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Lake Pontchartrain

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Address: New Orleans, LA
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Pretty neat, but in the end it's just a big lake

There isn't a lot to see here, but the size is pretty impressive. Driving over is neat for the first few miles, and then it is just more of the same. Still, it is cool to say... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Tammy D
Stringtown, United States
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Stringtown, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There isn't a lot to see here, but the size is pretty impressive. Driving over is neat for the first few miles, and then it is just more of the same. Still, it is cool to say you have had the experience and it does get you from point A to point B.

Thank Tammy D
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is, by some measures, the longest bridge in the world. It's certainly a scenic way to approach the Big Easy. As I crossed the bridge in the middle of a storm, all I can say is watch where you are driving.

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turlock, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First trip to the Big Easy and had to do the drive over the lake. Not sure where else there's a 24 mile long bridge over a lake. For the $3 toll, it's well worth it.

Thank cpacraig
Stroud, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are from a landlocked state like Oklahoma, Pontchartrain Lake is quite impressive. The 21 mile long bridge used to be the word's longest, and still is quite a wonder. Several miles are completely out of the sight of land. They now only charge a toll to get into the city (southbound), so that they don't have traffic jams... More 

Thank davidball2015
Columbus, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK, brackish. Where fresh water and salt water meet. It's the second largest salt water lake in the country, Stay away from the longest bridge - 41 miles; rebuilt after Katrina. The swamps are a great tour.

Thank Rob S
Oklahoma City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On trip to the gulf, grandson wanted to travel the longest bridge and we did just that. Lake Pontchitrain causeway. It is supposed to be 24 miles long and I think he counted every one of them as we crossed. He was told to see how far we could go until we could no longer see the city of New... More 

Thank shirmart
Glendive, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Taking a drive across the 24 mile causeway (once the world record for longest bridge), gives one a good idea of the immense potential for destruction, which became reality with the Hurricane Katrina event. Still, driving over the causeway and looking out over the water is very serene and relaxing. Loved this brief respite from the craziness of the rest... More 

Thank surfercharlie
High Point
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lake Pontchartrain is huge lake that appears to be becoming a lake front home builders dream with homes that are being built along its edges . It's beautiful area with a amazing long bridge of over 24 miles across the center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great place in New Orleans that is away from all the tourists. They have good restaurants along the lake and some canals. (My personal favorite for seafood is Deanies in Bucktown.) This is where the local people go for a night out. It is quiet and serene. They don't have the crazy bar scene although you can... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

I Don't see the point in driving across unless you have friends or family in Mandeville. I live in mandeville. Bridge itself doesn't have anything to offer except the $3 price tag to cross.

Thank mamachantal

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