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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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Accessibility

National parks are for everyone so the National Park Service is committed to making every park accessible. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve not only offers accessible facilities, but also special programs to let more people enjoy more of the treasures of south Louisiana.

Service animals are welcome at all sites. Accessibility by site:

Acadian Cultural Center, Lafayette

  • Center is wheelchair accessible. One wheelchair is available on site for visitor use.
  • Film “The Cajun Way; Echoes of Acadia” available in closed-captioned version in French or English on request.

Barataria Preserve, Marrero

  • Visitor center is wheelchair accessible. Exhibits include audio exhibits and touchable displays.
  • Environmental education center and trail are wheelchair accessible.
  • The following trails are wheelchair accessible: Visitor Center Trail, Palmetto Trail, Bayou Coquille Trail, and the first third of Marsh Overlook Trail. See the trail map and trail map description to learn more about the preserve trails.
  • Most ranger programs are wheelchair accessible since most guided walks, birding programs, sunset strolls, etc., are given on boardwalk trails. Check with the visitor center at 504-689-3690 ext. 10 for specific program details.
  • Film is closed-captioned.

Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, Chalmette

  • Visitor center is wheelchair accessible. Computer interactives are closed captioned; some include audio. Films are captioned. Most of the wayside exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Sidewalks run between visitor center parking area and Malus-Beauregard House.

French Quarter Visitor Center, New Orleans

  • Center is wheelchair accessible. Center includes audio exhibits of local musical styles and special New Orleans dialects and phrases.
  • Ranger-guided walks on the Mississippi River levee are in wheelchair accessible areas, though crossing the railroad and streetcar tracks between the visitor center and the levee may be difficult.

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, Eunice

  • Center is wheelchair accessible.

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, Thibodaux

  • Center is wheelchair accessible.

Special programs for people with hearing or sight impairments are offered by the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice. Programs are by reservation only; if needed, interpreters must be provided by the visiting group. Call 337-457-8499 for reservations and more information.

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.