Cajun Pride Swamp Tours (Best Louisiana Alligator Tours) 2024

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The swamps are largely untouched and house an abundance of wildlife, both beneath the water and above the woody vegetation. Airboats are your best bet to view all the wildlife and Louisiana’s wetlands which span over three million acres.

While swamps are a worldwide phenomenon, the mystery and brooding of the Louisiana swamps add to its appeal. Not to mention its indigenous Cajun culture and its hosting of over two million ancient alligators that roam the bayous. Fortunately, Cajun Swamp Tours are plentiful!

You can choose between going on a smaller, more intimate boat tour with a group of friends/family or a more communal one that caters to a larger crowd.

Know before you book:

  • Certain tours are wheel-chair friendly
  • The tour continues in any weather, so dress appropriately
  • Not recommended for those with back problems, heart problems, or pregnancy


  • You have the intimate opportunity to view wild boars, alligators and serpents in their natural habitat!
  • A professional tour-guide will educate you about the fauna and flora in one of the last protected wetlands
  • Gain insight into the Cajun culture too


New Orleans is known to be Louisiana’s largest city/port. Situated in the vibrant state of Louisiana, the home of Jazz is New Orleans – one of America’s biggest ports. Its uniqueness derives from its multiculturalism and energetic locals as well as French and Spanish architecture!

The city even has its own French Quarter wherein you can indulge the finest cocktails! Yet, this city offers much more than entertainment and festivities. Surrounding these colourful buildings lies a mystery embedded in the dark waters and green trees of the Louisiana swamps.

The swamps in the United States actually have a name – ‘Bayous’. This word was derived from the French word, “bayouque” which loosely translates to a little stream. The Louisiana Bayou is one of America’s most treasured!

On these tours, you have an incredible opportunity to see these famously mysterious and beautiful wetlands and the creatures that live within it.

Swamp Tours New Orleans Prices 2024

The cost of the tours start at about $30 USD and the most you’ll pay is roughly $136 USD. This depends on the group size and inclusions for the tour. Most tours include the transport cost of pick-up and drop-off from a central location in New Orleans!

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Enjoy a tour of the historic Destrehan Plantation, overlooking the Mississippi River, and a Manchac Swamp cruise to get up close to alligators.
New Orleans: Plantation and Swamp Tour
Enjoy a VIP experience on a small 16-passenger boat, get up close and personal with the animals and the boat captain. Have more time to interact with the captain and ask questions as you explore the swamps.
New Orleans: 1.5-Hour VIP Swamp Experience
Visit New Orleans' closest swamp tour, only 25 minutes from downtown. Observe wildlife and exotic plant life under a shady, spacious pontoon boat. Learn from your local guide who knows and loves the bayou.
New Orleans: Swamp Tour in National Park and Preserve
Explore New Orleans' surrounding swamp and wetlands by boat in this fascinating, four-hour adventure.
New Orleans Swamp Tour by Tour Boat
Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride. This boat tour winds through the mossy cypress swamp close to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, named for the 19th‐century pirate and smuggler. While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from a...
New Orleans Airboat Ride
Explore one of Louisiana’s last protected wetlands on a 2-hour boat tour that includes round-trip transport from New Orleans. Depart in the morning or afternoon for Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve teeming with critters such as 'gators, wild boar, snakes and birds. Ride through the swamp...
New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour With Transport
See the beasts of the Southern Louisiana Bayou in a full-day tour from New Orleans! Explore the lush wetlands and see one of the area's historic plantation homes. Take this unique combination tour, and see the main attractions of Louisiana in one trip.
Louisiana Plantation & Swamp Boat Bayou Full-Day Tour Combo
Experience the civilized and the wild on a plantation tour and educational swamp boat ride from New Orleans. On this half-day journey, visit Destrehan Plantation to experience the early 19th Century South including a Slave Revolt Museum. Next, head into the marshy swampland for a boat ride and...
Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans
Combine visits to two historical Louisiana plantations, with transportation in between, during this day tour from New Orleans. Journey up the scenic Great River Road to reach Oak Alley Plantation, Laura Plantation, and Whitney Plantation. Choose two options when booking; admission price to each...
Double Plantation Tour in New Orleans
Make the most of your Louisiana visit with a combination full-day tour that takes you to the Oak Alley plantation home and on a swamp boat tour.
Oak Alley and Swamp Tour Boat Combo from New Orleans


You should only embark on this tour with a guide. Therefore, dependent on the tour of your choice, the times vary. In Summer, due to clear conditions, the tours extend into night-time making it an even more intimate and adrenaline-packed adventure!

Many of the swamps and wetlands are safely preserved in national parks near to New Orleans. This includes the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, where many of our suggested tours depart from.
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 3pm

Best Time to do a Bayou Tour New Orleans

The tours operate all year round. However, in peak tourist season (from May until October), the offerings increase. You can even brave it up on a night swamp tour! This is only offered in the high season.

