Exploring Lake Pontchartrain is among the top things to do in Covington

Take in gorgeous views from a canoe trip, tour Abita Brewing Company, or pet an alligator at Insta-Gator Ranch, all less than 15 minutes from the Country Inn & Suites in Covington, LA. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the lakefront Fontainebleau State Park, where you can fish, hike, and glimpse wildlife. For an endless supply of things to do, drive about 45 minutes down to New Orleans, where you can feast on beignets in the French Quarter, experience the moving exhibits of the National WWII Museum, and celebrate one of the city’s numerous festivals.

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The National WWII Museum

34.33 mi / 55.25 km from the hotel
Get a glimpse of World War II through the eyes of those who experienced it firsthand at this poignant museum, which houses a variety of exhibits and a large collection of artifacts.

French Market District

33.16 mi / 53.37 km from the hotel
Covering six blocks, the French Market District is a historic district where you can shop, dine, or attend special events like music festivals.

French Quarter

33.18 mi / 53.4 km from the hotel
NOLA’s cultural heart, the French Quarter combines beautiful architecture with cast-iron balconies, the vibrant nightlife of Bourbon Street, and the quieter gourmet markets of the French Market District.

Abita Brewing Company

3.51 mi / 5.65 km from the hotel
Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how great beer is created. This nationally recognized craft brewery features distinctive offerings like Purple Haze and Strawberry Harvest.

Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours

24.44 mi / 39.34 km from the hotel
See if you can spot wildlife like bald eagles, feral hogs, turtles, and minks during this narrated boat tour of a Louisiana swamp.

HJ Smith & Sons General Store

2.65 mi / 4.27 km from the hotel
Owned by the same family since 1876, this store features historical displays like a cast iron casket, a 1920s gas pump, and a hand-operated, wooden washing machine.

Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery

7.19 mi / 11.57 km from the hotel
Take a guided tour of this working gator farm where more than 2,000 alligators spend their days. Kids love holding the baby gators.

Abita Mystery House

3.97 mi / 6.39 km from the hotel
Browse through thousands of pieces of Louisiana folk art, including homemade inventions, at this unique museum in Abita Springs.

Fontainebleau State Park

7.51 mi / 12.09 km from the hotel
Take a picnic and hike along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain at this 2,800-acre state park.

Global Wildlife Center

17.48 mi / 28.14 km from the hotel
Meet Kameel the giraffe and more than 4,000 of her animal friends from around the world in this free-roaming wildlife preserve. The center sells cups of food for guests to share with the animals.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum

5.09 mi / 8.2 km from the hotel
This intriguing museum features exhibits on Civil War submarines, canals, lighthouses, and steamboats.

Northlake Nature Center

7.51 mi / 12.09 km from the hotel
This center’s natural features include three different ecosystems and a beaver lodge. It also contains relics of cultural history from the 1300s.