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Chalmette National Historical Park

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans, LA
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Ranked #48 of 171 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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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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Top Contributor
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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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110 reviews 110 reviews
67 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
80 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
43 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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170 reviews 170 reviews
42 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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