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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Operating Hours & Seasons

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Why do some lizards have short tails and others of the same species have long ones? Short-tailed lizards have a tale to tell---if a lizard is caught by the tail, the tail will generally break off. Most lizards can grow new tails, but it takes a lot of energy to do so. This five-lined skink's long tail suggests it's a lucky lizard that so far has avoided narrow escapes.
 

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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