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!
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; http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/.licenses.fishing).
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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