On the eastern edge of St. Tammany Parish, Slidell boasts a vibrant arts scene, family-friendly festivals, proximity to Honey Island Swamp tours and to New Orleans’ famed French Quarter (just 30 minutes away). Olde Towne Slidell is a 10-square-block downtown district of historic buildings, antiques and specialty shops, restaurants and museums. Antiques-lovers, take note: Olde Towne hosts Slidell’s Antique District Street Fair each fall and spring. Indulge in a nectar soda or old-timey banana split at the delightful Old Town Slidell Soda Shop after exploring the historic district or shopping at Fremaux Town Center, the area’s newest mall.

Attractions include Slidell Cultural Center, a history, science, and fine art exhibition gallery; the Slidell Museum, showing exhibits on the city’s history; and the Slidell Little Theater.

Attend free concerts in Heritage Park including the Bayou Jam Concert Series. Catch a mess of beads at Mardi Gras parades and cabbages during the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Two annual event not to miss are the annual All You Can Eat Crawfish Cook-offin Fritchie Park in April  and the Slidell Heritage Festival in July.

Explore the great outdoors. Take a tour of beautiful Honey Island Swamp with one of several tour operators available in Slidell (Cajun Encounters, pictured). Or, catch trophy trout, record redfish, and fat flounder with the many expert charter captains fishing out of Slidell marinas.

Savor Louisiana flavors at great waterfront spots such as Palmettos or Nathan’s, both on Bayou Bonfouca, or Phil’s Marina Cafe. You’ll find lots ofLouisiana specialties on the menu in Slidell.

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