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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

Anthony B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Both parts of the tour are fantastic! The plantation was interesting and highly informative and our guide was wonderful. The swamp tour was one of the highlights of the trip! So much wildlife and our guide was such an expert! Highly recommend this tour! Be forewarned that the afternoon tour can run into some traffic returning to the French Quarter so plan for a 7:30 return just to be safe!

Eva R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I loved it! The guides were amazing with lots of stories and real insight of the life of people who lived on the plantation and the swamp.

Lynn F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great boat trip, very knowledgeable guide, full of interesting facts.
Plantation house tour informative.

Anne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Plantations and Bayous, 2 of the must-see and do experiences in New Orleans. This tour delivered these in spades. Plenty of sights and history and especially hands-on when we had the chance to hold a baby alligator on the swamp ride. Not to be missed tour.

Brenda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very interesting ride. It was a little warm but our guide was great!

Grace A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Southern Plantation Tour guide, Frank, was very informative he provided quite a bit of history and he was dressed for the part! The Swamp Boat Ride with Capt. Brandon, was also very educational and entertaining. Capt. Brandon engaged the entire group and made it interactive.

Beverly D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was fun and informative. We had a wonderful time - especially on the swamp tour, seeing the wildlife and feeding the alligators! The boat captain was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

Catherine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This trip was awesome, the swamp tour was the best.... The captain was very funny and interesting.

Valia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great day trip! Lots of history on New Orleans and Louisiana. The plantation was interesting, probably not one of the best ones out there, but the swamp boat tour was fantastic! Guide was superb, really engaging and very knowledgeable on all the wildlife you see in the swamp. Plus, its the home base of Mugsy, the alligator slapping cat!

Nicholas T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour, very knowledgeable and friendly guide. The swamp tour is a whole lot of fun.

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