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.

Clock with the Department of Interior seal

Time for a Park Pass?

Jean Lafitte doesn't have senior passes, active military passes, or other federal lands passes, but follow the link for how to get them.

Picture of sign that says Jean Lafitte Visitor Center

Visitor & Commercial Services Strategy

Public input is encouraged as Jean Lafitte develops a strategy for commercial services at park sites.

Giant blue irises blooming in swamp

Citizen Science Workshop

Learn to identify and track seasonal changes in nature and contribute to research projects at the Barataria Preserve.

Man and little girl playing fiddles

From Acadian to Cajun

Acadian immigrants from Canada adapted old traditions to a new home and added a new flair to life in Louisiana. Find out more at the link.

Nutria on bayou bank

Nature & Science at Jean Lafitte

Alligators? Birds? Climate change? Nonnative species? Follow the link to read all about it.

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: July 13, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone:

(504) 589-3882

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