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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Address: 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)
Phone Number: 504-589-2636
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Ranked #15 of 190 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Canoeing, Viewing wildlife, Kayaking, Hiking
Owner description: Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant...
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Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Canoeing, Viewing wildlife, Kayaking, Hiking
Hours:
Mon - Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
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Chicago
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

The last significant battle of the War of 1812 was won by President-to-be Andrew Jackson, and there is a wonderful self-guided walking plus driving tour which explains the strategies and strategems. We had hoped to take the Paddleboat Trip but the boat(s) were in drydock in preparation for the Mardi Gras crowds, and we accessed it by rental car. The... More 

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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We have visit the park several times, the first was on a paddle wheeler excursion...the park rangers are all very knowledgeable about the battle of New Orleans and a guided tour is a must...we just returned from a trip specifically to visit during the 200 anniversary of the Battle....great trip..

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Miami, Fl
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

My dad and I spent a full day exploring the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte as I love visiting National Parks and hiking. Although there isn't much "hiking" here since the terrain is so flat, there are plenty of trails to choose from and the scenery is beautiful and changes as you move from one ecosystem to the next. We... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

THe park is beautiful!! The hike is very easy and you walk on a boardwalk just above the swamp. You can walk through several ecosystems from saw palmetto thickets to a large flotant. Signs along the way are educational as are the displays in the visitor center. The park rangers were knowledgeable and friendly. They was an activity sheet and... More 

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California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
35 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Rangers take groups out daily to impart a bit of history for people who get there in time for the outing. Go early because they are popular and latecomers get turned away.

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We took one of the tour groups (Airboat Adventures) and our guide was so knowledgeable- they picked us up at the hotel and entertained us for a morning, Seeing the back parts of the swamp. Well worth it!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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57 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We enjoyed a 2 mile walk on the boardwalk through the marsh and swamp. We photographed. A raccoon, nutria( first thought it was a swamp rat). It was a whole family with 3 babies. We also photographed a white egret and a blue heron. Definitely a great easy walk. Walk 1 mile and 1 mile back. Or walk as far... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

If you have a car a visit to the Barataria park is well worth the drive. We walked along the boardwalk and gravel trails in the park one cold afternoon and it was just beautiful. No alligators but it was pretty cold the day we were there. We could hear the airboats out on the swamps but were glad we... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Having been stuck in the car and in the city for a few days, we thoroughly enjoyed a hike through this park. At the visitor centre, the staff were very lovely. They were happy to talk and give information regarding what was available at the park and at the centre. We were able to watch a video about the area... More 

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Blackduck, Minnesota
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Been here about three times - going to be taking our son and his family there soon. Great time - seeing the wild life, plants and just love the Spanish moss. Can't wait for our grand child to experience the wild life that this swamp offers.

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