Destination guide

Southern charm in swamp-shrouded Slidell

The waterways of the Pearl River and the rolling wetlands of the Big Branch Marsh wiggle and squiggle their way all around little Slidell, encasing the town in a patchwork of misty bayous and swamps. Sleepy Slidell itself is a picture of a lived-in Louisianan town, where workaday vibes and Southern charm abounds along the willow-topped rivers and between the hickory-scented BBQ joints. Slidell vacation rentals not only offer a great place to stay on the outskirts of buzzing New Orleans, but also a chance to immerse yourself in the quagmires and everglades where bald eagles and snapping alligators lurk in the mire.

Things to do

Smoking rockets and Slidell swamp tours

Slidell's surroundings are its main draw, as they spread out to the waters of Lake Pontchartrain and the marshes of the Old Pearl River. To the west, the much-photographed Honey Island Swamp is the place to go for boat tours through the famous Louisiana bayous – crane your neck upwards to see the dropping willows and look to the undergrowth for creeping armadillos and skulking alligators. For something a little more out-of-this-world, you could opt to hop across the state border to Mississippi's INFINITY Science Center, where tales of space exploration and rocket launches unravel.


Bayous and boating lakes in Slidell

No trip to this corner of America's Deep South could possibly be complete without at least a short jaunt through the swaying bayous and the mist-filled riverways the region is so famous for. Slidell vacation rentals make the perfect base for doing just that, with nearby boating and biking outfitters offering intrepid excursions into the surrounding swamps and lakes. And once you're done spotting gators and eagles and the fabled Honey Island Swamp monster, you can hit the rollicking honky-tonk bars of Slidell's center, or go for some big-band jazz in the nearby French Quarter of New Orleans.


Vacationers flock to Slidell in the winter and spring

Slidell and all of southern Louisiana is known for its sub-tropical climate, which means heavy airs of humidity and relatively warm temperatures for most of the year. However, when Slidell's at its hottest, during the summer from June to late-September, the hurricane belt rips through this corner of the continent, often causing strong tropical storms and twisters. That means most will come to enjoy the po-boy subs and gumbo in the winter and spring, when the weather's good, Mardi Gras rocks the streets, and jazz festivals erupt all over nearby New Orleans.

Natural features

Meeting gators and muskrats in the swamps

If there's one environment that defines Slidell, it’s the swamp. Nestled in the heartland of the Louisiana bayous, the town is encompassed by the rolling marshes and winding waterways of the Pearl River, the endless morass around Honey Island, and the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. All of that means Slidell vacation rentals are the perfect place from which to launch explorations into this wild corner of America, where muskrats and otters, armadillos and bald eagles all compete with gators and bobcats in the flooded forests along the Louisiana shores.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Slidell

The nearest airport is in New Orleans, LA (MSY-Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl.), located 34.7 mi (55.9 km) from the city center.

If you're traveling by train, the main station serving the city is Slidell Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Slidell?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 79 vacation rentals near Slidell. From 58 Houses to 5 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Slidell for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Slidell?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Slidell:

  • French Quarter: 1,138 vacation rentals
  • Downtown CBD: 1,217 vacation rentals
  • Bourbon Street: 1,044 vacation rentals
  • Garden District: 362 vacation rentals
  • Marigny: 517 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Slidell?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Slidell. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Slidell Station: 106 vacation rentals
  • Pinewood Country Club: 97 vacation rentals
  • Bayou Country General Store: 116 vacation rentals
  • Harrah's New Orleans Casino: 2,733 vacation rentals
  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center: 2,737 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Slidell listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Slidell?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 58 Houses in Slidell. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Slidell include:

  • Cottages: 5 rentals available
  • Cabins: 5 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 5 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Slidell?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 13 vacation rentals with pool available in Slidell. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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