Discover the mystique of the swamps and bayous on an exciting sightseeing boat tour from New Orleans. You’ll travel deep into the secluded bayous across the Mississippi River to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife. Enjoyed guided commentary on Cajun culture and the myth‐laden swamps as you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds. 


  • New Orleans swamp and bayou sightseeing tour
  • Take a 2 hour boat ride through swamps and bayous and watch for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, birds and more
  • Learn all about Cajun culture from your guide

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What You Can Expect

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour

Choose a morning or afternoon pickup from the French Quarter and climb aboard your coach for the ride deep into Cajun country. Enjoy 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 knowledgable native guides will take you on an unforgettable 2‐hour 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. True animal enthusiasts will love getting an up‐close (and interactive) look at some of the ‘friendlier’ animals. 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 wetland preservation efforts.

Your coach returns to the French Quarter by mid‐afternoon or evening. 

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Customer Reviews

Janet F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was very enjoyable. The Captain was knowledgeable and entertaining. Boat was comfortable and we saw gators! Would recommend this ride to everyone!

Sigrid L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Cool and cloudy day with high tides. Not a good day for wildlife viewing but our guide made every effort to find some alligators. We finally came across two and the baby alligator made up for all the ones that didn't want to surface that day.

william Keith s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I will never forget this trip absolutely fabulous,it's a must do trip,the guides were so helpful wonderful day out.

Donna V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was great. The tour guide was awesome. Will recommend to family and friends.

Gay d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Absolutely interesting and informative. Eileen Lena was a terrific guide s well as humorous which also made the excursion fun!

Elizabeth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The Captain was brilliant and full of facts. We also saw lots of alligators and a few people got to feed them. It's great to see animals like this actually out in the wild and not having to be in reserves or zoos.

Austin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We were so glad we took this boat rather than one of the fast ones where you have to wear noise cancelling earphones. We got to see and feed alligators, and our tour guide was awesome.

Judith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really enjoyed this tour. Our boat driver was excellent and holding the young alligator was a real bonus to the trip

Ellen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour! I was fortunate enough to see some alligators. Not many, but each of them is very memorable. I was scared of the alligators before the tour, but after that, I start loving them!! The volume of alligators that would appear really depends on whether they show up or not, but this is not a zoo!! Alternatively, please also enjoy the boat ride and the breeze of nature!

Arleny S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We went on the Lil Cajun, saw a ton of alligators in the bayou and our guide even took us to the area in the bayou that got the inspiration for the story Princess and the Frog. We also got to feed the aligators and we even got to hold a baby alligator! IT was the highlight of my trip. Recommend doing this on the first day of your trip!

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