Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans

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National Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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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  • A good one-stop-shop to get a good overview of the history of the area and the battle of New Orleans.  more »
  • Visiting during holiday vacation and took an airboat ride ride with airboatADV. Our guide RANDY was the absolute best. Masks must be worn. What a thrill. Got to hold a baby gator. Saw very little...  more »
  • Good tour. We saw several alligators very close to the boat and got some great pictures. At the end of the tour, we even got to hold a small one and get a picture with it. Our captain provided lots of good information along the way.
  • Awesome! Fun, peaceful ride in the bayou. Jason was an awesome guide. Funny, knowledgeable. Saw quite a few alligators. Got to hold one. Definitely recommend Jean Lafitte tours!

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