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Chalmette National Historical Park

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Address: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, New Orleans, LA
Phone Number:
+1 504-589-2133
09:00 - 16:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This is where Andrew Jackson and his troops fought the Battle of New...

This is where Andrew Jackson and his troops fought the Battle of New Orleans, which was bloody and decisively ended the war of 1812. Closed due to damage suffered in Hurricane Katrina.

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Perfect Spot for History Buffs!

We took a short trip to Chalmette on Memorial Day to take in some history on a day meant for reflection. This park seems to be off the beaten path, but it was very easy to get... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Creek M
Vancleave, Mississippi
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Vancleave, Mississippi
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took a short trip to Chalmette on Memorial Day to take in some history on a day meant for reflection. This park seems to be off the beaten path, but it was very easy to get to! If you are looking for a short trip to learn about a little-known part of American history, go visit this park. Stop... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here as part of a Creole Queen cruise. Compared to other national and historic parks and battlefields we've visited this was a great disappointment. It's an open field with little signage. They closed the visitor center while the ranger gave a talk so we weren't able to see it. Apparently there was only one ranger onsite. His presentation... More 

1 Thank Mary T
Cleburne, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love history but didn't know much about the War of 1812, or the Battle of New Orleans. So glad we decided to take the battlefield tour as part of our Creole Queen paddle boat ride. A NPS ranger gave us an overview of this small but interesting national treasure so vital to the history of our nation.

Thank Tara K
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pleasant peaceful sight today. An open field surrounded by large oak trees with a plantation and Mississippi river adjoining it. Then a visit to the adjoining cemetery reveals how horrific this place was in 1815. But it is well worth the visit for a history lesson even given by a NPS ranger.

San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before driving down to Chalmette with my Civil War buff husband, I knew almost nothing about the Battle of New Orleans, but after viewing the vision center light--up map presentation and listening to the park ranger's detailed but clear 15-minute talk outdoors, I feel pretty well informed. This is a small battlefield, easily seen in half a day at most,... More 

1 Thank Mary P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took the Creole Queen riverboat from New Orleans to get here, which provided historical information on the way down and allowed 45 minutes to walk around the area. This was very pleasant, but driving here would have allowed more time. The NPS has a nice exhibit in their building, and the field has been restored to how it looked... More 

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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Quite enjoyed seeing Beauregard House and the battlefield area. Be sure to wander down and stick your toes in the Mississippi when you're there!

Thank Molly M
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We were in Louisiana for a 4 day weekend, and arrived around 3pm for a quick glimpse. They close at 4, but began rudely telling us that we needed to leave by 3:30. The ranger on duty stopped us 3 times to tell us we needed to leave, even though it was not yet 4. I understand the desire to... More 

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

We took the river boat excursion down from New Orleans to the New Orleans Battlefield. The Park Service guide provided a very helpful introduction, and much of the battlefield is now as it was in 1814-15. Don't be distracted by the sugar factory and refineries - this is where and how Jackson and a very mixed bag of armed folks... More 

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Ennis, Texas
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Very nice visitors center, the actual site is about all there is to see, the loop around the battlefield has stops to describe positions. Anyone interested in history would enjoy the site and walking it in nice weather. The cemetery is next to the battlefield.

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