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For many of us, summertime means putting on your swim suit and playing in the water. Here we’ve compiled a complete list of places for water fun on the Northshore and beyond.

Splash Pads

Abita Trailhead

In addition to the interactive water feature, the trailhead also boasts a playground for the kids, a large field for running or picnicking, and water fountains where families can collect fresh Abita water to take home.

Chappapeela Sports Park

600 CM Fagan Drive, Hammond

Four covered splash pad areas, water fountains, and benches. Gated.

Coquille Park and Recreation District

13505 LA-1085, Covington

Open in the summer every day from 10AM-5PM.

East Lakefront Children’s Park

1500 Block of Lakeshore Drive

Interactive water feature, beach, plus other fun play equipment.

Water feature operates from 10AM-9PM, the months of May-October. No food or drink allowed.

Fontainebleau State Park

62883 Highway 1089, Mandeville

Interactive water feature and also beach swimming available.

Admission is $3/person

Heritage Park

1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell

Park is open 6AM-10PM.

Splash pad. Adjacent playground has recently been remodeled as well.

Mandeville Trailhead

East side of the Mandeville Trailhead near Girod Street

Hours of operation are 10AM-9PM, May-October

North Oaks Park

2311 North Oak, Hammond

Adjacent to Southeastern University, this park also includes a walking trail and fitness areas.

Pearl River Playground

64500 Church Street, Pearl River

Open in the summer every day 6AM-6PM.


Land-O-Pines Family Campground

17145 Million Dollar Road, Covington

Day passes available to use the pool on site. Waterslide available for additional charge. See their website for more information.

Reverend Peter Atkins Park

701 North Tyler Street, Covington

Pool open in the summer. Public swim is typically 9AM-5PM except Sunday when it’s 1-5PM. Closed Mondays. Small admission charge may apply (at last check it was $2/person).


Bogue Chitto State Park

17049 State Park Blvd.

Franklinton, LA

Entrance is $3/person. Many visitors report that this park is best for older children.

East Lakefront Children’s Park

1500 Block of Lakeshore Drive

This beach is attached to the splash pad and playground. No food or drinks allowed.

Fontainebleau State Park

62883 Highway 1089, Mandeville

Interactive water feature and also available.

Admission is $3/person. Free for children 3 & under.

Northshore Beach Park (also known as Carr Drive Beach)

Debbie Drive, Slidell

White Sands Lake

52129 Sandstone Blvd, Franklinton

Spring-fed lake. You can read our article on White Sands Lake right here.

Beyond the Northshore

Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’

18142 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge

The water park and amusement park in one offers rides and large water features as well. Day passes or season passes available. Visit their website for complete information.

Buccaneer Bay

1150 South Beach Road

Located on the Mississippi Gulf coast, this State Park includes a wave pool and some slides for the kids.

Get more information on ticket prices and see pictures of the park on their website.

Cool Zoo

6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans

Wet and wild splash park inside the Audubon Zoo.

Check out our article on Cool Zoo right here.

Gulf Islands Water Park

17200 16th Street, Gulfport

Large seasonal waterpark with slides, rides, and pools.

See our post on Gulf Islands Water Park here.

Liberty Lagoon

111 Lobdell Avenue, Baton Rouge

Operated by the Baton Rouge recreation department, this smaller water park offers large slides and a lazy river.

Read our post all about Liberty Lagoon here.


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