St. Bernard Parish is one of the most historic places in the New Orleans area. Close to the Big Easy, St. Bernard Port offers cultural treasures, beautiful waterways, and scenic beauty that can't be found in a big city. Local waterways like Lake Borne, Breton Sound, and the Mississippi River create wonderful opportunities for bird watching, fishing, and hunting.
St. Bernard Port has a humid subtropical climate that has long humid and hot summers and mild short winters. Rainfall comes mostly in the summer, and hurricanes and tropical storms can be a serious threat to St. Bernard Port. Temperatures range from a hot and muggy 33°C (91°F) in July and August to a comfortable dry 6°C (43°F) in January.
Visitors to St. Bernard Port will want to see the Chalmette Battlefield where Americans defeated British troops in 1815 in the famous Battle of New Orleans. The tour road and signs tell the story of the battle and the battlefield since 1815.
Many historians think that not only was this the last major battle of the War of 1812, it was unnecessary. The peace treaty was signed in late 1814 before the January 8, 1815, Battle of New Orleans.
Chalmette Battlefield is open every day (except Christmas and Mardi Gras) from 9am until 4:30 pm. The Creole Queen paddlewheeler makes daily trips to the battlefield park from New Orleans' French Quarter just before the daily 2:45pm ranger talk.
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