French Quarter Visitor Center
Special program: "Laffite's Choice" will explore the life of a pirate and why Jean Lafitte chose the American side during the Battle of New Orleans. Click here to find out about this special Battle of New Orleans University program featuring a Jean Lafitte walking tour, living history reenactors, cannon drills, and Junior Ranger activities. Bonus: You'll also discover whether it was Lafitte or Laffite! Saturday, September 6. Free.
Shortly after the French founded New Orleans in 1718, engineers drew up a formal city plan for Nouvelle Orleans---the area that we now call the French Quarter. The city quickly expanded beyond those original boundaries to become an important American port. People arrived from all over the world, joining the early inhabitants of the area to create a distinct culture rich in food, music, and tradition.
Jean Lafitte's French Quarter Visitor Center shares the history and traditions of the city and the lower Mississippi River delta through visitor center exhibits and a film. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's museum store has CDs, videos, collectibles, and books from history to cookbooks to children's stories. Admission is free. Click here for directions and for program listings for specific days.
419 Decatur Street, New Orleans
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Did You Know?
January 8 used to be a national holiday. That's because January 8, 1815, was the date of the Battle of New Orleans.