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Take a wild ride through the bayous of Cajun Country on this 2‐hour airboat adventure from New Orleans. In a small group, wind through tree‐lined swampland and spot abundant local wildlife, including nutria, alligators and giant catfish, and stop at Destrehan Plantation to get a taste of the elegant antebellum south.  

Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic drive along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain
  • Tour Destrehan Plantation with costumed guides bringing history to life
  • Free time to explore the spectacular grounds of the plantation
  • Experience real Cajun Country on a high-speed airboat ride
  • Encounter local wildlife

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Airboat Swamp Adventure and Plantation Tour from New Orleans

Small-Group Airboat Ride and Plantation Tour from New Orleans
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Your 5.5‐hour bayou and plantation tour begins with morning pickup from your downtown New Orleans hotel. Make sure to grab breakfast and coffee before boarding the bus for the 30‐minute ride to your airboat launch point. In a bayou‐side Cajun Village near Paradis, LA, you’ll transfer to a small airboat for an exhilarating 2‐hour ride. Skirt along the water, viewing the lush greenery and spotting (and maybe 
getting up close and personal) with local wildlife.      

Following your bayou adventure, enjoy a relaxing drive along Lake Pontchartrain to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented plantation home in the Mississippi Valley. As a costumed guide leads you through the restored antebellum mansion, hear stories of the estate’s former owners and slaves before  taking a self‐guided tour through vibrant gardens and down oak‐lined paths.

The tour bus will return you to your hotel in early‐ to mid‐afternoon. 

Customer Reviews

alia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

AWESOME!
Special Kudos to Madeleine and the local tour operator for taking such good care of us!

This tour is a long one with no meals available to buy, so bring snacks and water. Or do like some folks on our tour did and bring a cooler. The plantation and swamp adventure do not have anything more than sodas and candy, so if you don't want to go into diabetic shock, bring something to munch on in between tours.

The Destrehan Plantation was very interesting and if you're lucky enough to Candance as your Interpreter of History, you are in for a treat! I felt like we needed another 20 minutes at this location to go check out the grounds a little more and see the 1811 Slave Revolt exhibit after the official tour. But we were strapped for time and had to jump back in the van to head to our Swamp tour.

Swamp Adventures is super fun. Don't be surprised and squeal with fright, like I did when Levi the Gator sidles up to the boat as you are boarding it at the dock. Note...while I get the impression some of the gators who are named are like pets... they are not ... they are still wild animals. Rodney was our driver and he's super skilled at maneuvering this boat over and around tight spots. It was so amazing where he took us. And I love the feel of zooming around the swamp. Rodney also has a wicked sense of humor and totally got me when he put an alligator chick really close to my ear as I was looking at something else. I'm embarrassed to say that I screamed again, which caused the rest of the boat to scream as well since they didn't know what happened and we were all in a heightened sense of where is the gator or snake we thought we saw? We were of course, totally safe. Rodney was just messing with me. I loved it of course. And my mom totally jumped at the chance to hold the alligator chick she's braver than me.

You want to do this tour if you like history, nature and a little bit of adventure. Oh... and if you like boats and zooming around.

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Captain Gary was courteous and was able to show us a lot about the swamp. Joni and I had a great time and will do this again the next time we get down there. We were able to see gaters and a lot of birds. We also got to see several Nutrea.

peter r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Guides were wonderful. Had us on the edge of our swamp boat seat!

terry b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a real blast, great guide, really knew his stuff and made the whole experience a lot of fun

Beverly B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The Airboat swamp adventure turned out to be everything we could have wanted. Captain Jack was terrific and I would highly recommend this to everyone.

Fiona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The airboat tour was amazing! Captain Gary was experienced and Knowle able. Even got to hold a little female gator! Plantation tour was a bit of an anticlimax but gave a feel for plantation life in beautiful surroundings.

sharyn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Oh Captain Monkey....great experience despite it being the wrong season for lots and lots of gators. Captain Monkey found us lots of gators and other beautiful things to look at, seriously great fun and sooooo educational. The passion and respect for the environment was just amazing.....don't miss this one.

Marian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our tour guide, Dylan, was awesome! He was very prompt and friendly. We learned so much about the city, in an entertaining way. The plantation was great and was hosting a fall festival, so we got way more than we planned for! The air boat/swamp tour was amazing and beautiful. I would recommend this tour to anyone!

Sandra R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great guilds for both. Enjoyed the small group rather then a large group

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great tour, the guide on the air-boat was areal character and was a laugh a minute. The plantation tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a real insight to life on the plantation.
Ellen the lady from Isabelle tours who picked us up from the hotel was also very knowledgeable and give us many ideas of things to do in New Orleans.
Great day out ,well worth the money.

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