Chalmette Battlefield & Jean Lafitte National Park
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Situated west of New Orleans is Chalmette Battlefield, the site of the bloody Battle of New Orleans in 1815. 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 part of the same complex. 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 outdoors 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. For more information, check out the official website.