Family Fun in Tangipahoa Parish

Day 1:

Your family friendly adventure in Tangipahoa Parish starts by taking a trip on the wild side at Global Wildlife. You’ll come eye to eye with giraffes, count the stripes on zebras, hop along with kangaroos, and wiggle the camel’s hump on this 1.5 hour wagon tour; where the King David deer AND the buffalo roam.

Next, take a step back in time at the best festival in history – the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. This 16th Century themed park boasts a dozen stages and 50+ shows per day! Live demonstrations, interactive entertainment, shopping, themed weekends, and food options galore make this a yearly must-stop. Open every weekend in November and the first two weekends in December, the Ren Fest is an epic adventure. Grab a giant turkey leg for lunch before boarding the horse drawn carriage taxi back to your car.

Time to wet your whistle! Taste a flight, take a tour, and discover why Hammond’s grooviest spot, Gnarly Barley, has quickly become one of the fastest growing breweries in the US. Kid and dog friendly, this local favorite offers weekend tours, games for all ages, live entertainment, and fun weekend events.

Got dinner on your mind? Make your way to Downtown Hammond, home to 46 locally owned restaurants, to feed your inner foodie. Tantalize your taste buds with Italian, Asian, Seafood, Cajun, Mexican, French fusion, or good ole American cuisine.

Head back for sweet dreams at a local hotel, campground, or B&B to get ready for Day 2!


Day 2:

Rise and shine - it’s pumpkin picking time at Mrs. Heather’s Pumpkin Patch or Liuzza Land! Visitors of all ages will love learning about Tangipahoa Parish’s booming agricultural industry while getting down and dirty.

America’s Antique City of Ponchatoula is a sweet choice for shopping and an early lunch stop. Affectionately known as the Strawberry Capital of Louisiana, be sure to snap a selfie in front of the Big Berry before grabbing a bite at Roux & Brew, Ristorante Foodies, La Carreta, Paul’s Café or Berrytown Corner Café. Stroll leisurely through the antiques, boutiques, and uniques to find your perfect souvenir.

Culture and heritage are up next! Visit our 7 museums (African American Heritage, Camp Moore, Children’s Discovery Center, Collinswood & USS Ponchatoula Memorial, Independence Italian Cultural, Kentwood Cultural/Britney Spears, and Louisiana Treasures) and discover how this region’s ancestry is a little different than most of Louisiana. Hint – Tangipahoa Parish was not included in the original Louisiana Purchase.

Next, wander off the beaten path at the Joyce Wildlife Swamp Walk while making your way to the popular fishing village of Manchac for dinner. View the boats of all shapes and sizes and stunning sunsets from the deck of Middendorf’s restaurant. Check out the historic timeline that wraps around the lobby and be sure to ask why they’ve been with us through thick and thin for 85 years.

Wrap up your evening with a live performance at the renovated Columbia Theatre, create your own masterpiece at Painting with a Twist, or view the current art exhibit at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.

The adventures are endless in Tangipahoa Parish! Customize your voyage with these seasonal fairs, festivals, events, and activities: tangitourism.com

* Lagniappe (A little something extra) While wandering all around, be on the lookout for the hidden treasures spotted throughout the region. The Louisiana Quilt Trail features 100+ 4’ x 6’ hand-painted works of art that are displayed on businesses, homes, governmental buildings, tourism visitor centers, and even in the middle of fields.