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On the eastern edge of St. Tammany Parish, Slidell boasts a vibrant arts scene, family-friendly festivals, proximity to Honey Island Swamp tours and is less than 40 minutes north of New Orleans' French Quarter. Olde Towne Slidell is a 10-square-block downtown district of historic buildings, antiques and specialty shops, restaurants and museums. Antiques-lovers, take note: Olde Towne hosts Slidell's Antique District Street Fair each fall and spring. Indulge in a nectar soda or old-timey banana split at the delightful Old Town Slidell Soda Shop after exploring the historic district or shopping at Fremaux Town Center, the area's newest mall.
Attractions include Slidell Cultural Center, a history, science, and fine art exhibition gallery; the Slidell Museum, showing exhibits on the city's history; and the Slidell Little Theatre.
Attend free concerts in Heritage Park including the Bayou Jam Concert Series, which is typically held in spring and fall, and usually with a Halloween week finale of costumes and trunk-or-treating. Catch a mess of beads at Mardi Gras parades and thousands of pounds of cabbages, vegetables and other goodies during the St. Patrick's Day parade.
Two annual events not to miss are the All You Can Eat Crawfish Cook-off in Fritchie Park, usually held in April, and the Slidell Heritage Festival on or near Independence Day. See more events in Slidell on our Event Calendar.
Explore the great outdoors. Take a tour of beautiful Honey Island Swamp with one of several tour operators available in Slidell (Cajun Encounters, pictured). Or, catch trophy trout, record redfish, and fat flounder with the many expert charter captains fishing out of Slidell marinas.
Savor Louisiana flavors at great waterfront spots such as Palmettos on the Bayou or Nathan's, both on Bayou Bonfouca, or Phil's Marina Cafe. You'll find lots of Louisiana specialties on the menu in Slidell.