In the 19th century, Abita Springs was a destination for its healing waters drawn from deep artesian wells. Today’s visitors are still coming for the water, but now it’s in the form of Abita Beer.

Abita Beer is made from those same pristine springs and is appreciated by craft beer enthusiasts nationwide. Tours and tastings are available at Abita Brewing Company to learn more about how its famous line of craft beers, including TurboDog and Andygator, are made. For more information, visit (abita.com).

Abita Springs is known for its relaxed, quirky personality and as an excellent place for music, fun, and festivals. The historic town is a great place to breathe deep and go with the flow. The town’s eclectic, artsy, positive energy is reflected within the walls of the Abita Mystery House, a roadside attraction with odd collections, Southern humor, and memorabilia.

Abita Springs is also an excellent access point for the Tammany Trace bike trail, a paved path cutting through the heart of town. Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the scenic trail starts in Covington and goes through Abita Springs, Mandeville, and Lacombe, ending in Slidell.

The Abita Springs Opry’s fall and spring series of Louisiana roots music includes old-time Country, Bluegrass, traditional Southern Gospel, Cajun, and Zydeco music.

Other popular events in Abita Springs are the Whole-Town Garage Sale, the Water Festival, the Busker Festival, and the raucous Krewe of Push Mow Mardi Gras parade with thought-provoking themes like “What’s That Smell?”