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Most Exciting and Adventurous New Orleans Tours!

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New Orleans Swamp Tours

Our New Orleans swamp tours operate from the dock in Marrero (Crown Point) Louisiana, located just a 35 minute drive from the French Quarter of New Orleans. We are situated on the banks of Bayou Barataria, in the heart of the most dynamic ecosystem of North America. The Treasure Isle Swamps that surround our boat dock are part of the “Barataria Estuary”. The word, Barataria, means “The Good Land”. We are quite isolated, where there is but one road in and the same road out and are adjacent to the Largest Urban Park in the United States, “The Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve”.

The wetlands of the Barataria swamps are so rich in seafood and wildlife, that when Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, he was only interested in New Orleans and it’s Swamps. Thomas Jefferson considered Barataria Estuary, the crown jewel of the purchase.

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Bayou Culture

The heritage of the bayou people is of French Descent, dated all the way back to Nova Scotia.

The “Cajuns” of the swamps never were worried about going hungry due to the abundance of natural resources. They were worried about Pirates in the swamp.

Jean Lafitte had his headquarters located on “Grand Terre” near the gulf and used Bayou Barataria as his highway to New Orleans. Just across the bayou from our dock is a 200 year old cemetery that is located around the most significant Indian burial mound in South Louisiana. The Indian Mound has been carbon dated back two thousand years. This history & culture of the way of life for the Cajuns of the Bayou, is still a “step back in time”. Many locals still hunt, fish, and trap as a way of making a living. Fishermen catch blue crab, shrimp and fish from the waters around us.

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Our Tours are Second to None!

Bald Eagles, Pelicans, gulls and herons are common sites from the tour boat or airboats. Alligators are plentiful in our swamps and commonly seen throughout the year. Yes, gators do hibernate between the end of October to mid February, but because our swamps are shallower and warmer in the winter, than river basins, we see gators on a regular basis. The big gators do go into their dens during the winter, but the smaller guys come out for a little sun in the areas protected from the wind. It is not unusual to see alligators swim past our dock. The gators get real close, so close that you will be able to look into their eyes!

Our captains know where to look and find gators even during winter!

All Our Boats are Operated by Local Captains, That Have Lived the Cajun Life!

They impart their personality into the tours, so that you get an insight of their living in harmony with the Eco-system. They will enlighten and entertain you with their life stories. We get customers returning to the swamp tour for two and three times and ask for the same captain. Most of our guests, tell us that the swamp tour is the highlight of their trip to New Orleans. The tour boats are fully narrated and protected from the sun & rain. The airboats are half tour and half thrill ride. Experience the best swamps, best captains, best modern equipment and a unique all around experience. Don’t forget the Camera!

The most exciting, adventurous New Orleans Tours, including High Speed Airboat Tours, Swamp tours by tour boat, Post Katrina/New Orleans City tour, and Plantation tours. All these tours can be combined and done by “Louisiana Tour Company”.

Swamps & Mosquitoes

When going on a swamp tour, you should definitely bring some mosquito spray. Even though the waters you will be touring, like the bayous, are not stagnant, there is really no area in or around the New Orleans area that is completely mosquito free. When taking an air boat tour, your boat will be moving…

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July 6, 2020

Do Alligators Like Rain?

The weather can be rather unpredictable in New Orleans during the summer. Even forecasters have a hard time determining when and where it will rain. We tend to get quite a bit of rain during our summers. As a matter of fact, Louisiana is considered to be the second wettest state in the U.S.. Taking…

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June 24, 2020

Ready For A Swamp Adventure?

Right now is the perfect time to head out to the swamp. The temperatures are not too hot just yet, but it is warm enough so you get to enjoy the beautiful swamp scenery. When going on a swamp tour in June or July, you should see a lot of wildlife and plenty of alligators….

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June 12, 2020

American Alligator

American Alligator in Louisiana Did you know that the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is the largest reptile in North America? About 300 million years ago, the first reptiles appeared on earth and the American alligator’s ancestors appeared about 200 million years ago. The name alligator actually comes from early Spanish explorers who called them “El…

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April 1, 2020

Can You Hunt Alligators?

In Louisiana, you can hunt alligators; however, there are a few regulations and fees you need to be aware of before heading out. What You Need To Know In our state, the wild alligator season begins on the first Wednesday of September and continues for 30 days, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and…

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March 11, 2020

What’s Cajun?

Cajuns are an ethnic group who are descendants of Acadian exiles.  They were French-Speakers from Acadia which was mainly Nova Scotia, Eastern Part of Quebec, Northern Maine, and some of the Maritime Provinces. The Cajuns settled in four regions in South Louisiana: Coastal Marshes (New Orleans Area and Houma), Swamplands of the Atchafalya Basin, Prairies…

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February 14, 2020

Take Your Krewe To The Swamp Now

Take Your Krewe To The Swamp The Carnival season is upon us! This means from now till Mardi Gras day on February 25th, you and your Krewe will be very busy. There will be parties, balls and, of course, plenty of parades. How about a relaxing swamp tour before it gets really crazy? This will…

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January 15, 2020

How Do Alligator Farms Get Their Eggs?

Have you ever wondered how alligator farms get their eggs? In an effort to protect Louisiana’s alligators, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Department works closely with farmers. Alligator farms actually collect eggs from nests they find in our swamps. Here is how it works: Farms Always Give Back The state of Louisiana began…

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December 18, 2019

Alligators In Our Swamps

The Alligators You Will See On Our Swamp Tours If you want to come up close and personal with some Louisiana Alligators, our swamp tours are perfect for you. Take a look at the YouTube video. The 8 alligators you will see in the video are only a tiny fraction of the reptiles we encounter…

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November 14, 2019