Slidell, LA guidebook

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Slidell, LA guidebook

Food scene

*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Sundays Jazz brunch with white linen table clothes, fresh flowers and a delicious buffet of local favorites. We love to request the outside dining room and take a walk down to the bayou along the dock admiring the beautiful cypress trees that grow in our swamps. Romantic at night. We got engaged here. ♥
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Palmettos On The Bayou
1901 Bayou Lane
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*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Sundays Jazz brunch with white linen table clothes, fresh flowers and a delicious buffet of local favorites. We love to request the outside dining room and take a walk down to the bayou along the dock admiring the beautiful cypress trees that grow in our swamps. Romantic at night. We got engaged here. ♥
Milkshakes, Ice Cream
Old Town Slidell Soda Shop
301 Cousin Street
Milkshakes, Ice Cream
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Authentic Southern dining on Bayou Bonfouca. Nathan's specializes in steaks & seafood.
Nathan's Restaurant
36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Authentic Southern dining on Bayou Bonfouca. Nathan's specializes in steaks & seafood.
Located inside a former bicycle shop, K.Y.’s offers popular Louisiana cuisine including seafood platters, po-boys, red beans & rice and gumbo, as well as burgers, salads and full bar. Built in 1902, the building now occupied by K.Y.'s was originally the home to Marguerite McDaniels Millinery. From 1910 to 1965 the Andrea Carollo family operated a grocery on the site, and in the late 60's, it became Slidell Bicycle and Lawnmower Shop until 1992, when K.Y.'s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop began operation.
KY's Olde Towne Bicycle Shop
2267 Carey Street
Located inside a former bicycle shop, K.Y.’s offers popular Louisiana cuisine including seafood platters, po-boys, red beans & rice and gumbo, as well as burgers, salads and full bar. Built in 1902, the building now occupied by K.Y.'s was originally the home to Marguerite McDaniels Millinery. From 1910 to 1965 the Andrea Carollo family operated a grocery on the site, and in the late 60's, it became Slidell Bicycle and Lawnmower Shop until 1992, when K.Y.'s Olde Towne Bicycle Shop began operation.
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Quaint restaurant loved by locals & a must for visitors! Huge breakfast portions!
Touch of Italy Cafe
134 W Pennsylvania Ave
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Quaint restaurant loved by locals & a must for visitors! Huge breakfast portions!
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Overlooking the marina, TBT offers huge burgers, fresh seafood, delicious spirits & live music.
The Blind Tiger Slidell
37330 lakeshore marina drive
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Overlooking the marina, TBT offers huge burgers, fresh seafood, delicious spirits & live music.
Times Grill is located in the original brick Olde Towne Railroad Depot which was built around 1903 for the New Orleans & Northeastern/New Orleans & Great Northern railroad, supplanting an earlier wooden passenger depot. In 1990, just before extensive renovations, the building was put on the National Register of Historic Places, to protect its original character. About three miles from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, scattered houses had been built near Robert’s Landing as early as 1852; the landing allowed the Spanish, French, and later, Americans to travel by boat along the bayou Bonfouca to Lake Pontchartrain. The need for better overland transportation to the north and east of New Orleans, however, encouraged the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad to build through the present site of Slidell, at Roberts’ Landing, and continuing on to Jackson, Mississippi. The first survey team came in 1881 and the first train traveled along that line through the area on October 15, 1883. In 1883, railroad surveyors mapped the town and named it Slidell Station in honor of John Slidell, a U.S. Senator and Confederate official. The Town of Slidell was incorporated on November 3, 1888, and it enclosed about 2,320 acres. The railroad, from 1903 through 1946, formed the mainline of Slidell’s prosperity. In the thirty years after its founding, Slidell developed a creosote plant, one of the country’s largest brick manufacturing facilities, a large lumber mill, and a shipyard—which contributed significantly to the national efforts in both world wars. Slidell boomed in the 1960s due to the location of NASA’s Slidell Computer Complex there, in 1962, to support the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans. Today, Slidell is still the largest city in St. Tammany Parish.
Times Grill
1827 Front Street
Times Grill is located in the original brick Olde Towne Railroad Depot which was built around 1903 for the New Orleans & Northeastern/New Orleans & Great Northern railroad, supplanting an earlier wooden passenger depot. In 1990, just before extensive renovations, the building was put on the National Register of Historic Places, to protect its original character. About three miles from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, scattered houses had been built near Robert’s Landing as early as 1852; the landing allowed the Spanish, French, and later, Americans to travel by boat along the bayou Bonfouca to Lake Pontchartrain. The need for better overland transportation to the north and east of New Orleans, however, encouraged the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad to build through the present site of Slidell, at Roberts’ Landing, and continuing on to Jackson, Mississippi. The first survey team came in 1881 and the first train traveled along that line through the area on October 15, 1883. In 1883, railroad surveyors mapped the town and named it Slidell Station in honor of John Slidell, a U.S. Senator and Confederate official. The Town of Slidell was incorporated on November 3, 1888, and it enclosed about 2,320 acres. The railroad, from 1903 through 1946, formed the mainline of Slidell’s prosperity. In the thirty years after its founding, Slidell developed a creosote plant, one of the country’s largest brick manufacturing facilities, a large lumber mill, and a shipyard—which contributed significantly to the national efforts in both world wars. Slidell boomed in the 1960s due to the location of NASA’s Slidell Computer Complex there, in 1962, to support the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans. Today, Slidell is still the largest city in St. Tammany Parish.
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Delicious! We recommend the fried chimi-Chingon with shredded cheese!
Tacos & Beer
2142 1st St
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Delicious! We recommend the fried chimi-Chingon with shredded cheese!
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Tuesday- Trivia night, Wednesday- Wine night, Thursday- Steak Night, Sunday- Brunch
Restaurant Cote
2219 Carey St
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED* Tuesday- Trivia night, Wednesday- Wine night, Thursday- Steak Night, Sunday- Brunch
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED8 Gourmet hot dog joint and Cubs watering hole. Features indoor & outdoor bars, 6 TV’s, Cubs memorabilia and authentic Chicago ingredients.
Bruiser's
1904 Front St
*OUTDOOR DINING OFFERED8 Gourmet hot dog joint and Cubs watering hole. Features indoor & outdoor bars, 6 TV’s, Cubs memorabilia and authentic Chicago ingredients.

