Take it easier in St. Tammany Parish, across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. Relax under spreading oaks beside lazy rivers. Explore prehistoric swamps. Hike the Tammany Trace. Browse arts, antiques and boutiques. Enjoy four-star dining and affordable family accommodations. Good times are easier in St. Tammany, which is just minutes from The Big Easy.
From the shores of Lake Pontchartrain to ancient cypress swamplands, and from dense pine forests to green, rolling horse country, St. Tammany Parish is Louisiana through and through.
Known as New Orleans Northshore because of its easy proximity to the Crescent City, guests from around the world are drawn here by its deeply genuine way of life.
Make your way across the lake to New Orleans Northshore for great fun. Hike, bike or skate the thirty-mile Tammany Trace, one of the country's finest rails-to-trails conversions. Tour the swamps with guides who know the ways—and the legends—of gator country. Camp in state parks, visit museums and find places where history lives. Feed giraffes and water buffalo in a wildlife preserve. Join in family festivals that celebrate everything from the seafood harvest to the arts.
St. Tammany Parish is home to a cultural community of exceptional vitality. In towns like Covington and Slidell, you can watch artists and sculptors at work. Drop into studios and galleries to discover original creations that have caught the attention of connoisseurs worldwide. Browse shops that offer rare antiques, handsome home furnishings, designer clothing and custom jewelry. You can even tour a winery.
When you've worked up an appetite, you can satisfy it with virtually any cuisine you might crave, from classic Szechuan to gourmet Cajun. You'll find wonderful dining in St. Tammany's down-home cafes, elegant bistros, seafood palaces and internationally honored four-star restaurants.
Since there's so much to see and do, spend a few nights in one of many hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts.
Just minutes from the Crescent City, St. Tammany’s location gives visitors quick interstate access to Mississippi and Louisiana activities. But once you try New Orleans Northshore, you won't be in a hurry to leave!