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Historic Abita Springs pavilion

Once a Choctaw Indian village, Abita Spring is now widely recognized for its attractive historic district, shaded sidewalks, friendly restaurants, antique shops, art galleries, country stores, and a quaint folk art museum. Bike riders, walkers, joggers, skaters, and horse back riders make use of the popular Tammany Trace that passes through the center of this small town. Lodging can be found in local B&Bs and area motels. Historic Abita Springs is north of Lake Ponchartrain in the New Orleans North shore area.

Abita Springs

Events
1. The Abita Trailhead Marketplace will begin its First Saturday markets on Feb. 7, 2009. The marketplace will be held at the Abita Trailhead Plaza from 10:00 am - 4pm. There will be a variety of crafts items for sale, such as jewelry, candles, planters, spun glass, homemade breads and jellies, toys, hand sewn items. Hot foods and drinks will be available. From time to time, music and dance groups will be performing. Vendor booths are available for $10 by contacting Kathy Brenner at 985 373 4328.

2. The Push Mow Parade and Party will be held on Saturday, February 14 with the theme "Unfortunate Couplings". Registration is on day of parade on the Town Hall Porch from 8 - 10 am. $ 5 individual, and $25 groups. Coffee and donuts will be sold before the Parade.The Parade begins at 11:00 with Myrtle Leveson as the Grand Marshall, and Benny Grunch as the Captain.There will be several awards for individual and groups for costumes and for "who knows what else....". the Party will begin at Noon in the Town Hall with Benny Grunch and the Bunch performing. Admission $5. Food and drinks - beer, wine, sods, red beans, gumbo, hot dogs- will be sold.

3.The Abita Springs Jazz Brunch II will be held on March 22, at the Abita Quail Farm from Noon - 3. Otis Bazoon Trio will be performing. Admission is $25. Tickets will be available at the Parade Party and at the Town Hall.

  Abita Springs Opry
Old time county music only 1 block from the UCM Museum.  A real Louisiana roots version of Austin City Limits production. 

  Louisiana Bicycle Festival
Come see, exhibit, and ride homebuilt, vintage and custom bicycles. All bicycles types were welcome - yes you can bring your new mountain bike, your new or old racing bike, or the bicycle your grandfather has in is garage. This is a free festival on the Saturday before Father's Day in Abita Springs in late June.

  Mardi Gras Parade Featuring The Krewe of Push Mow
Each year during the Mardi Gras season our parade wanders through Historic Abita Springs. The date of the parade is usually on a Saturday nine days before Mardi Gras Day. It rolls a one mile route in sunlight at 11am.


Gates to an old private residence in the historic district of Abita Springs

Attractions
  The Abita Mystery House in historic Abita Springs. The oldest museum in Abita Springs is a family fun roadside attraction featuring a vintage service station, a 90yr old Louisiana Creole cottage, an exhibition hall of memorabilia, the much photographed House of Shards, and a 32 foot alligator. .

  Pitcher Plant Boardwalk
The boardwalk is approximately 1200 feet long and provides daytime viewing of special wetland habitat types such as scenic longleaf pine savanna and bay head swamp. Trail and boardwalk combined is 0.7 miles long. The habitat types present support numerous rare and uncommon species of animals and plants, such as the yellow pitcher plant, a carnivorous or bug-eating plant, for which the trail is named. This is a free and really fun thing to do with children.

  Money Hill
A new and very nice golf community about a mile from the UCM.  This place is so big that they have set aside land for their own schools.  It used to be a Tung tree farm.  The golf course is new and well maintained.

  Longbranch A very nice restaurant in an old two story house in Abita Springs.  There is ample space under the pines for your limo.

  Tammany Trace  The 31 mile bikeway that runs next to the UCM.  This used to be the old railroad tracks and they were converted to a paved trail for bikes, hikers, and horses,  It goes from Covington to Slidell.  You can rent bikes at the UCM, and other places in Abita Springs.  The Trace is one of the biggest attractions in our Parish.  It's patrolled by special rangers who tell me that they have seen foxes, deer, wild turkeys, swamp rabbits, rattle snakes, water moccasins and other wild animals on the path.  In the 31 miles of the trace, there are also 31 bridges.

  Abita Beer
A popular brewery and a brew pub.  Abita Beer is sold all over the U.S. now.  The brewery offers free tours and are 5 minutes from the UCM.

  Abita Springs Golf & Country Club
About 10 minutes from the UCM

 

Lodging
  Abita Springs Be & Be
A B+B with the slogan "A Quiet Place To Be."  About 10 minutes from the UCM.

 


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