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Discover The 5 Best Summer Day Trip Destinations Around Our Communities

May 18, 2023


The temperatures are rising and the sun is shining here in the Waggaman and Covington areas—which means it’s starting to truly feel like summer. At Sunrise Homes, we take pride in building top-quality homes and beautiful communities throughout these areas, and we love that our homeowners get to experience an endless array of activities and entertainment. This is especially true with the arrival of summer, when there's no better time to embark on exciting day trips near your new home community. Whether you reside in Waggaman or Covington, Louisiana, you'll be thrilled to explore the diverse range of destinations that offer the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure and cultural experiences. From breathtaking natural landscapes to historical treasures, we've curated a list of must-visit day trip destinations that are just a stone's throw away from your doorstep. Read below to discover the five best day trips to embark on this summer around our new home communities in Covington and Waggaman. 

1. Fontainebleau State Park

Nestled on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain near Covington in St. Tammany Parish, Fontainebleau State Park offers a serene escape from the bustling city life. Spend a day picnicking under the ancient live oaks, hiking along scenic trails or simply unwinding on the sandy beach. With abundant wildlife, picturesque views and historical significance—this state park is a true gem and makes for a perfect, convenient day trip for the entire family to take this summer.

2. Global Wildlife Center

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, take a short drive to Folsom, LA to find the highly-regarded Global Wildlife Center. Get up close and personal with over 4,000 exotic, free-roaming animals from around the world—and you can even take a guided safari tour through the expansive grounds and interact with giraffes, zebras, kangaroos and more. It's a unique adventure that the whole family will cherish, so make this summer break one to remember at the Global Wildlife Center! 

3. Barataria Preserve

Just outside of Waggaman in Jefferson Parish, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Louisiana's swamplands and marshes at Barataria Preserve. This picturesque nature reserve offers an abundance of hiking trails, boardwalks and canoeing opportunities for people of all ages. Discover the rich biodiversity, spot alligators, herons and turtles—and learn about the area's unique ecosystem this summer on over 26,000 acres of stunning wetlands.

4. National WWII Museum 

Delve into the rich history of World War II at the renowned National WWII Museum in New Orleans this summer. Just a short drive from Waggaman and Covington, this extraordinary museum offers a captivating and immersive experience. Explore interactive exhibits, personal testimonies and artifacts that shed light on the heroic sacrifices and pivotal moments of the war. From the D-Day invasion to the Pacific Theater, the museum provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking journey through one of the most significant chapters in human history. Gain a deeper understanding of the war's impact and honor the brave men and women who served their country. The National WWII Museum is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and anyone seeking a profound educational experience. 

5. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

Located in the heart of New Orleans, the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is a captivating destination for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Explore a mesmerizing world of colorful butterflies, exotic insects and interactive exhibits. Discover the incredible diversity of insects, get a chance to hold a tarantula, and learn about the vital role they play in our ecosystem. Plus, while you’re in the city, admire the history of New Orleans and take advantage of all the spectacular food options! 

Enjoy your summer with Sunrise Homes

Our team at Sunrise Homes is beyond proud to build in the vibrant areas of Waggaman and Covington, Louisiana—where our homeowners have access to a wealth of day trip destinations within easy reach. From the tranquility of Fontainebleau State Park to the adventure of the Global Wildlife Center, each destination offers a unique experience that will create lasting memories. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the natural beauty, history and culture that surround our communities—grab your family and friends and embark on a summer filled with exciting day trips to these wonderful destinations. 

If you’re in the market for a new home in Covington or Waggaman, be sure to browse through our new home communities and available homes, and don’t hesitate to give us a call today at (985) 649- 5002 or contact us online at any time.


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