Route 6, Box 194, New Orleans Louisiana 70129
504-662-5703 Toll Free: 888-662-5703
Fort Pike, named for explorer and soldier General Zebulon Montgomery Pike who also discovered Pike's Peak, is a historic site strategic for the defense of the US in its early years. Fort Pike, constructed between 1819 and 1826, was once of six masonry forts built in coastal Louisiana to protect New Orleans from a seaborne invasion. It features enclosed casemates (brick vaults within the walls) with long exit tunnels. The curved structure overlooks the Rigolets, a narrow passage between Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf of Mexico.
Situated within the outer walls of Fort Pike is the original Citadel, a two story soldiers' barracks. Guided tours are offered, please call for more information.
Other History nearby:
(New Orleans) Cabildo of the Louisiana State Museum
(Destrehan) Destrehan Plantation
(New Orleans) Fort Pike State Historic Site
(New Orleans) French Quarter
(Gretna) German-American Cultural Center
(Houma) Harvest Cathedral Church
12/08 Coming to The New Orleans area
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival New Orleans LA April25 The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a Jazz Fest, is a 10-day cultural feast in which thousands of musicians, cooks and craftspeople welcome 500,000 visitors each year. There are two main components: the Louisiana Heritage Fair and the Ev ening Concert Series. The Lousiana Heritage Fair is the signature feature of the Festival, showcasing unforgettable music on 12 stages, delicious Louisiana cuisine in two large food areas, and crafts artisans from the region and around the world demonstrating and selling their work.
Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Breaux Bridge LA May3-5 The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival has become one of the largest gatherings of world famous Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop musicians and plays host to over 30 bands on three stages during the three-day festival.
Gulfport Music Festival Gulfport MS May10-11 Huge weekend music festival featuring headliner entertainment, food booths, and more!
Cracklin Festival Port Barre LA November8 This festival is held in November in Port Barre. Four days of fun include family entertainment, Cajun and Country music, food, cooking contests, arts and crafts, and a parade.
Pepper Festival St Martinville LA September14-15 This annual festival, usually taking place on the third Sunday of October, celebrates the pepper industry in Louisiana. Benefits kids, and attractions include Cajun food, bands, and a Poker Run. One day only. Call or write for dates and times.
Best of the Bayou Festival Houma LA September29-30 Taking place in Historic Downtown Houma, the festival features Cajun and French food, music, weddings, crafts, pirogue racing, antiques, and more.