In the Summer seasons, the swamps provide a great oasis to cool down from the scorching heat. But be warned, don’t jump in!

Time of the year: October, November, February or March (Spring-time, to see all the vegetation bloom, as well as to see the alligators who hibernate in Winter!)
Time of the day: If you’re wanting to see the Alligators, we’d suggest you choose a tour in the early afternoon when they become active!
Time of the week: Tours tend to be busier on the weekend, so if you want a more personalized tour, visit during the week.

Cajun Encounters

Amid all the untamed wildlife and harsh terrain, reside the Cajun people! The Cajuns are one of the most distinct ethnicities within the world. A French community in the heart of the swamps of Southern Louisiana!

But more specifically they reside in an area called Acadania. In fact, the Cajuns are descendants of the Acadians, the Northern French who colonized Canada in the 1600s.

This community is related to the catalysts of Voodoo practicing! Should you want to gain more insight on the mysterious Voodoo culture, check out these Louisiana Voodoo tours.

Every day the Cajuns wake up to the salty scent of the marsh that surrounds them. On your tours, you’ll be able to view how they have used the wetlands to make viable living conditions! For example, they either live in houseboats on the waters of the rivers for hunting, or they live in houses on the marshes.

Louisiana Swamp Tours

Unless you’re an experienced swamp meanderer, then we’d suggest you go on a professionally guided tour around the swamps. These rough terrains are not only difficult to navigate, but they also expose a history of cultures that can only be explained by locals or guides.

Most tours range from about 4 hours to as much as 8 hours. All will take you up close to the alligators. But don’t worry, you’ll be safe!

Half-Day Cajun Swamp Tours

On these shorter tours, your focus will primarily be on the swamp and the wetlands themselves. You’ll emerge into the quiet waters and high-rise trees, being up close and personal with the wildlife. This is because along the waters, many animals come to drink, or they live in close proximity to the water.

Try spot the raccoons in their natural habitat, instead of seeing them in your garbage can! The swamps date back over 2000 years! Your guide will tell you all about the fascinating ecology and development of the swamp over the millennia.

The landscape is breathtaking, and you can choose between going on a smaller, more intimate boat tour with a group of friends and family or a more communal one that caters to a larger crowd.

These half-day tours are suitable for those who want to spend the rest of the day exploring other destinations around or in the city. It’s a great opportunity to see the wetlands and wildlife of the historic bayou, without spending the whole day.

What we liked: You get to see how the Cajun have constructed a community and lifestyle with the swamp and its animals!

  • Professional, native tour-guide
  • Wheelchair access (only on some tours)
  • Transport to and from the swamp

  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities

The Southern region of Louisiana has unprecedented beauty. On this tour, you’ll be able to drift along the Mississippi River in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. All of the untamed wildlife such as alligators roam freely here and are treated with mutual respect.

If you’re not a fan of reptiles, then this may not be the destination for you because snakes are plentiful here!

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Full Day New Orleans Swamp Tour

The full-day tours are much more extensive, combined with other exciting activities.

Not only are you going to learn about and admire the landscape as well as its inhabitants, but the infamous plantations that are on the banks as well. The boat-tour is combined with a tour of the 1800s plantations. The front-yard of the plantation is basically on the river! Some plantations even have their own restaurants.

What we liked: You get a history and ecology lesson all in one, and at a very reasonable price.

  • The opportunity to choose which plantation you want to visit – each tour is different!
  • Visiting a famous plantation whereby slave revolts occurred many years ago!
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Food and beverages
  • Gratuities

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8.5Expert Score
Swamp tours in New Orleans and around it are the ideal way to break away from the city’s commotion. Although the swamp is eroding, wildlife freely roam here and live in harmony with the Cajun community. This is a unique tour that can only be experienced here, you have to do it!
Value For Money
  • Informative tour guide
  • Close-up wildlife encounters
  • In close proximity to New Orleans
  • It is educational
  • No food provided
  • Completely weather-dependent

Specification: Cajun Pride Swamp Tours (Best Louisiana Alligator Tours) 2024


Wheelchair accessible (depending on tour)


4-8 hours


Boat cruise/tour, English-speaking tour guide, Transport


Food and drinks, Gratuities

Meals & Drinks

Bottled water, Meals not included (unless specified)


Pick-up and drop-off included, Provided on select tour

Suitable For

Everyone, Families, Nature lovers

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    this is a must see tour it was very emotional and informative alot of insite on the history of slavery and how people of color survied during such trying times

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    We had a fabulous tour of both plantations. Our driver was very knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts prior to our stops. We visited the Whitney Plantation first and wished we could have had a bit more time. I understand there are time constraints however, the guide there was also pressured to adhere to the short time. By far this was my favourite plantation due to its focus on the history of slavery in the area which was very educational and moving. Oak Alley is beautiful.

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