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Chalmette National Historical Park

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans, LA
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Ranked #52 of 174 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We arrived on the Creole Queen riverboat tour and got to spend an hour looking around which was not enough time. Saw the summer house of Gen P. G. T. Beauregard, huge oak trees, battlefield, cannons, obelisk monument and grounds. There was not enough time for us to see the cemetery on the east side. The house was impressive and... More

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Battle of New Orleans that ended the War of 1812 was here. There's an old plantation house and a vast field and guns to mark the scene. We rode bikes from the French Quarter passing through Bywater and the Lower Ninth to see the cemetery. There was no one here and it seems like people rarely visit this park.

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Columbus, Ga
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The site of the Battle of New Orleans, the final battle of the War of 1812. Be sure to check out the Visitor's Center for some excellent background information.

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284 reviews 284 reviews
81 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

There is a house there, the plantation house, but we suspected most has been reconstructed and it isn't open to the public. The field itself is remarkably small for a place of such significance. The visitor centre was average at best, but the trees were magnificent! Huge. The eagles overhead were hard to photograph, but just their presence did add... More

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Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Good place to visit if you like history or want to learn more about the Battle of New Orleans and War of 1812. Nice visitor center which breaks down the battle and once done inside, there is an easy loop drive with different points of interest to stop at around the battlefield. Can also climb to the top of the... More

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San Diego
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

We arrived only minutes before the park closed. Would have been nice to have had more time but we were able to get some decent photographs (without the sights of industry in the distance that is).

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McDonough, Georgia
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39 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We were able to visit here when we took the creole queen paddle boat ride. We got off the boat and had an hour or so to tour this place. There was a tour guide who knew his stuff and had a lot to say about the battle of NOLA.

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We took a paddle boat to the Chalmette National History Park. We knew there wouldn't be anyone there to show us around and it was a "self-tour." When the boat docked we were informed to stay to the left, and not try to go to the cemetery. That left a house, some fields, and a few signs to read. It... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I love this part of history! I have long heard Johnny Horton's song 'the battle of new orleans' this park gives me a new light for the song. Amazing time we spent on the battlefield of the last major battle in out war for freedom.

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17 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I love how the US National Park Service is so prepared for diverse visitors: there's great interpretive maps and signage, excellent rangers, a very helpful exhibit, and books about the War from a lot of perspectives. It's still regrettable that such a pointless war was fought, and I kind of wish there were a little less, "because of the War... More

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