Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Located less than an hour from the city center of New Orleans, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is an adventurous place appropriately named after daring pirate.

Visit Marrero, the Highlight of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Reserve

Technically a series of 6 parks, but put on the list of top day trips from New Orleans for one amazing one, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve offers a great couple of hours or full day away from the city. Marrero, the highlight park in the Barataria Basin preserve, features tons of wetlands filled with indigenous wildlife, including alligators, more than 200 species of birds, nutrias, and other beauties.

View Wildlife, But Stay Alert for Alligators

View bald eagles, snowy egrets, and the beloved pelican at Marrero in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Situated 16 miles Southwest of the city center of New Orleans, about a 30-minute drive or taxi ride out of town, the National Historical Park and Preserve offers tourists the chance to take self-guided tours or tours led by cell phone. It’s fun to explore the ins and outs of the bayous, walking the many boardwalks and taking paths that lead to lush forests. When visiting the preserve, it’s important to wear mosquito repellant and stay on the alert for alligators and snakes that can make their way close to paths or even on them.