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New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

4.4 / 5

67 reviews

New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

From US$ 55 per person

Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana on a custom-built swamp boat. Cruise through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and see alligators, raccoons and snakes in the Barataria Preserve.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Experience the timeless beauty of South Louisiana on a custom built swamp boat
  • Discover how the seafood from Louisiana waters provides a wide assortment of delectable local dishes!
  • Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria and many species of snakes
Full description
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.
  • Guided swamp/Bayou cruise
  • Transportation
  • Taxes
  • Experience guide
  • Snacks
  • Refreshments
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants aged 5 and older must present either proof of initial vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Check-in at the Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River (at the Steamboat NATCHEZ Dock), one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter. The Lighthouse is located at 400 Toulouse St. (on Google Maps.) Vouchers must be exchanged for boarding passes at the Lighthouse Ticket Office.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The parking lot fee is approximately $11.00 to $13.00 for up to 4 or more hours unless it is a special event. When you pass Rampart St., you are in the French Quarter. Please allow for extra time due to heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the French Quarter at all times
  • Tours will not be conducted on Mardi Gras Day and Thanksgiving Day
  • The supplier provides handicap access for wheelchairs but not scooters or walkers. Vehicle lifts meet all ADA requirements and are equipped for wheelchair storage (based on availability). If wheelchairs can collapse and fold, staff will assist in accommodating the chair in a safe place on the vehicle. Handicap reservations must be made 48 hours in advance to secure availability. Contact information will be provided on your voucher
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 67 reviews

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Good experience, we didn’t see any alligators but it wasn’t the season and we saw plenty of other birds and reptiles. Bus trip was an easy way to travel to the boat, and our Captain was knowledgeable and friendly. I didn’t love that there was a baby alligator handed around to passengers personally, would have preferred the trip without this As I don’t think this is fair on the alligator; but that’s me. There was a long wait period waiting to start to boat tour, would have been better if this wasn’t about 45 minutes long, but at least the day was relatively warm.

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January 15, 2020

A great tour. Tour guide was very informative and friendly. We saw so many alligators, maybe 30 to 40!!! Would recommend the 8.45am tour. Its early but our boat was 1/2 empty so you had a lot of freedom to move around. The 10.45am crew were arriving as we left and I reckon the boats would have been packed! Wholeheartedly recommend

September 12, 2019

We took the bus to the swamps (a CD with interesting information about the swamps was played, but the volume was low). Once there, the further course was unclear. Only when asked did we learn that we still have a stay of 45 minutes. The tour was interesting, but the captain's accent was difficult to understand and volume from the speakers was very poor. We saw crocodiles several times. In different sizes. You will be attracted especially for the excursion boats. We drove me in a normal boat, on the speed boats hearing protection that is available there is worn. The landscape is beautiful. We looked for a parking space at the tram line and then drove to the pier with her. Parking at the pier is very expensive.

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August 26, 2019

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