Water Fun on the New Orleans Northshore

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Due to covid-19 some of these destination are currently closed. Whenever possible we have noted that information, but please call ahead before visiting. 

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 (currently closed)

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 (currently closed; plans to reopen in stage 3)

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 (currently closed)

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 (currently closed)

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 (closed)

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. You can read more about the park here.

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


30372 Eden Church Rd, Denham Springs

A smaller water park operated by the Denham Springs Recreation Department. Currently doing three hour passes. See their website for more info.

Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’ (currently closed)

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. Read our article on Buccaneer Bay right here.

Get more information on ticket prices on their website.

Cool Zoo (currently closed)

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 (currently closed)

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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9 Comments on "Water Fun on the New Orleans Northshore"

  1. There is another splash pad in Covington. My kids and I visited it last summer, here is a link to the park’s web page. http://www.coquillerecreation.com/ It’s really cute with huge colorful flowers!

  2. Fun! Thanks for the info! There’s also a splash pad in Pearl River.

  3. From what I understand the splash pad at fountain blue state park us not in operation and hasn’t been for the last two years.

    • Thank you Patricia! This post was written last year and will be updated later this month. I’ll be sure to reflect that information when it is updated.

  4. Robert Waldron | June 10, 2017 at 9:12 pm | Reply

    For Abita Springs and other NorthShore locales supposed known for their water, this list is a miserable admission of civic failure. Ever gone to cities and towns in Texas? Water parks, lakes, swimming holes, Olympic sized pools, cliff diving, etc. The NorthShore is barely civilized in its accommodation to summer heat. The voters of this place will suffer this summer, and until they grow up.

  5. Cinzia Trobaugh | June 10, 2018 at 11:21 am | Reply

    Thanks for this info!

    I’m in Hammond area. The pool at Zemurry park is gone. They’re expanding the skate park and will encompass that area. I don’t think they plan on opening a replacement. There is a splash area though.

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