Water activity

New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

4.3 / 5

90 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans

New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line New Orleans

From US$ 65 per person

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

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Duration 4 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy the timeless beauty of South Louisiana on a custom built swamp pontoon
  • Discover how Louisiana seafood provides a wide assortment of tasty local dishes
  • Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and snakes
Full description
Cruise through the Barataria Preserve and discover the beauty of South Louisiana in a custom-built swamp pontoon, as you float through a section of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Discover how the seafood from Louisiana’s waters provides 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.
  • Bayou cruise
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Food and drink
  • Tips

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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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  • 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

4.3 /5

based on 90 reviews

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Overall a nice tour. The highlights are the nature and the animals. We got to see pelicans, harons, and a few alligators. The ride is on big boat, not the airboat. That was fine with me, but just writing here for others to consider. The downsides: (1) They play music throughout the boat trip (!), which makes you disconnect from nature. (2) I would have appreciated if, instead of music, there would have been more explanations to learn more about the environment.

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November 30, 2022

Overall, it was really nice to see the scenery and learn about the history of the swamp and bayou. It was also nice to learn more facts about the gators. It would have been ideal if the description gave a warning about colder weather and to be mindful that gators may not be seen as they are hibernating. It was great that this option included the bus transportation to and from the swamp.

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January 27, 2022

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

Product ID: 23015