Feed the giraffes and three thousand endangered and exotic animals on nine hundred acres of savanna habitat at Global Wildlife.
Go out on Lake Pontchartrain and photograph bridges while your friends catch fish. Here is a charter company that makes the trip safe (for humans, at least) and entertaining: lakepontchartraincharters.com.
Abita Springs Mystery House
Marvel at the UCM Museum, by John Preble.
The Mystery House is John Preble's collection of kitsch artwork with a sense of humor. He is a artist, musician, and local hero. He has become the de facto leader of of the Abita Springs artist enclave. By his motto, "Be Strange, not a Stranger," he sets the tone for this close-knit community that includes a Sunday art market. The UCM collection is housed in a converted vintage gas station near the entrance of the Tammany Trace Rail to Trail biking and hiking trail. Also just down the street is the Abita Brewery, home of Abita beers and root beer.
Honey Island Swamp Tour
See wildlife, trained alligators, an old wreck of a boat from Katrina, a real bayou shack, and a rusty old elevation bridge with Pearl River Eco Tours.
Guaranteed you will miss the place, the critters, and all the great people you will meet.