City/town information

Quiet, friendly and brimming with southern hospitality, Slidell is a gem in southeastern Louisiana on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. There are lots of festivals, a swamp with elusive alligators, delightful shopping, fine dining and excellent accommodations. In fact, many of the things that make Slidell such a great place to visit also make it a great place to live! Visitors catch beads during Mardi Gras parades and cabbages during the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The community gathers en masse every spring to enjoy a free symphony concert in Heritage Park, and celebrates the spring and fall seasons, which bring the Bayou Jam Concert Series. Acclaimed in Southern Living, the tree-shaded streets of Olde Towne are filled with visitors and vendors from throughout the south during the Antique District Street Fair in the spring and fall. Every November brings Arts Evening, one of the area’s largest cultural festivals, featuring the works of over 100 artists and a variety of live entertainment throughout Olde Towne. From boiled shrimp overlooking the marina to crawfish fettuccini by candlelight; from po-boys in the park to a snowball in Olde Towne; red beans at the diner to gourmet coffee at a sidewalk table- Slidell is a great place to eat. There’s even a steak house so popular it doesn’t even need a sign. Live oaks drip with Spanish moss, loblolly pines stretch five stories tall, beds of Louisiana irises nod in the breeze, a graceful white egret tiptoes between the cattails. Photo opportunities abound. A hidden world can be discovered from a flat bottomed boat gliding through the dark waters. On the eastern edge of St. Tammany Parish, Slidell boasts a vibrant arts scene, family-friendly festivals, proximity to Honey Island Swamp tours and is less than 30 minutes north of New Orleans' French Quarter. 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.
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Slidell
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Quiet, friendly and brimming with southern hospitality, Slidell is a gem in southeastern Louisiana on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. There are lots of festivals, a swamp with elusive alligators, delightful shopping, fine dining and excellent accommodations. In fact, many of the things that make Slidell such a great place to visit also make it a great place to live! Visitors catch beads during Mardi Gras parades and cabbages during the St. Patrick’s Day parade. The community gathers en masse every spring to enjoy a free symphony concert in Heritage Park, and celebrates the spring and fall seasons, which bring the Bayou Jam Concert Series. Acclaimed in Southern Living, the tree-shaded streets of Olde Towne are filled with visitors and vendors from throughout the south during the Antique District Street Fair in the spring and fall. Every November brings Arts Evening, one of the area’s largest cultural festivals, featuring the works of over 100 artists and a variety of live entertainment throughout Olde Towne. From boiled shrimp overlooking the marina to crawfish fettuccini by candlelight; from po-boys in the park to a snowball in Olde Towne; red beans at the diner to gourmet coffee at a sidewalk table- Slidell is a great place to eat. There’s even a steak house so popular it doesn’t even need a sign. Live oaks drip with Spanish moss, loblolly pines stretch five stories tall, beds of Louisiana irises nod in the breeze, a graceful white egret tiptoes between the cattails. Photo opportunities abound. A hidden world can be discovered from a flat bottomed boat gliding through the dark waters. On the eastern edge of St. Tammany Parish, Slidell boasts a vibrant arts scene, family-friendly festivals, proximity to Honey Island Swamp tours and is less than 30 minutes north of New Orleans' French Quarter. 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.

