Enjoy NOLA and Lake Pontchartrain near Covington
Take in gorgeous views from a canoe trip, tour Abita Brewing Company or pet an alligator at Insta-Gator Ranch, all within 10 miles of the Country Inn & Suites, Covington, LA. You can also pack a picnic and head to the lakefront Fontainebleau State Park. For an endless supply of things to do, drive down to New Orleans, where you can dine on beignets in the French Quarter, experience the moving exhibits of the National WWII Museum and celebrate one of the city’s numerous festivals
Food and Drinks:
- Abita Brewing Company (4.9 miles)
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how great beer is created. This nationally recognized craft brewery features distinctive offerings like Purple Haze and Strawberry Harvest.
Phone: +1 (985) 893-2884
- Covington Brewhouse (3.9 miles)
Sip on a flagship brew like the Kölsch or Bayou Bock at this taproom in historic downtown Covington. Free brewery tours are scheduled on the weekends.
Phone: +1 (985) 893-2884
- Abita Mystery House (5.6 miles)
Browse through thousands of pieces of Louisiana folk art, including homemade inventions, at this unique museum in Abita Springs.
Phone: +1 (985) 892-2624
- Historic Downtown Covington (3 miles)
Covington’s colorful downtown is filled with restaurants, galleries and boutiques. On a pleasant day, rent a bike at Brooks’ Bike Shop to go exploring.
Phone: +1 (800) 634-9443
- H.J. Smith & Sons General Store (3.3 miles)
Owned by the same family since 1876, this store features historical displays like a cast iron casket, a 1920s gas pump and a hand-operated, wooden washing machine.
Phone: +1 (985) 892-0460
- Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (8 miles)
This intriguing museum features exhibits on Civil War submarines, canals, lighthouses, steamboats and more.
Phone: +1 (985) 845-9200
- National WWII Museum (38 miles)
This six-acre facility showcases more than 250,000 artifacts and a renowned collection of memoirs. Board an interactive submarine, watch a 4-D show at the Solomon Victory Theater, and attend a period dinner.
Phone: +1 (504) 528-1944
Nature and Animals:
- Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (14.8 miles)
Hike or canoe to see Louisiana’s wildlife, including pelicans, ducks and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.
Phone: +1 (985) 882-2000
- Canoe and Trail Adventures
Experience an immersive tour through the Louisiana wetlands with a master naturalist as your guide.
Phone: +1 (504) 233-0686
- Fontainebleau State Park (10.2 miles)
Take a picnic and hike along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain at this 2,800-acre state park.
Phone: +1 (985) 624-4443
- Global Wildlife Center (20.8 miles)
Meet Kameel the giraffe and more than 4,000 of her animal friends from around the world in this free-roaming wildlife preserve. The center sells cups of food for guests to share with the animals.
Phone: +1 (985) 624-9453
- Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours (25.7 miles)
See if you can spot wildlife like bald eagles, feral hogs, turtles and minks during this narrated boat tour of a Louisiana swamp.
Phone: +1 (504) 242-5877
- Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery (9.2 miles)
Take a guided tour of this working gator farm where more than 2,000 alligators spend their days. Kids love holding the baby gators.
Phone: +1 (985) 892-3669
- Northlake Nature Center (7.8 miles)
This center’s natural features include three different ecosystems and a beaver lodge. It also contains relics of cultural history from the 1300s to the 20th century.
Phone: +1 (985) 626-1238
New Orleans Icons:
- Bourbon Street (37 miles)
There’s no place like the Big Easy, and one of the city’s biggest attractions is bustling Bourbon Street. Beaded by neon lights, balconies and bars, this 13-block expanse is the perfect place to watch the Mardi Gras parade.
- French Market District (40.1 miles)
A trip to this historic market area is a must for those who want to try authentic jambalaya or other Creole cuisine. After your meal, hunt for souvenirs in the six-block shopping area.
Phone: +1 (504) 636-6400
- French Quarter (38.8 miles)
Known as the cultural center of New Orleans, the French Quarter features rich history, diverse architecture, a lively nightlife, and some of the finest art galleries and restaurants in the city.
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