Plan Your Visit

Brown pelican
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.

Check out our operating hours and seasons webpage. And learn how you can recreate responsibly at all National Parks.

Jean Lafitte's six sites are scattered across south Louisiana.

Each is unique in its focus, and they all reflect a place where traditions can be generations old but the ground under your feet can change with the weather. The park's sites share the story of a place where change is the only constant, from the waterways that shape the land in new patterns every day to the never-ending balancing act between old ways and new ideas.


What to See and Do

adults in colorful rompers with decorative cone shaped hats, ride horses
Courir de Mardi Gras- a Cajun Mardi Gras tradition

Things to Be Mindful of

Because Jean Lafitte's sites are miles apart, here are some things to consider so you can make the most of your visit. Note that admission to all park sites and to most programs is free.

  • Where and how you'll be traveling. The big picture is on the directions and transportation page, where there are links to maps of the whole park and of each site as well as links to information about how to get to the park's sites.

  • What's going on in the park. The calendar is updated constantly with ranger programs, special events, exhibits, and other activities.

Other Things You Should Know

The basic information page has links to many useful pages with information about operating hours and days, pets, safety, accessibility, and much more. Follow this link to learn about the park, including photos and multimedia, park management, bookstores at each site, history and culture, nature, and information for educators, field trip leaders, kids, and youth. Get involved! - from volunteering to jobs to park planning to how you can support our National Park. You can also find out about fees and passes, the park calendar of events, park site closures and construction, how to join Jean Lafitte's social media crew, and permits for special events, commercial filming and photography, research, commercial uses, and hunting and fishing.


Last updated: March 24, 2022

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