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 in Lacombe with Bayou Adventure 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 tour of Madisonville's Tchefuncte River

7. Bike the Tammany Trace with rentals from Brooks’ Bike Shop (Slidell, Mandeville, Covington), Abita Springs Hotel in Abita Springs and Bayou Adventure in Lacombe
Woman Biking the Tammany Trace near Lacombe

8. Sway to the sounds of live music: Pontchartrain Vineyards' "Jazz'n the Vines" concerts under the stars in Bush, Food Truck Nights at Creole Tomateaux in Mandeville, free Sunset at the Landing concerts on the banks of Bogue Falaya River in Covington, and the boho-cool Lobby Lounge concerts inside The Harbor Center, Slidell
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
Hoodoo Ice Cream Ponchatoula straweberries

10. Toast with a cold one: Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Chafunkta Brewing Company in Mandeville and Old Rail Brewing Company, just across from the Mandeville Trailhead on Girod St.
Abita beer in glasses on tasting room bar

11. Stay for Tammany Taste of Summer: Forks & Corks and Pyre Provisions in Covington, and Café Lynn, Impastato Cellars and The Lakehouse in Mandeville (and more to come!)
Tammany Taste of Summer prix fixe menu specials

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
Man fishing Off Of A Pier In St. Tammany Parish

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 in Mandeville, Folsom Village Market in Folsom, Madisonville Makers Market in Madisonville, 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
Couple Trail Riding at Splendor Farms


16. Sail away: take a tour with Delaune Sailing Charters, Bayou Sailing Charters and Dances with Sails Sailing Charters
Sail away on Lake Pontchartrain with a sailboat tour


17. Birds spotted! Explore Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, across from Fontainebleau State Park, and Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe
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 open and ready to entertain you! Dig into our calendar of events for festivals, concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibits, shopping events and lots more.
Crowd looking at stage at Bluesberry Festival

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