Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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Explore the rich history and unique ecology of Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta region at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The national park encompasses Chalmette Battlefield, site of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, as well as a 9,307 hectare (23,000 acre) wetland preserve, an Acadian culture center, and more. Head to Chalmette to tour the battlefield and learn more about the battle's influence on United States history, then stop by the Barataria Preserve to walk above the bayous via boardwalks and trails (call ahead to reserve your place on the walking tour). Learn more about the Cajun people who originally settled the area at the cultural center, where entrance is free. Check the website for more information and details regarding the other points of interest within the park. 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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  • An absolutely wonderful place to visit. The visitor's centre has a great exhibit about the swamp, the creatures in it and its human history. I went on the morning tour down the boardwalk with one of....  more
    An absolutely wonderful place to visit. The visitor's centre has a great exhibit about the swamp, the creatures in it and its human history. I went on the morning tour down the boardwalk with one of....  more »
  • I’m so happy we stopped here for a quick hike after our airboat ride. It’s a great way to see the swampland and we even saw a gator up close (this seemed so much more fun since we came across it on... 
    I’m so happy we stopped here for a quick hike after our airboat ride. It’s a great way to see the swampland and we even saw a gator up close (this seemed so much more fun since we came across it on...  more »
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  • My first time seeing alligators in their natural habitat. Within the first 30 minutes of walking the boardwalk I located an alligator. I saw 2 alligators and several snakes and tiny little lizards. The scenery was beautiful. I love to travel and only had plans of seeing a music festival in Memphis and decided I really wanted to see Louisiana. So happy!
  • Beautiful and surprisingly wild, convenient to Nola. Trails maintenence is good, rangers are friendly with useful advice. Take a hat/parasol and WATER with you. Lots of opportunities to sight wildlife-- many birds, interesting insects, lizards large and small (yes, alligators). The displays in the visitor's center are interesting, especially water/storms/coastlines.

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