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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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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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Bayou Wildlife and Scenery

We went to the Barataria unit of the National Park and took the Bayou Coquille trail and boardwalk. This is the third year we've taken the hike while visiting New Orleans. We... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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San Jose, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
17 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We went to the Barataria unit of the National Park and took the Bayou Coquille trail and boardwalk. This is the third year we've taken the hike while visiting New Orleans. We go for the wildlife, and Barataria has it! I'l include some photos The hike is an easy saunter, which you will want to do to really observe all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

The park has several sites in the French Quarter and also a nature preserve south of the city. The city sites offer walking tours and jazz concerts. We did a history tour and returned for the jazz tour. They were both outstanding. The rangers are so enthusiastic and well-informed and were able to recommend several history books and other materials... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

While visiting in New Orleans for a few days, we drove over to Jean Lafitte NP - Barataria Preserve area. The whole park consists of about 5 separate areas, mostly focusing on history. We only visited the section with the swamp. There are several miles of trail and boardwalk here. The Visitor Center, open at 9:30, can help you chose... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

We wanted to take our 3-year-old on a bayou tour, but none of the boat operators would take someone so young. This park was perfect. Just 25 minutes from New Orleans, we felt very far away. An easy path, wildlife, flowers, and then back home in time for nap.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Absolutely stunning views. Alligators,lizards,snakes,stunning hanging moss and gorgeous swamps and marshes. All paths are wheelchair friendly! A true gem!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

National Parks should be on everyone's list to visit and this one is right downtown - great information and friendly people.

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Peru, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The guide for the walking tour was great. He gave an amazing amount of information about the history of New Orleans. I wish I remembered his name, but I'm sure any of the guides are very good.

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I Went to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, just a few days ago. I really enjoyed this park, there was an abundant amount of wildlife. I saw numerous alligators, frogs, snakes, and turtles. The hiking itself was very easy and very well maintained. There is a boardwalk for the majority of the park. Not being from this area,... More 

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milwaukee
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Stopped at visitor center but was closed. In the lobby were trail maps. They were easy to follow. We saw small alligator on the side of trail. The trails were easy to follow and not long. Wish we had more time to go on more trails.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Jean LaFitte Nature Park and Preserve give both locals and travelers/visitors a wonderful opportunity to walk through the bayou on an elevated path and take in the beauty of an amazing ecosystem. During warm weather, keep a close watch for alligators, birds, lizards and the occassional snake. We enjoy walking through the preserve every chance we get and I can... More 

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