Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve encompasses six separate sites that reveal Louisiana’s unique people, vibrant history, and thriving ecosystem.

The French Quarter Visitor Center traces the diverse cultures and traditions that took root in the Mississippi delta, from Creole cooking to jazz music to voo-doo. 

The Acadian Cultural Center focuses on the Cajun settlers who brought their art, dance, and storytelling to the bayou. At the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, you can see demonstrations of Cajun cooking, crafts, and music.

Chalmette Battlefield commemorates the Battle of New Orleans, the final clash of the War of 1812. Andrew Jackson’s victory ended the war and launched his path to the presidency.

The Barataria Preserve protects 20,000 acres of endangered wetlands, home to alligators, otters, and more than 300 different types of birds. At the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, you can take a boat through the bayou or jam with local musicians.

Experience the sights, sounds, flavors, textures, and scents of Louisiana at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

Did You Know: 

Jean Lafitte was a pirate who smuggled slaves and other contraband along the waterways of the Barataria Preserve. He and his men later supported Andrew Jackson’s army in the War of 1812 and were pardoned for their prior crimes.

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