Saint Tammany has many tourist sites in and around the parish.
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Located on Louisiana’s picturesque Northshore, Saint Tammany Parish is a great place to visit if you are interested in the history and culture of the local region, or enjoy shopping, golfing and fine dining. Situated just 45 minutes from the bustling metropolis of New Orleans, St. Tammany Parish is much quieter than the big city, but offers guests a unique charm with warm hospitality. Here you can go tubing, fishing, or play sports at one of the beautiful green spaces in the area. Alternatively, take a swap tour, go wine tasting, or sample some delightful local dishes at one of the many restaurants in the vicinity.
There are plenty of things to see, do and experience when visiting St. Tammany Parish. Take an eco tour of Honey Island Swamp and the surrounding waters – a great way to spend an afternoon looking for dolphins and alligators. These sightseeing tours travel up close to many of the fauna and flora that can be found in the swap, and reservations for the tour can be made ahead of time. You might also want to take a tour of the Abita Brewing Company, which was founded in 1986 and produces 130,000 barrels of beer every year. There are also many golf courses close-by, ideal if you want to spend a few hours teeing off.
Wildlife Management Areas
Global Wildlife Center – Go on a safari ride as wild animals come to your covered wagon and eat out of your hands. This is fun for the whole family. I am the webmaster and have been thee 5 times. My grandchildren love the place. I go there about every two years with them and it is a real treat for them but i probably enjoy it more then they do. Get a sack or bucket of feed and have a ball!!!!
Global Wildlife Foundation | 26389 Hwy 40, Folsom, LA 70437 | (985) 796-3585
Pearl River Wildlife Management Area – this wildlife management area is responsible for some of the diverse species that can be found in and around St. Tammany Parish. The parish is also in close proximity to the 22 state parks in Louisiana, making the area the ideal place to spend the night after exploring the state by day.
Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge – This refuge was formed in 1994 and comprises of 15,000 acres of oak rides, coastal marsh and pine flat-woods. Here you can find many species including brown pelican, bald eagles, woodpecker, rabbit, turkey, and wading birds. The Refuge has expanded and now comprises as much as 19,000 acres of undeveloped Louisiana marsh and forested flat-lands that are home to more native plant and animal species than any other park in the state.
St Tammany Parish State Parks
Saint Tammany Parish can boast about two State Parks that are a water lovers dream.
1. Fairview Riverside State Park – You have Fairview Riverside State Park across the river from Madisonville along the banks of the Tchefuncte River. Launch your boat and explore the river or take a ride to the nearby Lake Pontchartrain less than 2 miles away. Fresh water fish for bass, perch and blue cats or ride out to the lake and try some salt water action along the Causeway Bridge. Trout, redfish, croacker and an occasional blue crab can be caught.
2. Fountainebleau State Park – Enjoy the diverse activities available at the Fountainebleau State Park. Spend the day on the white sand beach of Lake Pontchartrain where the shallow water it safer for the younger crowd to play at the waters edge. This is an inland water lake that connects to the Gulf of Mexico about 20 miles away. The water has a lite taste of salt as the Gulf waters mix with the many fresh water rivers that empty into Lake Pontchartrain.
3. Bogue Chitto State Park in Washington Parish – This State Park was included because it was so close to St Tammany Parish plus the river passes through the Parish. One of the favorites for the canoe and kayak enthusiast the
Great Places To Eat
If you are a foodie, St. Tammany Parish is the place for you – here you will find some of the best local dishes in the state of Louisiana, as well as food from all over the world. Local specialties include turtle soup, barbecued shrimp and poboy – a long sandwich served on a crusty and delicious French bread. Spend time with family or friends in one of the many local restaurants, bars and diners.