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Top 6 Best Louisiana Swamp Tours & More in 2024

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Top 6 Best Louisiana Swamp Tours & More in 2024

Top 1: Best Lousiana Swamp Tour

New Orleans Swamp Tours are perfect for kids and families. Explore acres of authentic Louisiana swamps and waterways on a New Orleans swamp tour that gets you up close and personal with Alligators! 

Get an unforgettable, up-close experience with majestic Alligators

What Animals you will find in NOLA Swamp Tours

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Top 2: Swamp Airboat Excursions

If you’re looking for a personalized adventure in the Louisiana swamps, our customizable group excursions are the perfect choice. Whether you’re planning a family outing, a team-building experience, or a special celebration, we can tailor the tour to meet your specific needs and interests. 

Flexibility is our specialty, and we’re dedicated to creating an unforgettable experience for you and your group.

For a quick overview of our customizable options, take a look at the table below:

Group Size Duration Activities
1-5 2 hours Airboat ride, Wildlife spotting, Guided tour
6-10 3 hours Kayaking, Birdwatching, Picnic lunch
11-15 4 hours Fishing, Nature walk, Sunset cruise

Remember, the more, the merrier! Bring your group and let us handle the rest.

Pro Tip: Communicate your preferences and special requests in advance to ensure a truly personalized experience. Let’s make this adventure one to remember!

Our Swamp Tour Options in New Orleans (NOLA)

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The Small Airboat

👫 6-10 passengers
⏰ 1 hr 45 min
👦🏻 Minimum 5yo

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The Large Airboat

👫 15-27 passengers
⏰ 1 hr 45 min

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The Pontoon Boats

Traditional Covered Boat Swamp Tours
⏰ 1 hr 45 min

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Our Pickup Service

Round trip to the French Quarter

Top 3: Haunted Cemetery Bus Tours

Join Haunted Cemetery Bus Tour for a thrilling two-hour night adventure in New Orleans. You’ll visit haunted cemeteries and explore the city’s spooky neighborhoods, offering an exciting paranormal experience.

What to expect on this spooky tour:

  • Ghost Hunting: Start with a cocktail from Bon’s Street Food and join a guided tour with an EMF Reader, similar to what’s used on the TV show Dead Files. Feel free to bring your own meter and share your ghostly encounters!
  • Interactive Learning: Your guide will share exclusive ghost videos and photos, adding an exciting visual aspect to your ghost hunting adventure.
  • Cemetery Visits at Night: Explore two haunted cemeteries in New Orleans after dark. Take photos and try to spot ghosts, with help from guides and their EMF readers.
  • Respectful Ghost Hunting: We’re committed to respecting the resting places we visit. Please follow our guide’s instructions for a respectful and responsible experience.


Book in advance to ensure your place on this popular haunted tour.

Top 4: Haunted Pub Crawl

Ghostly Swamp Tours are a popular part of the Louisiana swamp experience. These eerie tales have been passed down through generations, adding an element of mystery to the

Discover New Orleans’ spooky side with our Haunted Pub Crawl. This tour mixes eerie local history with visits to haunted bars and restaurants in the French Quarter. You’ll see famous places like the Lalaurie Mansion and Omni Royal. Here’s what’s included:

  • Flexible Tour Plan: We change our route often for a fresh experience, but we always visit key haunted spots. Your guide will choose some locations on the day.
  • Pirate’s Alley: A legendary part of the French Quarter, Pirate’s Alley is surrounded by stories of pirates and slave trading, adding mystery to your visit.
  • Lalaurie Mansion: Known for its chilling past, the 1832 Lalaurie Mansion is one of the most haunted spots in the area. Your guide will tell you its spooky stories.
  • Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop: Visit the oldest bar in the U.S., dating back to 1772. It’s linked to pirates, including Jean Lafitte, and some say his ghost still haunts it.

Top 5: City Bus Tour

Explore New Orleans in the day with our City Bus Tour, a two and a half hour trip combining famous sights and historical stories for a complete view of the city.

Here’s what you’ll experience:

  • Tour of Different Areas: Starting in the vibrant French Quarter, we’ll take you through various districts like the elegant Garden District, the cultural Treme, and the artsy Marigny and Bywater, plus more hidden spots.
  • Historical Stories: Learn about 300 years of New Orleans history. Our guide will share a mix of folklore, fun facts, and historical events, bringing the city’s past to life.
  • Great Views: From our bus with high seats and big windows, you’ll get clear views of the city’s beauty.
  • Cemetery Visits: Depending on the tour time, visit St. Louis Cemetery #3 in the morning or Odd Fellows Cemetery in the afternoon. Our expert guides will tell you the stories behind the tombstones.
  • Comfortable Ride: Our air-conditioned Luxury Mini Coach, driven by a licensed professional, offers a comfortable journey.
  • Easy Pick-up and Drop-off: We provide hotel pickups and drop-offs in the French Quarter. Be ready 30 minutes before the tour starts.

Book early to secure your spot on this detailed and exciting tour.

Note: Outside food and drinks are not allowed on the bus.

