• 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. Enjoy 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 with abundant local wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes and giant nutria. Get great 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

EIleen United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Destrehan Plantation Plantation is the first stop. It is a beautiful restoration that has been undertaken by the local historical society. It was in a total shambles. The history is very interesting and was very well presented by our guide Katherine. Well worth the trip.

Next stop was Cajun Pride Swamp Tours. Brandon was our captain. He was very knowledgeable. He brought small turtles crawfish etc including a baby alligator for a real hands on experience.

Heather N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Brandon was a hoot! Plus loved having the reptiles on the boat was a great educational and fun experience. Plus I got to hold a gator!!! Helllllurrrr

Jackie United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This tour was simply AMAZING! You will see the Destrehan plantation and learn about the family. You will also see hand-made and hand-carved pieces of furniture that are simply out of this world. You will see how people lived in previous generations. And you'll see amazing landscapes and trees that are hundreds of years old.

You will end the tour with a SUPER FUN swamp boat ride. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the swamp tour was SO MUCH fun. Make sure you get Captain Tom. Definitely take this tour! You'll miss out on a lot of history, culture and fun if you don't take it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour! Everything very well organized. Great combination of activities. Swamp tour was super fun!

Corey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing!

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Do not come to New Orleans without doing this tour. We got to hold a baby alligator, which was amazing!! And we got to learn amazing facts about about life here in the early period of time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our swamp boat ride was my favorite part of this tour. Brendan our captain/guide was very knowledgable about the swamp, it's creatures, it's history. He made the tour interesting by making it interactive. He shared his pets, a crawfish, several turtles, a couple of snakes and a baby alligator. While he passed each of these critters around he told us all about them. You could chose how up close and personal you wanted to be. We did see gators and turtles in the swamp also a clever blackbird and a raccoon.
The plantation tour was interesting. Our docent/guide was very informative about life on the plantation. It was a nice balance between tour and free time to explore the out buildings. I would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Amazing! Highly recommended

Cornelia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke to us about different aspects of NOLA as the bus took us to the plantation and out to the swamp. The plantation tour was good and we had enough time to see a good bit of history. On the boat of the swamp tour we saw raccoons and turtles and lots of alligators. Great way to spend the day !

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