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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Barataria Preserve Virtual Tour

Sunlight streams through trees and onto standing water in the Barataria Preserve swamp.

Enjoy Louisiana's wetlands without ever leaving home by taking a virtual tour of the Barataria Preserve.

Take a virtual stroll through forest, swamp, and marsh on the Barataria Preserve audio tour. Walk down the Bayou Coquille Trail past live oaks and baldcypress trees. Take a right on the Marsh Overlook Trail and learn about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands, alligators, and the preserve's flotant marsh.

To hear the tour, call 504-799-0802 (long distance or cell phone charges may apply). Enter the stop number for the stop you want to hear; for example, press 1 to hear stop 1. Press *0 to leave a comment.

  • Tour Stop 1: Names and Places
  • Tour Stop 2: Barataria Live Oaks
  • Tour Stop 3: Lumbering
  • Tour Stop 4: Invasive Species
  • Tour Stop 5: Disappearing Wetlands
  • Tour Stop 6: Alligators
  • Tour Stop 7: The Flotant Marsh

To see what you'd see at each tour stop, visit the Barataria Preserve Virtual Tour Photo Gallery. Enjoy your walk---don't forget to look for alligators!


Did You Know?

Two big red, black, and yellow lubber grasshoppers sit on a leaf

Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.