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The only way to get an authentic bayou experience is to take a swamp tour.
Enjoy a front-row seat as an experienced boat captain guides you past diverse plant life, stunning views, and the many critters large and small who thrive in this unique habitat. Whether you’re interested in learning more about bayou culture, seeing some historic landmarks, or meeting an alligator in person, we’ve got the swamp tour for you.
Browse our Ultimate Guide to Swamp Tours to find a tour that suits your interest, or read about the features of the many different boats that are available. Any swamp tour will leave you with an unforgettable experience, and breathtaking photos to remember it by.
A swamp tour is, hands down, the best way to see alligators up close and personal. These swamp tours will bring you to the gators’ natural habitat, where you’re likely to see these enormous creatures basking in the sun, gliding alongside the boat, and even bobbing above the surface to check out the tour. Every swamp tour is safely led by expert boat captains who know the area inside and out. They’ll get you close enough to the alligators to capture some incredible action shots, while always respecting the animals and their environment. An alligator swamp tour will likely be the most memorable, unique part of your trip - and the Southern United States is one of the only places where you can experience it.Learn More play_arrow
Alligators are certainly the largest animals that frequent bayous and swamps. But on these guided swamp tours, you’ll also see a diverse range of fish and other aquatic life. The unique swampy environment attracts a wide variety of species. Small minnows and mosquito fish will dart beneath the boat. You may also run into larger fish, like large mouth bass. Your tour guide will keep an eye out for all forms of fish, shellfish, water snakes and other critters, so you don’t miss out on any of the action happening beneath the surface.Learn More play_arrow
Some of our swamp tours are in Louisiana, and Cajun history and traditions have enriched Louisiana life for decades. This colorful culture continues to influence Louisiana food, music, and festivities. Many Cajuns made their home in the more rural parts of the state, where they were able to hunt and fish. Today, there are still a large number of Cajun families who live along the bayou, where they have carried on the tradition of harvesting native fish and crawfish. These swamp tours will introduce you to the hallmarks of Cajun culture. You’ll float past homes and boat docks that are still in use today, and learn about the vibrant history and traditions of Cajun life.Learn More play_arrow
There’s so much colorful history associated with the swamps and the surrounding area. See the stories come to life on a swamp tour with a historic twist. You’ll learn about the important role the bayou has played in the economy and development of the area. An expert guide will point out the landmarks and features that have figured prominently in its history. Meanwhile, you’ll enjoy the cool breeze as you sail past stunning bayou trees and glide through alligator territory.Learn More play_arrow
Tourists aren’t the only ones who travel to visit the bayous and swamps. Hundreds of cranes, ducks, and herons are happy to make a pitstop at the bayou. Many of our swamps remain relatively untouched by the noise, traffic, and construction of urban areas. And thanks to the bayou's warm climate, the swamp has become a popular destination for a wide array of birds. A swamp tour is one of the best ways to see these birds in their natural habitat. You’ll glide past families of migratory birds, without disturbing them with the noise of a car or airboat. Witness the swampy wildlife as a peaceful bystander.Learn More play_arrow
Alligators and wild pigs usually get all the attention. But the swamps are also home to a vast variety of unique vegetation that you won’t find anywhere else. You’ll see flowers, ferns, and enormous Cypress trees that can only thrive in the unique environment of a bayou. Our guides have a special talent for spotting the plants that you might otherwise miss, and helping visitors understand how every aspect of this complex ecosystem fit together. Take full advantage of your trip to bayou with a swamp tour that guides you through the natural habitat of the swamp.Learn More play_arrow
Wetlands & Waterways
Together, swamps, wetlands and waterways form a unique ecosystem. On these swamp tours, you’ll see firsthand just how extensive this network is. Smaller boats will bring you down narrow passages dense with trees and plant life on either side. These tours will highlight the natural beauty of the environment, and introduce you to narrow, less-traveled waterways that larger tours might miss. The South is full of winding waterways that aren’t easily accessible to most tourists - except in the right type of boat, with an expert tour guide leading the way.Learn More play_arrow
What to Expect from a Cajun Culture Swamp Tour
Anyone who’s spent time in Louisiana knows that our diverse cultures go much deeper than delicious seasonings and unusual words. (If you’re visiting for the first time, you’ll get what we mean the first time you turn onto Tchoupitoulas Street.) …
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