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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

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Philip K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a very hot and humid July afternoon after having done a speed boat tour with a private company earlier in the day. This was a nice compliment to the day. We walked along the boardwalk which we had to ourselves and saw...More

Thank Nancy D
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

Had an amazing time with our friends and family. Very fun and Capt. Dave was amazing. Must do trip. Easy drive from downtown

Thank GINA D
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We visited the Barataria Preserve in July with our 2 kids aged 9 and 10. We were a little apprehensive about the walk as weren’t sure how up close we would get to the wildlife. It was fantastic! It was very hot and humid so...More

Thank jacinda74
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Inspect the final resting place for veterans of all branches or wars. Read about the creation and maintaining the grave yard.

1  Thank Joseph W
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

In a short hike we were able to see snakes, turtles, lizards, enormous bugs, and alligators. The walk along a nice boardwalk made it possible to get near the wildlife without feeling in any kind of danger. The preserve had a variety of marshes, swamps...More

1  Thank mberg2015
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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
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Adam M
11 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
21 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.