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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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Address: 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone Number: 504-589-2636
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Canoeing, Viewing wildlife, Kayaking, Hiking
Description: Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant...
Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
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The park is only 30 minutes from New Orleans. It is an easy drive heading out of the city across my favorite Crescent City Bridge. There are 2.5 miles of boardwalk that are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
NancyKimberly
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The park is only 30 minutes from New Orleans. It is an easy drive heading out of the city across my favorite Crescent City Bridge. There are 2.5 miles of boardwalk that are closer to the swamp than a swamp tour in a boat. It is beautiful with many hiking trails, an information/store, guided or self tours…. You can get... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Really great local and some "famous locals" play for free on Wednesday evenings starting at 6 pm for a couple of hours. Again real New Orleans flavor.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This is the best way to see everything in it's natural habitat. The gators are amazing. It's like going back to another time. The operators are fun, and knowledgeable. They passed a baby gator around to hold, and take photos with. Very cool!

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Maryland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

What an experience. Great way to get some fresh air when in the city. Easy, flat, wide boardwalk that takes you into the ... well, the swamp. So neat! The Spanish Moss covered trees are so pretty ... the best part ... The gators! They are literally right there. *Nothing is protecting you or there to protect you so use... More 

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Rowlett, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My husband and I visited the Park and took an air boat tour of the swamp. We saw lots of alligators of all sizes, water fowl, huge barges and tug boats. Very interesting and fun!

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Dallas, Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Drove out from the city was a wonderful day hike saw a few alligator's :) def worth the 20 min drive

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Rochester
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a beautiful and peaceful nature walk. The surrounding swamp is full of life. We saw an alligator, several lizards, snakes and birds. Highly recommend this if you are in New Orleans.

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new york
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

New Orleans has a rich and complicated history, but our guide, a Mr. Hall, made it perfectly clear and completely fascinating. My husband absolutely detests guided tours, but he was enthralled and said it was one of his best NOLA experiences.

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Somonauk, Illinois
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Barataria Preserve was awesome! It was a bit further out from New Orleans than I thought it would be and signage to the park was limited. Staff tho not rude, not very helpful either. The trail I went on led to a bridge overlooking the water. I saw a baby alligator from the bridge! The preserve itself was great. I... More 

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Houston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Well, not easy to get to as it is located away from the more convenient areas...staff can be helpful if they feel up to it--sometimes rude. Selection of goods not as good as once was...hard to get tours...bathrooms are ok.

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