Sightseeing

Located near Olde Towne on Bayou Bonfouca, there is a brand new park you will love! Heritage Park has walking paths, an excellent new boat launch and floating docks. You can catch a free concerts on Sunday afternoons in the Summer.
Heritage Park
1701 Bayou Lane
Located near Olde Towne on Bayou Bonfouca, there is a brand new park you will love! Heritage Park has walking paths, an excellent new boat launch and floating docks. You can catch a free concerts on Sunday afternoons in the Summer.
Within its 130-acre bounds, Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell offers visitors an outdoor observatory rich in natural flora, fauna and birding habitats, as well as a glimpse into its rich history—even legend. Live outdoor concerts qre held year round in the 5,000 sq ft pavillion. Camp Salmen is open to the public Friday through Sunday, year-round.
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Camp Salmen Nature Park
35122 Parish Parkway
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Within its 130-acre bounds, Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell offers visitors an outdoor observatory rich in natural flora, fauna and birding habitats, as well as a glimpse into its rich history—even legend. Live outdoor concerts qre held year round in the 5,000 sq ft pavillion. Camp Salmen is open to the public Friday through Sunday, year-round.
Times Grill is located in the original brick Olde Towne Railroad Depot which was built around 1903 for the New Orleans & Northeastern/New Orleans & Great Northern railroad, supplanting an earlier wooden passenger depot. About three miles from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, scattered houses had been built near Robert’s Landing as early as 1852; the landing allowed the Spanish, French, and later, Americans to travel by boat along the bayou Bonfouca to Lake Pontchartrain. The need for better overland transportation to the north and east of New Orleans, however, encouraged the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad to build through the present site of Slidell, at Roberts’ Landing, and continuing on to Jackson, Mississippi. The first survey team came in 1881 and the first train traveled along that line through the area on October 15, 1883. In 1883, railroad surveyors mapped the town and named it Slidell Station in honor of John Slidell, a U.S. Senator and Confederate official. The Town of Slidell was incorporated on November 3, 1888, and it enclosed about 2,320 acres. The railroad, from 1903 through 1946, formed the mainline of Slidell’s prosperity. In the thirty years after its founding, Slidell developed a creosote plant, one of the country’s largest brick manufacturing facilities, a large lumber mill, and a shipyard—which contributed significantly to the national efforts in both world wars. Slidell boomed in the 1960s due to the location of NASA’s Slidell Computer Complex there, in 1962, to support the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans. Today, Slidell is still the largest city in St. Tammany Parish.
Times Grill
1827 Front Street
Times Grill is located in the original brick Olde Towne Railroad Depot which was built around 1903 for the New Orleans & Northeastern/New Orleans & Great Northern railroad, supplanting an earlier wooden passenger depot. About three miles from the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, scattered houses had been built near Robert’s Landing as early as 1852; the landing allowed the Spanish, French, and later, Americans to travel by boat along the bayou Bonfouca to Lake Pontchartrain. The need for better overland transportation to the north and east of New Orleans, however, encouraged the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad to build through the present site of Slidell, at Roberts’ Landing, and continuing on to Jackson, Mississippi. The first survey team came in 1881 and the first train traveled along that line through the area on October 15, 1883. In 1883, railroad surveyors mapped the town and named it Slidell Station in honor of John Slidell, a U.S. Senator and Confederate official. The Town of Slidell was incorporated on November 3, 1888, and it enclosed about 2,320 acres. The railroad, from 1903 through 1946, formed the mainline of Slidell’s prosperity. In the thirty years after its founding, Slidell developed a creosote plant, one of the country’s largest brick manufacturing facilities, a large lumber mill, and a shipyard—which contributed significantly to the national efforts in both world wars. Slidell boomed in the 1960s due to the location of NASA’s Slidell Computer Complex there, in 1962, to support the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the Michoud Assembly Center in New Orleans. Today, Slidell is still the largest city in St. Tammany Parish.

