Founded in 1813 and now the parish (county) seat of St. Tammany, Covington is a charming town with terrific restaurants and shopping. Stroll the streets of Covington’s historic downtown district to discover galleries, boutiques, antiques shops, restaurants, and nightlife. HJ Smith & Son General Store and Museum offers a glimpse back into time, and Covington Brewhouse conducts free tastings of its craft beer on Saturdays. The historic and newly restored boutique Southern Hotel, Blue Willow B&B, and the Camellia House B&B are all within walking distance of the historic district.

The historic downtown offers free parking throughout. Enjoy family-friendly free outdoor concerts, street fairs and annual festivals such as the Three Rivers ArtsFestival, held every fall.

You won’t want to miss the wonderful Covington Farmers Market or A Taste of Covington, an annual five-day food and wine experience that sells out every April, so plan early. Art Walks, Mardi Gras parades, Chef Soiree, and Concerts on the Landing are just a few highlights of the year-round fun in Covington.

You can rent bicycles for the Tammany Trace bike path in the heart of town or drive a few miles to see live alligators at the Insta-Gator Ranch, touted in Travel & Leisure Magazine as the Best Place to See Baby Animals (Gators).

Read a blog post from U.S. Gulf Coast States Geotourism MapGuide about Covington and what it’s like to visit H.J. Smith Sons General Store & Museum, the “epicenter of Covington’s historical charm.”

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