Slidell, Louisiana is named and recognized by locals as the Camellia City, and they live up to that name fully by planting the beautiful Camellia flower everywhere they can all over the city. Being right across the lake from New Orleans brings tourists to town and businesses are on the rise. Regardless of the economy, Slidell also has a bunch of fun things for you to do with Fido while you are in town because they have more than 6,000 dogs living there and locals love to experience the outdoors with Fido.
Let your furbaby stretch those legs at the Slidell Dog Park on Howze Beach Road where he can run leashless with the other dogs. Inside the park, there is some exercise and agility equipment where you can see how good your pup is at the tunnel or the seesaw ramp. A splash pad, water fountains and benches are also included in the park for you and your little buddy to enjoy.
If you want to hike, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge has more than 18,000 acres of coastal marsh and pine forest wetlands. You will need to be careful while hiking in Big Branch because there are alligators along the shore of the lake. You can also spot pelicans, coons, mink, otter, deer, and even a wild hog. The trails are fairly easy for any hiker, just bring some water and wear adequate clothing and shoes.
Mandeville is less than 30 minutes from Slidell, Louisiana. With two dog parks to choose from, Mandeville has something for everyone! With pathways, large grassy fields, and sitting areas, the local dog parks are extremely popular destinations for dog-lovers. On top of that, Waterfront Park offers a direct entrance to the harbor of Lake Pontchartrain. Waterfront also supplies poop bags for doggies and playground equipment for any children. Waterfront Park is free to use all hours, and has free parking as well. The other park has fenced areas for your pooch to play off-leash and kiddy pools for cooling off.
Just 25 minutes from Slidell, Waveland provides a dog-friendly seaside oasis. Waveland is home to a rarely discovered dog beach goldmine. With its alluring white sand and shallow water, your dog is more than welcome to frolic along the shoreline with you. If you are looking for a beach that is less crowded to bring Fido to, then your search is over! The miles of sandy terrain offers a unique opportunity for a new adventure with your very best friend. The gentle waves make playing in the water safe and fun for everyone. So come out and enjoy the sweet sunshine rays with your precious furry-friend!
Covington is a 30-minute commute from Slidell. If you are interested in a smaller and quieter park, then Pretty Acres is definitely a park to consider taking your pooch to. This quaint little park offers grassy fields for your dog to romp and play with fellow dog friends, while maintaining safety by fences. Paved walkways also flow throughout the park for you to exercise with your best fur friend on-leash. To top it off, a small pond is within park bounds for water-loving dogs to enjoy. But don't worry, dog parents; hoses are available too for cleaning muddy doggos.
Only 35 minutes from Slidell, New Orleans has numerous dog friendly activities to do with Fido – need we say more? With 5 parks, or barks as some say, and a hiking trail to choose from, the hardest decision you should make here is where to go next. All parks offer luxuries such as fenced separated areas for big and small dogs, walking paths, agility equipment, seating, and fountains for both two-legged and four-legged friends; however, Crescent Park offers an interesting fenced-in “dog-run” area for your pup to test out. New Orleans also allows pets in the French Quarter for the local markets and live music, and also on the Algiers Ferry – free to use for all pedestrians (including pup-pedestrians) and a dollar per car. To provide even more reasons to visit New Orleans with Fido, local ghost tours allow you to bring your fur-friend too!
Less than 40 minutes from Slidell, Metairie is a beautiful dog-friendly city that houses 2 dog parks. One of the local dog parks has a Facebook group called Friends of Bonnabel Park – totally check it out before heading there! Although the parks tend to be smaller, the beautiful location makes up for it! The parks are fully fenced, so you don’t have to worry about letting your dog off-leash. Agility equipment is also graciously provided by the park for extra mental stimulation for Fido and obedience training too! Whether you are in the mood for a gentle stroll along the walkways, a few games of ball, or a place for great obedience training, Metairie has the perfect park for your pooch.