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Abita Springs
This small village was built around an old mineral spring that once served as a health resort for the Choctaw Indians. Today, you can drink to your health by sipping the cool, clear Abita Springs water at a Victorian-style pavilion.
Located at the intersection of Highways 36 and 59

Abita Brewery
Take a 45-minute tour of this brewery and see beer being made. Tours conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
21084 Highway 36, Covington
(985) 893-3143

Bayou Lacombe Museum
Located at the site of the oldest schoolhouse in St Tammany Parish, this two-room museum features historical artifacts, old tools and clothing items more than 100 years old as well as exhibits on the Choctaws. Open Sundays.
(985) 882-3043

Bogue Falaya Park
Located on the Bogue Falaya River, this park has a beach house, picnic shelters, nature trails, and fishing.
New Hampshire Street, Covington

Christ Episcopal Church
Located near the entrance of Bogue Falaya Park, this church is the oldest standing building in St. Tammany Parish. It was consecrated in 1846 and is surrounded by a quiet garden, which is open to the public.
New Hampshire Street, Covington

Historic Covington
This community features a variety of unique shops and antique dealers located in the historic downtown area.
Downtown Covington

Fairview-Riverside State Park
This 98-acre park, located on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, features a boat launch, campsites, a fishing pier, picnic areas, and a canoe trail.
Two miles east of Madisonville on Highway 22
(985) 845-3318

Fontainebleau State Park
The site of a former sugar mill plantation built in 1829 by Marigny de Mandeville, this 2,700-acre park embraces the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. The remains of the old sugar mill can still be seen. Camping is available year-round; the swimming pool is open during summer.
Highway 190, Mandeville
(985) 624-4443

Global Wildlife Center
Hundreds of endangered species from around the world roam these 900 acres. Tours are by covered wagon or on horseback. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to sunset.
Highway 40 West, Folsom
(985) 624-9453

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
The worlds largest over-water bridge, this 24-mile-long causeway spans Lake Pontchartrain and connects St. Tammany Parish with New Orleans.
South of St. Tammany Parish
Accessible via Highway190

Lake Shore Drive
This drive is lined with many fine examples of historic architecture and old oaks.

Lee Lane
This quaint shopping area in Covington features two blocks of unique merchandise as well as local arts and crafts.

The Market
A cluster of shops in historic Covington where you'll find a variety of homemade and hand-produced items. Open seven days a week.
500 N. Thread Street, Covington
(985) 893-5278

Madisonville Lighthouse
Built more than 150 years ago, the Madisonville Lighthouse stands at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River and was used to signal boats navigating the waterway. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Madisonville Museum
This museum is located in the old Madisonville courthouse and jail. It features rotating historical exhibits. Open Saturday and Sunday noon until 4 p.m.
201 Cedar Street, Madisonville

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine
Built by Father Francois Belay, this shrine, located at a beautiful spring, commemorates his vision of St. Bernadette.

St. Joseph's Abbey
This home for Benedictine monks was built in 1931. The cathedral walls are covered by murals by Belgian monk Dom Gregory de Wit. Open to the public daily from 8 to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Off Highway 25 on River Road
Five miles northwest of Covington

H. W. Smith's Sons Hardware Store & Museum
Housed in an old general store dating back to 1876, this museum features hundreds of local artifacts. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 a.m. through noon; Saturday 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. Admission is free.
308 N. Colombia Street, Covington
(985) 892-0460

Tammany Trace
A 31-mile stretch of abandoned railroad line connecting the major municipalities of the parish, this trail will be converted to a linear park for hiking, jogging, cycling and horseback riding. The first portion of the trace, from Mandeville to Abita Springs, is open.
(985) 892-0520

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