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Discover some of the things there is to do at the French Quarter Visitor Center for Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Rangers provide a tour of the site while the Arrowhead Jazz Band performs. Baba Luther and Mama Jamilah lead a drum circle and visitors explore the exhibits in this short video tour of our French Quarter Visitor Center.
Shortly after the French founded New Orleans in 1718, engineers drew up a formal city plan for Nouvelle Orleans---the area that we now call the French Quarter. The city quickly expanded beyond those original boundaries to become an important American port. People arrived from all over the world, joining the early inhabitants of the area to create a distinct culture rich in food, music, and tradition.
Jean Lafitte's French Quarter Visitor Center shares the history and traditions of the city and the lower Mississippi River delta through visitor center exhibits and a film. Kids can earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center's park store has CDs, collectibles, and books from history to cookbooks to children's stories. Admission is free.
Last updated: August 23, 2023