Behind Lafitte’s Barataria Museum lies the Wetland Trace, a boardwalk trail through a cypress swamp leading to a bayou, rookery and marsh area. Part of a 41- acre nature preserve, the mysterious terrain is home to swamp wildlife. Trails include covered pavilions, benches and scenic overlooks.

The boardwalk gives visitors excellent access to wildlife, including alligators, snakes, spiders, turtles and birds. Near the end of the boardwalk lies an egret rookery, tucked away high in the swaying cypress moss.

This is also a great place for viewing Louisiana flora, such as the native Louisiana Iris, water lilies and orchids.