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St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission

Louisiana’s Northshore!


Local Attractions

While clearly benefiting from its proximity to New Orleans, St Tammany and East St. Tammany Parishes have come into their own. Their major population centers that include Slidell, Pearl River, Mandeville, and Lacombe are experiencing unprecedented development and growth. But for recreational enthusiasts, the development of the 31-mile long Tammany Trace along an abandoned railroad connection is fast becoming a popular avenue for hiking, jogging, cycling, birdwatching, and family outings. The many miles of scenic bayous, streams, creeks, and rivers are havens for campers, weekend boaters, and watchers of wildlife.

The Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, which encompasses the Honey Island Swamp, is 34,896 acres managed for wildlife, which includes a 250 square mile cypress-tupelo swamp. Adventurers, take note: it is one of the least explored swamps in America! Louisiana’s Northshore is also home to the Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge, which comprises over 13,000 acres and is home to alligators, brown pelicans, and bald eagles.

On the eastern edge of Louisiana’s Northshore, Slidell boasts a vibrant arts scene, family-friendly attractions, natural beauty, and proximity to New Orleans (just 30 minutes away). Olde Towne Slidell is a 10-square-block downtown district of historic buildings, antiques and specialty shops, and museums. Visitors and residents alike attend free concerts in Heritage Park, take tours of the pristine and primeval Honey Island Swamp, savor Louisiana flavors at great spots such as Palmettos or Nathan's, both on Bayou Bonfouca. Antiques-lovers, take note: Olde Towne hosts Slidell's Antique District Street Fair each fall and spring.

An unincorporated village on Lake Pontchartrain and along Highway 190, Lacombe saw its first Europeans in the early 18th century. The laid-back community is known for restaurants such as Sal & Judy's, and for the Creole observance of All Saints Day, during which descendants decorate and light graves in the oldest cemeteries. Enjoy fishing and crabbing on Lacombe's Lake Road, or visiting the quaint Bayou Lacombe Museum, and begin an exploration of the bayous with kayak and gear rentals from Bayou Adventure.

At the Chevron Boardwalk in Slidell, visitors can experience one of Louisiana’s most significant wetland regions. Festivals and fun abound year-round and celebrate everything from Carnival, jazz, and sailing to antiques, art, and seafood, and all are family-friendly. Louisiana’s Northshore offers much for visitors to discover.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Mandeville

Louisiana’s Northshore!

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