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Jean Lafitte National Park Visitor Center
Jean Lafitte National Park Visitor Center Review
Visitors who want to explore the areas around New Orleans should stop here first. The office supervises and provides information on Jean Lafitte National Park Barataria Unit, a nature preserve complete with alligators across the river from New Orleans, along with the Chalmette Battlefield, where the Battle of New Orleans was fought in the War of 1812. Each year in January, near the anniversary of the battle, a reenactment is staged at the Chalmette site. This center has free visual and sound exhibits on the customs of various communities throughout the state, as well as information-rich daily riverfront tours called "history strolls." The one-hour daily tour leaves at 9:30 am; tickets are handed out one per person (you must be present to get a ticket), beginning at 9 am, for that day's tour only. Arrive at least 15 minutes before tour time to be sure of a spot. You'll need a car to visit the preserve or the battlefield.
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