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Lake Pontchartrain: Our most recommended tours and activities

New Orleans: Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. New Orleans: Sightseeing Bus Tour

Get an introduction to the sites of New Orleans on a 2.5-hour guided bus tour. Benefit from pickup at Bon's New Orleans Street Food which is nearby Jackson Square and visit the Garden District, the 9th Ward, and more. Travel through the beautiful French Quarter, and make your way down lively Frenchmen Street, where live music pours from every venue. Arrive at the alternative Marigny district as you make your way towards the 9th Ward. Enter the Musicians' Village and continue to Tremé. Travel down Esplanade Avenue to City Park and Lake Pontchartrain, and then learn about Creole culture at Saint Roch Cemetery #1 and St. Louis Cemetery #3. See the oldest streetcar in the world on St. Charles Avenue as you move on to Tulane and Loyola universities. Enter the Garden District to look at some of the celebrity homes. Continue along Magazine Street to arrive at the Warehouse District and Arts District before getting dropped off at your hotel.

New Orleans: Swamp Zipline Tour

2. New Orleans: Swamp Zipline Tour

Travel to the banks of Lake Ponchartrain, in the quaint historic town of Frenier, to see the Maurepas swamp from a unique perspective. Suspended above it on this zipline tour, admire the animals of the swamp and the panoramic views. Start the day with a transfer from your hotel in New Orleans, if the option is selected. Upon arrival, meet your host who will provide safety equipment and instructions for the day’s activities. Use the lockers provided to store loose items. Begin the adventure from atop a 60-foot start platform. Marvel at the views of the magnificent Maurepas Swamp and Lake Ponchartrain. View the historic town of Frenier and the New Orleans skyline. As you traverse the course, take on five separate zip lines, two suspension bridges, and a one-of-a-kind spiral cypress tree staircase. The swamp zipline course is roughly a half-mile long, and it takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete. Become immersed in nature. As you soar through the course, you may see alligators, turtles, snakes, whitetail deer, wild boar, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, egrets, herons, and much more from the comfort and safety of the treetops.

New Orleans: Swamp Boat Ride and Historic Plantation Tour

3. New Orleans: Swamp Boat Ride and Historic Plantation Tour

Meet your guide in New Orleans, then leave the city behind as you travel back in time. Choose the morning tour to visit the Oak Alley Plantation. See the plantation's quarter-mile-long alley of oak trees, each over 250 years old, and the cypress trees that border the Mississippi River. Explore the plantation with your guide, and listen to stories of its history dating back to 1839. Learn about the site's former uses and residents, and visit the plantation's on-site exhibitions, Slavery at Oak Alley, Blacksmith Shop, and Sugarcane Theater, to learn more about its past.  Opt for the afternoon tour and head to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest documented French Colonial-style house in the lower Mississippi Valley. Discover the majestic antebellum plantation home that watches over the banks of the Mississippi River, just a few minutes upriver from New Orleans. Costumed docents will intrigue you with the history of the Destrehan family’s sugar dynasty, historic events that occurred at this site, and the unique architectural features of the plantation. Watch daily trade demonstrations by costumed artisans and gain insight into long-forgotten skills that were a vital part of everyday life centuries ago. Afterward, travel past several of the area’s plantations as you head to the Manchac Swamp. Explore this privately-owned wildlife refuge, and hear about the legend of the Rougarou werewolf. Take a boat ride across the swamp, and get up close to alligators and other wildlife.

New Orleans: 2.5-Hour City & Cemetery Tour by Bus

4. New Orleans: 2.5-Hour City & Cemetery Tour by Bus

There’s so much to see, so much history to soak in. You’re probably worried you won’t have time to see it all. That’s where this tour can help. For two hours, you will go on an air-conditioned ride throughout some of the most famous neighborhoods in New Orleans. You will see the landmarks you don’t want to miss, as your guide shares stories you’ll love to hear. You will go from the Treme to the Garden District, the 9th Ward to the back streets of The French Quarter. Your guide will tell you where the best crawfish are, or where to get the coldest beer. t’s your guide's mission to make sure that when you step off the bus you’re in love with this great city as well. Come experience the best two hours of your vacation today.

