St. Tammany Parish is your kind of vacation destination. We've got exciting attractions, 80,000 acres of wildlife areas easily accessible and explored, and urban pleasures like art galleries, fabulous shopping, live music, and inspired cuisine. Come to the Louisiana Northshore this summer and check off memories to last a lifetime with our ultimate summer bucket list.

1. Tour Honey Island Swamp's pristine beauty, lush nature in harmony, and abundant wildlife with Cajun Encounters and Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours in Slidell

Cajun Encounters boat tours of Honey Island Swamp, Slidell

2. Visit our two waterfront state parks: Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville and Louisiana's most visited state park, Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville

Family on Fontainebleau State Park beach

3. Go tubing (or kayaking or canoeing) on scenic Bogue Chitto River with Louisiana River Adventures near Bogalusa and Bogue Chitto Tubing Center near Franklinton

Friends Tubing on Bogue Chitto River

4. Hatch a baby alligator in your hand, or make a new 3-foot friend, at Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery in Covington

Mother and Daughter Playing with Alligators of all sizes at Insta-gator Ranch and Hatchery

5. Paddle the waterways: explore Cane Bayou to Lake Pontchartrain and Covington's idyllic Bogue Falaya River with Canoe and Trail Adventures (furry swimmers welcome)

Woman With Dog Stand-up paddling on the Bogue Falaya River with Canoe and Trail Adventures

6. Relax on a pontoon boat tour of Madisonville's Tchefuncte River with Tchefuncte River Charters and Louisiana Tours and Adventures

Pontoon Boat Tour, Madisonville, Tchefuncte River Charters

7. Bike the Tammany Trace with rentals from Brooks’ Bike Shop (Slidell, Mandeville, Covington) and Abita Springs Hotel in Abita Springs

Woman Biking the Tammany Trace near Lacombe

8. Sway to the sounds of live music: free Sunset at the Landing concerts on the banks of Bogue Falaya River in Covington, the boho-cool Lobby Lounge concerts inside The Harbor Center, Slidell, and at bars and nightclubs across the parish

Sunset at the Landing concerts on the banks of Bogue Falaya River

9. Slurp a snoball or devour a dip at Hoodoo Ice Cream in historic downtown Covington, Old Town Slidell Soda Shop in Olde Towne Slidell and Northshore Ice Company in Mandeville

sundae at Hoodoo Ice Cream in Covington


10. Toast with a locally-brewed cold one: Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs and Chafunkta Brewing Company in Mandeville

Chafunkta couple


11. Stay for Tammany Taste of Summer: Pyre BBQ, Del Porto Ristorante and The Gloriette in Covington, Café Lynn and Impastato Cellars in Mandeville, and Restaurant Coté in Slidell (and more to come!)

Dining, Del Porto

12. Cast a line: bring your line & pole to our fishing piers, get your supplies at our bait shops, and book a chartered fishing or crabbing trip with our Fishing Charters

Sunrise fishing at  Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

13. Dine with a waterfront view: The Anchor at Tchefuncte's and Abita Roasting Company, both overlooking Madisonville's beautiful Tchefuncte River, Pat's Rest Awhile on the Mandeville lakefront and Palmettos on the Bayou on the banks of Bayou Bonfouca in Slidell

Dine with a waterfront view

14. Find fresh and freshly-made foods at our farmers and makers markets: Camellia City Market in Slidell, Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market in Abita Springs, Mandeville Trailhead Community Market and the Lafitte Street Market in Mandeville, The Paddock Farmers Market at Giddy Up Folsom, and Covington's three -- Claiborne Place Makers Market, Covington Farmers Market on Saturdays and Covington Lunchtime Market on Wednesdays

Fresh and freshly-made foods at Northshore farmers markets


15. Let four legs do the hiking: go horseback riding at Splendor Farms B&B and Trail Riding Facility in Bush and Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklinton, Washington Parish

Riding horses at Splendor Farms' equestrian facility


16. Sail away: take a tour with Delaune Sailing Charters and Bayou Sailing Charters

Sailing at sunset


17. Birds spotted! Explore Northlake Nature Center and Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe and Fairview-Riverside State Park in Madisonville

Man Birding at Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, at the edge of Big Branch NWR


18. Get up close and personal with a reticulated giraffe (and camels, zebras, and much more) at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom

Kid In Car With Giraffe looking in the window at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom


19. Dine with your four-legged family at The Chimes in Covington, Middendorf's in Slidell, Hambone and Liz’s Where Y’at Diner in Mandeville, and more

Couple with baby and dog dining at the beach


20. Happening events: St. Tammany is ready to entertain you! Dig into our calendar of events for festivals, concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibits, shopping events and lots more.

Guitarist performs for the crowd at Abita Fall Fest



Start planning your next escape to The Northshore with a copy of our inspiration guide!

Fun for free? Absolutely! You and your family and friends will love experiencing these great activities.

Plan to celebrate year-round at culinary and cultural festivities on Louisiana Northshore.