Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve Things to Do

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    Acadian Culture

    by Basaic Written Nov 12, 2009

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    By far the best known example of Acadian Culture is Mardi Gras the celebration of "Fat Tuesday" before "Lent". Other get togethers (Les Visites) occur year round. Many of these are helping hand visits like House Plastering (tacherage); Boat Launching (mise a l'eau); Harvest (ramasserie); or Cattle Roundup (parcage). All of these would include lots of good food, music, card playing and storytelling. If you ever get the chance to attend one of Les Visites do not miss it.

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    The Acadian Cultural Center

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    The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns) and other area groups. Ranger programs, films, exhibits, and events share a variety of local traditions including music, story-telling, dance, and food, and explore the mysteries of the Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana's wildest place. Kids can explore the center and earn a badge with the Junior Ranger program. The center bookstore sells music, books, and crafts. Admission to the center is free. It is open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily except Christmas and Mardi Gras.

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    swamp trails

    by doug48 Updated May 23, 2009

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    the jean lafitte national park and the barataria preserve has a number of walking trails where the visitor can get a good look at the various ecosystems of a southern louisiana swamp. the following things to do tips are a virtual tour of the bayou coquille trail. the jean lafette national park has eight trails which takes a full day to explore. if you just want to spend an hour or two i suggest the bayou coquille trail because of it's diverse ecosystems.

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    high spot

    by doug48 Written May 22, 2009

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    native american high spots

    pictured is an oak tree on a high spot of land in the swamp. these high spots were made by native americans thousands of years ago. jean lafitte and his pirates used these high spots to hide from government troops in the swamp.

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    Kids Corner

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    There is a portion of the Acadian Cultural Center set aside for kids to experience some hands-on activities.

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    Acadian Music

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    In addition to food another strong love for most Acadians is music. One Acadian friend of mine said music is in their blood and a song in their hearts.

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    Acadian Homes

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    Acadian homes reflect the various styles of architecture wher they came from. Although the style may change some according to region, some aspects remain constant.

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    Acadian Food

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    Acadians also love that Cajun and Creole cooking. Food is a very important part of the culture and their lives. In my opinion this is some of the best cooking you can eat!

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    Beaver Park

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    When plans were made to build the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette it was decided to locate it in Beaver Park. Nice choice as it is a beautiful setting.

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    fresh water marsh

    by doug48 Written May 22, 2009

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    located at the end of the bayou coquille trail is the marsh overlook. this is one of a number of ecosystems that you can see in the jean lafitte national park.

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    bayou

    by doug48 Written May 22, 2009

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    bayou

    pictured is a typical bayou in the jean lafitte national park. the green "scum" on the water is duck weed which is a very common aquatic plant in the swampy areas of louisiana.

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    alligator

    by doug48 Written May 22, 2009

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    located on the bayou coquille trail is the kenta canal. the kenta canal is a alligator habitat. if you look closely at the center of the picture there is a small alligator.

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