DescriptionIn the early 20th century, Abita Springs became a popular summer resort for residents of New Orleans, who enjoyed sipping artesian water from a free-flowing spring shaded by a massive, two-story octagonal pavilion. Built for the 1884 New Orleans Cotton Centennial Exposition, the pavilion is in Abita Springs Park, located beside the Abita River at 22049 Main St. Also on the grounds is the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum, which offers exhibits about the town’s heritage; phone (985) 871-5327.
In the 1980s another potable put the tiny town back on the map. You can sample Abita Brewing Co. beer at the Abita Brew Pub (72011 Holly St.). Although Abita now produces its beers in Covington, the company's original brewing and bottling facility has been made over into a restaurant/bar. The downtown hangout offers stunning views of the Tammany Trace, a 31-mile recreation path running from Covington to Slidell.
Dedicated to preserving and presenting Louisiana “roots” music, The Abita Springs Opry performs six times a year at the Abita Springs Town Hall (22161 Level St.). The live concerts take place March through May and September through November; phone (985) 892-0711.
Things to SeeAbita Mystery House at the UCM Museum