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!


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;

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.      

Labor Day: St. Tammany & New Orleans

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st. tammany seafood festFor the people of South Louisiana, there’s really nothing better than good food, good music, and good times with friends and family. This Labor Day weekend, all of this is available, along with a bonus day of relaxation for those lucky enough to have Monday off. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, even if steamy temperatures will be with us a few weeks longer. Staying home and grilling with friends is a popular way to spend the weekend, but if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking and entertaining, there are some fun options in the area.

The big weekend event on the Southshore is the Louisiana Seafood Festival. This three-day event at City Park, runs from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. FridaySunday, and features musical guests Little River Band and Starship, along with local favorites Marc Broussard, Brass-a-Holics, The Wise Guys, Bonerama, and many more. The real star of the weekend, however, is the seafood, provided by twenty-five local vendors. Admission to the event is free, however, food and beverage costs will vary. Food vendors will accept cash only, and ATMs will be on site. For more information, check out the official link.

If you’re a Northshore resident and would prefer not to venture into the city, there’s plenty of fun to be had on your side of the lake. The Labor Day Music Fest will be going strong on Sunday, September 6, from noon to 11:00 p.m. In its 19th year at Land-O-Pines Family Campground in Covington, this festival features live bands, local food, and arts and crafts for the kids. Check out this Northshore event link.

While there is no official festival on Madisonville’s Tchefuncte River this year, riverfront restaurants will provide live music, in addition to their usual menu items on both Saturday and Sunday. Or you can say goodbye to summer at one of the relaxing lakefront restaurants as the sun goes down over Lake Pontchartrain.

Whether staying at home or venturing out for some excitement, Labor Day weekend is sure to create some fond, end-of-summer memories. Enjoy!

St. Tammany Football Schedules


St. Tammany High School Football

We’ve gathered all of the St. Tammany high school football schedules for you, putting you just one click away from the action. Fall is fast approaching, and as temperatures drop, if only ever so slightly, it’s hard to ignore the pull of Friday night football lights. Whether you are a St. Tammany Parish native or a newcomer to the area, you’re likely to find yourself cheering for one of the Northshore’s numerous high school football teams.  These games will bring some spirited fun to your Friday nights…and they’re a great way to become a part of the community. Go team!


West St. Tammany Football Schedule

Covington High     Fontainebleau High     Lakeshore High     Mandeville High     Archbishop Hannan  Northlake Christian     St. Paul’s

East St. Tammany Football Schedule

Northshore High      Pearl River High      Salmen High     Slidell High     Pope John Paul II