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Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans provided by Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours

Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 20-10-14 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-10-14 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Spot gators, egrets, turtles, and other Louisiana wildlife on a boat tour of the Honey Island Swamp. Cruise through a mossy cypress forest while a wetland ecologist shares insight into this protected nature reserve and local Cajun fishing life. No need to rent a car to explore the bayou, as pickup and drop-off from your New Orleans downtown or French Quarter hotel is included.
  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Lake Pontchartrain
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    Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    Enjoy this Louisiana Swamp experience — a unique outdoor adventure that is safe, organized, fun, and educational. After a New Orleans French Quarter hotel pickup, travel to the starting location on the West Pearl River, in Slidell, Louisiana. Venture into the gift shop overlooking the Tupelo and Cypress swamp and check in for the tour. Be sure to take a look out of the back window to see if any backyard guests are lurking in the murky waters below. Don’t forget to use the restrooms before embarking on this 2-hour tour throughout nearly 70,000 acres of the Honey Island Swamp, a permanently protected wildlife preserve. While walking down the dock, embrace the excitement of seeing the moss hanging from the gnarled cypress trees and the sweet smell of wild azaleas in the air. There's an undeniable eagerness to explore. Listen intently to the captain’s tales of pirates, Bigfoot, and prehistoric creatures roaming the region while entering the primitive beauty of the Honey Island Swamp. Keep an eye out for alligators, herons, egrets, deer, feral hogs, nutria, raccoons, otters, turtles, and frogs — an abundance of wildlife along the banks and the in the murky waters. Or look up and out for bald eagles, owls, osprey, and other water fowl soaring through the skies. They could be visible one second and gone the next. Those touring Honey Island can easily see why Louisiana is known as the Fisherman’s Paradise. Passing through the Cajun village, where local fisherman reside, see them catching bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, and warmth. Thousands of pounds of crawfish are caught in these waters every season as well. All the tour boats are inspected and approved by the US Coast Guard. These small, custom-built, flat-bottom boats transport approximately 20-24 individuals each. They are operated by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting. With the journey back up the river, the captain leads the way to the original departure location. A New Orleans hotel drop-off closes the tour. Note: this tour only offers pick up and drop off from the French Quarter.
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  • Explore a typical Louisiana swamp on a boat tour from New Orleans
  • A wetlands ecologist guide shares info on the protected nature reserve
  • Great chance to see wildlife, such as alligators, turtles, and river otters
  • Transport from New Orleans' downtown or French Quarter provided
What to Expect
After convenient pickup at your downtown or French Quarter hotel, leave the bustle of New Orleans behind and travel to the launch point on the West Pearl River, near the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Board a covered swamp boat that provides protection from the hot Louisiana sun or from the rain on stormy days, and make your way into the protected waters of the Honey Island Swamp. Glide beneath hanging moss and cypress trees, as a wetlands ecologist guide shares info about this unique ecosystem, plus local legends of pirates, Bigfoot, and prehistoric creatures. Look out for swamp critters, such as otters, egrets, nutria, turtles, and alligators, during the cruise. You also learn about Louisiana's important fishing industry and pass through a typical Cajun fishing village.
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Important Information
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Entry/Admission - Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No heaith restrictions, all can enjoy experence.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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foody3 wrote a review Mar. 1
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Awesome tour with boat Captain "Sonny" who was very knowledgeable about the area and habitat of the area! Has been guiding these tours for quite some time and grew up around the area and knows the History around the island. We really enjoyed his anecdotes and Humor and he was
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Date of experience: February 2021
Response from drwhoneyislandswamp, General Manager at Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans
Responded yesterday
Thank you so much for coming out and enjoying the beautiful honey island swamp . We are happy you enjoyed your self .
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Sean G wrote a review Mar. 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Great trip and great guide. The trip was very fun and informative. We saw alligators, snakes, raccoons and a wild bore up close. The guide fed him marshmallows and she was literally beside the boat, very cool.
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Date of experience: March 2020
1 Helpful vote
Response from drwhoneyislandswamp, Owner at Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans
Responded Jul. 15, 2020
Thanks for coming
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Trophy-Rider wrote a review Mar. 2020
Bow, New Hampshire6 contributions10 helpful votes
Captain Ron was a great swamp guide! Great knowledge and area lore. Connie, our transporter, was a very colorful person. She was prompt on the pickup made sure we were all comfortable in the van before the trips out and back. Her information of the many landmarks and area
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Date of experience: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
trinhsharon wrote a review Mar. 2020
San Jose, California2 contributions2 helpful votes
Our pickup was a bit confusing at first since there was no information on where and what time the pickup would be, so I had to message them for that, but they were very quick to respond and we got everything answered the day of. As for the actual tour day, we got picked up in a
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Date of experience: February 2020
1 Helpful vote
HarmonyK wrote a review Jan. 2020
8 contributions11 helpful votes
Our tour was scheduled for Sunday but rain was forecast so we asked to change it to Saturday. They were very accommodating. They had room on the boat but had to find a driver to get us to the dock. They found one right away and Mr. Miller came right on time. The tour was fun and
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Date of experience: January 2020
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
A'hoy! Captain Roy!
The tour was educational, and we had an expert captain easily manuvering his way through the swamp. He would make s
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Amazing trip!
Captain Mark was an absolutely amazing guide! We were able to see lots of wildlife and learn all about the bayou an
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Don't let cold weather stop You!
We took this tour in December; it was pretty cold (especially while riding high speed). So if you want to do the sa
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Perfect Tour Guide - Capt Hunter
Capt Hunter was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We really enjoyed our tour! See you next time...
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Guides are abusive to wildlife
It's not a swamp it's a river. They race along at high speeds so it's freezing and miserable. And, worst of all, th
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Great experience
Our tour was with Captain Steele. He did a great job at explaining about the pearl river and the animals. Very know
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Not even a little rain could dampen this awesome swamp tour!!!
We did a tour with Capt. Matt and we had a great time. We were a little worried about the weather with lightning in
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Watch for Big Foot!
Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours Inc. (Honey Island Tours) is a family owned and operated business near Slidel
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Abby L
Swamp Tour
We had a great time despite some cooler and rainy weather! Our guide was Hunter and he was incredibly knowledgeable
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Great tour and crew
Kids had a great time seeing all the wildlife, watching the alligators eat marshmallows, and going fast. Captain To
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Great tour
The tour was great. Capt. Tony did a great job! Would highly recommend. We were on a tour with a group that was no
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Awesome Swamp Tour
Our boat was driven by Captain Chris, and he did an awesome job. It boat ride lasted a couple of hours. There is a
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Awesome tour!
We actually visited in January 2019 but there was no selection available for this. We had an awesome time on this t
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Everything we wanted except Gators!
We went on this tour in early March with Captain Hunter. He was fantastic! We all loved his knowledge and enthusias
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Caitlan T
Great time! Fun and learned a lot :)
My boyfriend and I went on this tour on March 2nd and had a great experience. We saw pigs, raccoons, two small alli
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  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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