New Orleans Bayou & Swamp Tours

Bayou and swamp tours are popular activities in New Orleans for locals and tourists alike. These tours offer the opportunity to explore the fascinating beauty and abundant wildlife of the swamps surrounding the city. As the boat glides through the swamp, you will have the chance to see a variety of wildlife, including alligators, snakes, birds, and more! Even more so, these tours offer a captivating glimpse into the culture of New Orleans and the surrounding area. Whether you're a nature lover or simply looking for a fun and unforgettable experience, New Orleans bayou and swamp tours are a must-do activity.
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Manchac Swamp Tour with Optional Transportation from New Orleans

122 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Immerse yourself in Louisiana's backcountry bayous and wetlands at the historical Manchac Swamp on this Swamp Tour with optional transportation from New Orleans. Venture where creatures of the swamp see boats daily and recognize them as part of the normal environment. As the boat drifts through the waterways guests will learn about the Louisiana wildlife in the swamp such as the American alligator, herons, eagles, wild boars, and more. Don't miss your chance to learn all about these critters, book your spot now!
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Barataria Swamp Large Airboat Tour

48 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
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Half high-speed airboat ride and half rugged Louisiana swamp tour, get up close to wild alligators on this Barataria Swamp Large Airboat Tour. Cruise through the beautiful Louisiana cypress swamps, less than a 30-minute drive from the French Quarter. Step outside the normal tourist hotspots in favor of some rest, relaxation, and wild adventure in the Louisiana backcountry. Book your tour today!
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New Orleans Large Airboat Adventure

224 ratings
2 Hrs.
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Prepare for some excitement in the swamps! Take part in a thrilling inside view into the wild bayous and backwater of south Louisiana. Inhabited by massive alligators and other marshland creatures like snapping turtles, wild hogs, raccoons, and more, there is never a dull moment! Floating on a large airboat, surrounded by the beautiful cypress trees covered in Spanish moss makes travelers appreciate the fierce beauty of this unique ecosystem. Book your adventure today!
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Honey Island Swamp Boat Tour With Optional Transportation from New Orleans

145 ratings
2 Hrs.
See the untamed beauty of Louisiana with the Honey Island Swamp guided swamp boat tour. On smaller, 22-passenger boats, you will enjoy up-close interactions with the local wildlife and premium opportunities for photos and videos of the action as it unfolds right before you. Some of wildlife to be expected include alligators, raccoons, and even hogs. With limited availability, secure your seat on these small boats in Honey Island Swamp today and see one of few remaining preserved wetlands in Louisiana. Book today!
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Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with Optional Transportation

96 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Take a fascinating boat trip into a Louisiana swamp. Experience South Louisiana in a custom built swamp boat through part of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and the Cajun "joie de vivre' - joy of life. Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, snakes, and more! Book today!
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Adventures of Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour with Optional Transportation from New Orleans

90 ratings
1.5 Hrs.
Take a journey into the bayous and swamplands of south Louisiana on this incredible swamp tour! Located just 35 minutes south of downtown New Orleans, this is the perfect chance to see the beauty that Louisiana has to offer. From the comfort of a pontoon boat, discover an abundance of fantastic wildlife like alligators, blue herons, bald eagles, wild boars, and more. Uncover the secrets of the swamp, book an excursion today!
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Large Airboat Tour with Optional Transport From New Orleans

34 ratings
1.5 - 2 Hrs.
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Zoom through the bayous and marshlands on this airboat tour and make some Cajun memories to last a lifetime! Each tour varies according to the mood of the area's wildlife. You may see American alligators, bald eagles, raccoons, wild boars, turtles, snakes, and numerous bird species. Witness majestic live oak trees draped in mysterious Spanish moss, black willow trees, swamp red maples, wild iris, and spider lilies. While on the tour, your captain will tell the stories of the swamp and show you just how the locals live. By the end of the tour, you will be planning your next adventure!
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Small Airboat Tour

