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New Orleans Swamp Tour by Tour Boat

Activity provider: Louisiana Tour Company

New Orleans Swamp Tour by Tour Boat

Activity provider: Louisiana Tour Company

From US$ 35 per person

Explore New Orleans' surrounding swamp and wetlands by boat in this fascinating, four-hour adventure.

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Duration 100 minutes - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup optional
You will be picked up from your accommodation in New Orleans. There is a 30 minute pickup window from the time pickup starts. Please be out front of your location for pickup time and be on the lookout for a bus that says Alert Transportation.


  • 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. Encounter the beautiful nature and wildlife of the swamp in the company of your expert captain guide.

Set sail with your captain, 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
  • Expert Captain-guide
  • Views of nature and wildlife
  • Informative commentary as you go
  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 258 reviews

Review summary

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This was the highlight of our New Orleans trip! Captain Matt was hilarious & knew his stuff. We got to hold baby alligators. We saw wild boar, cranes, bald eagles & alligators. We read a review where someone complained about how close he got to the alligators and booked it right away lol!

November 7, 2022

Great tour of the swamps. You can see alligators and the guide even has food for the animals. However, the numerous airbouts are a little annoying in between. The tour provider is particularly positive. Due to a car breakdown, we were able to rebook free of charge after the tour had actually started. Happy to recommend!

November 5, 2022

It was such a great experience. The amount of time spent on the way there and back was accurate. We had more than enough time on the boat to see multiple gators and learn about the area's history and facts about gators. In addition, the tour guide was lively and made the experience great. He also showed us a little gator he had with him. 10/10 would recommend. There was also a cover on our boat so that helped when it rained.

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September 12, 2022

Product ID: 145599