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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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Address: 419 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1035
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+1 504-589-2636
09:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Tue 09:00 - 19:00
Wed - Fri 09:00 - 17:00

Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant...

Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.

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Take an Aligator boat tour with Captain Lil Lou

He was absolutely awesome. His boat is super comfortable and not loud! He was so knowledgeable and the whole experience was so much fun!

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

He was absolutely awesome. His boat is super comfortable and not loud! He was so knowledgeable and the whole experience was so much fun!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's free so that's the first plus. We saw so much wildlife! Definitely don't want to be straying from the paths unless you want to come way too close to an alligator! We had an amazing time!!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my third trip to Barataria, and it did not disappoint. There is something primeval about this park -- a scent and a feeling beyond description. We watched gators basking, egrets feeding, skinks skinking about, and other wildlife. Great photo ops.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you are into nature this is a must see and very nice statue and park.... enjoyed it and wish i had time to stay longer

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to show up about 9a.m. to get in line for this limited number (25) tour, but if so you'll visit some of the cultural highlights of the city. The female tour guide provides an interactive, humorous tour that emphasizes the cultural shifts that have occurred in the city, including the current resistance to taking down Civil War statues... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up near a swamp and I was amazed to find many of the paths on the narrow dirt path between water alligator & water moccasin nests. No, I didn't see any, but I've seen plenty before in my life. I felt certain. I'd walk upon one as you could see where the alligators had "wallowed out" places going... More 

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Bethany Beach, Delaware
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Lafitte NHP in the French Quarter. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit the other sites. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning history stroll. Ms. Williams had incredible knowledge of the history, environment and culture of the area. Informative displays at the visitor center.

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New Orleans, La
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place for family outing., Keep your eyes peeled for alligators, snakes, turtles and various other critters.

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Solon, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was staying at a hotel near here and in need of a quick morning hike. I ran down to the Barataria Preserve and did a hike behind the visitors center on the Palmetto, Bayou Coquille, and Marsh Overlook Trails. Well-designed with a walkway and an overlook. Out and back might have taken an hour or more? This hike will... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved this air boat tour! Our guide was awesome and he has tons of fun/informational knowledge of the area. Will definitely go back and recommend it to others.

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