Mandeville is a small town with southern charm on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana's St. Tammany Parish. Surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes and rugged wilderness areas, the town offers much to see and do in the way of attractions and activities, ranging from art galleries and museums to recreational outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, fishing and mountain biking in one of the nature reserves or state parks in the region. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Fontainebleau State Park
Fontainebleau State Park is a 2,800-acre park on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain that offers a wide variety of recreational and outdoor activities. Once the site of a large a sugar plantation and mill in the 1800s, the park is bordered by the Bayou Castine and Bayou Cane and offers world-class kayaking and canoeing on the enormous Lake Pontchartrain and its numerous streams and tributaries. Other attractions in the park include a Visitor Center with exhibits about the old plantation, a seasonal water playground for children, a 27-mile trail for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, and a campground with RV sites, primitive campsites, and overnight cabins.
62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70448, Phone: 985-624-4443
2.Northlake Museum and Nature Center
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The Northlake Museum and Nature Center is a pristine 400-acre nature preserve along Bayou Castine that features a diverse variety of landscapes from ancient pines and cypress swamp to hardwood forests. Established in 1982 to preserve, research, and protect the natural habitats of southeastern Louisiana, the center features a boardwalk winding along the bayou and through the forests, an array of nature-related activities, and children’s programs. The nature park is home to a wealth of bird species and hosts the annual Great Louisiana Birdfest.
23135 E U.S. Hwy 190, Mandeville, LA 70448, Phone: 985-626-1238
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3.Seven Sisters Live Oak
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The Seven Sisters Oak is a massive southern live oak tree standing over 60 feet with a girth of over 40 feet and a limb spread over 160 feet. The magnificent old tree was originally called ‘Doby’s Seven Sisters’ due to being on the property of the Doby family but was later renamed the ‘Seven Sisters Oak’ by the Live Oak Society. The old oak tree grew from a single root system and is thought to be over 1,200 years old.
Fountain Street, Mandeville, LA 70448
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4.Chafunkta Brewing Company
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Chafunkta Brewing Company is a locally owned, family-run nano-brewery that produces handcrafted beers and brews made with the highest quality, local ingredients. The brewery produces and sells a wide range of craft beers from Imperial IPA and American cream ale to American IPA, Porter, and Irish red, all of which can be sampled in the tasting room on Skybrook Road throughout the week. The brewery is named after a Choctaw word for a type of shrub oak tree that once lined banks of the Tchefuncte River. Owners Josh and Jamie Erickson also offer guided tours of the brewery, bike crawls on Saturdays and special dog-friendly events on Sundays.
69123 Skybrook Rd, Mandeville, LA 70471, Phone: 985-869-0716
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5.Jean Baptiste Lang Creole House Museum
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The Jean Baptiste Lang House Museum is a historic structure in Old Mandeville that stands as an excellent example of elitist antebellum structures that were built in the Anglo-Creole style by the wealthy in the mid-1800s. Constructed by Belgian tobacco merchant Jean Baptiste Lang in 1850, the house features many beautiful architectural features such as tongue-and-groove floors, mortise, and tenon detailing diagonal braces, and faux bois oak finishes. The original building had a double chimney, a wine cellar, slave quarters, a cistern, and stables, all of which highlighted the wealth of the owner. Today, the Jean Baptiste Lang House Museum is managed by the Old Mandeville Historic Association and is open for free guided tours.
605 Carroll St, Mandeville, LA 70448, Phone: 504-723-7714
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6.Pat Gallagher's 527 Restaurant & Bar
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Perfect for lunch with friends or a romantic dinner for two, Pat Gallagher's 527 Restaurant & Bar is an elegant steakhouse and bar that promises an unforgettable dining experience. Owner and chef Pat Gallagher brings his extensive culinary experience to the tables of Mandeville with a creative menu of contemporary New American cuisine. Locally sourced and organic where possible ingredients are used to create sublime dishes of fresh seafood, succulent steaks, handmade pasta dishes, crispy salads, and healthy vegetarian plates. A full-service bar offers a wide range of libations from casual and fine wines, craft beers and brews, and classic cocktails. Pat Gallagher's 527 Restaurant & Bar is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday.
