What to do and see in Mandeville, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 26, 2018 Toi Mattera

Mandeville is a small city in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,560 at the 2010 census. Mandeville is located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, south of Interstate 12. It is across the lake from the city of New Orleans and its southshore suburbs. It is part of the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner metropolitan area.
Restaurants in Mandeville

1. Fontainebleau State Park

67825 Highway 190, Mandeville, LA 70448 +1 985-624-4443
Excellent
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4 based on 273 reviews

Fontainebleau State Park

Reviewed By Pamela Cazes T - Houston, Texas

My review focuses on the state owned/operated cabins overlooking the lake. We visit Mandeville once a year to bicycle on the Tammany Trace trails which pass through Fountainbleu State Park. We recently noticed the rental cabins and decided to give them a try instead of staying in a hotel in Mandeville.

We found the cabins to be well equipped and comfortable. Each cabin has two bedrooms, 1 bath, a kitchen, a living room and a porch (or two) with rocking chairs. However, it is the location that is most appealing. Watching the sun set from the cabin is a nice way to end the day. It was nice having the kitchen for breakfast preparation. We sampled nearby restaurants on some evening and cooked in on other evenings. Staying in the cabins five nights allowed time to enjoy bicycling and the neighboring communities (Mandeville, Covington, Abita Springs, Lacombe, etc.) was the perfect amount of time. It reminded me of the simple pleasures of my southern childhood. We have already made reservations for another stay.

2. Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center

675 Lafitte St, Mandeville, LA 70448-5264 +1 985-624-3147
Excellent
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center

Reviewed By Gerald H - Norton Shores, Michigan

This trail goes in for over 20 miles. Paved, smooth and nearly flat in either direction; at least for the portion from Mandeville and going east. Groomed along the trail edges . Well marked. Beautiful scenery. Water and woods. Squirrels, deer, cardinals and other birds. Watched for gators and snakes , but no worries, saw none. Not overly busy trail, but very much cyclists outnumbered all others. Fine to walk or run on it, though and I experienced no close calls.

3. Northlake Nature Center

23135 Highway 190, Mandeville, LA 70448-7348
Excellent
55%
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33%
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Northlake Nature Center

Reviewed By Pat P - Abita Springs, Louisiana

Nice little place to take a stroll my rating would be higher but this was not the best time of the year to go for the scenery. It ii open for hiking but allows pets and bikes. It was much improved from my last visit some 15 years ago but would undoubtedly be nicer when the foliage is in bloom. Try it late spring or now if you just want to go for a short hike.

4. Chafunkta Brewing Company

21449 Marion Ln, Mandeville, LA 70471-7777 +1 985-869-0716
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Chafunkta Brewing Company

Reviewed By Trip M - Lansing, Michigan

Chafunkta Brewing Company is a sweet small brewery in Mandeville, LA. My visit was quick as I was just passing through the area. I sampled their IPA and was totally impressed with quality. It was amazing! I will be back.

5. Seven Sisters Live Oak

Fountain St., Mandeville, LA
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

Seven Sisters Live Oak

Reviewed By Cyndi W - New Orleans, Louisiana

Amazing Huge old oak tree that sits in the front yard of a private residence. So view the tree with respect for the owners Because the tree is very close to their home.

6. Children's Museum of St. Tammany

21404 Koop Dr, Mandeville, LA 70471-7506 +1 985-888-1555
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5 based on 2 reviews

Children's Museum of St. Tammany

A place where children learn and discover through the power of play.

Reviewed By Kristi J - New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

This is a great place for children of all ages to learn and play! It just opened in 2018.

Although the space inside is a bit small, every inch is packed with fun, interactive activities. The Art area is especially fun. My kids LOVE the rock climbing wall (and it wore them out!). I was pleasantly surprised that my 3 year old granddaughter loved this museum...but so did my 10 and 12 year old grandsons! Wonderful, friendly, helpful, knowledgable staff/volunteers who obviously love to be at the museum

Don't forget to visit the outside, where there is a "build your own roller coaster" and an archaeology pit. They also offer indoor and outdoor birthday parties. I attended an indoor party, and it was spectacular!

A few things to keep in mind before you visit: Admission is $7 per person for anyone over the age of 12 months. Although they are located near the Parish Gov't Center, they are not funded by the STP gov't....CMST completely relies on revenue and private donations.

Since the space inside is a bit small, they ask that strollers be "parked" in designated stroller parking outside....but don't fret, there are cameras that watch the area. Smaller kids can crawl around in certain areas that are designed for little kids. If you have a baby that's not mobile yet, bring a baby carrier.

Currently, CMST is trying to raise enough funds to build a larger museum. The current one is so great...can't wait to see what they develop down the line!

Take your kids or grandkids and go! You will have a blast.

7. Eclectic Finds

538 Girod St, Mandeville, LA 70448-5204 +1 985-807-1049
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5 based on 1 reviews

Eclectic Finds is happy to call downtown Olde Mandeville home. One block away from the Trailhead and four blocks from beautiful Lake Pontchartrain, we are in the middle of it all. Settled on Girod St., you can walk, bike or drive to our quaint location. Ample parking is available at Vianne's Tea House, as well as the Trailhead and side street parking on Livingston, as well as in the back

Reviewed By Tiffany C

There was music food raffle and even the mayor was there. Plenty to see from local art rare antiques fun mid century and gifts.

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