Be Close to Louisiana’s Top Things to Do
Take in gorgeous views from the Country Inn & Suites, located on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain just across the Causeway Bridge. Near Covington and Mandeville’s attractions, the hotel puts you within easy reach of the Insta-Gator Ranch and Fontainebleau State Park. Perfect for day trips, New Orleans is only an hour’s drive from our front door. You can explore the one-and-only French Quarter or spend the day at the National WWII Museum
. Colorful and historic downtown Covington is a day trip of its own. The city also plays host to several local festivals
throughout the year.
Our hotel on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain puts you near these attractions:
- Abita Brewing Company (4.8 miles)
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how great beer is brewed. Nationally recognized Abita offers several distinctive brews, including Purple Haze and Strawberry Harvest.
Phone: +1 (985) 893-3143
- Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (14.8 miles)
Hiking and canoeing are great ways to see Louisiana’s wildlife, like pelicans, ducks, woodpeckers and so many more.
Phone: +1 (985) 882-2000
- Fancy Faces (9 miles)
Fancy Faces is the leading manufacturer of Mardi Gras masks, a staple of New Orleans culture. Factory tours are available by appointment.
Phone: +1 (985) 893-2652
- Fontainebleau State Park (8 miles)
Take a picnic and hike along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain at this state park.
Phone: +1 (985) 624-4443
- Global Wildlife Center (21.6 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) 796-3585
- HJ Smith and Sons General Store & Museum (3.7 miles)
Owned by the same family since 1876, this establishment is definitely worth your time to stop in.
Phone: +1 (985) 892-0460
- Honey Island Swamp Tours (18.2 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 (985) 641-1769
- 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
- Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery (10 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
- Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum (5.2 miles)
This intriguing museum features exhibits on Civil War submarines, canals, lighthouses, steamboats and more.
Phone: +1 (985) 845-9200
- Magnolia Belle Riverboat Cruises
Feel like Mark Twain on a paddle boat, voyaging down the Mississippi and Tchefuncte rivers. You can enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing and live music.
Phone: +1 (985) 630-4959
- New Orleans (37 miles)
There’s no place like the Big Easy, and from our hotel, it’s easy to plan a day trip to the home of Mardi Gras, Bourbon Street and the world-famous French Quarter.
- Northlake Nature Center (8.4 miles)
This center’s outstanding 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
- UCM Museum (5.5 miles)
Browse through thousands of pieces of Louisiana folk art at this unique museum in Abita Springs.
Phone: +1 (985) 892-2624
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