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Water Fun on the New Orleans Northshore

Water Fun on the New Orleans Northshore

This post has been updated for 2021. Please leave us a note if you see something that needs correcting.

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.

Bogue Chitto State Park

Louisiana State Parks’ water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the facilities will be closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance.

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 Saturday and Sunday 9AM-7PM and Monday-Friday 10AM-6PM

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. Louisiana State Parks’ water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays from 8AM to 8PM. Facilities are closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance.

Admission is $3/person

Heritage Park (opens Memorial Day weekend)

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

Martin Luther King Park

600 Martin Luther King Drive, Hammond

Small playground and splash pad. Large grassy areas for sports.

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.

Pools

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).

Slidell Community Pool

801 Cousin Street

Pool is open in the summer Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-6PM. Admission is $1/person.

Beaches

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.

Picture of the beach at east Lakefront children's park in mandeville, LA

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

Aqua PARDS (Opens every day on May 24th. Currently open on weekends)

See Also

30372 Eden Church Rd, Denham Springs

A smaller water park operated by the Denham Springs Recreation Department. See their website for more info.

Blue Bayou Dixie Landin’ (opens May 22nd, 2021)

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.

The calm before the waves!

Buccaneer Bay (opens May 29th, 2021)

1150 South Beach Road

Located on the Mississippi Gulf coast, this State Park includes a wave pool, some slides, and a small kid’s pool for the tiniest of visitors. Read our article on Buccaneer Bay right here.

Cool Zoo (opens June 16th, 2021)

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 (open the weekend of May 22nd and then daily starting May 26th)

17200 16th Street, Gulfport

Large seasonal waterpark with slides, rides, and pools.

See our post on Gulf Islands Water Park here.

Kroc Center Biloxi

575 Division Street, Biloxi MS

Small indoor water park in Biloxi, MS operated by the Salvation Army.

Please read out article all about the Kroc Center 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. Hours are Monday-Thursday 10AM-1PM or 2-5PM. Friday-Sunday 10AM-1PM, 2-5PM, and 6-9PM.

Read our post all about Liberty Lagoon here.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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