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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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Neighborhood: French Quarter
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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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See the Swamp Creatures!

This is a wonderful park to visit while in New Orleans, especially with children. The boardwalk makes for easy walking. We saw a raccoon in a tree and enjoyed watching his... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Munster, Indiana
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Munster, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful park to visit while in New Orleans, especially with children. The boardwalk makes for easy walking. We saw a raccoon in a tree and enjoyed watching his antics. Also, several times along the path we saw nutrias. We had never seen this animal before and were fascinated. As expected, there were many water birds. Signage information... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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71 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We have visited over 40 National Parks and my kids always do the Junior Ranger Program. We visited the Jean Lafitte inside the French Quarter. It is a small visitor center with the usual time line and artifacts. There are satellites of this park that are outdoors but aside from the tour of the French Quarter, this is mostly a... More 

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Marengo, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

This is hidden right on Decatur Street. We walked by several times before we found it. A nice courtyard with very clean bathrooms, too. Take a few minutes from the noise and crowds to learn the history of the city.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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470 reviews 470 reviews
222 attraction reviews
414 helpful votes 414 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

So close to New Orleans, if you want to see and feel the bayou and all the types of flora, fauna and land types: swamp, floutan, prairie, please come here. Be sure to walk all the way to the spot marked Overlook. The last stretch is the most beautiful, with the trees, Spanish moss, sweeping vistas and alligators -- yes,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 NEW

This little hidden gem is the perfect answer to wanting to take a breather from the bustling French Quarter. This park has a lovely little fountain and several benches to sit back and enjoy the view. There is a restroom for those needing a bathroom break and they are quite clean. There is a shop that hosts different functions however... More 

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Los Alamitos, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Accessible, easy to walk boardwalks over swampy areas. Level, lots of birds, shade, gorgeous place to take photos. Palmetto trail and the Visitor center cypress trail are very different and worth seeing both. Varied habitat. Wide variety of birds. Wished the visitor center had been open on the day we visited. May be better to go in the earlier morning.... More 

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NH
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

go to Bayou Coquille. Has a 2 mile walk out then back. Very peaceful and if you look carefully, you can see a lot of wildlife. Saw multiple gators, 2 owls, and a family of nutria as well as an assortment of other birds I don't live in new orleans but make it a point of coming here whenever i... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Spent hours walking through the trails here in mid March. Absolutely beautiful! There's wildlife everywhere, saw gators from 10-15ft away sun bathing on logs, tonnes of different lizards all over the plants along the trails, even saw an armadillo on the trail which we managed to get pretty close to. Did various swamp tours while in the area and just... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The have a walking tour but only one, and it is first thing in the morning. Check the times because the museum is closed on Mondays.

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Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We wanted to go to the swamp in an air boat, and we did it!!! We were driven in a shuttle to the Park, where the chauffeur was difficult to understand, he spoke very very quickly in the NOLA's way, so for us, which English is not our native language, was difficult, we lost an important part of the explanation... More 

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