Operating Hours & Seasons

Image of five-lined skink on a tree trunk
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.
 

Presidents Day, Monday, February 20: ALL park sites will be closed. The grounds at Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery will be open 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on February 20 although the visitor center will be closed. Parking lot gates at the Barataria Preserve will be open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on February 20 for trail access although the visitor center will be closed.

Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 28: ALL park sites will be closed EXCEPT the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice; follow the link for what's happening at the center. Note the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery are completely closed to the public on Mardi Gras, including all gates, grounds, trails, etc.,





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. Open on Mardi Gras.
  • 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. 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 Monday-Sunday, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The visitor center is closed on federal holidays other than Memorial Day and Veterans Day, but entrance gates are open by 9:30 a.m. and close at 3:30 p.m. on federal holidays.. Battlefield and national cemetery completely closed on Mardi Gras.

For information on what each site offers, links to maps, and other useful information, click here. For dates of all federal holidays, click here. Follow the link for a printable pdf with hours and days of operation for all sites.

 
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

419 Decatur St
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone:

(504) 589-3882
Phone numbers are for park headquarters. Phones are answered 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Park headquarters is closed on federal holidays and on Mardi Gras.

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