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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

Plan Your Visit

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The brown pelican is Louisiana's state bird. Look for them on waterways, lakes, and bayous or wherever your travels take you on the way to a Jean Lafitte site.

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The six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve offer something for everyone, from history to culture to outdoor adventure. Information about and links to each site are below; see this printable pdf for hours and days of operation. See the column to the left for links to directions, fees and reservations, accessibility, and things to know before you come, like public transportation, basic safety information, and where pets are and aren't allowed.

About Jean Lafitte's sites:

  • For outdoor activities in a 23,000-acre Louisiana wetland and a visitor center with dioramas, exhibits, and hands-on displays, vist the Barataria Preserve in Marrero.
  • For talks and tours at the site of the War of 1812's Battle of New Orleans, visit Chalmette Battlefield in Chalmette. Every year in early January, the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans is commemorated with reenactors, cannon firings, and more. Stop at the visitor center for exhibits about the battle and how it shaped American history. Chalmette National Cemetery, established in May 1864, is next to the battlefield.
  • For a look at the influences that shaped one of America's great cities, visit the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans.
  • For the history of the Acadian (Cajun) people who settled southeast Louisiana, bayou boat tours, music, and other programs, visit the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette.
  • For the prairie Acadian story, music, dancing, craft demonstrations, and Saturday night at the "Cajun Grand Ole Opry," visit the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice.
  • For bayou boat tours, free jam sessions with local musicians, history walks, and the story of Louisiana's bayou country, visit the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.

Other National Park Service areas in Louisiana are

To learn about all National Park Service projects in Louisiana, from historic places to community conservation and recreation, visit the NPS Louisiana page.

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When you plan your visit to Jean Lafitte, check out some of the neighbors too!

Links to nearby sites of interest outside the National Park Service are


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