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The Lafreniere Park of Metairie is a beautiful outdoor space offering a number of recreational and athletic activities to the local a community. The park features a disc golf course, a multi-purpose sports field, soccer fields, and baseball fields, along with a dog park, a carousel, meadows, pavilions, a patio garden, and a fitness track. The kids will enjoy in the spray park and the playground.
Consisting of six sites spread across New Orleans, this historic site pays homage to the pirateering legacy of Jean Lafitte, and the historical events that unfolded in his wake. The visitor center has historic walking tours of the French Quarter and also sets the scene for other historic sites in and around New Orleans. The extensive Barataria Preserve is part of the site, and is sheathed in a tapestry of marshes, swamps and dense hardwood forests, while the Chalmette Battlefield has been the ground of many historic battles and wars. Characterized by a string of teeming bayous and inextricable Cajun traditions, the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is a stirring insight into the historical heart of New Orleans.
The Barataria Preserve is a sprawling nature preserve spread over 23,000 acres (9307 hectares) of untouched marshland, swamps, forests, bayous and other habitats. Take a trip to this beautiful preserve and walk along the trails where you can catch a glimpse of a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitats, including alligators, snakes, opossums, rabbits, spiders, turtles, insects and more than 200 bird species.
The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is composed of two parallel bridges and holds the Guinness world record as the longest continuous bridge over water, spanning 23.83 miles (38.35 kilometers). As you're driving over the bridge, you'll be treated to views of of Lake Pontchartrain. This is a toll bridge, so be prepared to pay a toll when you cross in either direction.
Explore the lifestyle of Americans before the civil war at the Destrehan Plantation. The house was built in the 18th Century and is known to be an antebellum mansion displaying Greek Revival style of architecture. Jean-Noël Destréhan happens to be one of the most known owners of the house since he was the first United States Senator from the state. In the year 1914, the Mexican Petroleum Company bought the house which was later donated to the River Road Historical Society by American Oil Company. During the tour, you will learn a lot about the owners and slavery during that period. Due to its vintage and antique style, the house has been featured in famous Hollywood movies like Interview with the Vampire and 12 Years a Slave.
Cajun Pride Swamp Tour is a fun and informative way to see a scenic swamp and wildlife refuge. You might see a whole zoo's worth of creatures including: alligators, bald eagles, waterfowl, owls, beavers, raccoons and even black bears. Tours generally last about an hour and a half.