For many people, visiting New Orleans isn’t limited to staying within the city proper, but includes venturing into the surrounding parishes where numerous historic sites and beautiful natural environments can be explored. Plaquemines Parish is one such day trip highlight in the area, boasting numerous historical sites, including Fort Jackson, Fort St Philip, and Woodland Plantation, as well as excellent opportunities for fishing and exploring the bayou. The parish is located South and East of New Orleans, and extends from the Westbank of the New Orleans metro area down to the Gulf of Mexico. The name of the parish is derived from an Atakapa word for persimmon, a name adopted by the French settlers building Fort St Philip, the site of which was densely populated by persimmon trees.