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Chalmette National Historical Park

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans, LA
504.589.2133
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Ranked #44 of 166 attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Battlefields
Activities: Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Good news from Chalmette Battlefield----it's now open. It's one of the six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and although... more »
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Denver, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you've been to US National Parks, the poor quality of service and appearance will surprise you. Never seen US military graves in such a mess.

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Seattle WA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

The numerous illustrated signs offer a chance to understand what happened here, as a self-guided tour, partially on foot and partially by car. Even though the visitors center was not open on Mondays, it was still worth it to me to come out and look around. While I was nearly alone mid-afternoon, all of a sudden about 60 tourists came... More

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138 reviews 138 reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

There are two parts to this park - a national cemetery with more than 15,000 graves (more them 6,600 unknown soldiers), and the battlefield where the British and newly independent Americans squared off in the War of 1812. This was, in fact, the last battle of that war and took place in 1815. Unfortunately, the visitor's center is oen Tuesday... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We stopped at Chalmette with a riverboat cruise. Unless you have time to visit the cemetery - we did not - the rest of the park is really underwhelming. I enjoyed the presentation about the history by one of the rangers, but the place itself doesn't offer much to see.

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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32 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Immense area that just sort of sneaks up on you as you are driving through St. Bernard's Parish. This was dedicated to a huge battle from the war of 1812 that took place on the banks and swamps of the Mississippi. There is a an historic house on the site as well as a visitor center that is open during... More

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

My ancestor fought for the United States as a Tennessee Volunteer on this battlefield, so I dearly wanted to see the site. There's a automobile accessable road which circles the battlefield, from which numerous markers can be read. In fact, I found the marker of the site where my ancestor fought. There is also a wonderful momument and the visitor... More

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Wilton, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This parkland is part of the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve. What an historic battle it was! Of course the land was farmed for about 100 years since the battle so the positioning, ramparts, much of the physical evidence is not available, but there is a great deal of history to be seen in the Visitor center. In... More

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PA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Just about 20 minutes from the Quarter this is a hidden gem for history buffs. Take the ride and explore. You will not be sorry that you did.

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San Antonio, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

My family enjoyed our trip to the National Park. The Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans was taking place. So there was plenty of re-enactments, and activities for the family to enjoy. The Park Rangers where very informational also. A must see sit in New Orleans for families.

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Florida
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5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

History buffs...a must see while in New Orleans. We happened on the day that they were having demonstrations and the mansion was decorated on the inside with three different time periods. Nicely done! Thank you historical portrayers, well done! Be sure and visit the National Cemetery next to the Park. You will need to access it from the main road... More

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