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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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419 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1035
+1 504-589-2636
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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
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+1 504-589-2636
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

loved the ranger talk here...you learn so much about New Orleans and Jean Lafitte who i might add should have his name wiped clean of the park..a terrible slave owner he was

3  Thank s g
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just 30 minutes from the heart of downtown New Orleans, enjoy the swamps of Jean Lafitte. Take a canoe and travel through the waterways of this pristine park. See alligators, the blooming of the irises in March, take a hike along the nature trail built...More

Thank Candance K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of tourist swamp tours are expensive and don't respect the preservation of the swamps. This one was free and respectful of nature. Highly recommend making use of these highly knowledgeable park ranger guides. We saw three alligators. It was very hot and bug...More

Thank Donncha O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came across this by chance and luckily, one of the Rangers was just about to put on a presentation. She was excellent and very knowledgeable. As well as telling us all about the numerous sites for the national park, she was able to tell...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 12 September 2017

very nice and quiet trails, we would enjoy it more had the weather wasn't so dang hot and humid. but it's NOLA :)

Thank MilleniumMVP
Reviewed 10 September 2017

You will experience marsh life and an eco system like none other. It's nice to get way down the boardwalk and sit still and take in all the sounds and almost always see some wildlife. You won't be disappointed.

Thank G7686VUjamesl
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This is a pretty level "hike" but it is rather long. Bring plenty of water in the summer months. There are spiders e v e r y w h e r e. I saw an alligator, a snake, turtles, and tons of spiders when I...More

2  Thank hannahmarc2015
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We went to the Decatur St. site to learn more about the history and culture of New Orleans, and we learned a great deal from one of the Rangers who led the tour/talk in the courtyard area. She spoke about the history of the food...More

Thank neil_and_susy
Reviewed 15 August 2017

My Wife and I visited this park while on vacation, about 25 min drive from downtown NOLA. Started out at the Barataria visitors center, which has a nice and interesting display of the swamps and Mississippi River. They offer free walk out to a point,...More

1  Thank Brandon K
Reviewed 8 August 2017

My wife, 19-year-old son and I went on an airboat tour and had a blast! We were able to catch a shuttle bus from in front of our hotel in the French Quarter, so it is not necessary to drive out to the docks to...More

1  Thank Jamie M
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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
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Adam M
10 September 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?
16 July 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
20 February 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.