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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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The six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve are scattered through south Louisiana, from the bayous to the prairies. See the park site map for the big picture or click on a specific site below for a map of that location. For further assistance, call sites for specific directions. Days and times of operation are available here.

People dressed in Mardi Gras costumes ride on a wagon pulled by two big horses

Mardi Gras in Cajun country means horses, traditional costumes, and a community gumbo at day's end.

Fly, drive, trot---no matter how you get to Jean Lafitte, you'll discover something new every time you visit.

Did You Know?

Young armadillos at night.

Nine-banded armadillos always give birth to four identical young, the only mammal known to do so. They can also delay birth for up to two years after fertilization of the egg.