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Otis House at Fairview-Riverside State Park Otis House at Fairview-Riverside State Park
Learn about the history of 19th century Madisonville...
Louisiana's Famous Desserts Louisiana's Famous Desserts
Sink a sweet tooth into these classic desserts straight...
Louisiana's Culinary Hall of Fame: Part 1 Louisiana's Culinary Hall of Fame: Part 1
Get the guide to Louisiana's most famous dishes and where...
Bike Louisiana for Great Exercise and Fun Bike Louisiana for Great Exercise and Fun
“We use the natural landscape to our full advantage,”...
Northshore Outdoor Adventures Meet... Northshore Outdoor Adventures Meet...
You'll work up an appetite playing all day in the...
Louisiana Safari – Take a Walk on the Wild... Louisiana Safari – Take a Walk on the Wild...
Thousands of exotic and endangered animals wander in a...
Visit Louisiana's Pick-Your-Own Farms Visit Louisiana's Pick-Your-Own Farms
Get a little dirty, have a lot of fun and teach your kids...
See Alligators on Louisiana Swamp Tours See Alligators on Louisiana Swamp Tours
Louisiana's alligator population tops that of all other...
Celebrity Chefs Spread Louisiana’s... Celebrity Chefs Spread Louisiana’s...
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    City: Abita Springs
    69455 Highway 59 Abita Springs, LA 70420
    A casual family restaurant with a unique New Orleans French Quarter-style atmosphere.Homemade soups, poboys and muffulettas for lunch buffet (11am-2pm) and dinner. Sunday brunch. Full bar.
    City: Lacombe
    57390 Lake Road Lacombe, LA 70445
    Glockners Place Marina & RV Park is a unique RV camping area located in the heart of the Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge. We have paved RV spots with full hookups and a 100 foot dock for boats....
    City: Slidell
    1597 Gause Blvd. Slidell, LA 70458
    If you're ever in the neighborhood, you'll find there's no better place to grab a cup of coffee than CC’s Community Coffee House. Kick back with friends in our cozy, sophisticated settings...
    City: Mandeville
    1144 N. Causeway Blvd Mandeville, LA 70471
    Benedict’s Plantation on the Northshore in Mandeville is housed in a charmingly restored 19th century cottage that welcomes you with gracious hospitality which begins as soon you cross their...
    City: Covington
    502 N. Columbia St. Covington, LA 70433
    Located in historic downtown Covington, Louisiana, Fort Isabel Gallery offers the casual viewer or the serious collector traditional as well as contemporary art by a partnership of established,...
    City: Covington
    290 Park Place Blvd. Covington, LA 70433
    City: Mandeville
    2890 E. Causeway Approach Mandeville, LA 70448
    Gio's Villa Vancheri; presents traditional and creative true Italian cuisine in a comfortable and festive atmosphere. Combining Sicilian country cooking, which emphasizes traditional spicy...
    City: Covington
    1419 S. Tyler St. Covington, PA 70433
    Visitors to the state often have health care needs that are extremely difficult to accommodate when they arise. Products like mobility devices (scooters, wheelchairs, canes, crutches), diabetic su...
    City: Covington
    813 E. Rutland St. Covington, LA 70433
    Photography by Sally Dunn and original paintings and fashions by Sarah Dunn. Open by appointment and during Spring for Art, Fall for Art, and Three Rivers Art Festival.

Clear streams, piney woods and idyllic communities filled with antiques shops, galleries and restaurants are found throughout St. Tammany Parish, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Only forty minutes from the French Quarter in New Orleans, revel in Northshore art, cuisine, culture and the great outdoors.

There are about 80,000 acres of national wildlife refuge set aside in the parish, including Big Branch NWR and the Northlake Nature Center on Bayou Castine. Birdwatching is popular on the Northshore, and many endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers live here.

The Tammany Trace, a jewel of a bike trail threading through 31 miles of St. Tammany Parish, is a great way to enjoy the Northshore outdoors.

Kayakers, paddle-boarders, and canoeists find easy access along many of the bayous and rivers and on Lake Pontchartrain. Join a guided swamp tour of the pristine Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, or go fishing with one of over a dozen experienced charter captains in Slidell. Learn more about paddling in Louisiana.

Kids especially enjoy the swamp tours, and holding or even hatching baby alligators at Insta-Gator Ranch. Or, they can get up close and personal with giraffes, camels, llamas and more at the amazing Global Wildlife Center.

Exciting flavors inspire menus in elegant dining spaces and mom-and-pop seafood emporiums all along the Tammany Taste. Find happiness in perfectly fried shrimp or a mountain of spicy boiled crawfish. Enjoy wine-tasting at the Pontchartrain Vineyards or beer-tasting at Abita Brewery or the Covington Brewhouse.

The Northshore offers a range of accommodations. You can stay at a boutique hotel, in quaint cottages off the beaten path, familiar and convenient hotels, or go camping at two waterfront state parks, Fairview-Riverside in Madisonville and Fontainebleau in Mandeville.

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