Water activity

New Orleans: Bayou Tour in Jean Lafitte National Park

Water activity

New Orleans: Bayou Tour in Jean Lafitte National Park

Activity provider: Paddlewheeler Creole Queen

From US$ 32 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 and go to the swamp.

Embark on a 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 (not included) 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.

  • Swamp tour
  • Guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Tips

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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 186 reviews

Review summary

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Amazing tour! Our tour guide Jamie so amazing. He was so knowledgeable about the area and kept us well entertained with all of his jokes. The swamp and swamp life was all so amazing. We saw so many alligators it was amazing! Had an amazing tour, I would do this tour again and recommend it to anyone visiting the area!

February 28, 2023

We booked the Bayou Tour at the Jean Lafitte National Park. We were late to our reservation, but they were nice enough to book us a couple of days later. We say a half a dozen gators, turtles, a snake and and owl. The tour guide was educational, informative and hilarious. He provided a great tour, was funny and pointed out all kinds of things in the bayou. We took lots of pictures. The boat is comfortable and a smooth ride. It was reasonably priced. We'd definitely do it again.

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December 27, 2022

Great guide who was both informative and funny. The bayou and all the sites were beautiful, and we saw at least a dozen gators! I would recommend this one to work for anyone who is looking for that sort of experience, seeing these animals in their natural habitat, out in the wild.

October 12, 2022

Product ID: 172161