Shannon and Maddie's Guidebook

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Shannon and Maddie's Guidebook

Food scene

If you're looking for a quick bite or good local food close to the camp, this little restaurant is perfect.
GoodFellas
1800 Old Spanish Trail
If you're looking for a quick bite or good local food close to the camp, this little restaurant is perfect.
This restaurant has great local food. A lot of the dishes are a little spicy though, so ask about the dishes before you order if you're not into spicy. The atmosphere is similar to a sports bar, and is great for watching events. It's frequented by locals and always busy.
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Southside Café
3154 Pontchartrain Drive
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This restaurant has great local food. A lot of the dishes are a little spicy though, so ask about the dishes before you order if you're not into spicy. The atmosphere is similar to a sports bar, and is great for watching events. It's frequented by locals and always busy.
If you want excellent local boiled seafood, Kenney's is your place. The atmosphere is a seafood market with an attached restaurant. It has been around as long as I can remember.
Kenney Seafood Inc
400 Pontchartrain Dr
If you want excellent local boiled seafood, Kenney's is your place. The atmosphere is a seafood market with an attached restaurant. It has been around as long as I can remember.
I have to add Middendorf's because it's a historic Louisiana Restaurant famous for it's thin fried catfish. The main location is in Manchac, but they recently opened one in Slidell. I absolutely love the restaurant in Manchac and have driven all the way just to eat there. I've only eaten at the Slidell location right after it opened, and it needed improvement. I will update my recommendation after my next visit.
Middendorf's Slidell
1951 Oak Harbor Boulevard
I have to add Middendorf's because it's a historic Louisiana Restaurant famous for it's thin fried catfish. The main location is in Manchac, but they recently opened one in Slidell. I absolutely love the restaurant in Manchac and have driven all the way just to eat there. I've only eaten at the Slidell location right after it opened, and it needed improvement. I will update my recommendation after my next visit.
Bruce's is a small hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant with delicious food. My husband eats here several times a week.
Bruce's Chinese Kitchen
39510 US Highway 190 East
Bruce's is a small hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant with delicious food. My husband eats here several times a week.
Great Mexican food.
Carreta's Grill
137 Taos St
Great Mexican food.
Great little New Orleans themed bagelry and coffee shop.
Creole Bagelry and Cafe’
1337 Gause Boulevard
Great little New Orleans themed bagelry and coffee shop.
Local cafe with down home cooking.
Camellia Cafe
525 Gause Boulevard West
Local cafe with down home cooking.
Great weekend brunch!
Touch of Italy Cafe
134 W Pennsylvania Ave
Great weekend brunch!
Great food and great views. Overlooks Bayou Bonfouca.
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Palmettos On The Bayou
1901 Bayou Lane
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Great food and great views. Overlooks Bayou Bonfouca.

Sightseeing

The community of the White Kitchen Preserve is named after a famous local restaurant established in the 1930's. It sat on the corner of Highway 90 and Highway 190 and was frequented by traveler's when Highway 90 was the main road from New Orleans to the Mississippi coast. The preserve offers beautiful views of nature, including trees, land and water animals, and birds. It's not maintained as well as it should be, but it's still worth checking out.
White Kitchen Preserve
The community of the White Kitchen Preserve is named after a famous local restaurant established in the 1930's. It sat on the corner of Highway 90 and Highway 190 and was frequented by traveler's when Highway 90 was the main road from New Orleans to the Mississippi coast. The preserve offers beautiful views of nature, including trees, land and water animals, and birds. It's not maintained as well as it should be, but it's still worth checking out.
Fort Pike was built after the war of 1812 and is still standing, although suffering some weather damage the last few years. It offers beautiful views and has been the site for many recent movies filmed in the area.
Fort Pike State Historic Site
27100 Chef Menteur Highway
Fort Pike was built after the war of 1812 and is still standing, although suffering some weather damage the last few years. It offers beautiful views and has been the site for many recent movies filmed in the area.
Jayne Mansfield died in a car accident in Slidell on June 29, 1967 while travelling Highway 90 from Biloxi to Mississippi. The crosses marking her death site are replaced often. She was a famous blond bombshell, and is also mother to Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay.
Jayne Mansfield Shrine
22155 U.S. 90
Jayne Mansfield died in a car accident in Slidell on June 29, 1967 while travelling Highway 90 from Biloxi to Mississippi. The crosses marking her death site are replaced often. She was a famous blond bombshell, and is also mother to Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay.
There are several swamp tours in the area. This is the only one I have visited. It's fun and located right on the Honey Island Swamp.
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Cajun Encounters Tour Company
55345 U.S. 90
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There are several swamp tours in the area. This is the only one I have visited. It's fun and located right on the Honey Island Swamp.
The Stennis Space Center is located just over the state line in Mississippi off of I-10 (about a 20-25 minute ride). It's NASA's largest rocket engine testing facility and offers tours.
John C. Stennis Space Center
The Stennis Space Center is located just over the state line in Mississippi off of I-10 (about a 20-25 minute ride). It's NASA's largest rocket engine testing facility and offers tours.
The beautiful beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are only a 30 minute ride away.
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Waveland
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The beautiful beaches of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are only a 30 minute ride away.
This fort is now ruins, but has a lot of history. It was built in 1822 and occupied by Confederate Forces during the Civil War.
Fort Macomb
This fort is now ruins, but has a lot of history. It was built in 1822 and occupied by Confederate Forces during the Civil War.
The Tammany Trace was built along the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad. It is a 31 mile biking and hiking trail that spans from Slidell to Covington, LA. It has a lot of scenic and park areas along the way.
Tammany Trace Bike Trail Head
59462 Neslo Rd
The Tammany Trace was built along the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad. It is a 31 mile biking and hiking trail that spans from Slidell to Covington, LA. It has a lot of scenic and park areas along the way.

