Experience Natural Beauty Only an Hour from New Orleans
Take in gorgeous views from the Country Inn & Suites in Covington, LA, located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain just across the Causeway Bridge. Explore local attractions like the Insta-Gator Ranch and Fontainebleau State Park, or take a day trip to New Orleans, only an hour away. Wander through the one-and-only French Quarter and experience the moving exhibits of the National WWII Museum
. The New Orleans area also features abundant festivals
and other fun things to do throughout the year.
Food and Drinks
- Abita Brewing Company (4.8 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) 893-3143
- Magnolia Belle Riverboat Cruises
Float down the Tchefuncte River on this old-fashioned riverboat and enjoy dinner, drinks, dancing and live music.
Phone: +1 (985) 630-4959
- Abita Mystery House (5.5 miles)
Browse through thousands of pieces of Louisiana folk art, including homemade inventions, at this unique museum in Abita Springs.
- H.J. Smith & Sons General Store (3.7 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
- 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
- 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
Nature and Animals
- Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (14.8 miles)
Hike or canoe to see Louisiana’s wildlife, including pelicans, ducks and woodpeckers.
Phone: +1 (985) 882-2000
- 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) 624-9453
- 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
- 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
- Northlake Nature Center (8.4 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 and New Orleans Culture
- Fancy Faces Decor (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
- 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.
Check out these additional area attractions and airports.