Go Wild on the Swamp & Bayou Tour from New Orleans.
After a short bus ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana Swamps & Bayous. Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana in a custom built swamp boat. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and the Cajun “joie de vivre.” Discover how the seafood from these bountiful waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes.
Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoon, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year. Also learn why these wetlands are disappearing due to coastal erosion and man’s efforts to correct the damage it has done and restore this vital habitat.
Bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou!
10:45 am & 12:45 pm daily (March through December)
Also at 8:45 am & 2:45 pm daily (March through October)
(see Special Schedule Details)
Special Schedule Details
This tour does NOT operate on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day.
Snacks and refreshments are available on the boat.
This tour includes a narrated boat cruise and narrated motor coach transportation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will we see Cypress Trees and Alligators? -- Yes, tours operate smack in the middle of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary (swamp country) that contains wetland suitable for the Bald Cypress and the Great Cypress. Tours are conducted on private property where there is no hunting allowed - so expect to see alligators.
What makes these tours outstanding? -- The tours have been conducted on private property for many years. This means no competition in the area and less boat traffic to scare the animals, providing the most private tours possible. All the Captains are born and raised on the Bayou and you will travel through natural wetlands, swamp and bayous throughout the tour.
When is the best time of year to take a Swamp or Airboat Tour? -- Spring is incredible with all the animals doing what animals do. The trees and many flowers are in bloom and the nesting period for the waterfowl begins. Summertime is warm and humid which brings out the big Alligators and big birds like the Great Blue Herring and the White Egret. Fall is spectacular with very pleasant weather, an abundance of animals and beautiful foliage. Louisiana's mild winters are a great time of year also! Winter brings out the fur-bearing (fuzzy) animals, like Nutria, deer, mink, otters and the migratory birds and alligators are still present as long as it is not below freezing.
Are mosquitoes a problem in the swamp? -- No not really. During daylight hours you will have to search high and low to find one so they are not a concern. At dawn and dusk they can be present. However this swamp has a tidal flow so there are no stagnant waters that are the breeding ground for mosquitoes. It is suggested that you take precautionary measures with wearing or bringing mosquito repellent.
Are there restrooms, food and drink on the tour boats? -- Yes, the swamp boats have a restroom and snacks and drinks are available for purchase. On the airboat there are no restrooms or food available but there are facilities at the swamp tour site and snacks are available at the office.
Hotel pick-up not included. The departure point in the French Quarter will be specified on your E-Ticket.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
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