Activities

If your looking for some outdoor paintball action, Gulf Coast Paintball is close to this area.
Gulf Coast Paintball
54262 Apple Pie Ridge Road
If your looking for some outdoor paintball action, Gulf Coast Paintball is close to this area.
Altitude Trampoline Park Slidell
120 Northshore Blvd
Fritchie Park has outdoor activities, a dog park and an indoor basketball court.
Fritchie Park
905 West Howze Beach Road
Fritchie Park has outdoor activities, a dog park and an indoor basketball court.
There are 4 tennis courts and a baseball field open to the public at this location.
Henry J. Calamari Memorial Tennis Center
2600-2698 2nd Street
There are 4 tennis courts and a baseball field open to the public at this location.
Infinity Science Center is a great field trip for the kids. It's located just off I-10 at the first Mississippi exit (a 20-25 minute ride). It's packed with learning activities and even has a space shuttle simulator.
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INFINITY Science Center
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Infinity Science Center is a great field trip for the kids. It's located just off I-10 at the first Mississippi exit (a 20-25 minute ride). It's packed with learning activities and even has a space shuttle simulator.
Best walking path in Slidell. Fun park with splash pads for the kids. There is also a boat launch for fishing in Bayou Bonfouca. This bayou also leads to Lake Pontchartrain.
Heritage Park
1701 Bayou Lane
Best walking path in Slidell. Fun park with splash pads for the kids. There is also a boat launch for fishing in Bayou Bonfouca. This bayou also leads to Lake Pontchartrain.
Local place for Kayaking. Rentals available.
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Bayou Adventure
28178 U.S. 190
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Local place for Kayaking. Rentals available.
Beautiful views and paved trails for walking and biking.
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Camp Salmen Nature Park
35122 Parish Parkway
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Beautiful views and paved trails for walking and biking.

Fishing

The closest place for live bait and launching
Rigolets Bait & Seafood
52250 U.S. 90
The closest place for live bait and launching
If you want to fish somewhere other than the camp without a boat, Slidell has a beautiful fishing pier that extends over Lake Pontchartrain. There are plaques along the pier detailing the fish native to the area.
St Tammany Parish Fishing Pier
54001 East Howze Beach Road
If you want to fish somewhere other than the camp without a boat, Slidell has a beautiful fishing pier that extends over Lake Pontchartrain. There are plaques along the pier detailing the fish native to the area.
Boat launch near Honey Island
Crawford Landing Boat Ramp
Boat launch near Honey Island
The Pointe Marina of Slidell
118 Harbor View Ct
Oak Harbor area
Closest bait to Heritage Park/Bayou Bonfouca
Bait Shop II LLC
1604 Front St
Closest bait to Heritage Park/Bayou Bonfouca
Nearby gear and lures.
Gus' Tackle & Nets
726 Old Spanish Trail
Nearby gear and lures.

Shopping

If you need to get some shopping in, the Fremaux Town Center has it all. It's conveniently located at the next exit off of I-10.
Fremaux Town Center
55 Town Center Pkwy
If you need to get some shopping in, the Fremaux Town Center has it all. It's conveniently located at the next exit off of I-10.
The Gulfport outlet mall is one of the best for shopping. The food court is limited. It's convenient to I-10 and is only a 30-40 minute drive from the camp.
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Gulfport Premium Outlets
10000 Factory Shop Boulevard
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The Gulfport outlet mall is one of the best for shopping. The food court is limited. It's convenient to I-10 and is only a 30-40 minute drive from the camp.

Casinos, nightlife and daiquiris

One of the two best daiquiri stores in Slidell. This location offers a pick up window.
Daiquiris & Creams Of Slidell
2060 Gause Blvd W
One of the two best daiquiri stores in Slidell. This location offers a pick up window.
One of the two best daiquiri locations in Slidell. This one offers indoor service.
Daiquiris & Company
1326 Gause Boulevard
One of the two best daiquiri locations in Slidell. This one offers indoor service.

Health and Beauty

This spa is such an escape from the outside world. It's so relaxing and always smells so pleasant.
The Woodhouse Day Spa - Slidell
796 E I-10 Service Rd
This spa is such an escape from the outside world. It's so relaxing and always smells so pleasant.
I just love the owner Becca. She is so down to earth and just a sweetheart. If your hair needs some attention while you're in town, this is the place to go. Sometimes you can't get in if you use the online appointment maker, so you can try calling 985-641-3111.
Simply You Salon
1335 Englewood Drive
I just love the owner Becca. She is so down to earth and just a sweetheart. If your hair needs some attention while you're in town, this is the place to go. Sometimes you can't get in if you use the online appointment maker, so you can try calling 985-641-3111.