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New Orleans: Bayou Tour in Jean Lafitte National Park

New Orleans: Bayou Tour in Jean Lafitte National Park

Activity provider: Paddlewheeler Creole Queen

From US$ 29 per person

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.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Experience an authentic swamp adventure led by local guides
  • Learn about the legends and lore of Louisiana’s still untamed wilderness
  • View enchanting wildlife and exotic plant life
Full description
Bring your cameras and adventurous spirits as you explore the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Meet your guide at the meeting point or at one of the 8 pickup locations in New Orleans (if transportation option is selected), and travel to the swamp. Tours pick up daily from convenient hotels at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. You’ll be taken on a 1.5-hour pontoon boat ride around the waters of the area. Get the chance to spot alligators, local wildlife, and two other friendly creatures, Sunshine the Pig and Patrick the Possum.  Listen to stories and legends told by your informative local guide. Following the tour, enjoy a delicious Cajun lunch at a local eatery down the street, the perfect way to refuel. After lunch, you’ll be driven back to New Orleans and dropped off at the original meeting point or pickup location you have selected.
  • 1.5-hour swamp tour
  • Local guide
  • Round trip transportation from New Orleans (from designated locations, if option is selected)
  • Transportation from anywhere other than designated meeting points
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

6601 Leo Kerner Pkwy, Marrero, LA 70072, USA. Upon arrival, please check in at the ticket booth/gift shop and a staff member will check you in and assign you to a boat.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable footwear and suitable clothing for the weather.
  • The boat is wheelchair accessible
  • The boat has bathroom facilities
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 145 reviews

Review summary

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Buying tickets online was super easy and we were glad they weren't sold out, since we were ordering last minute. We had our own car, so did not have to arrange for transportation to the boat. We enjoyed every bit of the ride/tour. Captain Brent was so knowledgeable!! He answered every question posed to him and told us all about the plants and animals we saw. Thank you for a truly enjoyable tour!!

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August 20, 2022

The best part of our trip to NOLA! Captain Jason was excellent. After 24 years, he knew the gators, where to find them, and eagle eye for spotting other wild life. He was funny as well. Seeing the Bayou from a boat in the water was the best way to really see the countryside. Worth every penny.

June 18, 2022

These folks did a great job and we had a wonderful time. Our guide was very entertaining and informative. He took us to some fun spots on the swamp and we saw a number of alligators and other wildlife up close! Our trip was even better because it was raining a bit, but this might be a little difficult to plan for -- and they MIGHT not leave in the rain...

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June 17, 2022

Product ID: 172161