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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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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
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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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A nice rest area

A nice little park. Free and clean bathrooms and great area on Louisiana history. They also have a little shop, so you can get a post card or a local book,

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A nice little park. Free and clean bathrooms and great area on Louisiana history. They also have a little shop, so you can get a post card or a local book,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

NOLA has much more to offer than just the party streets..;-) Experience this great nature adventure even for small kids and handicapped people. It's definitely worth a try for everybody who likes nature....

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Bayou tour we did of this area was quite good. We didn't go for the jet boat which seemed completely unnecessary. Instead, we got a covered, slower boat which was nice for shade and taking in the scenery and hearing the tour boat guide. Fed and held alligators!

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Thank webgoddesscathy
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is such an underrated park! My husband and I love to get out of the city and go on the walk through the swamp. We've gone several times and seen gators on all of the trips!

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Thank Raychel H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to miss. Just a small little outpost in the French Quarter on Decatur Street. This visitor's Center is just one of six different visitor's centers for this park. This is the only one in New Orleans. The others are spread over Southern LA. It gives the history of how the area was settled how the different people groups came... More 

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Neptune, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't get to explore outside but inside the visitors center was a nice exhibit about he history of New Orleans. Very educational and fun for the children to learn about the local history. A nice break from the busy New Orleans streets.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

this park is a bit of a drive from new orleans, about 30minutes. but it is well worth the ride. there is a small nature center building there with lots of info and clean bathrooms. there are several paths to hike down. my favorite are the boardwalk paths. they take you right through the center of the swamp. very beautiful,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is really nice for wild life watching, specially alligators, but you'll only enjoy it if you are not afraid of them or afraid of insects, cause they are every where. I was in fact bitten by one insect when I was there and there were spiders all over the place. Before you go for a walk, make sure... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't believe I'd never made it to the Barataria preserve until this spring, even though I've lived in this area my entire life. It's just a 30 minute drive from downtown New Orleans, and there are plenty of suburban houses on the drive out there. Then suddenly, you pass the levee and you're transported into another world. I still... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Ranger station to get some advice and directions to walk through the swamp along the boardwalk and path. We set off the first wildlife we saw was a squirrel. We did end up seeing two Alligators. Its also free. There are also plenty of spiders and other creatures.

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