Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
4.5
National ParksNature & Wildlife Areas
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: French Quarter
A small and teeming network of laissez-faire living 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 Quarter, brightly colored Victorian homes and businesses, famously done up with wrought-iron features, provide a distinct and immediately recognizable backdrop for all varieties of fun. At any given moment in this historic riverside setting, some of America’s finest meals are being cooked, most potent cocktails are being mixed, and most engaging music is being performed.
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Thekansaspyet
Middletown, CT717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
While we planned to go on a swamp boat tour later in our vacation, we wanted to walk some trails in the swamp. Several trails have been reopened since Hurricane Ida. We went on the Visitor Center (boardwalk) Trail which is about 1/2 mile rt, and saw two alligators lounging right alongside the boardwalk. They can climb onto the low boardwalk, so if you see one that looks like it is thinking of a "snack", quickly back away and beat a retreat. They can move at 30 miles an hour for short bursts. There were some benches to sit, and listen to the swamp birds and sounds. A nice visitor center and bathrooms. A ranger was swearing in some young children as junior rangers while we were there. My husband also took the Bayou Coquille Trail which is longer.
Written April 5, 2022
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Tom S
Ypsilanti, MI183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
It's confusing that the same name applies to an urban visitor center in the French Quarter and a swamp experience a 30+ minute drive outside the city. We visited both. The FQ visitor center was a nice respite from the bustle of the streets with a peaceful courtyard and informative exhibits on Louisiana culture and geography (pubic restrooms, too). The swamp area includes boardwalk hiking trails along which we saw a lot of flora and some fauna including an alligator. The scheduled ranger-led walk was very focused on the young children who dominated the group.
Written February 27, 2024
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Burtler
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Although you will want to get going on the raised boardwalks, a stop at the visitor center is the first place to go. The exhibit and map will orient you and provide a background to the area. The boardwalks are raised high enough that visitors feel immersed in the bayous but protect the area as well. It is a beautiful location and feels very far removed from the rest of the world.
Written January 4, 2020
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Hank W
Orwigsburg, PA1,079 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I stopped while on a trip to NOLA. I am drawn to military historical sites due to my Army background. Nice little indoor museum detailing the Battle of New Orleans. The silence of the battlefield was moving when one considers the lives lost at the site. If in NOLA, please take a drive outside the city and visit this and the neighboring national cemetery to honor our fallen warriors. My buddy and I were especially moved by the cemetery as we are both veterans.
Written December 26, 2020
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Veganinthesouth
New Orleans, LA336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This review is off the park that is in Marrero. There is a broad walk from visitor center along with some gravel path that is 4 miles round trip. The four miles include 3 different trails. You can see gaters very up close along with tons of other wildlife. There is much more to do in the park which is about 30 mins drive or less from downtown. Dogs/pets are not allowed.
Written March 15, 2020
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egland95
Peoria, IL118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Nice ranger walk along a boardwalk in a marsh at Bataria Preserve. Saw snakes and lizards, no alligators on our walk. Ranger told us the best time to see alligators was early on a sunny day. Good for a short stop, but for seeing wildlife the Swamp Tour of Honey Island was far superior - though not free! Did Junior Ranger booklets and got passport stamps. 30 minute drive out of the city and mis-directed by google maps. Directed us to Bataria Preserve, but not the visitor's center which was unsigned along the opposite side of the road. The NPS website also does not provide clear directions. Try this street address for the visitor center 6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero. Should show up on the west side of Highway 45 (or right turn coming from New Orleans). We had to stop and asked a local.
Written June 3, 2022
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
At 9:30 am a ranger gives a history talk Tuesday to Saturday. We found the talk insightful, educational, and even entertaining when we attended a Tuesday in February. There are exhibits, informational brochures, and even Junior Ranger workbooks. Well worth a stop.
Written February 23, 2022
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niliad
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have not visited the same place and natural park before in my life and it was really exceptional to me. Beautiful and calm place, worthy of four or five hours of walking and exploring. No entrance fee and 20-30 minutes driving from New Orleans downtown. If you paid attention, you could find a lot of interesting animals in their original homes such as snakes, wild rabbits and of course alligators. Definitely recommended. Also, benefit from phone guidance through the visit.
Written January 19, 2020
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Venusbelt
Bellingham, WA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
I visited with two of my 20 something year old kids on a gorgeous bluebird day. The park, trails, & wildlife were stunning. We are from NW Washington, & therefore seeing this ecosystem in all its beauty was a great experience. I’d recommend that visitors to NOLA check out & appreciate this wonderful park.
Written May 19, 2023
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Amy F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Darren was our tour guide and he was amazing. Lots of knowledge, whitty, and just fun. We had a great time, saw some gators and wildlife. This was definitely worth the money and the time! I even got to hood a baby alligator.
Written July 4, 2023
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