• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Experience the civilized and the wild on a plantation tour and educational swamp boat ride from New Orleans. On this 5.5‐hour journey, visit Destrehan Plantation to experience the elegant antebellum south and then head into the marshy swampland for some wildlife spotting. Enjoyed guided commentary as you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes and native birds.


  • Boat ride on Louisiana swamp and southern plantation tour from New Orleans
  • Take a short coach ride across the mighty Mississippi River
  • Travel a scenic private swamp and capture photos of wildlife such as alligators, raccoons and snakes
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Destrehan Plantation

What You Can Expect

Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

Swamp Boat

Your 5.5‐hour tour offers a morning or afternoon start time, when you’ll be picked up by an air‐conditioned coach in the French Quarter. Admire the scenery of the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline as you head first to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented plantation home in the lower Mississippi Valley. At the plantation, follow your costumed guide through the restored French Colonial style mansion. Hear stories of the Destrehan family sugar dynasty and the estate’s many former inhabitants before you explore the grounds, including vibrant gardens and the 1811 Slave Revolt Museum.

After your 1.5‐hour plantation tour, return north by coach to Lake Pontchartain and Manchac Swamp, where you’ll board an open‐sided, covered boat – good for touring during any season! This privately‐owned swamp is a great venue for uninterrupted wildlife spotting. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and viewing (and maybe getting up close and personal) with abundant local wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes and giant nutria. Get great up‐close photos and gain insight about local history and wetland preservation from your passionate native guides. 

This tour returns you by coach to the French Quarter in the late‐afternoon or evening.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The guide was great, very knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend this tour.

Mona W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Sandy was a wealth of information during drive to each location. Jim clearly loves what he does, and provided excellent tour of the plantation. Tim the boat captain made the swamp tour fun. He pointed out all the various ways to clean, eat or sale swamp critters. Was worth the time! I encourage others to bring lunch a long, plenty of time for picnic.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Nice swamp tour from New Orleans.

Marianna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was cool! Had a chance to hold baby alligator!

Yelena V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very interesting tour. Not too long. Knowledgeable guides. Very good organization of everything. Not to mention the beauty of the places.

Howard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Your was very good. The plantation tour was very informative. Enjoyed the swamp tour as well, considering that this is December and chilly for gators, we still had a good tour, including learning about wildlife in the swamp.

Xavier R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Not only is the tour itself a wonderful experience the guides teach you a lot about New Orleans it's history etc. Thank you for a wonderful experience

Denise C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We had an amazing tour! Our guide, Brandon, was very knowledgeable not only of the area but of history and environmental issues in general. His was an almost unscripted narrative, open to questions and side topics, that was extremely interesting and educational. By the end of our swamp ride he had pulled out his pets to pass around - snakes, turtles, an alligator, etc... that he allowed us to hold and photograph. It was great! Highly recommend this tour.

Joe V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent and very enjoyable tour.

Richard Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Plantation tour w/ docents in period costumes was like taking a trip back in time. Our docent Frank was especially knowledgable. Followed up by a cruise through the swamp showed many of nature's beauties!

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