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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 #22 of 171 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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Seattle, Washington
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78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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39 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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71 reviews 71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

this swamp is a nature preserve. the national park service has maintained it in it's pristine state for us all to enjoy. photographers will have multiple options to fill their memory card. it is best to visit early in the morning or nearer to dusk. it is hot and humid. after all this is south louisiana.

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Canada
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134 reviews 134 reviews
16 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We enjoyed a couple hours of walking in the bayou. I think it helped that it was warm, but not hot, and it was a great chance to see a lot of small alligators lying in the water, doin' their gator thing. There's good interpretive signage on the Park Service trails too, which made up for them being closed on... More

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Airlie Beach, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had a hire car, so it was easy for us to reach this destination. Firstly, we went to the visitors centre on Barataria Blvd, Marerro which was closed on Monday but they had maps and info outside the door. We read that walking along the trails you can see snakes, armadillo, frogs, alligators and stinging caterpillars and we did... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Address should read as follows... Listed address if of some place in the French Quarter... Correct Address: 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072

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nola
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49 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

different from your usual national "park". this is actually a bunch of different places under one umbrella. the best thing to do is go to the visitors center in the french quarter and see all the different options. there are swamps, battle fields, tours, museums,etc. all supervised by this one group. the connecting strain is new orleans but they are... More

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