Things to Do

Tour the beautiful bayou of Honey Island swamp, feed alligators and enjoy the local wildlife and fauna.
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Honey Island Swamp Tours
41490 Crawford Landing Road
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Tour the beautiful bayou of Honey Island swamp, feed alligators and enjoy the local wildlife and fauna.
New, free boat launch with access to Lake Pontchartrain. Great picnic & sunset location. Fishing is also permitted.
Heritage Park
1701 Bayou Lane
New, free boat launch with access to Lake Pontchartrain. Great picnic & sunset location. Fishing is also permitted.
Free admission
Slidell Museum
2020 1st St
Free admission
Fill your tackle box with what locals use and you’ll be sure to catch your limit and a good time...or jump on a charter boat and hang on for a wild time reeling in fighting reds and speckled trout!
Rigolets Bait & Seafood
52250 U.S. 90
Fill your tackle box with what locals use and you’ll be sure to catch your limit and a good time...or jump on a charter boat and hang on for a wild time reeling in fighting reds and speckled trout!
Created from the original I-10 Twinspans which were damaged in Hurricane Katrina, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier's artificial reefs along the pier make it a popular spot for quick and easy fishing, and it’s a very scenic spot for sightseeing, as well.
St Tammany Parish Fishing Pier
54001 East Howze Beach Road
Created from the original I-10 Twinspans which were damaged in Hurricane Katrina, the St. Tammany Fishing Pier's artificial reefs along the pier make it a popular spot for quick and easy fishing, and it’s a very scenic spot for sightseeing, as well.  
Guides are extremely knowledgeable and humorous. Beautiful way to experience the swamp.
Honey Island Swamp Kayak Tours - Eco Kayak Tours
65286 Shinglemill Road
Guides are extremely knowledgeable and humorous. Beautiful way to experience the swamp.
Antique shopping in Olde Towne Slidell
Antiques & Art On First
1952 1st Street
Antique shopping in Olde Towne Slidell
A historic building & antique shop
Magnolia House Antique Mall
228 Erlanger Avenue
A historic building & antique shop
Saturday mornings in Griffith Park in Olde Towne Slidell
Camellia City Farmer's Market
139 Teddy Avenue
Saturday mornings in Griffith Park in Olde Towne Slidell
Louisiana's only rails-to-trails conversion, the 31-mile Trace winds through the Northshore, a paved ribbon connecting five communities interspersed with lovely green space. The path offers all who ride, walk or even rollerblade it, a way to experience both the towns and the natural beauty that so enhances the quality of life on the Northshore. Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Trace now is an earth-friendly hike and bike trail stretching from downtown Covington, through Abita Springs, Mandeville, and Lacombe and ending in Slidell. In 2017, the Tammany Trace was inducted into the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame.
Tammany Trace Bike Trail Head
59462 Neslo Rd
Louisiana's only rails-to-trails conversion, the 31-mile Trace winds through the Northshore, a paved ribbon connecting five communities interspersed with lovely green space. The path offers all who ride, walk or even rollerblade it, a way to experience both the towns and the natural beauty that so enhances the quality of life on the Northshore. Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Trace now is an earth-friendly hike and bike trail stretching from downtown Covington, through Abita Springs, Mandeville, and Lacombe and ending in Slidell. In 2017, the Tammany Trace was inducted into the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame.
Within its 130-acre bounds, Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell offers visitors an outdoor observatory rich in natural flora, fauna and birding habitats, as well as a glimpse into its rich history—even legend. Live outdoor concerts qre held year round in the 5,000 sq ft pavillion. Camp Salmen is open to the public Friday through Sunday, year-round.
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Camp Salmen Nature Park
35122 Parish Parkway
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Within its 130-acre bounds, Camp Salmen Nature Park in Slidell offers visitors an outdoor observatory rich in natural flora, fauna and birding habitats, as well as a glimpse into its rich history—even legend. Live outdoor concerts qre held year round in the 5,000 sq ft pavillion. Camp Salmen is open to the public Friday through Sunday, year-round.

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Olde Towne Antique District

The Olde Towne Slidell district features galleries, restaurants and shops on First, Erlanger & Carey Sts., including Vintage Antiques & Collectibles and Annette's House of Decor; Magnolia House Antiques, Barbara's Victorian Closet Antiques Mall; Jean's Antiques & Collectibles, Guilty Treasures, Aunt Tiques and Curiosities, Anda's Antiques, and Marcie's Antique Boutique. Large street fairs are held on the last weekends of April and October.