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New Orleans: Bayou Tour in Jean Lafitte National Park

1. New Orleans: Bayou Tour in Jean Lafitte National Park

Bring your cameras and adventurous spirits as you explore the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Meet your guide at the meeting point or at one of the 8 pickup locations in New Orleans (if transportation option is selected), and travel to the swamp. Tours pick up daily from convenient hotels at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. You’ll be taken on a 1.5-hour pontoon boat ride around the waters of the area. Get the chance to spot alligators, local wildlife, and two other friendly creatures, Sunshine the Pig and Patrick the Possum.  Listen to stories and legends told by your informative local guide. Following the tour, enjoy a delicious Cajun lunch at a local eatery down the street, the perfect way to refuel. After lunch, you’ll be driven back to New Orleans and dropped off at the original meeting point or pickup location you have selected.

New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

2. New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

Cruise through the Barataria Preserve and discover the beauty of South Louisiana in a custom-built swamp boat, as you float through a section of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Discover how the seafood from Louisiana’s waters provide a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! After a short motor coach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and Bayous. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and you will get to experience the Cajun “Joie de Vivre.” Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria and many species of snakes. Some wildlife is more numerous during the warmer months of the year. Learn why the wetlands are disappearing due to coastal erosion and discover man’s effort to correct the damage it has done and to restore this vital habitat.

New Orleans Airboat Adventure Tour

3. New Orleans Airboat Adventure Tour

Climb aboard a flat-bottomed airboat and prepare for an exploration of Louisiana's wetlands just south of New Orleans. Head 30 minutes from downtown and experience some of the most beautiful and secluded areas of the state while catching glimpses of alligators, turtles and birds. Set out on a 20,000-acre (8,095-ha) track of tidewater cypress swamp close to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Your boat is powered by an aircraft propeller to allow a fast, fluid trip through the shallow marshes. Feel the wind on your face as you zip into bayous lined with mossy cypress and tupelo-gum trees as your pilot points out a stunning variety of wildlife. Prepare to see plenty of alligators in the warmer months (and warmer days in winter) and your guide may even feed the gators, affording you amazing photo opportunities. As you zigzag through the soggy wetlands, keep your eyes open for turtles, snakes, egrets, herons and ibis. You may even catch sight of a hawk, owl, or bald eagle. In the cooler months, look for white-tailed deer, raccoons and the large rodents known as nutria.

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What people are saying about Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 49 reviews

These folks did a great job and we had a wonderful time. Our guide was very entertaining and informative. He took us to some fun spots on the swamp and we saw a number of alligators and other wildlife up close! Our trip was even better because it was raining a bit, but this might be a little difficult to plan for -- and they MIGHT not leave in the rain...

The best part of our trip to NOLA! Captain Jason was excellent. After 24 years, he knew the gators, where to find them, and eagle eye for spotting other wild life. He was funny as well. Seeing the Bayou from a boat in the water was the best way to really see the countryside. Worth every penny.

Great fun boating through the swamp. Saw quite a few alligators. Make sure you go in the morning when its cool. Our guide, Captain Jamie was entertaining and provided a nice and informative ride. We enjoyed seeing the "shacks" along the way that were used in some movie shoots.

Tour guide was very nice and super funny. The tour was beautiful and All the gators were awesome. All the workers we’re friendly

Had a wonderful time!! Captain Jamie was so entertaining!!