A World Apart
Come explore the heart of the Barataria Basin, where the dark bayou waters hide silent alligators alongside the secrets of notorious pirate Jean Lafitte. Remnants of the past are still present in this historic fishing village and the trails and waterways traversing the area.
Only a short distance from the big city of New Orleans, Jean Lafitte and its bayou culture feels like a world apart. Spend the day here, touring the mysterious swamps, eating some of Louisiana’s best seafood and learning about the people and their unique way of life.
ONLY 30 MINUTES FROM NEW ORLEANS:Take 1-10 to US-90 across the Crescent City Bridge. Stay straight and go onto the Westbank Expy. and travel 4.5 miles.Take the Barataria Blvd.Exit (48). Continue to the second light and turn left on Barataria Blvd.Travel 3.5 miles to Leo Kerner /Lafitte Parkway (Hwy 3134) and turn left.Continue for 8 miles and turn left on LA 45/ Jean Lafitte Blvd.
In the News
Just off urban doorsteps, Lafitte is a dive into wild Louisiana By Ian Mcnulty Imcnulty, The Advocate, Nov. 17, 2014 If it’s true that nature abhors a vacuum, then it doesn’t seem to have much use for straight lines either, at least not in the alluvial sprawl of...
Work starts on protective levee for Jean Lafitte Project expected to reduce risk of storm surge in town of Jean Lafitte
BY JEFF ADELSON, The Advocate, Sept. 9, 2014 Officials kicked off the first phase of the project Friday, breaking ground on an $8.5 million tidal levee that will protect much of the town from storm surge even as plans move forward for levees that would ring the rest...
LAFITTE, La. - The town of Jean Lafitte now has its place firmly etched in history, with the unveiling of a historical marker Saturday by the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission. Lafitte Mayor Tim Kerner attended the unveiling ceremony at the Jean Lafitte Visitor...
The 6,000-square-foot, Barataria Museum tells the 200-year-old story of the Town of Jean Lafitte, a historic fishing village 20 miles southwest of New Orleans.