The Treasure of Jean Lafitte

In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans’ rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou’s bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at 1815’s Battle of New Orleans. Follow the link to discover the treasure of Jean Lafitte. Read More

Alligator floating in water

Barataria Preserve

Explore Louisiana's wild wetlands---swamp, marsh, bayous, alligators, birds---just 17 miles from New Orleans.

Cannons lined up behind wood and mud rampart

Chalmette Battlefield

Follow the footsteps of the troops who fought 1815's Battle of New Orleans and find out how the American victory changed the world.

Exhibit with photos and title Crossroads of Culture

French Quarter Visitor Center

Discover how three centuries of cultural exchange have created one of America's most distinctive cities.

Boys looking at model of old house

Acadian Cultural Center

Old traditions, new homes: through exhibits, programs, and boat tours, discover how Canada's Acadians became Louisiana's Cajuns.

Exhibits showing horse-racing and dancing

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

Celebrate the Cajun way of life with music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, and more!

Exhibit about hunting and fishing in Louisiana's bayous

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Big fun on the bayou: it's all about music, Cajun French, boat tours, and life in Louisiana's wetlands.

Fan-shaped leaves of palmetto plant

Palmetto Hut Build

Join United Houma Nation members as they build a traditional American Indian palmetto hut in the French Quarter Visitor Center courtyard.

Paintings by Waylon White Deer with his name above them

Art by Waylon White Deer

The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette hosts "Colors of the Heart" by Choctaw artist Waylon White Deer through January 2.

Men dressed as War of 1812 era soldiers shake hands

Battle of New Orleans

Remember 1815's Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette Battlefield in January 2020.

Trees line a bayou bank as a heron flies past

Cruise Bayou Lafourche in Thibodaux

Join the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center's rangers for a cruise to a historic site.

Women making notes on a clipboard near plants

Citizen Scientist Training & Projects

Join the park's science team for special events and training at the Barataria Preserve and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center.

Bicyclists ride by the Barataria Preserve sign

Permits for Events, Filming, & More

Commercial photography or filming? A special event like a wedding or a bike race? Research? Hunting? Learn about special permits.

Last updated: November 18, 2019

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