Situated just outside Marrero and spread across 23,000 acres, the Barataria Preserve offers a glimpse of Louisiana's wild wetlands. The preserve consists of swamps, marshes, forests, alligators, nutrias and over 200 species of birds. Dirt trails and boardwalks wind through the preserve.
Barataria Preserve Travel Tips
- Approaching, harassing, or feeding alligators is prohibited.
- Pets are allowed only on the deck at the visitor center.
- Pets must be on leash and should be attended by the owner.
- Service animal assisting people with physical disability are allowed.
Entrance Ticket Details For Barataria Preserve
- No admission fee.
- Hiking, boating etc. equipment rentals will be charged.
Barataria Preserve Hours
- Preserve closed on Mardi Gras
- Visitor center : 9:30am - 4:30pm (Wednesday to Sunday)
How to Reach Barataria Preserve
- Lapalco at Bonnie Ann bus stop
- Ames at North Oak bus stop
- Restaurant De Familles
- Taco Bell
- Sonic Drive in
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3.66% of people who visit New Orleans include Barataria Preserve in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
93.33% of people start their Barataria Preserve visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 8 Hrs to see Barataria Preserve
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Barataria Preserve
Barataria Preserve Reviews & Ratings
Nice information center detailing what you can expect. Trails are clearly marked and well maintained. I suggest paying attention to your surroundings, you could see some surprising creatures. Do not touch the wildlife and stay away from the dangerous creatures.
Ohmygosh this Alaska girl's heart is so happy with this place!! Nice little boardwalk stroll through the swamp- saw TWO alligators and a few lizards. Visitor's center was closed as we stopped by on a federal holiday but the location itself was well-kept, bathrooms were open and clean.
Nice little side trip to work off the deep fried goodness of New Orleans. Pleasant nature hike surrounded by alligators. Little ones skittering on the path, medium ones popping their heads up on the water, and a HUGE one sunning itself across the pond. Odd and awesome to be so close to them.
We love national parks! We were able to see the flowers in bloom and even a couple of alligators! Walking paths are not paved but in some places wooden and are maintained well. Junior ranger badges can be earned and the staff was great! Very patient and informative. Gift shoo and restrooms at the visitor center.
Guy in information center gave us good information. Appreciated the water bottle filling stations and water was cold! Beautiful natural and safe walk ways.