Swamp and Bayou Tour

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Experience the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana...

Experience the timeless beauty of Southern Louisiana in a custom built swamp boat as you travel through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park - Barataria Preserve to discover the wildlife of the swamps and bayous.

Our guide to Swamp and Bayou Tour

After a short motor coach ride across the Mississippi River you will board an all-weather boat that has been purpose designed for cruising through the swamps and bayous of Louisiana.

These wetlands are home to an abundance of wildlife including alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, snakes and birds, and your native guide will know all the best places to look for these creatures.

Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and many species of snakes. Some wildlife are more numerous during the warmer months of the year.

Learn why our wetlands are disappearing due to coastal erosion and man’s efforts to correct the damage it has done and restore this vital habitat.

You will also learn about the Cajun’s, an ethnic group that predominantly live in Louisiana who utilized the swamps and bayous to create a water based lifestyle that included hunting, fishing and trapping.

These people turned soup into gumbo, the washboard into a musical instrument and the swamps into a homely paradise. The naturalist will also explain why the Louisiana wetlands are gradually vanishing and the efforts that are being made to preserve and restore them.

This tour has been featured on numerous TV shows and wildlife documentaries and is a must-do for anyone that visits New Orleans.


Daily, year-round.

Start times

Varies - Please see calendar.


3.5 to 4 hours (includes travel time).

Terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for Swamp and Bayou Tour

  • Infants 0-5 years sitting on parents lap are free of charge.
  • Snacks and refreshments are NOT included, however they are available to purchase locally. 
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time. 
  • This tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock.
  • *Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the operator up to 72 hours before your chosen activity date. No refunds are given for cancellations made within 72 hours.


Frequently Asked Questions for Swamp and Bayou Tour

General Information

  • What can I expect on a Swamp and Bayou Tour?

    Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of swamps and bayous as you cruise through lush landscapes. Encounter unique wildlife, majestic cypress trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of these mystical environments.

  • What types of wildlife might I see during the tour?

    Get ready for a wildlife extravaganza! Spot alligators, turtles, snakes, and an array of bird species. Our experienced guides will share fascinating insights into the local ecosystem and its inhabitants.

  • Is the tour suitable for all ages?

    Absolutely! Our Swamp and Bayou Tours are family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Whether you're traveling with kids, friends, or solo, everyone can enjoy the beauty and wonder of the swamp.

  • Can I book tickets in advance?

    Absolutely! Secure your spot by booking in advance through our user-friendly online platform. This ensures a seamless experience and guarantees your spot on the tour.

  • What happens in case of bad weather?

    Our Swamp and Bayou Tours operate rain or shine. However, in the rare event of severe weather conditions, the safety of our guests is our top priority. In such cases, we will provide information on rescheduling or refund options.

Clothing & Accessories

  • What should I wear and bring on the tour?

    We recommend comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear, as you'll be exploring both land and water. Don't forget your camera to capture the breath-taking scenery and wildlife encounters.

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