Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve

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The Barataria Preserve is one of six sites comprising Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The Barataria Preserve interprets the culture of people, past and present, who settled the delta and the unique ecosystem which sustained them. It preserves a representative example of the delta's environment, containing natural levee forests, bayous, swamps, and marshes. Visitor center open Wednesday - Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30; closed all federal holidays. Preserve parking lot gates open for trail access every day from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. including federal holidays. Preserve completely closed on Mardi Gras. Beautiful nature trails, birding trails, and a visitor center featuring a kids activity center, Junior Ranger program, bookstore, and more. Guided tours are offered. Great place for hiking, canoeing, enjoying nature!