New Orleans Swamp Tours

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Experience Cajun country on a fascinating New Orleans swamp tour. Search for alligators, turtles, and snakes as you pass through the beauty of the bayou, and learn the history of the marshlands and their inhabitants. See below for your options.

Highlights
  • Search for local wildlife while motoring across the bayou
  • Experience Cajun hospitality and sample local cuisine
  • Choose from tours that focus on wildlife, history, or Cajun culture
  • Two-hour, half-day, and full-day tours available
  • Hotel pickup offered from the French Quarter in New Orleans
  • Combine your trip with a tour of antebellum plantations from the Civil War era

Swamp and Bayou Airboat Rides
Step aboard a classic airboat and zip through bayous where Cypress trees grow from the murky waters. Hear tales of local Cajun heritage on a fully narrated tour, all while scanning the muddy banks for gators, snakes, and raccoons. Cruise in peace through the mystical marshes, or race at up to 45 mph (72 kph) while exploring the coastal backwaters.

Swamp Boat and Plantations Combo Tours
To really get a feel for Louisiana history, combine a classic swamp boat tour with a visit to local plantations. See sugar cane waving in the breeze, and tour ornate plantations that date back to before the Civil War. Learn how the French, Spanish, and Americans all influenced the area, and hear stories of bayou locals who were born and raised in the marsh.
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Experience Cajun Country: Swamp Boat Adventure and Plantations Full-Day Tour from New Orleans

Discover New Orleans’ Cajun and Creole cultures on this full‐day swamp and plantation sightseeing tour. In a small group, head deep into the secluded bayous to witness Cajun living and spot native wildlife. Then visit Oak Alley Plantation and Laura Plantation to view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades and sugar cane fields. Upgrade your ticket to include a 2-hour, high-speed airboat ride through the bayous.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$182.00 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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$182.00 USD

New Orleans Airboat Ride

Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride! This approximate 2‐hour boat tour winds through the mossy cypress swamp close to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, named for the 19th‐century pirate and smuggler. While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from a native guide as you admire lush, forested shoreline and spot local wildlife.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$39.99 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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$39.99 USD

New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour With Transport

Explore one of Louisiana’s last protected wetlands on a 2-hour boat tour that includes round-trip hotel transport in New Orleans. Depart in the morning or afternoon for Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve teeming with critters such as 'gators, wild boar, snakes and birds. Ride through the swamp dripping with lush foliage and visit a boat-accessible Cajun village with an informative local guide who sheds light on the area’s inhabitants.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$56.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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$56.00 USD

Small-Group Swamp Tour by Airboat with Downtown New Orleans Pickup

Experience the iconic New Orleans swamplands during a small-group 2-hour airboat tour, led by a professional guide. Alternate between adrenaline-fuelled high speeds and gentle cruising as you sail past fascinating flora and fauna. Capture fantastic photographs of alligators in their natural habitat, and relish the intimate atmosphere of a small-group, limited to only 6 passengers. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation by comfortable, air-conditioned coach from your hotel in Downtown New Orleans.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$95.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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$95.00 USD

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$51.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$51.00 USD

New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

Discover one of Louisiana’s last preserved wetlands on a 2‐hour Honey Island Swamp boat tour! After making a short drive to Slidell, you’ll travel deep into the secluded swamp across Lake Pontchartrain to view native wildlife and witness a remote Cajun village only accessible by boat. Enjoy guided commentary on Cajun culture and the lush swamps as you spot alligators, wild boar, snakes, and native birds. This tour does not include transportation.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$29.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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$29.00 USD

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

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$155.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$155.00 USD

Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans

Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat tour. This 4‐hour full tour includes 1.5 hours on the boat. While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from a native guide as you spot local wildlife, including alligators, nutria and native birds, and visit the secluded fishing village of Jean Lafitte, the infamous 19th‐century smuggler. The airboat holds 15-27 passengers.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$75.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$75.00 USD

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New Orleans Super Saver: Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing plus Oak Alley Plantation

Experience the grandeur of New Orleans’ antebellum history and the mystic of the bayou on this 2‐day combined swamp and plantation sightseeing tour. Learn about a bygone era at Oak Alley Plantation, where you’ll view stunning architecture, oak‐lined esplanades, and enduring sugar cane. Then head deep into the secluded bayous to witness Cajun life and spot native wildlife.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$111.35 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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$111.35 USD
$116.00 USD  $4.65 USD savings

Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans

Trade in the urban bustle for the bayou on a half-day trip from New Orleans to the wilds of the Honey Island Swamp. Relax on the ride from your downtown or French Quarter hotel, and then cruise beneath hanging moss and cypress trees while a wetland ecologist shares tall tales and fun facts about this protected nature reserve on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. Learn about Louisiana’s long-standing fishing industry, and keep an eye out for native critters like otters, turtles, egrets and alligators lurking beneath the surface.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$49.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$49.00 USD

New Orleans Shore Excursion: Post-Cruise Half-Day Airboat Combo Tour

While docked at the Port of New Orleans, enjoy a guided, half-day airboat ride and historic plantation tour. Travel to a remote Louisiana swamp deep in the heart of Cajun Country for a thrilling, high-speed ride on board a small airboat, gliding over and through secluded bayous and marshes. Look for alligators, giant catfish and other wildlife. Then visit Destrehan Plantation, an antebellum mansion with guides in period costumes who will share the stories of generations who lived and worked on this land. Port of hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$155.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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$155.00 USD

Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans

Experience Louisiana’s wild bayou country on an exciting, family friendly airboat tour. This 4-hour tour includes about two hours on the boat, zipping through the tree‐lined marshes at speeds up to 45 mph (72 kph). While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from your guide as you view lush scenery and local wildlife, including alligators, nutria, and native birds. Pickup and drop-off from downtown New Orleans and French Quarter hotels included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$115.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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$115.00 USD

New Orleans City Tour with Swamp Tour Options

Travel through the bayou on this three-hour New Orleans city tour with optional swap adventure. Journey with your professional guide in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus as you learn about the history, culture and highlights of southern Creoles. You'll see major city highlights, plus areas affected by Hurricane Katrina and have the opportunity to add an optional swamp tour to this already comprehensive trip.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$98.00 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$98.00 USD


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