Sometimes it is not necessary to go too far away to find places that have the power to surprise you. If you are among those people who enjoy spending quality time in the outdoors, then you should know that a special place waits for you to discover it, right outside New Orleans. This special place is the swamp that lies in the vicinity of this big city. I may sound weird to take a swamp tour, but you will be amazed of the complex ecosystem that is able to develop in these conditions. Give this place a chance and choose to do something out of the ordinary, by checking in your to do list to visit a swamp.
Slowly people start to understand the role of a swamp in the entire ecosystem and end up appreciating the way it develops and goes on by its own unique rules. The swamp tours in New Orleans are meant to give anyone, with a desire to experience something new, an overall look of how a swamp can look, with its creatures and vegetation and, why not, have a very relaxing and fun day on board of a cute boat that floats on the streams of the swamp. In spite of its rather dull name, a swamp can be quiet and attraction and it really has what to show you, this being the main reason why so many people are starting to get interested in visiting places like this, and the reason why there are so many tour operators that are ready to help you get that experience. If you want to get on a swamp tour you must get out of New Orleans. Every tour operator has its own departure spot, but mainly it is about 10 to 11 miles away from the city.
Depending on the tour operator, the tour can be from 2 up to 4 hours, in which you will slowly deepen into the mysterious beauty of the swamp. The main attraction of a swamp tour is to see the gators, some operators even allow you to feed them raw chicken, with certain limitations of course. Besides gators you can encounter several snake species, the lumbering nutria. More scarce are the raccoon or swamp dear. The fun of it is that you never know what you may stumble upon on your tour. The vegetation is unique here, just think about the old cypresses and a lot of Spanish moss that give the place a one of a kind look. The average prices can range from $25 for adults / $15 for children and can get up to $52 for adults and $32.50 for children, under 12 years old.
Please find a few more swamp and gator pictures that I shot at the swamp tour :
Some of the best known swamp tour operators are:
Airboat Adventures LLC (They can offer Airboat Tours, Swamp Tours and Night Tours.),
5145 Fleming Park Rd.,
Lafitte, LA 70067,
Phone : (504) 885-7325, (888) 467-9267
Airboat Tours by Arthur Matherne Inc (They offer Airboat Tours, Swamp Tours, Night Tours and Multilingual Tours.)
4262 Hwy 90 E,
Des Allemandes, LA 70030,
Phone : (985) 758-2365, (800) 975-9345,
Cajun Encounters Swamp, City, and Plantation Tours LLC
(They can offer Bus Tours, Flatboat Tours, Swamp Tours, Night Tours, City/Neighborhood Tours, Cemetery Tours, Multilingual Tours, French Quarter Tours, Plantation Tours and Personalized/Specialized Tours.)
55345 Hwy 90,
Slidell, LA 70461,
Phone : (504) 834-1770, (866) 928-6877,
Just enjoy your swamp adventure.