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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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Address: 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Mon - Tue 09:00 - 19:00
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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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Paddle the Swamp - Canoe and Kayak Louisiana Bayou Tour

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Swamp Up Close and Personal

The best time to visit the Barataria Preserve is April and May, when it's warm enough for the alligators to come out and the flowers to bloom. And, there is usually enough water... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Houston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The best time to visit the Barataria Preserve is April and May, when it's warm enough for the alligators to come out and the flowers to bloom. And, there is usually enough water to make the swamp come alive. You are unlikely to see any alligators in December through February. And, sometimes the swamp can get pretty dry during these... More 

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Etters, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This National Park Unit encompasses a lot of territory in the southern part of the state including a preserve, a national battlefield and places that preserve cajun language. The Barataria preserve has a nice short trail (and a longer one) that takes you through swamp and marsh areas so you can see a plethora of flora and fauna. Chalmette battlefield... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you love nature and being outdoors this is the place to be. Now during the spring the weather is cooler and not overly hot so this is the best time to go. I have been here so many times in my life that I never get bored. if you want a place that is quiet than this is the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with two other friends to Nola for the weekend and we saw there were tons of boat tours to see the alligators but they were too expensive; then a friend of ours recommended the park to us and we couldn't be more satisfied with our visit. We got to see so many alligators really close to us and... More 

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Edinburg, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't really enjoy the place coz we were warned of the snakes everywhere. So we just stayed for awhile and left right away.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this hike because it was easy, level and accessible to all of our family members. Strollers work, pets are okay but discouraged because of wildlife. We got a lot of great photos!

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Metairie, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect for kids to learn a quick history about NOLA and other interesting facts. In addition, they can earn a junior ranger badge. We were there about 30-45 mins in order to complete to junior badge packet.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a tour provided by the ranger at the Barataria Preserve. He gave us the geological, geographical, historical and social context for the evolution of the bayou and how humans have interacted with it over the centuries. This included information about the wildlife that live there now, including alligators (of which we saw four), Native Americans who had lived... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite easy breakout tour from New Orleans (about 20 miles or so). You walk on wooden walkways on the swamp/wetlands, and you get to see the nature. We did not see any wildlife (as it was too cold), but loads of nice picture opportunities. Very calm, as opposed to busy New Orleans. Quite difficult to locate on Google Maps etc.,... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the part that is in the French Quarter not the one with trails. It is worth five stars for the nice courtyard and bathroom alone. Bathrooms are hard to come by in the Quarter, and the courtyard is a good break from the crowds just outside. There's a little free museum that is nice, and my 8... More 

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