15 ratings
1.5 - 2 Hrs.
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Zoom through the bayous and marshlands on this small airboat tour and make some Cajun memories to last a lifetime! Each tour varies according to the mood of the area wildlife. You may see American alligators, bald eagles, raccoons, wild boars, turtles, snakes, and numerous bird species. Witness majestic live oak trees draped in mysterious Spanish moss, black willow trees, swamp red maples, wild iris, and spider lilies. While on the tour, your captain will tell the stories of the swamp and show you just how the locals live. By the end of the tour, you will be planning your next adventure to the swamps!
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Barataria Swamp Tour from New Orleans with Transportation

12 ratings
4 Hrs.
Explore the waterways of the Barataria Swamp on a covered swamp boat. Learn about "The Crown Jewel of the Louisiana Purchase", the Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve, as you drift past a Cajun cemetery, a 2,000-year-old burial mound, and a fishing village. Keep an eye out for over 200 species of birds, an array of wildflowers, plants, snakes, turtles, and alligators! Don't miss out, book your Barataria Swamp Tour from New Orleans with Transportation today!
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Oak Alley Plantation & Airboat Combo Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

22 ratings
9 Hrs.
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Take in the beauty, history, and culture of Oak Alley Plantation, then take a ride on the wild side aboard an awesome airboat! Visit the beautiful Oak Alley Plantation, a Greek revival plantation with a magnificent alley of 28 evenly spaced oak trees. Browse the plantation grounds, gift shop, and stop for lunch! After, choose between a 6 or 16-passenger airboat and zoom through the swamps and bayous! Experience it all on this amazing combo tour! Book today!
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Laura Plantation & Airboat Swamp Tour Combo

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7.5 Hrs.
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Walk back in time on a journey along the Mississippi River to Laura Plantation, a uniquely Creole estate. Learn the true meaning of Creole as guests get a rare glimpse into the culture and lifestyle of Laura Locoul Gore and her ancestors on a guided tour of the home, grounds and slave quarters. The expert narrative will regale guests with the realities of the Creole caste system, one like no other found in the U.S. today. Book your experience now!
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Half Day Combo: Destrehan Plantation & Airboat Swamp Tour

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5.5 Hrs.
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Get whisked away to a land barely touched by time as guests' journey along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain on this Half Day Combo: Destrehan Plantation & Airboat Swamp Tour. Gaze upon the grand estate of Destrehan Plantation and enjoy a narrated tour as costumed guides share the mansion's fascinating history. Zoom through the Louisiana swamp on a high-speed airboat and soak up the native plants and spot animals that live in the secluded marshes and bayous. For an authentic experience through the Louisiana countryside, choc-full of history, mystery, and excitement, climb on board for a Half-Day Combo Tour!
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Oak Alley Plantation & Swamp Boat Combo from New Orleans Hotels

4 ratings
6 Hrs.
Embark on a journey during the combination tour of Oak Alley Plantation and a scenic swamp boat ride! Oak Alley plantation is one of the most magnificent plantation homes near New Orleans. 28 evenly spaced historic Oak Trees span from the River Road to the Plantation House for a quarter of a mile. This famous Greek Revival home dates back to 1837. Located on the grounds are a restaurant, blacksmith shop, souvenir shop, slavery exhibit, and antique farm equipment. After a quick lunch stop, hop aboard a covered swamp boat for a guided tour of the Barataria Swamp the "Crown Jewel of the Louisiana Purchase". Oak Alley Plantation & Swamp Boat Combo from New Orleans Hotels is a ride you don't want to miss, book today!
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Alligator Alley Gator Tour at Night

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1 - 1.5 Hrs.
Join this Alligator Alley Gator Tour for a unique experience to remember! Cruise down the bayou and watch the swamp come alive. Spotlights will light up the water where the alligators live and hunt. See the glow of their eyes resting eerily just above the surface of the water. Listen to the sounds of the wildlife, including the gators calling out. Book your alligator experience now!
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Oak Alley Plantation & Small Airboat Combo Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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9 Hrs.
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Take in the beauty, history, and culture of the lovely Oak Alley Plantation, then take a ride on the wild side aboard an awesome airboat! Visit the beautiful Oak Alley Plantation, a Greek revival plantation with a magnificent alley of 28 evenly spaced oak trees. Browse the plantation grounds, gift shop, and stop for lunch! Then, hop on an airboat and zoom through the Louisiana swamps and bayous! Experience it all on this amazing combo tour! Book yours today!
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Large Airboat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

