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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Boat Tours of Bayou Lafourche

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Take to the bayou and explore Louisiana!

Cruise into Louisiana's past on a boat tour of Bayou Lafourche with a National Park Service ranger. Locally known as "the longest street in the world" in honor of the towns and homes along its banks, Bayou Lafourche once served as a major thoroughfare in watery south Louisiana.

Boat tours are offered in spring and fall; fall 2014 cruising season is through December when weather permits. Cruises cast off from the dock behind the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary Street in Thibodaux. Travel to

  • historic Madewood Plantation on Mondays and Fridays 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29.51 plus tax (cash or check only) and include lunch in the formal dining room and a guided tour of house and grounds.
  • the E.D. White plantation home, birthplace of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward Douglas White, on Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.-noon. Tickets $5 (cash or check only).

Reservations are required; call the center at 985-448-1375. Tours are limited to 20 people (minimum of eight). Tour participants should dress for a day in the sun and arrive by 9:30 a.m. Group boat tours are available by reservation. No tours on federal holidays when the center is closed.

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