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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve: Tours & Tickets

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Nature reserve, consisting of several sections, preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
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419 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1035
French Quarter
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Steam boat ride on the Mississippi filled with excellent history and information by the narrator. Drinks and food available for purchase. Pleasant scenic ride. Great Ranger talk at the park but not much to see.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 9Garnet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we did a swamp tour, they picked us up on Canal street and took us to the Park then out on pontoon boat into bayou and canals. Our guide Captain Jamie was very nice and very punny, we saw some gators and soem lovely waterways

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Mildred J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I took this trail about 3 years ago in the winter-not the time of course to see alligators, but we enjoyed seeing a lot of other wildlife as well as taking in the swamp. Went again last week while we were in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank budgettraveller1987
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took my son & nephew for an afternoon outing. Walked the boardwalk, it was quite enjoyable with a nice view. Will go back when we have more time so we can explore a little deeper.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank captbilly164
Reviewed 14 September 2019

They took us to the bayou and we enjoyed seeing the alligators in their natural habitat. The pilot was really funny and the group not overly big, so lots of room for everyone to see. If you are going, I would recommend nighttime, as gators...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank April M
Reviewed 6 September 2019

Wonderful boardwalk through the swamp with plenty of wildlife to see! Trail is 4 miles round trip if you go to the end, so take water and maybe a snack. We only went about halfway and saw an alligator, raccoon, snakes and lots of local...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Terri G
Reviewed 2 September 2019 via mobile

Great exhibit of the history of New Orleans in a historical location built by the first architect of the city. Great signage, 7 minute movie, activities for kids, friendly staff and A/C, water and bathrooms. Plus it’s free!!!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank F738TVkarenh
Reviewed 1 September 2019

I recommend taking the boardwalk trail into the forest.I saw an alligator as well as snakes,lizards,and heard a bard owl cry in the distance.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank seebykayak1
Reviewed 21 August 2019

This visitor center is a great part of a walk along the riverfront, lunch at one of the good restaurants, and don't forget to drop by the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park too

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Y6960BVsusanm
Reviewed 9 August 2019 via mobile

If you’re wanting to see gators, this is where you go. It’s a bit outside of NOLA but worth the drive. I’ve been three times and have never seen less than half a dozen. Do understand that it’s a boardwalk only a foot or so...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Cindy L
1 February 2019|
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Response from priscoharley | Reviewed this property |
I.m not sure of the temperature right now.I assume it's close to New Orleans weather. You will have to check the latest weather forecasts on your phone ,etc. It is summer now and it's in the lower 90's with no rain predicted... More
Adam M
11 September 2017|
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Response from travelerS_Korea | Reviewed this property |
If the area isn't designated for parking, I'm not sure what might happen. Why not contact the specific park to find out what they suggest?
16 July 2017|
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Response from meganhF9452EM | Reviewed this property |
Yes you will but Wildlife activity will have diminished to some part due to it being a bit colder. That being said, I visited the area in early February and it was 80 degrees one day. Highly recommend this place for wildlife... More