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Chalmette National Historical Park

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans, LA
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Ranked #43 of 172 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
16 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

The Ranger talk was excellent; my 16 year old son was riveted! Visitor center films are engaging and interesting.

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Mobile, Alabama
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67 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very well kept grounds with easy access to the cemetery and battlefield. The welcome center is a newer building with a small display of items inside. The best part of the visit was climbing the monument to the top to look out. It was a pleasant surprise that the buildings and monument were accessible.

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Mamou, Louisiana
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80 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Nice battlefield site. Very educational and informative. Lovely setting. Would certainly recommend to anyone interested in history.

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43 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

If you enjoy history and want to learn more about the War of 1812, Andrew Jackson, Jean Lafitte and envision the Battle of New Orleans this is the place to visit. Very large park like setting with visitors center and a towering monument with 126 steps to a small enclosed viewing area. Great exercise but view only fair. Spend your... More

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Louisville, KY
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25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This was a very educational stop. I learned more than I thought I would about the battle of New Orleans. Beautiful outdoor walking path with information on what happened at that site. Connected to a peaceful National Cemetary. I am not a war buff but found this area interesting.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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42 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This is a much bigger park than I expected. However, I assume with budget cuts, there isn't much narration so you have to figure it out on your own. Me, being an amateur historian, enjoyed it anyway. I knew about Andrew Jackson, the Tennessee Volunteers and most of the Jean Lafitte story. There was one kid dressed in authentic garb... More

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North Port
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10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

Took the creole queen to the park. It was Memorial Day and fortunately they had a volunteer dressed as a British soldier to describe the battle. Rangers are not there on Monday and we would not have gotten a good feel for the area without a guide.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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67 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

National Park site located to the southeast of downtown New Orleans right next to the Mississippi River. It's the site of one of the most critical moments during the War of 1812 when men of all professions and allegiances came together to repel the British army while the US teetered on the brink of losing the war. Check website for... More

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Pensacola, Florida
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

In the midst of ship repairs and industrial areas of Chalmette is this National Park. The battle field is essentially a grassy field with a driving tour with markers describing the events of the battle. The adjoining cemetery is interesting but we didn't spend too much time walking around it. The visitor's center is terrific. Their displays and movies are... More

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