Experience life on the Louisiana bayou on this ultimate swamp tour from New Orleans, run by one of the city’s oldest tour companies. Ride on a state-of-the-art swamp boat through the famous wetlands teeming with native wildlife, while learning about Cajun culture from your tale-spinning captain.
Half-day swamp tour from New Orleans
Glide through the famous Louisiana swamps and bayous on a custom-built boat
See native wildlife including snakes, egrets, and alligators
Learn about the history of the swamps and local Cajun culture
Choose from four daily departure times, and make your way to the Steamboat Natchez dock on the French Quarter banks of the Mississippi. Climb aboard a coach for the ride out of the city to the wild, serene landscape of the bayou.
Transfer to a new, custom-built swamp boat for a winding ride through the protected wetlands Louisiana is famous for. As you make your way through peaceful channels and estuaries, learn about the area’s history from your entertaining local captain. Hear how the swamps were once inhabited by French pirate and war hero Jean Lafitte, and gain insight into authentic Cajun culture, which revolves around fishing for fresh seafood and living off the land.
Keep your camera handy for shots of native wildlife like egrets, snakes, nutria, and famous Louisiana gators, plus a view of the tree featured in the Disney film The Princess and the Frog. After your journey into the swamps, return to civilization with drop-off back at the French Quarter dock.
Reviews by Viator travelers
, Aug 2019
Had a awesome tour. The guide was great and very informative and interacted with everyone well even the children. Got great videos of the gators swimming and jumping up out of the water for marshmallows.
In October, the weather is cool enough that the alligators aren't aggressive/curious enough to approach the boat without incentive marshmallows. Still, we saw five alligators, twice as many turtles, and lots of birds. My only complaint is that the air boats were still too loud even when we couldn't see them. I think their routes need to be even farther away if that's possible from the regular boats, or at different times.