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Rent bikes or kayaks and travel the Trace, explore a playground or a park, and get close, real close, to giraffes in this day’s adventure on the Northshore…
Fill up on omelets, pancakes and other soulful breakfast food at Mandeville's Broken Egg Cafe before heading over to Bayou Adventure in Lacombe, where you can rent bikes and kayaks for a day-trip on the Tammany Trace. Or on Sundays, start with a great brunch at Chef John Besh’s first restaurant, La Provence.
Pick your ride
Bayou Adventure rents quality bicycles and is conveniently located a block from the Tammany Trace, a wonderful paved hike and bike trail. The Trace is perfect for family riding, providing a safe path through beautiful green spaces and connecting a number of the Northshore’s communities. Ride only as far as you want. Call ahead to Bayou Adventure and reserve a boxed lunch from the Passionate Platter in Slidell, then ride to Fontainebleau State Park for picnic under the oaks. Or, rent a kayak and watch osprey and bald eagles around Bayou Lacombe or Bayou Cane. Guided kayak tours (fishing or recreation) are available.
Place to play
If little legs can handle a leisurely 4 - mile ride (remember, it'll be 9 miles altogether including the return trip), take the Trace northward toward its main trailhead, situated in an old caboose. The caboose is adjacent to a great new place space, the Kids Konnection Playground, built to suit children of all abilities. Spend a little time there enjoying the sunshine before pedaling back to Mandeville.
Take a break
Grab a poboy and a Barq's root beer at Bear's Restaurant in Mandeville before hitting the road for Folsom and Global Wildlife Center.
Large trams carry visitors across Global Wildlife Center's lovely 900 savanna-like acres, offering the chance to see some 3,000 creatures, including camels, giraffes, llamas, deer and more, as well as feed and touch them. Parents enjoy the ride and the animals as least as much as their offspring; it's a wonderful and memorable family experience.
Head to Covington for delicious pizza from Pizza Man of Covington or wings of every description at WOW Cafe and Wingery. Both offer good eating and a family-friendly setting.
If you go:
Broken Egg Cafe, 985-231-7125, www.anotherbrokenegg.com
La Provence, 985-626-7662, www.laprovencerestaurant.com
Bayou Adventure, 985-882-9208, www.bayouadventure.com
Tammany Trace & Kids Konnection Playground, 985-867-9490, www.tammanytrace.org
Passionate Platter, 985-781-HERB, www.passionateplatter.com
Fontainebleau State Park, 985-624-4443, www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iFontaine.aspx
Bear’s Grill & Spirits, 985-674-9090
Global Wildlife Center, 985-796-3585, www.globalwildlife.com
Pizza Man of Covington, 985-892-9874
WOW Cafe & Wingery, 985-892-9691 www.wowcafe.com
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