527 N Causeway Blvd, Mandeville, LA 70448, Phone: 985-778-2820
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Nuvolari's Ristorante is a warm and welcoming, family-friendly Italian restaurant with a bright and cheery dining room and a charming outdoor patio for alfresco-style dining beneath the stars. Established over 33 years ago, the locally owned, award-winning restaurant serves Mediterranean-inspired fare prepared from scratch using fresh, artisanal, and imported ingredients. Intimate indoor seating is perfect for romantic and celebratory dinners, while the patio is great for relaxed gatherings with friends, and a front bar offers an array of Italian wines, locally crafted beers, and imported brews, and signature cocktails made with imported spirits. Located just a few blocks from Lake Ponchartrain, Nuvolari's Ristorante is open for dinner only, nightly.
246 Girod St, Mandeville, LA 70448, Phone: 985-626-5619
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8.Cafe Lynn Restaurant & Catering
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Cafe Lynn Restaurant & Catering brings an elegant touch of France and delectable French cuisine to the heart of Old Mandeville. The restaurant has refined décor in warm hues, dark wood finishes, and soft lighting, creating a romantic ambiance for an unforgettable fine dining experience. Seasonal menus feature regional and French-country cuisine with a Creole touch with dishes of local seafood and prime steaks, fresh salads, and daily specials. Signature dishes range from fried Gulf oysters and shrimp, red snapper, and speckled trout, filet mignon au Poivre, pan-seared quail, and lump crab cakes. A hand-curated list of wines features French and Mediterranean vintages, and classic cocktails are prepared with the finest spirits. Cafe Lynn Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday.
2600 Florida St, Mandeville, LA 70448, Phone: 985-624-9007
9.Coscino's Italian Grill
Coscino's Italian Grill is a casual, family-style Italian eatery with a vibrant atmosphere that serves delicious Italian food and wine and frequently hosts live music offering hand-tossed pies, pasta, sandwiches & frequent live music. The menu features a wide variety of traditional Italian and Mediterranean dishes ranging from wood-fired New York-style pizzas and handmade pasta and sauces to tender chicken and veal dishes, eggplant parmesan, and decadent desserts like chocolate shell cannoli. The bar menu features easy-drinking Italian wines, imported beers, and a range of sodas, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
1809 N Causeway Blvd #3111, Mandeville, LA 70471, Phone: 985-727-4984
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10.Old Rail Brewing Company
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The Old Rail Brewing Company is an elegant brewery and tavern that produces a range of complex, multi-layered beers and ales, and serves them on-site along with classic freshly prepared pub grub. The locally owned and operated brewpub produces a range of handcrafted beers such as Barrel Aged Dark Territory Imperial Stout, Coalescence IPA, and the unique Pumpkin Express, which can be sampled on brewery tours or enjoyed with a selection of hearty, made-from-scratch fare like burgers and fries, prime ribs, roasted chicken, gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and more. The Old Rail Brewing Company also offers a special kid’s menu and is open for brunch, lunch, dinner, and tastings, Tuesday through Sunday.
639 Girod St, Mandeville, LA 70448, Phone: 985-612-1828
10 Best Things to Do in Mandeville, LA
- Fontainebleau State Park, Photo: Pam/stock.adobe.com
- Northlake Museum and Nature Center, Photo: Northlake Museum and Nature Center
- Seven Sisters Live Oak, Photo: Andriy Blokhin/stock.adobe.com
- Chafunkta Brewing Company, Photo: Chafunkta Brewing Company
- Jean Baptiste Lang Creole House Museum, Photo: Jean Baptiste Lang Creole House Museum
- Pat Gallagher's 527 Restaurant & Bar, Photo: Pat Gallagher's 527 Restaurant & Bar
- Nuvolari's Ristorante, Photo: Nuvolari's Ristorante
- Cafe Lynn Restaurant & Catering, Photo: Cafe Lynn Restaurant & Catering
- Coscino's Italian Grill, Photo: Wead/stock.adobe.com
- Old Rail Brewing Company, Photo: Old Rail Brewing Company
- Cover Photo: City of Mandeville
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