Ideally located just an hour from the popular tourist destination of Baton Rouge, Zachary offers visitors a unique blend of small-town charm, delicious Southern food and a variety of interesting attractions. The town was established back in the 1880’s and has a well-preserved historic village which is home to a number of buildings which survived a devastating town fire in 1903. Close to town you will find the Port Hudson National Cemetery, located on the site of an important Civil War battle. There are a number of outdoor attractions including golf at the Copper Mill Golf Course and ATV adventures at the Mudd Pits, a former open-pit mine. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Port Hudson National Cemetery

Port Hudson National Cemetery
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Located on the site of a major Civil War battle, which is recorded as the Siege of Port Hudson, the Port Hudson National Cemetery is the final resting place of at least 4000 men who perished during the battle. After the war the cemetery was extended and eventually became a national cemetery for U.S. veterans. The cemetery retains all its battleground features, and many of the men were simply buried in the trenches where they fell. The historic building which now serves as the administration building was once home to the cemetery caretaker. The cemetery is a peaceful place where visitors are invited to come and pay tribute to all the men who lost their lives pursuing freedom for all.

Port Hudson National Cemetery, 20978 Port Hickey Road, Zachary, LA 70791, Phone: 225-654-1988

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2.Copper Mill Golf, Zachary, Louisiana

Copper Mill Golf, Zachary, Louisiana
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The Copper Mill Golf Course opened in 2004 and has since established a reputation as one of the finest golf courses in Louisiana. Copper Mill Golf Course is a Links course and is somewhat unique in that it features even numbers of Par 3, Par 4 and Par 5 holes on each nine holes. The course has been carefully laid out following the natural landscape and each of the beautifully manicures fairways makes its way through wetlands, marshes and grasslands. There are no fewer than 13 water hazards, which contribute to making this a tricky but very satisfying course to play. After a pleasantly challenging round golfers can enjoy a meal or drink at the Palmetto Grill.

Copper Mill Golf Course, 2001 Coppermill Blvd, Zachary, LA 70791, Phone: 225-658-0656

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3.Planet Beach, Zachary, LA

Planet Beach, Zachary, LA
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Planet Beach is a highly innovative tan and spa concept where most of the treatments are automated. What started over 20 years ago as a conventional tanning salon has gradually morphed into a full-service spa concept where spray tanning has replaced the less-healthy UV-tanning. In addition to leaving with a perfect golden tan, the group has come up with a wonderful range of other spa products aimed at helping customers improve their skin, lose weight and get beach-ready. Indulgent Automated Massages and Auto-Facials are part of the offering as is Red Light Therapy, Full Body Hydration, Oxygen Therapy and Teeth Whitening.

Planet Beach, 4783 Secretary Dr, Zachary, LA 70791, Phone: 225-570-2178

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4.Bistro Byronz, Zachary, Louisiana

Bistro Byronz, Zachary, Louisiana
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Bistro Byronz is your go-to restaurant in Zachary for great Southern bistro-style food and a relaxed atmosphere. The bistro strives to offer customers a comfortable family-friendly place where the community can meet for great food, great conversation and reasonable prices. You will find all your favorite Southern dishes on the menu including classics like their Creole Pot Roast, Fish and Cajun Shrimp, Sesame Crusted Tuna Salad, and fabulous Gumbo. In addition, there is a long list of delicious burgers and sandwiches, all served on freshly baked Byronz bread. Sides include home-fried chips, Corn and Shrimp Soup and Shrimp Remoulade. Remember to save some space for a delicious dessert.

Bistro Byronz, 1901 Highway 190, Mandeville, LA 70448, Phone: 985-951-7595

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5.The Jambalaya Shoppe, Zachary, Louisiana

The Jambalaya Shoppe, Zachary, Louisiana
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The first Jambalaya Shoppe opened in Gonzales LA in the 1990’s, when a desperate financial situation and some inspiration from God caused Cheryl Fontenot to start cooking and selling delicious jambalaya. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength and today there are upward of 20 successful branches. The restaurants serve traditional home-style Jambalaya and other Cajun comfort foods like Po Boys, Gumbo and Crawfish. Sides include corn, potato salad, green beans, green salad and more. You can buy just enough for one hungry tummy or feed a crowd with a large bucket of wholesome deliciousness. You are welcome to dine in or order a takeaway to enjoy at home.

The Jambalaya Shoppe, 19900 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary, LA 70791, Phone: 225-654-4534

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