From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

5. From New Orleans: Swamp Airboat, 2 Plantation Tours & Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will take you on a scenic narrated drive out of New Orleans, preparing you for a pilgrimage back in time.  After crossing over the Mississippi River on a high bridge, you will arrive at a remote swamp to board a small airboat. With your Cajun boat captain, glide comfortably over marshes and deep into secluded bayous. Discover the swamp’s fascinating fauna and flora, including alligators, turtles, and exotic birds.  Next, you will drive upriver through sugar cane fields to arrive at Laura Plantation. Enjoy a guided tour of this Creole plantation dating back to 1804. Hear the compelling stories of Laura's family saga, as well as stories of the West-African, enslaved people who worked on this sugar plantation. At the end of the tour, visit the museum exhibit dedicated to "Slavery on Laura Plantation" in a restored overseer's cottage. Back on the old River Road, you will pass by Felicity Plantation, where "12 Years A Slave" was filmed, and St Joseph Plantation, where the "Queen Sugar" TV series was filmed. Stop in front of Oak Alley Plantation to admire its parallel rows of centuries-old oak trees. After crossing over the Mississippi River on the Sunshine Bridge, you will arrive at the iconic "Sugar Palace", Houmas House Plantation. Lunch will be served in their elegant dining room, with genuine Cajun cuisine. Then, enjoy a guided tour of the mansion with a guide dressed in Antebellum costume. After the tour, enjoy some free time to stroll around the splendid gardens, before you return to New Orleans. Sample Lunch Menu (subject to seasonal changes) Luncheon includes home-baked bread and butter, iced tea or soft drink, dessert, and coffee.  Choice of Entrees: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (gluten-free without croutons): Served with tender romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese Crown Jewel Hamburger: Grilled 7oz burger topped with cheese, bacon, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, and onion served with French fries Shrimp Po Boy: Shrimp, crispy fried and served on New Orleans French bread with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and Creole mayonnaise Breast of Chicken (gluten-free without grits): Skin-on breast of chicken, served with stone-ground grits, roasted veggies and rum-spiked Houmas House beehive honey glaze Vegetarian Pasta: Veggies and baby heirloom tomatoes with fettuccine pasta and parmesan cheese Choice of Dessert: White Chocolate Bread Pudding Turtle Creole Cream Cheese Cheesecake

City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

6. City of New Orleans and Katrina Recovery Tour

Take in the highlights of New Orleans on a 3-hour city tour. Visit the historic French Quarter, and see Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Bourbon Street, Royal Street, and more. Continue to areas that were hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, including the 9th Ward. See Harry Connick Jr.'s Musicians’ Village and the work by Habitat for Humanity. Visit one of New Orleans' historic cemeteries, where you'll see the unique above-ground tombs. Head to New Orleans City Park, and pass by Lake Pontchartrain – the largest lake in Louisiana. In the Garden District, see the iconic streetcars and historic mansions. The tour ends with a visit to the central business district.

New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation, Houmas House & Lunch

7. New Orleans: Destrehan Plantation, Houmas House & Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel in New Orleans in a 13-seater high-roof van, your enthusiastic historian driver-guide will narrate your scenic drive upriver to two historic plantations on the shores of the Mississippi River. On the journey, drive by the shores of Lake Pontchartrain and miles of cane fields extending from the Mississippi River to the back swamps. Learn about Louisiana's geography, geology, and incredible history en route.  The first stop is Destrehan Plantation the oldest documented plantation in the Mississippi River valley, constructed in 1787. Learn about the history of the site, see where Charles Deslondes led the 1811 Slave Revolt, and discover its dramatic outcome. Then you are driven further upriver on the old Mississippi River road, passing the ruins of the Tezcuco Plantation and hearing about its history. Soon afterward you will arrive at the "The Sugar Palace", more commonly known as Houmas House. Here, you will enjoy a gourmet Creole lunch in a grand dining hall. There are even refreshing Mint Juleps available for purchase if you wish to really experience the Southern Plantation life. After lunch, you will enjoy a guided visit to the Greek Revival mansion on this very opulent plantation. Your guides, in period dress, will lead you through rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork. Afterward, you will have time to stroll around the stunning gardens in the shadows of ancient oaks, before visiting the very gift shop. Sample Lunch Menu (subject to seasonal changes) Luncheon includes home-baked bread and butter, an iced tea or soft drink, a dessert, and coffee.  Choice of Entrees: Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad (gluten-free without croutons): Served with tender romaine lettuce, croutons, and parmesan cheese Crown Jewel Hamburger: Grilled 7oz burger topped with cheese, bacon, mayo, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, and onion served with French fries Shrimp Po Boy: Shrimp, crispy fried and served on New Orleans French bread with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and Creole mayonnaise Breast of Chicken (gluten-free without grits): Skin-on breast of chicken, served with stone-ground grits, roasted veggies and rum-spiked Houmas House beehive honey glaze Vegetarian Pasta: Veggies and baby heirloom tomatoes with fettuccine pasta and parmesan cheese Choice of Dessert: White Chocolate Bread Pudding Turtle Creole Cream Cheese Cheesecake