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4 Hrs.
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Half high-speed airboat ride and half rugged Louisiana swamp tour. Or, as the locals like to call it, a Cajun Blast! On this tour, guests will get up close to wild alligators that reside among the beautiful Louisiana cypress swamps. Less than a 30-minute drive from the French Quarter, step outside the normal tourist hotspots in favor of some rest, relaxation, and wild adventure in the Louisiana backcountry. Book your tour today!
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Grand Tour: Two Plantations, Lunch & Airboat Swamp Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

9 ratings
9 Hrs.
Take the Grand Tour with a mélange presentation of Cajun and Creole cultures sure to dazzle, with tours of two southern Louisiana plantations, a great Cajun Lunch (included) and an airboat tour on the bayou. Journey along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain as you prepare to be brought back in time on this small group van tour. Visit Plantation Country to tour both Laura, the Creole Plantation and Houmas House: a grand estate so lavish, that it was described by many as "The Sugar Palace." Then experience a thrilling airboat ride with high-speed bursts and gentle cruising on the bayou. Watch for alligators and other wildlife! Make the most of vacation time with this full-day combo tour!
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Whitney Plantation & Airboat Swamp Tour Combo

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7 Hrs.
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Travel back in time to the untouched lands of the Whitney Plantation on this Plantation & Swamp Combo Tour. Leave behind bustling New Orleans and enjoy the scenic drive to plantation country where guests will walk through both main houses, grounds, and exhibits on a narrated tour. Learn the fascinating stories of Whitney Plantation with its Creole history and remarkable slave memorials. Book your experience today!
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Small Airboat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans

1 rating
4 Hrs.
Half high-speed airboat ride and half rugged Louisiana swamp tour, get up close to wild alligators on this Small Airboat Tour with Transportation from New Orleans. Cruise through the beautiful Louisiana cypress swamps, less than a 30-minute drive from the French Quarter. Step outside the normal tourist hotspots in favor of some rest, relaxation, and wild adventure in the Louisiana backcountry. Book your tour today!
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are swamp tours safe?

Yes! While taking a New Orleans bayou and swamp tour in search of the infamous alligator may sound like a dangerous and daunting task, they are actually very safe! Large swamp boat tours take it slow and steady down the Louisiana waterways, making for a calm, safe, and serene experience. Airboat tours, while fast and thrilling, are also very safe as they come with all of the proper safety equipment, seatbelts, and headsets. Not only that, you’re in good hands! New Orleans bayou and swamp tours come with an expert, local guide, who knows the waterways, the history, and the wildlife. This means that all that’s left for you to do is take a seat and enjoy the magnificent Louisiana swamps and bayous!

2. How far away is the swamp tour company from the French Quarter?

Travel time from the French Quarter to the Louisiana swamps ranges anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Review your TripShock voucher after booking, as it will have detailed information regarding your tour company’s physical address, and when you need to arrive.   Please be aware that when heading to your swamp tour, you will want to arrive 30 minutes early. It is important that you factor this into your travel time to avoid any unexpected delays.

3. Is transportation available?

Yes, most tour companies offer transportation to and from certain hotels throughout the French Quarter. Please keep in mind that most tour companies will not pick up from hostels and AirBnBs. It is recommended to confirm your pick up time and location with the tour company prior to your departure date. Their contact information can be found in your TripShock voucher.

4. Are there any restrictions to be aware of?

Most swamp tours do not have any restrictions to be aware of, but it is recommended to go over the restrictions and cancellation policy on the listing prior to booking. The only restrictions you may encounter is when booking an airboat tour. For safety reasons, pregnant women, those with neck or back problems, and children less than 48” tall are not allowed to ride on an airboat. It is also a good idea to not wear or bring any expensive jewelry or accessories on the airboat, as it could fly off. 

5. What can you expect to see on a swamp tour?

There is so much natural beauty to take in when on a New Orleans bayou and swamp tour, from the moss-draped cypress trees to the wonderful Louisiana wildlife! Amazing wildlife species you may encounter include alligators, turtles, pigs, nutria, bears, herons, egrets, and more!

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