How cool is Abita Springs, Louisiana? Well, let me tell you. Abita Springs, a town of about 2500 residents, made the list of 25 Top Coolest Towns in the US.* You can read the article yourself if you want their opinion. I won’t repeat the article here in this space.
However, I think this is a cool town. I live here, so I might be a bit biased. Let me give you my list on what makes Abita Springs a great place.
- Abita Springs has quaint architecture. The town came into its own in the Gilded Age as a place to escape the Yellow Fever epidemics of nearby New Orleans.
- Abita Springs has the St Tammany Trace running through the center of town. The Trace is a bike and pedestrian trail that replaced the train tracks in St. Tammany Parish.
- Abita Springs has two museums. One museum is devoted to the history of the town, and the other is a museum of oddities with things like a stuffed alligator and collections of glass shards.
- Abita Springs has the Push Mow Parade every Mardi Gras. I can’t add anything else to that – it’s just cool.
- Abita Springs has its own Opry. The Abita Springs Opry has six concerts a year in the town hall, dedicated to preserving bluegrass and country music.
- Abita Springs hosts an annual city-wide garage sale every spring. What can beat that? I don’t know, but maybe the beer. . . ?
- Abita Springs is home to Louisiana’s best craft beer. The Abita Brewery sells thousands of barrels of beer and ale across the state and the nation.
*The Matador Network, a digital travel magazine.