Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is actually several parks combined under one name.  The park has a big mission -- to tell the story of the place and the people of New Orleans and the surrounding bayou country.  The main visitors center is located in the French Quarter, with an exhibit and film about the area. This is a good place to plan your visit.   But the real stories are told in the satellite locations in and around the city. 

One part of the park is the Chalmette Battlefield in New Orleans, where Andrew Jackson's army (with help from Jean Lafitte) fought the battle of New Orleans in 1815.  There is a cemetary here.

Another site just outside New Orleans in Marrero is the breath-taking Barataria Preserve, which includes miles of paved and unpaved trails through the swamps and marshes of the bayou.  Wildlife is abundant here with alligators and egrets a common sight.  

There are also three cultural centers located in the towns of Lafayette, Eunice and Thibodaux that teach about the roots and traditions of the Acadian people.  There are frequent cultural events, concerts and dances at these centers.