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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

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.


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.

DeAnn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

The airboat swamp tour was awesome and the highlight of our trip. Captain Gary was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Ellen our driver was also very well informed about New Orleans and the surrounding area. We really enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend this tour.

Jack M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Our driver/guide was very informative. Ellen drove well and kept up the banter. The airboat rides were exciting and beautiful. Capt. Gary gave us a most memorable ride thru the swamp. Saw lots of gators! Great day trip. The Plantation tour was historically informative. Our guide there, Ellen (plantation guide), was very knowledgeable and emotionally invested in her tour. She impressed me with her dignity. This was a highlight day!

Kimberly G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Had a awesome time! I think everyone needs to check out this tour if there in New Orleans :)

Leslie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We had an absolute blast! We thought we wouldn't see any wild alligators because of it being cold but we did!! Our tour guide was very knowledgable! I would highly recommend going on this tour!!

Ginger V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

The experience was wonderful and the service was amazing!

Niral P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

The Plantation Tour was not what we expected. Quite disappointing with the Plantation Guide. Would have been happy if we just went on the Airboat Ride - now that was an amazing experience! Gator spotting and the opportunity to feed one!

Robert S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Could not have been better! Even though we got rained on while on the swamp we enjoyed the ride. When we arrived at the swamp tour we went over to the dock to wait on our tour guide and a alligator came swimming down to meet us. The plantation tour was very interesting.

Beverley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

We had an absolutely terrriffic time!! Our guides at both the plantation and the airboat ride were amazing!! Very well informed. Knew alot about the history, plant life and animal life. My guest plans to return woith her husband. Thanks so much.

gary b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

This tour was the highlight of our gulf coast trip. It exceeded our expectations significantly. Our 12 year old son was hoping to see an alligator during the Airboat Ride. Little did he know he would be directly interacting with them! He fed raw chicken directly to 13 foot long 700 pound alligators and actually caught a baby in a net provided by the boat captain and handled it in the boat before returning it to the swamp. The Plantation Tours were also outstanding providing an excellent experience and learning opportunity.

veonne b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

my favourite tour...absolutely loved it...well put together...and for a small tour operator was spot on with their guests...well done love ya work


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Wow, what a beautiful day and a lot of fun! REALLY enjoyed this day out on the water, cruising through the bayou. Scenery was lush and alive. Alligators came right up to the craft and tried to join in the fun...Like the saying goes, "if the gators are snapp'n, you know something's happen'n!! Birds were plentiful...but I'll have to come back if I want to see a Nutria in the wild!

Deshtrahan was a beautiful house and a nice counterpoint to the cruise. Appreciated that there were more out-buildings to explore on this property than on some others. It is truly a gift that these homes have been preserved.

Eric L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

The Airboat Ride was fantastic - out guide was fun and informative. Highly recommend and in fact we did to friends. The Plantation tour part was okay but not great. Our driver, Ginny, was a wealth of knowledge but she spoke so fast and rehearsed that several folks lost interest in listening.

Leah USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

We have gone on several of the swamp tours, at all different times of the year. May is a great time to go to New Orleans. It was just a little humid, no rain and the sites are always interesting-gators and all. We had a larger air boat, and it didn't go quiet as fast as we like, but the guide was great and we enjoyed the company.

Rich H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

Awesome ride, very knowledgeable guide, took us deep into the bayous and caught a 1.5 yoa baby gator and took us within about 3 feet of an 11.5 foot alligator. Would do it again for longer periods of time.

Dennis P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

It was a lovely warm sunny day but dress for a windy great ride on the airboat. Both guides as well as the van driver were very informative. We got to see several alligators sunning as well as a well preserved and historic plantation. Two different tours at a good price.

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