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SeeLouisiana is the unofficial / insider's guide to the New Orleans Northshore area of Louisiana, plus roadside attractions, lodging, parks, museums, artists, art galleries, plantations, bed and breakfast inns, tour guides, and fishing charters. This site is sponsored by the UCM Museum, Louisiana's most eccentric museum.

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The New Orleans North Shore Area 

Cross a bridge or drive around the lake.

  St. Tammany Parish Tourism
A good place for tourist information.  Their main office is near the I-12 interstate about 3 miles from the UCM.

  The Abita Quail Farm
A special events facility for private parties.

The Mandeville Seafood Festival
For The Best July 4th Party in the Greater New Orleans Area

Pontchartrain Vineyards
Guests are welcome to visit the winery, tasting room, visitors center and vineyards which are located 10 miles from the UCM.  Not really in Abita Springs, but near enough. These are friends of ours who (in their words) provide distinctive regional wines to complement the extraordinary cuisine of Louisiana.  Their wines are available at many local markets and make great souvenirs to bring home to your friends.  The road from the UCM to the winery is a good looking drive. 504-892-9742 2.FAX 985-892-9742 Physical address: 81250 Old Military Road, Bush, LA 70431 Postal address PO Box 275, Covington, LA 70433

Fairview State Park
There are a couple small state park about 15 miles from the UCM. This is a nice small one in Madisonville.

Abita Beer
A popular brewery and a brew pub.  Abita Beer is sold all over the U.S. now.  The brewery offers free tours and are 5 minutes from the UCM.

Fontainebleau State Park
A nice park on the lake about 15 miles from the UCM.  You can ride a bike to it from the UCM on The Tammany Trace bikeway.

Fort Pike
An old fort on the lake.  A nice place to take the kids, it's run by the state and it's never crowded.  About 35 miles from the UCM.

Honey Island Swamp Tour
One of the first swamp tours in Louisiana (since 1982).  This tour company is headed by a wetlands ecologist, Dr. Paul Wagner.  Paul is also Environmental Consultant to the South Louisiana Swamps and Preserve Manager for the Nature Conservancy's White Kitchen Natural Area -- the premier cypress tupelo gum swamp in Louisiana.  About 35 minutes from the UCM.

Global Wildlife Center
Zebras, buffalo, camels, etc. are about 40 minutes from the UCM.  It is one of the few tourist attractions on our side of Lake Ponchartrain.  Pay the admission to ride on a covered wagon as they pull you in to the herds of animals.  Be sure to buy the corn that they allow you to feed the animals.  One time a camel stuck his nose into the wagon and tried to snatch my momma's purse.  When we when there during their opening season, the animals were somewhat wild and we had to really try to lure them with the buckets of corn.  Last time we were there many of the animals had figured it out and were all waiting at the opening gate where the wagon pulls in.

The Causeway
The world's longest bridge has its own site.

Kliebert's Turtle And Alligator Tours
Thousands of alligators and turtles in Hammond, about 30 miles from the UCM.  You'll see some big gators here.

Fort Pike State Commemorative Area - Rt. 6, Box 194, New Orleans, LA 70129.   Now on the National Register of Historic Places this large masonry fort was constructed between 1819 and 1827 to protect New Orleans from foreign invasion.. (504) 985-5703.

Camp Moore Museum and Park - 70640 Camp Moore Road, Tangipahoa, LA 70465  Phone 985 -229-2438   Camp Moore Confederate Museum includes numerous artifacts, documents and displays which help explain the Civil War and the importance of Camp Moore and the soldier's life during that time.  In the Camp Moore Cemetery, a Southern soldier holding his long rifle, stands atop a Confederate monument as if standing watch over the graves.

Abita Springs Golf & Country Club
About 10 minutes from the UCM

Piney Woods Opry
Old time county music only 1 block from the UCM.  A real country version of Austin City Limits production.  Somtimes broadcasted on radio and TV.

Tammany Trace 
The 31 mile bikeway that runs next to the UCM.  This used to be the old railroad tracks and they were converted to a paved trail for bikes, hikers, and horses,  It goes from Covington to Slidell.  You can rent bikes at the UCM, and other places in Abita Springs.  The Trace is one of the biggest attractions in our Parish.  It paroled by special rangers who tell me that they have seen foxes, deer, wild turkeys, swamp rabbits, rattle snakes, water moccasins and other wild animals on the path.  In the 31 miles of the trace, there are also 31 bridges.

The Abita Springs Mystery House at the UCM Museum
Louisiana's most eccentric museum in Historic Abita Springs. Highly recommended. UCM Museum, 22275 Hwy 36, Abita Springs, LA 70420,
Phone: 985-892-2624

Lake Hillcrest Villas
Unwind in a finely appointed timeshare villa offered through, situated by Lake Hillcrest amidst shady oak trees, just one hour from New Orleans. 27201 Snead Drive, Abita Springs, LA 70420, Toll Free: 877-815-4227 Email:

Enjoy Old Mandeville while relaxing on the verandah of a fully restored 1870's guest house one block from the lake. 2013 Claiborne St. Mandeville,phone: (985) 626-5975, Toll Free 1-877-650-3930 pin 4023

Mildred Fishe Guest Cabin
This is a private cabin retreat in Lacombe is surrounded by 12,000 acres of spectacular woodlands, swamps, and bayous. P.O. Box 1985, 26545 Mildred Dr, Lacombe, Louisiana 70445 (800) 647-1824

Garden Guest House
A B&B and Acadian vacation house in a 10 acre woodland sancturay. 34514 Bayou Liberty Rd, Slidell, LA 70460 ph: 985-641-0335 toll free: 888-255-0335 Email:

  The Abita Quail Farm
A special events facility for private parties.


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