The Treasure of Jean Lafitte

In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans’ rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou’s bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at 1815’s Battle of New Orleans. Follow the link to discover the treasure of Jean Lafitte. Read More

Alligator floating in water

Barataria Preserve

Explore Louisiana's wild wetlands---swamp, marsh, bayous, alligators, birds---just 17 miles from New Orleans.

Cannons lined up behind wood and mud rampart

Chalmette Battlefield

Follow the footsteps of the troops who fought 1815's Battle of New Orleans and find out how the American victory changed the world.

Exhibit with photos and title Crossroads of Culture

French Quarter Visitor Center

Discover how three centuries of cultural exchange have created one of America's most distinctive cities.

Boys looking at model of old house

Acadian Cultural Center

Old traditions, new homes: through exhibits, programs, and boat tours, discover how Canada's Acadians became Louisiana's Cajuns.

Exhibits showing horse-racing and dancing

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center

Celebrate the Cajun way of life with music, dancing, cooking demonstrations, and more!

Exhibit about hunting and fishing in Louisiana's bayous

Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Big fun on the bayou: it's all about music, Cajun French, boat tours, and life in Louisiana's wetlands.

Entrance to Acadian Cultural Center museum

African American History & Art

Special events happening at the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette: a talk on enslaved Africans in Acadiana and art exhibits.

People dressed in 1815 clothes stand around a campfire where food is cooking

Living History Reenactor Recruiting

Fire cannons, shoot muskets, and cook outdoors: learn all about it at a living history meeting on Sunday, March 1, at Chalmette Battlefield.

Painting of a crawfish playing an accordion

Art & Basket Making

The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice hosts two art exhibits plus a Coushatta Indian basket making demonstration in March.

View of New Orleans' French Quarter buildings from a boat on the Mississippi River

French Quarter Programs in March

New Orleans Irish and Italian history, remarkable women, gumbo, and red beans: all at the the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans.

Suitcases and map of Louisiana coast

How Do You Pack a Coast?

Rising seas, sinking land, and changing climate threaten south Louisiana. How do you pack a coast in your evacuation grab-and-go box?

Bicyclists ride by the Barataria Preserve sign

Permits for Events, Filming, & More

Commercial photography or filming? A special event like a wedding or a bike race? Research? Hunting? Learn about special permits.

Last updated: February 27, 2020

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