Jean Lafitte National Park and Bbarataria Preserve is 26,000 acres with marshes, wetlands and forests, located just outsside Of New Orleans. Very swampy with alligators snakes and the like! They hide. there are many birds as well.
It is an excursion to take, to walk in the very hot sun amid the creatures and the growth. There are boardwalks to walk on through the swamp. This past visit, it was too hot for the alligators and snakes to be out and about.
The park is named after the French pirate Jean Lafitte. He was a smuggler and a pirate. He fought heroically for the United States in defense of New Orleans in the war of 1812. As a pirate he fronted as a blacksmith operation, actually he sold stolen slaves and stolen goods from ships sailing in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. President Andrew Jackson praised Jean Lafitte, for without him the battle of 1812 would not have been won.