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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 5 days ago

The Barataria Preserve is made up of 24,000 acres of marsh, swamp, and hardwood forests. The preserve has a visitor center, environmental education center, ranger programs that offer free tours ,walking trails elevated above the swamp, and waterways. The ranger will point out alligators along...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank priscoharley
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did one of the swamp tours on one of the sunnier days and saw a lot of wildlife- turtles, gators, birds. Our tour guide, Jason, had a lot of great stories! It's a beautiful park and reserve!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank adamskm2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would say don't leave new Orleans without visiting barataria preserve. It is one of the best ways to experience Louisiana's wetlands. Away from the city crowd, this peaceful place takes you close to nature with boardwalks built right through the swamps and marshes. And...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank 214shwethab
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This New Orleans tourist attraction is fascinating! The wonders of national and natural habitat reeked throughout this park. What a great back to nature NOLA treasure!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank lewisteach
Reviewed December 15, 2018

We took our niece here as she had little history of NOLA. regrettably, the "phones" were out of order so we couldn't listen to music, etc. Still worth taking a walk through. The Jazz Hall that they've added in the French Market area is also...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rocket R
Reviewed December 14, 2018

There is still a lecture on the history of the area, but due to the large number of tour guides in the French Quarter, they no longer do a walking tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Frank L
Reviewed December 13, 2018

Did not care for our tour guide who wanted to show only what he wanted- human impact. Did not care that the group wanted to see/appreciate wildlife. Excellent place to view a Cyprus swamp and see alligators.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank deleslie1956
Reviewed December 7, 2018 via mobile

We were visiting NOLA for a week and took a morning to get some exercise and a break from food and drink! What a great morning. The visitor center rangers were super helpful and friendly. The hike was lovely- only about 3 miles but beautiful....More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Rob A
Reviewed December 6, 2018

Worth a look for a few minutes to buy books or maps, but this official history requires some additions to reflect the views of African Americans

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank hashemsherif
Reviewed December 3, 2018

We did enjoy the quiet solitude while walking the trails and boardwalks in Barataria Preserve; we were the only ones there on the second Monday after Thanksgiving. However, we came for the wildlife, particularly birds, and we were disappointed. Other than a fleeting glimpse of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mike O
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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 meganhF9452EM | 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.