cityhall report

Retirement Living

Looking for a place to settle down? ... a place where you can enjoy the finer things in life? Covington could be the city for you.

Whether choosing independent living or a retirement community, enjoy a higher quality of living for less. It’s a southern tradition. Downtown housing is plentiful and offers “cottage industry” opportunities and the convenience of a downtown lifestyle. Living downtown makes it easy for residents to walk, shop, dine and play in their own backyard.

Enjoy spending time in the great outdoors? Water sports are big here. Consider fishing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking in one of our scenic rivers or in Lake Pontchartrain, or just relax on the banks. Walkers, joggers, cyclists and skaters enjoy the 31-mile-long Tammany Trace, which runs from Covington to Slidell. Western St. Tammany Parish is also home to several country clubs, health clubs and golf courses. 

Like to garden? You can grow a garden practically year-round in Covington’s mild climate. Be sure to get helpful tips from the downtown feed and seed store. They have been giving out advice for more than 70 years.

Eating fresh and shopping at the local Farmer’s Market are no-brainers. But choosing which health club to join or yoga class to take is another story.

Service opportunities abound here. Volunteers are always welcome at local hospitals, the animal shelter, libraries, schools, clubs and through the Chamber of Commerce.

For those interested in the arts, the St. Tammany Art Association teaches a variety of art classes. Delgado Community College also offers classes in Covington. Master a language, play a cello or learn more about starting a business in your community.

There is no shortage of entertainment here. Playmakers, one of America’s oldest community theaters, presents several theatrical productions each year. The City of Covington hosts numerous events and festivals throughout the year, including free concerts at the Covington Trailhead and Columbia Street Landing. Downtown Art Walks are celebrated every spring and fall with gallery openings and music in the streets. And the juried Three Rivers Art Festival, featuring more than 150 artists from all over the country, draws more than 50,000 visitors to Covington each fall.

Another perk of Covington living is the close proximity to the bustling Big Easy. Just across Lake Pontchartrain, 45 miles south, additional entertainment choices await. New Orleans offers NFL football, NBA and NCAA basketball, the Audubon Zoo, numerous museums, architectural and historic sites, musical venues, Jazz Fest, riverboat rides and world-class cuisine.

Covington is a certified Louisiana Retirement Community. To find out more about what our beautiful city has to offer, email inquiries to