Explore New Orleans' surrounding swamp and wetlands by boat in this fascinating, four-hour adventure.
About this activity
Duration: 100 minutes - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup optional

Pickups from New Orleans hotel area or Airbnb
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Escape the busy French Quarter for a one-of-a-kind experience in nature
  • Learn about the way the Cajuns lived in the wetlands
  • See alligators, raccoons, wild pigs and ample birdlife
Full description
Drift slowly past 2,000 years of Louisiana history on this boat tour. Your captain is a native of the Barataria Swamps with a background in alligator hunting, fishing and trapping. He will tell you all about the ecology of the swampland. You'll also learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cajuns of the Bayou and see plenty of wildlife, including birds, snakes, turtles and alligators. The boat passes calmly through beautiful, moss-draped trees and soft waterways for ample opportunities to take pictures. Enjoy an entertaining, educational and exciting tour with a relaxing view of this unique landscape.

Note that in the winter, gators mostly hibernate, except to soak up some sun on warmer days, but your local tour can sometimes spot a sunbathing gator for you on the tour. 
  • New Orleans swamp boat tour
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Snacks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (unless option selected)

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Meeting point

The local partner's dock is: 9706 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, La 70072. A short 22 miles/35 to 40 minute drive from the French Quarter.

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Important information
Know before you go
• The swamp tour is open to all ages
• The boat has a roof, restroom, cushioned seats and windows that can be raised or lowered during cold or rainy weather, along with plenty of standing and walking room
• The Swamp Tour dock is at 9706 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, La 70072. It's a 22-mile, 35 to 40 minute drive from the French Quarter
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From US$ 29 US$ 23.20 per person

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Tour was excellent from start to finish we got picked up from our hotel and driven straight to the swamps for our tour the bus driver was very friendly. Once on the boat the tour guide was very helpful and answered all our questions and was really good at explaining all about the swamps bayou etc would highly recommend.

February 26, 2020

Regards was a great Captain with plenty of knowledge and stories.

Personally I chose to take the slow boat, this was much better than the exceptionally noisy fast boat, in addition the Captain could narrate on the history of the Swamp and provide detailed information. Don’t expect to see 12 foot Aligators though. We saw 4 and the largest was about 3 ft long.

October 14, 2019

Great experience in the swamp

The swamp tour was great and the local guide always had a funny saying in stock. We learned a lot about alligators and also saw a few. A really fascinating experience. We booked the tour including pick up at the hotel, which worked very well. The journey by bus was about 30 minutes from New Orleans. The driving style of the driver was a bit rough (think because of enormous time pressure) and the air conditioning was really cold. Towards the end, my girlfriend has frozen a lot. This should be noted, otherwise 100% recommendation on my part

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September 14, 2019

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Louisiana Tour Company

Product ID: 145599