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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

By: Gray Line
  • Get a dose of southern antebellum culture and swamp life in one day
  • Tour the historic Destrehan Plantation with a costumed guide
  • Glide through a private Louisiana swamp on a wildlife-watching boat
Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans
From US$89.00
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Regular tour pricing; Tour departs at 1:00pm
Standard Tour 11:00am
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Experience the wilds of the Louisiana swamp plus hear the fascinating history of a Southern plantation all in one day with this great-value combo tour. Visit Destrehan Plantation, the oldest of its kind in the region, where you’ll learn about antebellum life while touring the restored mansion and grounds. Then ride in a covered boat through Manchac Swamp, a privately owned habitat for alligators, egrets, and other wildlife.
What to Expect
After boarding an air-conditioned coach in the French Quarter, follow the Lake Pontechartrain shoreline to Destrehan Plantation, the oldest plantation in the lower Mississippi Valley. Tour the carefully restored French colonial mansion with a costumed guide, learning about former inhabitants and the southern sugar cane industry. You'll also have a chance to explore the gardens and a museum dedicated to the 1811 slave revolt.

Continue on to the Manchac Swamp for a wildlife tour in a covered boat that provides protection from weather in all seasons. Learn about swamp culture and the endangered ecosystem from a guide as you look for alligators, raccoons, snakes, birdlife, and giant rodents. The swamp is privately owned, so you don't have to worry about crowds.

Return to the convenient French Quarter drop-off point in the late afternoon or evening.
Reviews (180)
1 - 5 of 70 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Best tour guide in sticky situation

BillieJo went above and beyond as a tour guide, our bus broke down when we arrived at the plantation, she walked at least a mile in the sun to bring us the food she had promised, and was able to get us a bus ride...More

Thank Sara R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
A great time, that was just long enough.

We had a great time with Ryan and our driver Alton. All together it was about 5-6 hrs, which was perfect. The plantation was first, followed by the swamp tour. Both we're a really good time, definitely worthy of the 5 Star rating.

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Enjoyed tours

The Plantation tour was very nice. Beverly was our guide and did a great job. Funny but knowledgeable about the history. The swamp tour was fun. Saw a lot of gators and our guide made the trip fun. One person on the boat was disrespectful...More

1  Thank Carolyn S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoy the swamp tour very interesting. Plantation could have been better. Needed more on the out buildings as well as the production of sugar cane. To much time spent on the family of the plantation.

Thank Jeff L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Down by the Bayou

This tour was rather informative. I was intrigued searching for this tour. The Destrehan plantation was beautifully restored. Beverly was our guide she was quite knowledge and eager to answer all questions. There was so much history about the French family and the slaves that...More

2  Thank Devenia D
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Response from Mike B | Reviewed this property |
We just went October 11th. This was my second time going on this tour. The water was high from the rain so there weren't that many gators out. It's always a good time!
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