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Ponchatoula is a small town in Tangipahoa Parish, southeast Louisiana that is known as the Strawberry Capital of the World. It has a population of approximately 5,000 residents. Ponchatoula is an old city and its name is derived from the name from the Choctaw Indian language meaning hair to hang because of the abundance of Spanish moss on the trees surrounding the area. The town of Ponchatoula has several unique attractions. The old train depot has been converted into the Country Market, a series of booths for local craftsmen and artisans. Next to that is the Art Car, which is a train car that has been turned into an art gallery for local painters. In the same block lives Ole Hardhide, an alligator credited with writing a column in The Ponchatoula Times newspaper. The current Hardhide is the fourth by that name. Other attractions include the Collinswood School Museum, a former one room schoolhouse that now houses artifacts and quilts and the Strawberry Train, which is a steam engine and single car that is set up for children to safely climb onboard and check it out. The Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce office is located on Highway 22 at the railroad tracks and has information on these and other local sights in the area. Ponchatoula is also host to the annual Strawberry Festival and an annual Oktoberfest each October. The Strawberry Festival offers rides, free entertainment, lots of food booths, parades and a kiddie land.

Surrounding areas: Hammond, Louisiana (5.0 mi), Springfield, Louisiana (6.0 mi), Tickfaw, Louisiana (9.9 mi), Madisonville, Louisiana (16.9 mi), Covington, Louisiana (19.9 mi), Mandeville, Louisiana (22.0 mi), Kenner, Louisiana (24.9 mi)

Ponchatoula Vacation Rentals

Ponchatoula Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Microtel Inn & Suites727 West Pine StPonchatoula, LA (985) 370-7378
Days Inn Hammond2150 SW Railroad AveHammond, LA3.1 mi.(985) 419-1000
Best Western Hammond Inn & Suites107 Duo DrHammond, LA3.2 mi.(985) 419-2001
Colonial Inn200 Seale Dr I-10 & Hwy 51Hammond, LA4.8 mi.(985) 345-2953
Comfort Inn110 Westin Oak DrHammond, LA4.8 mi.(985) 429-0120
Cypress Inn3020 Hwy 190 WHammond, LA4.8 mi.(985) 542-8555
Executive Inn2500 Hwy 51 By PassHammond, LA4.8 mi.(985) 542-1000
Hampton Inn-Hammond401 Westin OakHammond, LA4.8 mi.(985) 419-2188
Best Western University Inn46053 N PumaHammond, LA6.6 mi.(985) 345-0003
Comfort Inn1117 W Oak StAmite, LA20.6 mi.(985) 748-5550
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites501 N Hwy 190Covington, LA20.6 mi.(985) 893-3580
Courtyard By Marriott - Covington101 North Park BlvdCovington, LA20.9 mi.(985) 871-0244
Super 8 Motel Covington120 Holiday BlvdCovington, LA21.4 mi.(985) 892-4470
Country Inn & Suites130 Holiday BlvdCovington, LA21.4 mi.(985) 809-0467
Best Western Northpark Inn625 Hwy 190 CovingtonCovington, LA21.4 mi.(985) 892-2681
Hampton Inn Covington/Mandeville68700 Hwy 190 Service RdMandeville, LA23.2 mi.(985) 809-0019
Best Western La Place Inn4289 Main StLaplace, LA24.5 mi.(985) 651-4000
Hampton Inn4288 Hwy 51La Place, LA25.1 mi.(985) 652-5002
Quality Inn Laplace3900 Hwy 51La Place, LA25.1 mi.(985) 652-5544
Days Inn Laplace3912 Hwy 51Laplace, LA25.6 mi.(985) 652-1223

Ponchatoula Weather & Climate

Southeast Louisiana , near the Gulf Coast, has a warm year round climate with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Semi-tropical conditions prevail in most areas of the state, but especially in southeast Louisiana, which is greatly influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. This region experiences over 180 days of sunshine annually and abundant rainfall, often as a spin-off from tropical storms. Snow and ice are rarities in Louisiana. During the summer and fall, tropical storms and hurricanes frequently batter the state, especially along the coast, and can cause severe flooding.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 61°F 38°F 6.30 in. -
February 65°F 41°F 5.61 in. -
March 71°F 47°F 6.10 in. -
April 77°F 53°F 6.35 in. -
May 85°F 62°F 5.66 in. -
June 90°F 68°F 5.69 in. -
July 92°F 71°F 7.22 in. -
August 92°F 70°F 5.42 in. -
September 88°F 66°F 5.37 in. -
October 80°F 54°F 3.85 in. -
November 71°F 46°F 4.65 in. -
December 63°F 40°F 5.75 in. -

Ponchatoula Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hammond Municipal airport (HDC) located about 6 miles north of Ponchatoula in Hammond, Louisiana, the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International airport (MSY) located approximately 32 miles south of Ponchatoula in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Lakefront airport (NEW) located roughly 36 miles southeast of Ponchatoula in New Orleans, Louisiana, Baton Rouge Metro Ryan Field (BTR) located around 42 miles west of Ponchatoula in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Stennis International airport (HSA) located about 59 miles east of Ponchatoula in Bay St Louis, Mississippi, and finally the Houma Terrebonne airport (HUM) located approximately 61 miles south of Ponchatoula in Houma, Louisiana.

Ponchatoula Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Celebration StationMetairieLA33.3 mi.
City Park Carousel GardensNew OrleansLA39.9 mi.
Six Flags New OrleansNew OrleansLA39.9 mi.
Celebration StationBaton RougeLA42.4 mi.
Dixie Landin'Baton RougeLA42.4 mi.
Exchange Club ParkBrookhavenMS79.0 mi.
Fun Time USAGulfportMS80.7 mi.
Water Parks
Blue Bayou Water ParkBaton RougeLA42.4 mi.
Waterland U.S.A.HoumaLA60.4 mi.
Atwood Water ParkMonticelloMS79.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Ironwood Golf CenterHammondLA4.5 mi.
Springview Country ClubRoselandLA22.7 mi.
Abita Springs Golf & Country ClubAbita SpringsLA24.8 mi.
State Parks
Fairview Riverside State ParkLA18.2 mi. 
Fontainebleau State ParkLA25.7 mi. 
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime MuseumMadisonvilleLA17.2 mi.(History)
Louisiana State MuseumNew OrleansLA39.9 mi.(History)
Musee Conti Wax MuseumNew OrleansLA39.9 mi.(History)
Louisiana Children's MuseumNew OrleansLA39.9 mi.(Children's)
DDay MuseumNew OrleansLA39.9 mi.(History)
LSU Museum of Natural ScienceBaton RougeLA42.4 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Aquarium of the AmericasNew OrleansLA39.9 mi.
Audubon Park and Zoological GardenNew OrleansLA39.9 mi.
Greater Baton Rouge ZooBaton RougeLA42.4 mi.

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