Top 6: Haunted Ghost Walking Tour

Join Big Easy Ghost Tours for a fascinating walk into New Orleans’ supernatural history. This tour offers a deep, accurate look at haunted places like the Lalaurie Mansion and Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, providing more than just stories – it’s a real historical study. Here’s what you’ll get:

Real Historical Background: Our guides, including professors and history students, focus on true, centuries-old stories of the French Quarter’s darker past. This tour is all about real history, not theatrics or scares.

Genuine Paranormal Sites: Visit real paranormal hotspots, some featured on TV ghost hunting shows. This isn’t just for show; it’s an exploration of actual paranormal events.

Interactive Tour: The tour changes based on the city’s events, and we welcome your ghostly stories and experiences. The more you engage, the better the experience.

Respectful Storytelling: We tell chilling tales with the utmost respect for history and the locations we visit.

Book in advance to join this unique, historical ghost tour.


  • This is a walking tour, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Refreshments aren’t included but can be bought before the tour starts.

Departure and Wild Adventure in 3 Steps

Pick Up Area

We will start our Tour in this location: Meet at Bon’s Street Food(620 Decatur St Unit 1B) located next to Landry’s Seafood on the corner of Decatur and St. Peter.

Alligator Adventure

Explore thousands of acres in our unique Louisiana ecosystem featuring backwater wildlife such as alligators, over 200 species of birds, wild pigs, raccoons and so much more!


Swamp tours from New Orleans typically sell out weeks in advance. With us, you’ll have exclusive access to the most availability on airboat tours and swamp boats in all of Louisiana.

Gator Tour times

Boats leave the dock at 9:45 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm (if there is enough daylight for the 6 pm tour). It is important that you be there at least 15-30 minutes before so you have plenty of time to check-in.

All tours are 1 hour 45 minutes packed with excitement. Give us a call, to join us for a swamp tour New Orleans style. We book up fast! Why book with Bayou Swamp Tours?

Bayou Swamp Tours offers the most thrilling swamp tours New Orleans has to offer. The Bayou tour company offers various options for you to choose from…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our Louisiana airboat tours.

Boats leave the dock at 9:45AM, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm (if there is enough daylight for the 6pm tour). It is important that you be there at least 15-30 minutes before so you have plenty of time to check in.
We have airboats that can hold anywhere from 6 to 30 passengers. If you would like a private tour, let us know and we can accommodate your needs! We have the most availability on swamp tours in New Orleans. We also run covered tour boats seating 20-72 passengers.
Yes! We can accommodate any group size. Please give us a call to make the arrangements for your private Louisiana experience.
We offer to pick up guests and take them back to all hotels located in the French Quarter / New Orleans City Center / Eastern Garden District as an additional service. Please call to add pickup to your tour for an additional fee.
Yes, you have to be at least 5 years of age AND 48 inches tall to ride the airboat. Expectant mothers will need to take the swamp boat tour for a smooth experience in the bayou.
There are all sorts of avian (birds), reptiles, insects, and mammals in the swamp. They all can be more active at different hours depending on the conditions, weather, and season. Your Louisiana boat captain will put you on the best tour possible to see as much as possible.
We are open from 8am to 11pm, 7 days a week. Our phone lines are open even later for reservations!
Although we have the most options and availability for us to book your swamp tour, booking ahead of time is key. Especially during holidays, weekends, and Mardi Gras. It’s not uncommon to be booked up months ahead of time for these.

Larger groups (6+) are recommended to book weeks to months in advance of the trip to secure the best possible boat and time slot. So book as soon as you know you will be in the area. We also can take last minute bookings and will do everything we can to accommodate!
We recommend wearing whatever you feel comfortable in. We will be out on the water, so we recommend leaving loose jewelry and watches behind to avoid the possibility of losing your belongings. If it’s a Louisiana sunny day, make sure to bring some sunscreen! You should always dress comfortably. If it is cooler outside it is good to wear warmer clothes, especially on an airboat. Bring a jacket, too!
Yes! We have boats other than airboats that you can enjoy the swamp in. We have covered boats that are not loud and provide shade from the hot Louisiana sun.
A covered boat is a larger boat with an awning that seats more people. It is not loud, unlike an airboat, and moves slower through the swamp. Great for photography!
Yes, but they rarely come out during the day. Please leave the spray at home
We offer the most availability for airboat and pontoon boat tours in the New Orleans area. While our booking office does not physically conduct the tours ourselves, we collaborate with a hand-picked combination of tour operators and coast guard certified captains to ensure a selection that combines quality with great value.
Tours go out rain or shine unless there is inclement weather such as lightning. We will call you ahead of time if your tour is canceled. NEVER assume the tour is canceled! Weather calls are up to the boat captain & dock staff. Typically storms blow over fairly quickly and you are still able to get on the water and enjoy your swamp tour. However, severe weather can abbreviate or cancel tours.
Our covered tour boat will allow a standard width wheelchair to board.
Once we enter your information in our system we immediately start working on getting your tour confirmed. Once everything is squared away and we have your seats reserved, we will send you a confirmation email and text. You will also always get a formal transaction receipt from our payment provider.

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