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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

The Treasure of Jean Lafitte

In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans' rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou's bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at 1815's Battle of New Orleans. - NPS

Six sites of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

For outdoor activities in a 23000 acre Louisiana wetland and a visitor center with dioramas, exhibits, and hands-on displays, visit the Barataria Preserve in Marrero.

For talks and tours at the site of the War of 1812's Battle of New Orleans, visit Chalmette Battlefield in Chalmette. Every year in early January, the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans is commemorated with reenactors, cannon firings, and more. Stop at the visitor center for exhibits about the battle and how it shaped American history. Chalmette National Cemetery, established in May 1864, is next to the battlefield.

For a look at the influences that shaped one of America's great cities, visit the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans.

For the history of the Acadian (Cajun) people who settled southeast Louisiana, bayou boat tours, music, and other programs, visit the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette.

For the prairie Acadian story, music, dancing, craft demonstrations, and Saturday night at the Cajun Grand Ole Opry, visit the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice.

For bayou boat tours, free jam sessions with local musicians, history walks, and the story of Louisiana's bayou country, visit the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux. - NPS


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