When Acadian exiles from Nova Scotia arrived in Louisiana in the late 1700s, many settled along Louisiana's bayous. Today these people are known as Cajuns, and their mix of old traditions and new ways adapted from new neighbors and a new land have created a lively culture. The center, managed by the National Park Service, features exhibits, artifacts, videos, and films. The center offers a weekly Cajun music jam and weekly Francophone get-together to help keep French alive in Louisiana. Rangers also present guided boat tours on Bayou Lafourche in the spring and fall (by fee; see the website for details).
Latitude: 29.795848 Longitude: -90.82444 Elevation: 15 ft
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- French Quarter Visitor Center (Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve)
- Prairie Acadian Cultural Center (Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve)
- Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center (Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve)
- Barataria Preserve (Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve)
Seasons OpenOpen year-round Monday-Friday and on Farmer's Market Saturdays (call center for dates). Closed federal holidays and Mardi Gras.
Hours OpenMonday-Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.; Wednesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Farmer's Market Saturdays 8:00-11:00 a.m. (call for farmer's market dates)
The center is wheelchair accessible.
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets are not allowed in the center. Service animals are welcome everywhere.