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Chalmette Battlefield & Jean Lafitte National Park free

8606 West St. Bernard Highway | Chalmette, LA 70043 | Official website
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  • Type: Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Chalmette Battlefield — the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans — is just 6 miles east of New Orleans along the Mississippi River. As many history buffs know, this battle never should have taken place. The War of 1812 ended two weeks before British and American troops stormed the field, but word had not yet reached Congress, the British general or Andrew Jackson — commander of the American troops. Today, Chalmette Battlefield displays historical markers that help visitors trace the history of the Battle of New Orleans. You can also pay your respects to those that fell at the national cemetery, which can be found on the grounds.

After you've had your fill of history, head to Jean Lafitte National Park. Although the park is located several miles southwest of the battlefield, both sites are operated and maintained by the National Park Service. You can explore the numerous swamps and bayous, and you might catch a glimpse of an alligator or two. The park also hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year.

Jean Lafitte National Park and Chalmette Battlefield welcome aspiring historians and outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year (except on Christmas and during Mardi Gras), although hours of operation vary depending on the area of the park you wish to visit. Admission is free. The battlefield isn't easily accessbile by public transportation. So, if you don't have your own set of wheels, plan to hop on the Creole Queen paddlewheeler. This 2½ hour narrated cruise departs from the Riverwalk Marketplace on Poydras Street and disembarks at the battlefield. Round-trip tickets for adults cost $27; children ages 6 to 12 ride for $13. While the cruise can be convenient for those without a car, it can also be somewhat limiting: Without a car, you only have access to the battlefield, the Malus-Beauregard House and the Chalmette Monument. If you want to explore more of Jean Lafitte's other attractions, you'll need your own vehicle. For more information, check out the park's official website.

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