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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Operating Hours & Seasons

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT HOLIDAY AND EVENT CLOSURES:

ALL park sites close at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24, and will also be closed on Thursday, December 25, and Friday, December 26 (Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery gates open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for grounds access; Barataria Preserve parking lot gates open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for trail access).

ALL park sites closed on Thursday, January 1 (Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery gates open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for grounds access; Barataria Preserve parking lot gates open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. for trail access).

ALL park staff will participate in the Battle of New Orleans bicentennial event at Chalmette Battlefield in January so ALL park sites except Chalmette Battlefield will be closed as noted below::

  • Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette will close at noon on Wednesday, January 7, and remain closed until it re-opens on Tuesday, January 13.
  • Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice will be closed on Thursday, January 8, and remain closed until it re-opens on Wednesday, January 14.
  • Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux will be closed on Thursday, January 8, and remain closed until it re-opens on Monday, January 12.
  • Barataria Preserve Visitor Center will be closed on Thursday, January 8, and remain closed until it re-opens on Wednesday, January 14. Trails will remain open.
  • French Quarter Visitor center will be closed on Thursday, January 8, and remain closed until it re-opens on Tuesday, January 13.

Days and hours of operations for the six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve are

  • Acadian Cultural Center (Lafayette) is open Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-noon. Closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras.
  • Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (Eunice) is open Wednesday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Closed on federal holidays.
  • Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (Thibodaux) is open Monday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The center is also open 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Farmer's Market Saturdays (check with the center for dates). Closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras.
  • Barataria Preserve (Marrero) Visitor Center is open Wednesday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed on federal holidays. Preserve parking lot gates are open daily for access to trails 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., including on federal holidays. Preserve is completely closed on Mardi Gras.
  • French Quarter Visitor Center (New Orleans) is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras.
  • Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery (Chalmette) Visitor Center and entrance gates are open Tuesday-Saturday, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Entrance gates also open by 9:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. Sunday-Monday and on federal holidays other than Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Battlefield and national cemetery completely closed on Mardi Gras.

For a printable pdf with hours and days of all sites, click here. For dates of all federal holidays, click here.

 
 

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