The New Canal Lighthouse was built in 1838 at the Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana, the historic lighthouse was rebuilt and revamped in 1855, 1890 and 1901. The light house was severely damaged by the hurricanes in the early 20th century, and in 2005 by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The reconstruction of the lighthouse was completed during 2012-2013. The light house is a part of the National Register of Historic places. Docent led Tours of the light house run Monday through Saturday, and the lighthouse is open year round. The lighthouse features interactive exhibits and displays that highlight the history of the lighthouse, and the ecology of the lake Pontchartrain.
Things to Do
- Families in South Louisiana should visit the historic light house that stands 19 feet above the sea level. The balcony of the lighthouse gives panoramic views of the lakefront.
- Learn about the women light keepers that served over the decades, the lighthouse museum can be accessed either by stairs or the elevator.
- The exhibits are very educational, depicting the history of the light house and the lake.
- The light atop still shines in the night and it gives a beautiful view.
- The gift shop sells t shirts, logos and souvenirs.
- Families can enjoy a picnic and fishing at the shore of the Lake Pontchartrain.
- A craft fair is held every year in the Summer, it features vendors selling local crafts and arts, the admission to the event is free.
The New Canal Lighthouse Insider Tips
- The light house is handicapped accessible.