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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.


  • New Orleans swamp and bayou sightseeing tour
  • Take a 2-hour boat ride through swamps and bayous and watch for alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles, birds, and more
  • Learn all about Cajun culture from your guide

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Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour with Boat Ride from New Orleans

Swamp and Bayou Sightseeing Tour
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Choose a morning or afternoon pickup from the French Quarter and climb aboard your coach for the ride deep into Cajun country. Watch the changing scenery as the cityscape transitions into expansive wetlands. You coach delivers you to the launch point across the Mississippi River, where you’ll transfer to an open‐sided, covered boat and set off on the fun and educational ride.

Your native guide will take you on a 2‐hour wildlife‐spotting expedition through this legendary Louisiana terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundant local wildlife, including nesting alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes, and giant nutria. Get great photos and learn about the history and mystery of the swamps, including the culture and ingenuity of the Cajun people who have populated this region for almost 250 years. Your guides will share stories about Cajun music, bayou lifestyle, and culinary traditions — like the creation of Louisiana’s signature gumbo, as well as information about the region’s passionate efforts to preserve the wetlands.

Your coach returns to the French Quarter by mid‐afternoon or evening.

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Customer Reviews

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Very fun tour the gators came right up to the boat and loved the marshmelos the tour guide give us on a stick amazing good tour

DeEtta E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great trip! Very little wild life, wrong time of the year, but enjoyed the bayou.

Rana M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Held Fluffy the baby gator, fed marshmallows to the swamp gators, saw some turtles and interesting birds. A lovely boat ride with lovely views.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour operator was very courteous and allowed us to switch to a day later due to a sick child. We were also happy that the boat sails very smoothly, which helps with the situation. We saw a young gator, various birds, a racoon ravaging a bird nest, and got to hold a baby gator too, and of course the last part is the coolest and something special for the kids. The scenery was nice too. Overall we liked the trip and are very happy with their service.

Rena D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fun experience. We found out though that alligators hibernate and are not visible in the winter. We saw 2 baby alligators and several birds.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was an amazingly fun trip! The guide was a real charmer! He knows his business and aims to please. Late October is near the end of the season for seeing gators -- but we managed to see a few -- lots of fun, good photo opportunities. Definitely worth the trip!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Amazing guide and a great day. I and #39;ve done this and the airboat, preferred this could actually hear the guide. Fed the alligators over the side of the boat, held the guides rescued one and was just brilliant

Darcy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was awesome! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained the history of the swamp, pointed out different animals and plants, and of course we say A LOT of alligators, we even got to hold a baby one. We took some beautiful pictures and had a great time. We've been recommending to friends since we left!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a great trip. I would do it again!

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

They did a good job. Guide was informative. Want to go again when warmer.

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