Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans

4.6
#1 of 30 in Nature in Louisiana
Take in the sights and scenery, including the Space Needle, the Great Wheel, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainer, from atop Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The 100 year-old building was once the tallest on the West Coast and now offers 360-degree views of the Emerald City from 149 m (489 ft) up. Ride up in the old-fashioned elevator and step out into the China Room, where you can see the antiques and carved ceiling that were gifts from Cixi, the Empress of China. Take a seat in the Wishing Chair, said to bring good luck. You can use both indoor and outdoor observation decks; visit on a clear day for the best views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding mountain ranges. A visit to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve represents just the start of the adventure when you use our New Orleans trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Inspect the final resting place for veterans of all branches or wars. Read about the creation and maintaining the grave yard.  more »
  • In a short hike we were able to see snakes, turtles, lizards, enormous bugs, and alligators. The walk along a nice boardwalk made it possible to get near the wildlife without feeling in any kind of da...  more »
  • I’m glad we decided to visit the barataria preserve today! We first stopped at the visitors center where a very helpful lady gave us advice on which trails to take and showed us the map. She said that...  more »
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  • Super fun. Never been to Louisiana so I wanted to see some of the nature they have to offer. This your didn't dissapoint. The guide was friendly and informative and a huge plus was the weather was fantastic. I would highly recommend this tour to any just visiting.
  • Great place to walk after our swamp tour and lunch. We went on a Tuesday, so no guided tour, but still a fun trip. They did have a wildlife bingo sheet that kept my kids engaged and looking around while we walked. We didn't spend a lot of time here, but the path we went on was a boardwalk and it was easy for us to push a stroller. We saw 2 alligators just a few feet off the boardwalk!
  • A great nature hike through the swamp to see snakes, gaters, spiders, lizards, squirrels, and birds in their natural and beautiful swamp habitat...most within striking distance! You don't need to pay for a swamp tour. Park gates close at 5pm, but they actually encourage you to park on the road outside the park and hike after hours. But no way would you catch me on this trail after dark!
  • Awesome tour! Captain Jason was outstanding. Saw lots of Gators and other wildlife. Our guide was a lot of fun and was great at answering all questions.
  • Beautiful area of cypress swamp with lots of alligators, egrets and smaller wildlife such as nutrias, possums, squirrels and snakes. Very easy walking trail in the coqille trail. Wheel chair accessible. Part shell trails and part boardwalks.

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