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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 $89.00
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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 (188)
1 - 5 of 77 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Great tour!

There are so many swamp and plantation tours to choose from, and we're so glad we chose this one! We went on a Thursday, the 11 a.m. tour led by Nancy, a fantastic tour guide who is a retired history teacher - lucky us! There...More

Thank Bea2T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Taste of New Orleans

This tour allows you to experience two classic parts of a New Orleans trip in one easy sweep. You start with a tour of the oldest plantation in the area, Destrehan. It has live oaks aplenty and the tour guides are really passionate about keeping...More

Thank marthap163
Reviewed 1 week ago
great entertainment and educational

Our tour guide Billie Jo set the bar for guides. She was so warm and informative and even went to buy us food which we thought would be available on site. The plantation tour was excellent and our guide was dressed in costume and they...More

1  Thank rosasP1245HW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Relaxing, fun and educational! :-)

A quick bus ride from New Orleans, this was a great tour and I really recommend it. Ryan was our bus tour guide and gave us a brief history of New Orleans on the way to Destrehan Plantation. Jim at the plantation was a very...More

1  Thank Natalie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great tour guide

Tour guide BillieJo was excellent. Plantation tour was very good and interesting, would have loved more information about slave life. Swamp tour was entertaining but could have been half hour shorter.

2  Thank Rachel H
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All tours begin at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse St. &the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock.
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