New Orleans Sights

Jean Lafitte National Park Visitor Center

  • 419 Decatur St. Map It
  • French Quarter
  • Information Center

Published 07/24/2015

Fodor's Review

Visitors who want to explore the areas around New Orleans should stop here first. The office supervises and provides information on the Jean Lafitte National Park Barataria Preserve, a beautiful wetland area across the river from New Orleans, and 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 visitor center has free visual and audio exhibits on the customs of various communities throughout the state, as well as information-rich riverfront tours called "history strolls," offered Tuesday through Saturday. The hourlong tour leaves at 9:30 am; tickets are handed out individually (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.

Sight Information

Address:

419 Decatur St., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70130, USA

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Phone:

504-589–2636

Website: www.nps.gov/jela

Sight Details:

  • Tues.–Sat. 9–4:30

Published 07/24/2015

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