandeville

Children should come in costume to this free event, where they can enjoy games, a petting zoo, a hay ride, and refreshments. A chili cook-off we be held, as well.      

Three Things To Do On the Northshore This Weekend

The weekend is heating up and there is a lot to do on the Northshore! Here are three events on the Northshore in St. Tammany Parish that we think you should do!

Three Things To Do On The Northshore This Weekend

Louisiana Bicycle Festival –  Saturyday, 10am-4pm; Bike rides, custom bikes, flea market and more; FREE; Abita Mystery House and UCM Museum – Abita Springs; More information

Endurodog 2015 – Saturday, 5:30pm; Social and dog walk! Start at Varsity Sports in Mandeville with pit stops along to route! Bring your dog and come have fun!l FREE ; More information 

Bayou Jam Concert and Slidell Movie Nights – Saturday, 6pm; The Yat Pack performs from 6-8pm; Movie starts at 8:30pm; Saturday’s movie is Oceans 11 , a classic from 1960; FREE; Heritage Park; More information

Have a great weekend!

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Three Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend {June 4-7,2015}

Three Things To do This weekend In New Orleans

The weather is heating up and most people want to be either at the pool or indoors. We found some events this weekend in New Orleans that contain a little of both! Here are three things we think you should be doing this weekend!

Dive In Movie: Thursday, June 4th from 6:30-10pm; W Hotel- French Quarter; Local and guest are invited to swim in the pool and enjoy a FREE throwback movie in the courtyard. This week’s movie is My Cousin Vinny and it will start at sundown. Small bites and cocktails will be for sale and the hotel will provide complimentary popcorn during the movie. Space is limited so everyone is encourages to RSVP to [email protected] Parking is available at W French Quarter for $5 for three hours as space permits.

15th Anniversary Celebration: Saturday, June 6th from 9am-5pm; WWII Museum; commemorate the 71st Anniversary of D-Day and celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the museum’s opening. D-Day briefings at 10 a.m. and 2, music by the U.S. Marine Corps Band New Orleans Brass Quintet at 10:30 a.m., an anniversary ceremony at 11 a.m., and the cutting of a birthday cake with the Victory Belles at noon. The event also includes  tours, oral histories, hands-on exhibits, and re-enactors. Visit the museum’s website for more information.

Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival: Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th from 11am – 7pm; Louis Armstrong Park – New Orleans; Free dance lessons, modern and traditional Cajun and Zydeco music, craft fair and more; FREE

Looking for more June fun? Check out our June 2015 Festivals guide! Have a great weekend!

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