New Orleans: Authentic Cajun Shrimp Boil and Cabaret Show

8. New Orleans: Authentic Cajun Shrimp Boil and Cabaret Show

Great for Groups and couples! An Intimate Experience of French Quarter Food and Music, we are famous for our French Quarter Shrimp Boils. Step away from the tourist crowds and join us for a private dinner party celebrating the flavors and sounds of the Quarter. Enjoy this opportunity to experience it as a VIP, with a small group and Mister Gregory himself preparing your meal. This is a 90 minute dinner and show experience. The Shrimp Boil Experience might begin with a tasting of fresh caught fish from Lake Pontchartrain or a local blue crab appetizer, then an alligator sausage tasting and a presentation about our wild-caught Gulf shrimp. The big moment is when we present the shrimp, cooked with corn and local sausage, and our special blend of Cajun boil seasonings. Later, we bring out hot towels to clean up and to finish we present a signature dessert and a tasting of New Orleans style chicory cafe au lait. Through-out the experience we present a live performance from the Jazz and Blues, Burlesque, and Cabaret clubs of the French Quarter to entertain you. Please join us for a lovely dinner party, make some new friends and eat the very best shrimp in the world.

Citywide Driving Tour with a Local Jazz Musician

9. Citywide Driving Tour with a Local Jazz Musician

This tour is meant to be a once-in-lifetime experience! During our half-day customized private or small group tour you, your friends, and family will get to see all of New Orleans in just 4 hours. It goes by quickly as we will be driving in a tour vehicle with a bit of walking to take pictures with our 24MP 4KCamera at Beautiful Murals throughout the city. Do this on your first day! We will visit local historic landmarks including: - French Quarter - Treme - Garden District - City Park/Cafe Du Monde - St. Louis #3 Cemetery - Marigny/ Bywater Neighborhood - Hurricane Katrina Damage/ Musicians Village - Creole Millionaires Row - Uptown Mansions/Tulane University - Faubourg St. John - Lake Ponchartrain We will typically stop for Delicious Beignets Midway through the tour! As local Jazz Musicians, We will share our in-depth knowledge of the history, culture, and music of this intriguing city. As our private guest you will gain a behind-the-scenes look at what makes this place so special. It's like having a friend give you the unscripted, insider's take on the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Big Easy. You will have the kind of undivided attention you just won't get to have on large group city tours. Please message me to tailor and customize this tour to your exact likes and interests. Whether if its Food, French Quarter Architecture, African American History, Jazz, Ghost Folklore, or Murals. We'll help you leave New Orleans with a unique understanding of the Big Easy.

New Orleans: Traditional City and Estate Tour

10. New Orleans: Traditional City and Estate Tour

New Orleans has an incredibly vibrant soul that can never be kept down. Today, you will experience its heart with a combo city tour that will take you deep into the splendor of the French Quarter, and then out towards the levee system along Lake Pontchartrain before heading back through the mansions around town. It is sure to be a delight! We first stop by the French Market, for a taste of New Orleans' rich culinary history. We'll then head out to the old U.S. Mint and the stately mansions along Esplanade Ave. Here you can dream of what life must have been like 100 years ago, and see the vibrancy that still remains. Next we'll walk into St. Louis Cemetery #3. One of the fascinating things about a New Orleans cemetery is that everything is above ground, since the city technically lies below sea level. For this reason, St. Louis is a fascinating journey into the quirks about this city, and you will see some famous residents as well. Riding along peaceful Bayou St. John, we view houses from the late 1700's. Driving through City Park, see the antique carousel and centuries-old live oaks. Stop to explore the Besthoff Sculpture Gardens at City Park. This exquisite 8 acre park is definitely worth the time. Stroll along meandering walking paths and water features amid centuries-old, moss-draped live oaks surrounding two lagoons. Along Lake Pontchartrain's shores our levee system is explained and the longest of all Causeway bridges is seen. Then we'll head uptown to Carrolton, the Tulane and Loyola Universities, the 160-year-old streetcar line and St. Charles Avenue's grand colonial mansions. Finally, we'll head back downtown around the Superdome and through the heart of the business district before returning to your hotel. You will see how vibrant and exciting New Orleans is again today, and we look forward to sharing our home with you.

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What people are saying about Lake Pontchartrain

Overall rating

4.8
(1,036 reviews)

DJ and Keisha were amazing tour guides! DJ shared a lot of history about New Orleans, the culture, the music. They made the tour a fun experience and had great recommendations for restaurants and sightseeing. I’d definitely recommend this tour for anyone visiting New Orleans!

The swamp tour was a lot of fun. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The plantation tour was good. We could have used more information about the slaves that lived there. Our driver provided information about New Orleans. Her name was Midge, and we liked her.

SCOTT WAS THE BEST TOUR GUY we had in last 6 tours in New Orleans!!!!!! His knowledge is outstanding!!!!!!!! Very friendly gentleman and once again, BEST TOUR GUY in the New Orleans!!!

The plantation is gorgeous. They have a nice cafe and gift shop. The swamp tour was a blast. Brandon is a super guide and makes the trip fun and interesting.

I liked the information that was received during the trip to the plantation. I think it would be great to visit about 2 plantations in a day.