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Many Activities at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

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The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve – composed of six locations –  offers a variety of outdoor activities, as well as educational information about the state’s natural habitats and rich history. The park’s namesake, Jean Lafitte, is described as having an unmatched knowledge of Louisiana’s swamps and bayous during his life in the 1800s. Today, the same areas Lafitte once travelled are the sites of the national historical park and preserve, which includes outdoor locations such as the Barataria Preserve, as well as within New Orleans’ French Quarter.

Barataria Preserve is named after the town where Lafitte spent most of his time. The area spans 23,000 acres and offers miles of trails and boardwalks for hikers and casual walkers, as well as several waterways that connect canoe and kayak routes.

The park is also home to more than 200 species of birds and hosts the “Beginner’s Bird Walk,” where participants learn the basics of identifying, recording and reporting bird sightings. In addition, the park offers a number of activities for kids, such as a Junior Ranger program and several summer camps.

Every January, the park’s Chalmette location commemorates the Battle of New Orleans with a reenactment complete with cannon firings. More information about the battle and its role in the War of 1812, as well as information about events that shaped the region, is offered year-round through various talks and tours, which are coordinated through the New Orleans location in the French Quarter. 

Photo Credit: Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau; Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve