Enjoy West Bank Culture With These 6 Best Things To Do In Marrero, LA - Updated 2024

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Balance out your day in Marrero, Louisiana doing all the best things that Marrero and New Orleans has to offer! Start off with some famous beignets and coffee. Then you can explore your natural surroundings of the vast terrains throughout Jean Lafitte National Park and take various tours in swamplands that can’t be found anywhere else.

You can also visit some of the local hotspots that include eateries with a higher cause. Then head on over to New Orleans for a day trip that will showcase Creole cuisine as you go from eatery to eatery, sampling some of the finest food Louisiana has to offer. Whether you choose to sample the local wildlife or local cuisine, you won’t be disappointed with your time spent in Marrero, Louisiana.

1. For a long day of trekking through trails, start it off with some famous coffee

Coffee and Beignets at Café du Monde
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Cafe Du Monde has been an infamous landmark in New Orleans since 1862 and what better way to start off your day then with fresh beignets and hot coffee? Open 24 hours a day, you can head over to this eatery at any time you like, and make sure that you are treated to one of New Orleans finest eats. Pack a bag full of goodies as you get ready to spend your day traveling through national parks and exploring the wildlife around Marrero. Just make sure you keep those goodies safe from the alligators!

Cafe Du Monde

Address: 800 Decatur Street, 70116 New Orleans

Website: Cafe Du Monde

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2. Visit the Barataria Preserve for thrilling yet serene trails

Louisiana Nature Scene, Barataria Preserve
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With over 9,200 hectares (23,000 acres) to explore, the Barataria Preserve is a wonderful way to spend the day trekking through the wildlife terrain so close to the bustling city of New Orleans. It is amazing that just a short distance away from the hullabaloo, you can find this quiet nature retreat that has some of nature’s most sensitive creatures waiting to be observed. Check the national park website for updates on the weather as many of the trails are open depending on local weather patterns. But once you are on those trails, it will be difficult to want to leave!

Barataria Preserve

Address: 6588 Barataria Blvd, 70072 Marrero, LA

Website: Barataria Preserve

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3. Cafe Hope is a must stop when visiting Marrero for its incredible food and inspirational foundation

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When you’re ready for your next meal and want to experience the true Cajun spirit, then head over to Cafe Hope where positive community development meets the desire to uphold the standards of a rich culinary heritage. Located within an old boarding house for children with a traumatic past, the founders of Cafe Hope turned the historic architectural gem into a cooking school and restaurant for Marrero’s youth. The restaurant now boasts world class cuisine with seed to table dishes that showcase the positive results of their positive efforts. You won’t be disappointed with the energy and the flavors behind Cafe Hope.

Cafe Hope

Address: 1101 Barataria Blvd., 70072 Marrero, LA

Website: Cafe Hope

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4. Head on over to the French Quarter for a foodie crawl! (from USD 115.0)

New Orleans - French Quarter "Miltenberger House"
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If you can’t decide what to order when confronted with some of the finest cuisine in the world, then try this foodie crawl where you can experience a little bit of everything New Orleans has to offer! This three-hour tour will give you a taste of cocktails and food that make this area as famous as it is with chefs worldwide. Sample drinks at Pirate’s Alley and try some delicious food at Cane & Table. What you will be able to decide on after this tour is where to go for the best food that caters to your personal palette after tasting all the goodies with a passionate tour guide. This will be one tour you’ll brag about to all your friends back home!

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French Quarter Small-Group Cocktail and Foodie Crawl

Duration: 3 hours

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5. Still not satisfied with your swampland experience? Hop on this swamp boat for a unique ride

Jean LaFitte - swamp
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Don’t forget your camera! This swamp boat tour will give you a view of the bayou that will make you gasp. This two-hour tour takes you through the Jean Lafitte National Park and allows you to witness the natural surroundings under the careful guidance of their certified tour guides. This will be a great way to cap off your stay in Marrero!

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours

Address: 6601 Leo Kerner Lafitte Parkway, 70072 Marrero, Louisiana

Website: Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours

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6. Hitch a ride on an airboat tour to witness swamp life at its best (from USD 59.0)

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Just south of Marrero you’ll be able to find Airboat Adventures where a well-seasoned captain will take you on a tour for one and a half and two hours of swamp fun. These tours always have an element of surprise to them as swamp wildlife likes to lurk beneath the waters more than it likes to be visible to the naked eye. But be prepared as you will encounter some of the amazing wildlife of this region through the unique vessel. This adventure will not be one that you want to miss while in Marrero!

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From Lafitte: Swamp Tours South of New Orleans by Airboat

Duration: 105.0 to 4.0 minute

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Marrero is in close proximity to the party in New Orleans and the serenity of the bayou

Party to your heart’s content and then settle down for a quiet ride through the vast swamplands of Louisiana in Marrero. With its easy access to the Big Easy, you can head over to tour the city or head south to get away from it all and wonder what is lurking underneath your many options for wandering the swamplands. This is an amazing middle ground between civilization with its amazing strength and the power of nature in its untouched form. Come explore all Marerro has to offer!

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