Bayou and Swamp Tour

Bayou and Swamp Tour in New Orleans (Jean Lafitte Historical Park, Barataria Preserve)
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Price: $60.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours 45 Minutes
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? The French Quarter.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes. During warmer months, we recommend that you wear lightly colored clothing. A hat and an umbrella is also suggested.
Restrictions Wheelchair accommodations may be available upon request at booking. This tour cannot accommodate scooters. Collapsible wheelchairs may be accommodated, but must fold up to fit behind the driver's seat. Children ages 5 and younger may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking, provided that they are not occupying their own seat.

Bayou and Swamp Tour

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 flat bottom 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!

5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  7 ReviewsReview This Tour
An excursion to remember!
June 14, 2019
I did this swamp tour 20 yrs ago; had to experience it again; this time w/my hubby. Well worth the time/money; fasinating watching alligators come along the side of the catamaran to eat the marshmellows from the long stick, entertained by our informative boat captain. They actually were interactive. Beautiful views of the swamp, wildlife, & greenery. Some folks were able to toss marshmellows in the water for the alligators. Was a sight to see. At the end of the tour, we held a baby alligator (12 in. long). The gift shop was nice too, Very educational; great for all ages. Recommend this relaxing trip; great photo opps.
Reviewer: Alycia & Douglas
5 Stars
Fun tour. Lots of gators!
April 12, 2019
This was a fun swamp tour. The guide knew where to slow the boat and spot gators. Pretty area.
Reviewer: Debbie
5 Stars
Bayou a and Swamp Tour
January 16, 2018
Excellent and very informative
Reviewer: Lonny Davies
5 Stars
Bayou & Swamp Tour
May 20, 2017
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: M.T. Fry
5 Stars
Great Family Excursion
January 21, 2017
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: Kyla Gardner
5 Stars
Bayou and Swamp Tour
January 20, 2017
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!
Reviewer: Edna Land
5 Stars