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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 #17 of 165 Attractions in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Canoeing, Viewing wildlife, Kayaking, Hiking
Owner description: Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant examples of the natural and...
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Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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English first
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

We had not realized that there were 2 different locations for the Visitors Center. They was interesting displays set up, but unfortunately most of their interactive kiosks were not working. As always, the people were friendly and helpful.

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Los Angeles
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Our family took a swamp tour and it was great fun enjoying the peaceful preserve scenery and finding alligators. The guide was very knowledgeable and even had a couple of baby alligators aboard for us to look and touch.

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Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews 74 reviews
45 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I loved the path we took through the swamp, unfortunately we were dressed for the weather, which was hot and humid. Our clothes would have been fine, but I guess June and July are when the swamp is over run by deer flies that don't care about bug spray or any other repellent. The staff member at the main office... More 

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Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a beautiful part of the state and a very short drive outside NOLA. The little museum there gives you a history of Jean Lafitte and the local restaurants have delicious local food and alligators that walk around the preserve and parking lots. So wonderful to enjoy nature and the local scene and culture.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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119 reviews 119 reviews
61 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I wish these sites were listed separately, think it would be much easier for first timers to figure out. anyway I take the walking tour, every December , when I am in new Orleans. it no longer goes into the French quarter, but up on the water front.. it's always interesting and informative. be there at 9a.m. to pick up... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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164 reviews 164 reviews
103 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We took a tour to visit Jean Lafitte National Park and did it on a boat. Our driver was so much fun: he told us about New Orleans life on the mighty Mississippi river ("everything is about the river in this city!"), about unique burial traditions in New Orleans (a refresher course for us after the Lafayette Cemetery walking tour),... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

There is a lot to say about Jean Lafitte. I did not know that a pirate was so important to this city as well as our country. Great place to stop as well as his bar. yes, a bar that is very old. Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar. He used to be the owner of the establishment with scalawags as... More 

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Missouri City, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

i heard about them on nola tv and visited: staffers were more than friendly ... they were helpful and made me feel welcome. i will visit them 1st thing on next year's visit!

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Westwego, Louisiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

There are raised boardwalk trails into the Louisiana swamplands that offer easy access to seeing alligators, turtles, indigenous birds, and other reptiles and wildlife. Short and longer walk options. Go in the spring when the iris are in bloom! Beautiful.

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Knoxville, TN, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This park actually has 6 spots to visit in various areas within and near NOLA. The Visitor's Center in the French Quarter has a free tour limited to 25 people at 9:30am - you will want to be there no later than 8:30am as it is first come first serve up and only one time per day. Having done it,... More 

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