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New Orleans: Bayou Tour in Jean Lafitte National Park

New Orleans: Bayou Tour in Jean Lafitte National Park

Activity provider: Paddlewheeler Creole Queen
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 29 per person

Visit New Orleans' closest swamp tour, only 25 minutes from downtown. Observe wildlife and exotic plant life under a shady, spacious pontoon boat. Learn from your local guide who knows and loves the bayou.

About this activity

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Experience an authentic swamp adventure led by local guides
  • Learn about the legends and lore of Louisiana’s still untamed wilderness
  • View enchanting wildlife and exotic plant life
Full description
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.
  • 1.5-hour swamp tour
  • Local guide
  • Round trip transportation from New Orleans (from designated locations, if option is selected)
  • Transportation from anywhere other than designated meeting points
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

6601 Leo Kerner Pkwy, Marrero, LA 70072, USA. Upon arrival, please check in at the ticket booth/gift shop and a staff member will check you in and assign you to a boat.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable footwear and suitable clothing for the weather.
  • The boat is wheelchair accessible
  • The boat has bathroom facilities
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 109 reviews

Review summary

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We appreciated how our trip out was slower, allowing for everyone to see the alligators, birds, and turtle. We could get up and move around as needed to see better. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and could answer our questions. Having a bathroom available was appreciated. And holding a baby alligator was a great way to end the experience. Thanks for making our family's experience excellent!

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June 24, 2021

The around trip pick up was easy, driver was quick and polite. Check-in for the swamp trip was a breeze and there was less then a ten minute wait for the tour to begin. We had Captain Jamie who made the tour most enjoyable with his knowledge and jokes about the swamp. He answered questions and allowed us to photograph the alligators and we also held a tiny one.

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March 9, 2020

This tour was so much fun! I recommend booking around noon or so because the first tour of the morning provides guides with a better idea of where the wildlife is. I had Bret as my guide and he was very entertaining and knowledgeable. He was really good about stopping long enough to get photos as well.

February 24, 2020

Product ID: 172161