St. Tammany Parish, LA
Shopping, free festivals, swamp tours and more are just what you need when planning a family reunion. St. Tammany Parish is the place to unwind and enjoy a cozy, small-town atmosphere.
This is iconic Louisiana living. Bayous, rivers, sandy beaches, charming 19th century homes and sweet downtown shops
With its trademark Southern charm, St. Tammany Parish, also knowns as Louisiana’s Northshore, is an all-inclusive family reunion destination with something for everyone. Try blue crab fishing, visit a historic home, or explore the Insta-Gator Ranch and Hatchery, ranked as one of the World’s Best Places to See Baby Animals (Gators) by Travel+Leisure.
Family-friendly festivals are abundant in Louisiana’s Northshore where reunion groups can enjoy free 4th of July celebrations with live music, food and drink vendors, fireworks and fun family activities at Mandeville’s Light up the Lake, Madisonville Old Fashioned 4th of July Parade and Slidell Heritage Festival. If you plan to be in St. Tammany Parish in August, relish the month-long culinary celebration, Tammany Taste of Summer, where local group-friendly restaurants offer special prix fix menus and hotels offer discounts.
Families who love the outdoors must visit Lake Pontchartrain and the many waterways of St. Tammany, where you can bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one from local outfitters like Bayou Adventure in Lacombe or Canoe and Trail Adventures in Covington. Expect some good nibbles on the St. Tammany Parish Fishing Pier and let a professional guide from Cajun Encounters, Pearl River Eco Tours, or Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours take your reunion group on a boat tour through the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, where you’re likely to see alligators, wild boar, raccoons and other wildlife.
If camping and swimming are your adventure style, try Pine Crest RV Park and campground, which has free wi-fi, meeting areas, and 160 developed sites. Want more water in your life? Rent a cozy cottage-style cabin set on stilts high above Lake Pontchartrain in Fontainebleau State Park, or check out Fontainebleau’s group campsites, pavilions, and meeting room space. Fairview-Riverside State Park has a waterfront board walk, playground, and easily accessible camping amenities that are family-friendly too.
Southern Charm and Unique Experiences
Activities for Everyone
From shopping centers to parks and playgrounds, there are great places for activity and action in St. Tammany Parish
Nature experiences don’t just happen on the water in Louisiana’s Northshore—they’re around every corner. Stop and smell the camellias and azaleas at the historic gardens of the Bayou Gardens at Big Branch Marsh. For more family fun, take the whole crew to the Global Wildlife Center, where covered wagons chauffer you through hundreds of outdoor acres where you can see up to 4,000 different creatures and may be even feed a giraffe.
Run off some energy at the Kids Konnection Playground and Children’s Museum of St. Tammany. Take a family bike trip on the Tammany Trace, Louisiana’s first rail-trail (railroad line turned into a trail) with bike rentals from Brooks’ Bike Shop in Mandeville and Covington.
Indulge in retail therapy during your family reunion at two grand shopping centers – Fremaux Shopping Center in Slidell and Pinnacle Shopping Center in Covington. Louisiana’s Northshore is also the venue for Farmer’s Markets like Camellia City Farmer’s Market, Mandeville Trailhead, Covington Farmer’s Market, and Abita Springs Farmer’s Market with fresh produce, savory samples and crafts from local vendors.
All through the year, families can be entertained with free live music concerts including Mandeville Live!, Rockin’ the Rails, and Sunset at the Landing where local artists take center stage. Sample liquid Louisiana at Abita Brewery, the largest craft brewery in Louisiana, and try a selection of seasonal and signature beers.
For the perfect reunion, Louisiana’s Northshore has it all!
The St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission office helped make our family reunion in Mandeville, LA an unforgettable event! Our family reunion planning committee could not have asked for a more gracious and informative group of people. They provided valuable assistance for hotel group rates, information regarding tours, restaurants, historic sites, and even welcome bags for attendees. These resources certainly made the process of organizing such a large event less daunting and afforded us more time to focus on fun and family. I highly recommend contacting them for any event you may host in St. Tammany Parish.
– Nedra Blount
Why Reunite Here
- Lots of outdoor entertaining space, playgrounds and pavilions at Fontainebleau State Park, Fairview-Riverside State Park, Bogue Falaya Park, Camp Salmen Nature Park, and Land-o-Pines Family Campground
- The convenience of being at the junction of I-10, I-12, and I-59, within an hour from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos
- National chain hotel properties offering 3,000+ rooms with ample meet and greet space
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