Take in the natural beauty of South Louisiana in this New Orleans Swamp Tour that goes through part of Jean Lafitte Historical Park, a site rich with Louisiana wildlife and history. You'll catch glimpses of alligators, snakes, and other Louisiana critters that roam the wetlands while learning about the area's extensive history and culture.
Your New Orleans bayou tour begins after a quick motorcoach trek across the Mississippi River. From there, you'll board a custom swamp boat to take you through one of Jean Lafitte Historical Park's most notable sights: the Barataria Preserve. The preserve, which spans more than 20,000 acres, offers a peek at Louisiana's famous wetlands, which are home to swamp rabbits, bats, tree frogs, water snakes, and other cool creatures, not to mention an assortment of aquatic flora and fauna.
The wildlife is just one part of this New Orleans swamp boat tour. As you progress through the preserve, your guide will reveal the history and mysteries surrounding the wetlands. Find out how coastal erosion is affecting the area and what's being done to restore this vibrant environment. Learn how the shrimp, crawfish, and other seafood and shellfish in the wetlands are used to create some of the state's most popular dishes, including crawfish etouffee, a thick stew-like dish composed of crawfish tails, rice, and roux (a butter/flour mixture).
If you want to experience South Louisiana up close, this New Orleans tour is the best way to observe the region's wildlife in its natural habitat from a new perspective. Wear light clothing, grab your camera, and remember not to feed the alligators!
Reviewer: M.T. Fry
Enjoyed the tour. Our guide was very informative on the area, habitat, and alligators. Friendly too. Got to feed alligators and hold a baby alligator. Nice seeing the swamp & bayou.
Reviewer: Kyla Gardner
From the start of this excursion our family enjoy everything, from the information about New Orleans that was given to us while on the tour bus on to route to the Boyou swamp and then while on the swamp boat tour. Everyone was surprised when we all got to hold and touch a small alligator name T-Bone. Would go back again during the sprIng / summer season.
Reviewer: Edna Land
Shore Excursions provides excellent tours at discounted prices and the Bayou and Swamp Tour in New Orleans met every expectation. The guide was informative, welcoming, and humorous. The boat took us into the heart of the Bayou and Swamp--giving us a great first-time experience. I recommend this tour!
We went on a larger type boat, it went slower than the air boats but it made the tour more for us because we could stand up and it wasn't as noisy or as cold!!! The guide was wonderful and we got to hold a baby alligator! Really nice tour