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Military Reunions in St. Tammany Parish 

Three Day Itinerary 

It would be an honor to host your Military Reunion on The Northshore, 40 minutes from New Orleans' French Quarter and a destination in its own right. St. Tammany Parish is home to two waterfront state parks, Fairview-Riverside and Fontainebleau, with open-air pavilions and wide-open spaces to relax. We have hands-on attractions and group-friendly restaurants, and lots of fun events year-round, including the annual Louisiana Veterans Festival, held in Slidell each spring. With so many things to see and do, St. Tammany Parish offers veterans the perfect setting for making memories and reconnecting with friends and family.

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Services begin with a complimentary familiarity tour for the reunion planner, assistance with group rates for accommodations, attractions and meals. We also assist with hotel site inspections, sample itineraries, Color Guard memorials, transportation information, planning checklists, sponsored t-shirts (if your group qualifies), and lagniappe.

Day 1 

Host a meet and greet during registration with complimentary The Northshore welcome bags at one of our St. Tammany hotels. Organize a fun icebreaker to re-connect with everyone.

Honey Island Swamp Boat Tour



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Day 2

Take a guided boat tour of Honey Island Swamp to learn about our history and native wildlife. Treat the group to lunch at Palmettos on the Bayou overlooking Bayou Bonfouca or take a creative cooking class at Passionate Platter for a garden-to-table experience. After lunch explore Historic Olde Towne Slidell to shop for antiques and rare finds. Visit Slidell Mardi Gras Museum which displays Carnival memorabilia, such as dresses, costumes, sectors goblet, photographs, and historical scrapbooks from past Kings and Queens. Stop by the hotel to freshen up before a delicious French Creole dinner at Annadele’s Plantation in Covington. Older ladies shopping, downtown CovingtonSlidell's All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish Cook-off at Fritchie Park


Man at Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery, Covington

Maritime Museum, Madisonville
Day 3

Hold a baby gator (seasonal hatching available) at Insta-Gator Ranch and Hatchery or explore a safari wagon tour to feed a family of giraffes at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom. Tour Abita Brewery, the largest and oldest craft brewery in Louisiana, and sip brews in the newly expanded tasting room in Abita Springs. Head to The Chimes Restaurant and Tap Room in Covington for lunch and indulge in regional specialties like gumbo, seafood po-boys, and oysters while overlooking the Bogue Falaya River, which you can explore on a paddling trip with Canoe and Trail Adventures Tours and Rentals, who launches from the dock below the restaurant. Discover our rich history at Maritime Museum Louisiana in Madisonville. Exhibits feature early maritime history showcasing watercraft models, award-winning films, and cultural diorama. Close the exciting day with dinner and a show at The Movie Tavern in Covington.

Other Day Options: Visit the New Orleans’ National WWII Museum. Enjoy lunch at the BB Stage Door Canteen or a garden-to-table meal at the American Sector Restaurant and Bar. Or, tour the USS KIDD Veterans Museum in Baton Rouge. Select from dining options in the downtown area for lunch.



.Animals surround wagon at Global Wildlife, Folsom

Wine and Beer - Drinking beers at Abita


Contact Zondra to find out how reunion planners can receive a free planning tour & t-shirt incentive sponsorship.

Enjoy the scenic views and wildlife in the outdoors of St. Tammany Parish.

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