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Chalmette National Historical Park

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Address: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number: 504.589.2133
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking
Description: This is where Andrew Jackson and his troops fought the Battle of New...
This is where Andrew Jackson and his troops fought the Battle of New Orleans, which was bloody and decisively ended the war of 1812. Closed due to damage suffered in Hurricane Katrina.
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Enjoyable drive around the park

Unfortunately for me, I was there on a day the Visitors' Center was closed. However, I had previously read a brochure, so I knew the history of the battlefield and its importance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Columbus, Ohio
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We stopped to visit, but it was closed at 5:00. There were no signs that stated if you could walk the area or not after hours, but we could see people meandering the site. Weren't sure, so we left.

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North Bend, WA
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We visited this Historical park for two reasons. We wanted to get a stamp in our National Parks Passport book but I just had to visit the place that Johnny Horton's song was all about. I was raised on that song and know all of the words. It is located not far from New Orleans and appears to be a... More 

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Temple, Texas
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101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

If you drive, or take the Creole Queen Riverboat, this park is full of history, and will only take an hour to fully enjoy

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Pensacola, Florida
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Consider that this review is written by a history buff. I recently read "Patriotic Fire" by Winston Groom before our visit. It is an accurate account of the battle, the men, and the events that lead up to the battle. I think a bit of background will add to your enjoyment of the park, and the appreciation of the enormity... More 

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Jefferson, Louisiana
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Excellent US National Park a short drive out of New Orleans. Great information center displays and knowledgeable rangers. Walk to the plantation house and the actual battlefield site. Adjacent cemetery is also worth a look. Picnic area available and clean restrooms. 100 ft. obelisk is open for ascents on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 to 3 pm. Open Tuesdays through... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Unfortunately for me, I was there on a day the Visitors' Center was closed. However, I had previously read a brochure, so I knew the history of the battlefield and its importance to our country's history. It was nice to walk and drive around. It was amazing to see the ramparts from that war still standing.

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Malibu, California
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62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A very nice layout on the Mississippi River. Monuments, cannons and historical structures give this site a good appeal factor. Lots of memorabilia can be found at main building which also houses some great exhibits. You also have the option of driving your car around the grounds and that looked like a lot of fun but we had taken the... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida, United States
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35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Read a little history and watch a film or video before you go (it is not really that painful). That will help you understand what happened here. The visitor center provides guidance. But actually walking along the earthen battlements hastily thrown up along a 'drainage ditch' (my interpretation) will give you a sense of history and a real feel for... More 

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Mansfield, Texas
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90 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We took the Cajun Queen paddleboat historical tour, which made a 1 hour stop at this historical park. We had a tour guide on the ship who also carried on an explanation of the history of the park, but we were more interested in exploring on our own. As a historical battlefield site, it's well preserved, but nothing worth driving... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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52 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Chalmette National Park is the site of the Battle of New Orleans. Every January there is a reenactment that takes place with several demonstrations for the public to see.

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