Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve Travel Guide

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve Things to Do

  • Kids Corner

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Acadian Culture

    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...

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  • Beaver Park

    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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  • The Acadian Cultural Center

    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,...

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  • swamp trails

    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...

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  • fresh water marsh

    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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  • high spot

    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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  • 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

    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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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve Warnings and Dangers

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    pictured is a harmless water snake exiting the walkway on the bayou coquille trail. the swamps and bayous of southern louisiana are the habitats of alligators and cotton mouth moccasins. cotton mouth moccasins are a aggressive specie of venomous snake and should be avoided. when in the jean lafitte national park stay on the marked trails and do not handle or step on any snake in the area.

    on picture number two i posted a picture of a cotton mouth moccasin for identification purposes.

    snake on the walkway cotton mouth moccasin
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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve Favorites

  • Acadian? Cajun? Creole?

    One of the things that confuses many visitors to New Orleans and southern Louisiana are the terms Acadian (or Acadien); Cajun; and Creole. Acadian refers to descendants of the seventeenth-century French colonists who settled in Acadia (located in the Canadian Maritime provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and in...

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  • Learning About Jean Lafitte

    Much of the life of Jean Lafitte is a mystery. We are not even sure if his name is spelled "Lafitte" or "Laffite". It is believed he was born in the early 1790s in France or St. Domingue (what is now Haiti). He came to Louisiana with his older brother Pierre by 1810. He had some legitimate businesses but was mostly a "privateer". A "privateer" has...

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