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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
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Reviewed 11 February 2019

Went an an air boat ride through the marshes and swamps. Very interesting although did not see any gators. Guide was super knowledgeable and stopped the boat several times to give a talk. Very enjoyable.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Diane S
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Reviewed 6 February 2019

We actually took a tour, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The area is very cool, and was a fun place to visit.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 24 January 2019

If you really want to see Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, you will need to book a tour because access to the park is pretty limited otherwise. I stopped by a visitors center but found it closed at mid-day on a Monday. I was able to walk along the boardwalk. The network of boardwalks is also pretty limited but I happened upon their former "alligator specialist" who said he still comes out on his own from time to time. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful but I understand guided tours from the visitors center are probably limited or no longer available due to budget cuts.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ed J
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Reviewed 16 January 2019

The Barataria Preserve is made up of 24,000 acres of marsh, swamp, and hardwood forests. The preserve has a visitor center, environmental education center, ranger programs that offer free tours ,walking trails elevated above the swamp, and waterways.
The ranger will point out alligators along the way. It's a very interesting and a unique opportunity to walk in the swamp safely .The rangers are very informative.
You will need a car to get there as it is over the Mississippi River Bridge.
You should call to check on the times of the ranger led tours:504-689-3690.
I think it's best in the spring or fall.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 January 2019

We did one of the swamp tours on one of the sunnier days and saw a lot of wildlife- turtles, gators, birds. Our tour guide, Jason, had a lot of great stories! It's a beautiful park and reserve!

Date of experience: January 2019
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