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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)
504-589-2636
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Ranked #21 of 172 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Canoeing, Kayaking, Hiking
Traveler Description: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is actually several parks combined under one name.  The park has a big mission -- to tell the... more »
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Acworth, Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A ride on the bayous is a wonderful introduction to Louisiana swampland and its wildlife. On my ride, I saw several alligators, although they were fairly small. In addition, I spotted a blue heron flying from a tree and landing on the bank. I hadn't appreciated how large they are, compared to the herons I seen in different locales. Most... More

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San Diego
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

The Barataria Preserve section of the Jean Lafitte Park is something good that is totally free. The walkways are very well cared for, pity that some idiots spoil the great outdoor environment by leaving trash behind (sorry, just had to be said). Totally worth the drive and a good walk or hike is much better than a boat ride with... More

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Pacifica, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My wife and I hiked here for 2.5 hours. It's fascinating and relatively safe. we had a wonderful time!!!

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Acton, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Took the swamp tour though the bayou, captains are very informative and share a lot of history with you. Got to see a lot of different wild life including the 'gators and some feral hogs! A nice and relaxing way to spend a few hours

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
35 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We went the National Park which is a 30-40 minute drive from downtown, but it was well worth it! We couldn't believe a place like this was still free of charge with all the wildlife. Within minutes of starting out walk from the visitor center, we saw a all snake eating a frog. Not something you see in person every... More

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Seattle, Washington
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78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a review of the Barataria Preserve section of the Jean Lafitte Park (which has six very disparate and geographically sites spread over southern Louisiana). Between us we've probably made 20 trips to New Orleans -- mostly for conferences, occasionally just for vacation. We've visited the NP visitor center in the French Quarter -- but this was our first... More

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Alberta
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We did a swamp tour through the preserve and it's stunningly beautiful. It's everything you've seen in Hollywood moves but more. Take a tour through it, though.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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242 reviews 242 reviews
39 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited two of the six units of this Park. The Chalmette site of the Battle of New Orleans is a must for history buffs. It has a nice visitor center that provides interesting background on this famous battle. Unfortunately for some reason it is closed on Sundays although the grounds are open. We spent an hour here but could... More

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Ft Madison Iowa
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This Is a great stop for anyone visiting the French Quarter, nice information area, a fantastic walking tour, very historically accurate. Also a clean public restroom, which is in short demand in the Quarter. Sign up for the walking tour you won't be disappointed.

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Moline, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We arrived early for a nearby tour of the swamp so we decided to explore the preserve while we waited. The center was closed the day we were there but the bathrooms were open. We took the trail over the swamp. It is very picturesque with many places for photo taking. There is not a railing for most of the... More

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