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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
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419 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1035
French Quarter
+1 504-589-2636
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The walk was level and very manageable, even for younger kids. We saw lots of cool birds - heron, egrets and some sort of falcon. Worth the trip.

Thank blackcat1200
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the old plank walkways. Got to see some hellacious spiders, and a nice little couple of snakes also!

Thank Jay J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing experience of a tropical forest and real swamps. Just taking a path that goes from the Visitor Center would provide a great impression of the swamps and their animal life. We saw white-tail deer balancing on a little piece of land, squirrels, bunnies, lizards,...More

2  Thank LovePlanAndTravel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

as we weren't fond of NOLA, the swamp was more our thing. Great nature! Visited the park via an air boat tour which was a lot of fun and also informative. Recommended for people who want to cut visit of city short or are interested...More

Thank StefanS71
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for the ranger talk at 11:00. John the ranger gave the floor to the intern visiting for the summer. During the talk John jumped in and played for us. The intern was a very tattered drummer and John an amazing pianist. Great brief...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Every tour book you will read will mention a free walking tour every morning at 9:30 am from the French Quarter location. This is no longer offered. Instead a ranger gives a talk in the courtyard about the history of New Orleans. It is very...More

1  Thank garyrc
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We’d been there before and always enjoyed the boardwalks over the swamp for wildlife viewing, but this time we got there just in time for a ranger-guided tour and found out much more about the area’s history and ecology. Highly recommended! Also saw lots of...More

Thank Gesa K
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

Great large airboat cruise, full of fun and plenty to see. Try this alligator seen this morning. Some local birds seen too.

Thank DavidFBristol
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

This was our version of a air boat tour except we saved about $150 by walking and exploring this park. It has many miles of hiking trails. I suggest the boardwalk trail connected to the visitor center and the ring lever trail on the other...More

Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

We just hiked on the trails and it was really fun. The board walk is built perfectly into the bayou and you are literally just walking with nature. We saw about four gators, and at one point were about a foot away from one. Definitely...More

1  Thank Philip K
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lounged out on the balmy banks of the Mighty
Mississippi, the French Quarter has long been a port
of call for folks in search of a good time and a great
story. Perpetually inebriated Bourbon Street runs
across its midriff like a strand of cheap ribbon tied
around an otherwise rather pretty and impressively
well-kept vintage dress. Throughout the rest of the
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Adam M
September 10, 2017|
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Response from travelerS_Korea | Reviewed this property |
If the area isn't designated for parking, I'm not sure what might happen. Why not contact the specific park to find out what they suggest?
July 16, 2017|
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Response from Megan H | Reviewed this property |
Yes you will but Wildlife activity will have diminished to some part due to it being a bit colder. That being said, I visited the area in early February and it was 80 degrees one day. Highly recommend this place for wildlife... More
February 20, 2017|
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Response from I H | Reviewed this property |
Barataria: stop in at the visitor's center if you are there for the guided tour (which I recommend), then get back in car and go back to the trailhead. Staff at the visitor's center will tell you where.