Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Chalmette National Cemetery

From pirate Jean Lafitte and the Baratarians to 19th-century civil rights activist Homer Plessy, the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve memorializes the extraordinary people who shaped the history of Louisiana. The six sites that make up the park include the Chalmette Cemetery, the final resting place of thousands of soldiers who died in conflicts that range from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. With a visitor center in the French Quarter, the Barataria Preserve gives visitors the chance to explore the wetlands, the Acadian Cultural Center, and more. At these sites, visitors encounter nature, history, and culture over three centuries of America's past.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Chalmette National Cemetery

Visitors are invited to hike, observe native wildlife in its natural habitat, learn about New Orleans history, and attend historical re-enactments. This park preserves the site of numerous events, including the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. The park also highlights the everyday lives of the Acadian people, who were exiled from Nova Scotia in Canada and went on to develop a mix of cultures that included cowboys, Creoles, and Cajuns. 

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How To Get To Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Chalmette National Cemetery

Start your visit at the French Quarter Visitor Center, which is located in the heart of the French Quarter on Decatur Street between Conti Street and St. Louis Street. To tour the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, begin driving in New Orleans on LA-46 E, and follow it to Battlefield Road.

Address

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, 1 Battlefield Road, Chalmette, Louisiana 70043

Fee: Entry fee $0

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and Chalmette National Cemetery offer a fascinating look at Louisiana's history and its natural surroundings, which largely shaped the lives of the people. Opportunities to camp are nearby, making this a great place to enjoy an RV getaway.