A national park with nature, wildlife, historic sites, culture and education for kids? It can only be Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve! This amazing national park has 6 adjoining sites, each of which have their own incredible nature, wildlife and sites to experience.
The sites are miles apart, so it's good to have an idea before you arrive what you want to check out.
The Barataria Preserve is great for those hands-on displays and exhibits with 23,000 acres for amazing outdoor activities.
For those history buffs, the Calamette Battlefield is the place to be for talks and tours of that infamous 1812 Battle Of New Orleans - and if you're around in January you can even experience cannon firings, re-enactors, and exhibits about the battle and all about how it shaped the history of the USA. There is even the Cahalmette National Cemetery which is a fascinating journey.
The French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans is a place where you can look at the influences that shaped this great city, and the Acadian Cultural Center is the place to learn all about the history of the Acadian people who settled.
There are bayou boat tours and jam sessions, as well as history walks for the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, and there is music and dancing at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center!
If it's nature you are looking for though, then it's the Barataria Preserve that you are looking for, with swamps, bayous, and wetlands. There are over 200 species of birds, as well as forests, alligators, and hiking and walking trails. An amazing immersion into nature!
For kids its a great way to learn about history, as well as fauna and flora - and gain an insight into some of the beautiful parts of the state that are so diverse.
Nature’s calling at the Jean Lafitte National Park!