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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Discover the mystique of the swamps and bayous on a sightseeing boat tour from New Orleans. Travel deep into the secluded bayous across the Mississippi River to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife. Your guide will provide commentary on Cajun culture and the myth‐laden swamps while you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, and native birds.
  • New Orleans swamp and bayou sightseeing tour
  • Take a boat ride through swamps and bayous and watch for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, birds, and more
  • Learn all about Cajun culture from your guide
  • Round-trip transportation form the French Quarter is included
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Narrated boat cruise
Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Local taxes
Gratuities
Snacks and refreshments available for purchase on boat

Departure Point

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose a morning or afternoon pickup from the French Quarter and climb aboard your coach for the ride deep into Cajun country. Watch the changing scenery as the cityscape transitions into expansive wetlands. You coach delivers you to the launch point across the Mississippi River, where you’ll transfer to an open‐sided, covered boat and set off on the fun and educational ride.

Your native guide will take you on a wildlife‐spotting expedition through this legendary Louisiana terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including nesting alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and giant nutria. Some wildlife are more easily spotted during the warmer months of the year.  Get great photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps, including the culture and ingenuity of the Cajun people who have populated this region for almost 250 years. Your guides will share stories about Cajun music, bayou lifestyle, and culinary traditions — like the creation of Louisiana’s signature gumbo, as well as information about the region’s passionate efforts to preserve the wetlands.

Your coach returns to the French Quarter by mid‐afternoon or evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
After a short coach ride across the Mississippi River, embark on a fascinating 2-hour boat trip through the swamps and bayous of New Orleans.
Pass By:  
Barataria Preserve
You will travel through the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system. The preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands, protecting 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests.
Pass By:  
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Barataria Preserve is part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system, which preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
Stop At:  
Adventures of Jean Lafitte
Enjoy your swamp cruise narrated by local captain.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to help preserve the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point - just a short stroll from most downtown hotels
  • Tour vehicles are equipped for wheelchair storage. If wheelchairs collapse and fold, they can be placed in the storage compartment on the bus
  • Electrical wheelchairs are permitted, but special arrangements need to be made with the supplier for a handicap-accessible bus. This must be arranged 72 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Unfortunately, electrical scooters are not permitted
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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Q:
What is the departure point for the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
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Is there parking near the departure point for the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
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Q:
What should I wear during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs, or short shorts.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of boat is used during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
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This tour uses a comfortable, custom-built pontoon boat that is safe for the fragile local ecosystem.
Jun 2021
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How long is the actual cruise during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
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The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my camera on the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
Absolutely! Bring your camera to capture the “bon temps” (good times) on the bayou!
Jun 2021
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Is food available during the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
Yes, snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Boat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans handicap accessible?
A:
Yes, however, be sure to list any special needs in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout and call the local operator at least 72 hours prior to your tour date to confirm suitable arrangements.
Jun 2021

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star-3
Disappointing.
BSB
, Jun 2021
Disappointing. If you do a swamp tour opt for an airboat. The pontoon boat went straight to an alcove where two gators were waiting for marshmallows. No looking for gators, no mention of other wildlife.
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Fabulous
Elliot
, Jun 2021
Great tour! Guide was knowledgeable and very funny. We saw tons of gators. I had a couple of littles with me that were nervous to go on the tour. By the end, they both declared their love of gators. Teens also loved it. Would recommend 100%.
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Swamp tour from NOLA
cynthia_s
, Jun 2021
Beautiful trip on the water. Plenty of alligator sightings. Perfect length of time for trip. Very convenient meeting place for the bus in NOLA. Bus was air-conditioned and clean.
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Awesome
BRIDGET_E
, Jun 2021
We enjoyed the tour we seen alligators and even got to hold a baby alligator the driver gave great info
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star-4
The baby gator and feeding the gators.
John_H
, Jun 2021
The baby gator and Spanish moss. The feeding of the gators with marshmallows. The ride out. That's it
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star-5
My swamp tour
Sharry_L
, Jun 2021
The bus driver gave a running commentary on the way to the swamp which was interesting. Our boat was covered and we could move around once we were underway. The most memorable thing was him throwing marshmallows to the alligators. He also brought his 2 yr old crocodile and let us hold him. We really enjoyed the trip.
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star-4
Nice swamp experience!
Sandra_W
, Jun 2021
This one boat tour was really great! The boat operator very knowledgeable, Stop and let us take pictures of the small Gators in the water and hold the baby Gator!!
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star-5
Gators Galore
Debra_G
, Jun 2021
This is a must while in New Orleans. This a trip recommended for all ages, except toddlers. We were on the boat with doors which seemed safer than an air boat. There are many alligators to see and the guide had a baby alligator that all got to hold and take photos with.
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star-5
Such a fun time
Haydn_Z
, Jun 2021
Tour guide was great! Loved to hear the history behind New Orleans. So fun and the kids had a blast. We even got to hold a baby alligator
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Excellent Service
Lawrence_W
, Jun 2021
The entire process was smooth and punctual. The staff are very professional and courteous, and the bus drivers were safe drivers. The captain was knowledgeable, and super friendly. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience !
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