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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

Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans
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Tour snapshot
Explore a typical Louisiana swamp on a boat tour from New Orleans
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
22
Service animals allowed
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Only picks up from French Quarter Hotels. Please reconfirm pickup with local operator after booking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • PLEASE PROVIDE THE HOTEL NAME AND ADDRESS IN THE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS.” RESERVATIONS WITHOUT HOTEL NAME AND ADDRESS CANNOT BE CONFIRMED
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heaith restrictions, all can enjoy experence.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Only picks up from French Quarter Hotels. Please reconfirm pickup with local operator after booking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • PLEASE PROVIDE THE HOTEL NAME AND ADDRESS IN THE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS.” RESERVATIONS WITHOUT HOTEL NAME AND ADDRESS CANNOT BE CONFIRMED
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heaith restrictions, all can enjoy experence.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 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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  • You'll return to the starting point
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derbyking98
Juneau, AK499 contributions
My wife and I are not usually into large scale tour type trips but did this and was decent way to get out in the swamp. We were picked up in large bus, which was full, on time and then drove for about 45 minutes to gift shop/staging facility where we were broken into smaller groups and assigned to boats. Each person was given a colored rubber bracelet and sent to a numbered bench. When the boat skipper (who doubled as guide) was ready they would call out your bench number and file down to boat. We spent about two hours in the swamp and that was pretty fun. We saw alligators, raccoons, a few species of birds and the skipper was very knowledgable and open for questions. Our bus driver was named Dwayne and he was very good, lots of background information in a humorous way on the trip to swamp and he was quiet on the trip back into town. All in all a decent tour and while we would not go again it was certainly worth doing once.
Written April 27, 2022
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Faz K
Frisco, TX3 contributions
A tour is only as good as the person leading it and our guide & Captain Mark is absolutely phenomenal at his job. Full of knowledge and eager to share he barely stopped talking the whole trip and that's not a bad thing. A local who grew up in the area he had plenty of stories and knowledge about the river and the area, including how it's changed. He did a great job trying to find gators even though it's not the best time of the year of them to be out. We saw a couple of them fortunately and just had a wonderful trip.

Let's rewind a bit to our pickup which itself was great. Our driver Connie gave us an "unofficial" tour of the city as we drove through including pointing out some of the damage from Katerina that still lingered. Combine that with a gift shop that is not trying to rip you off ($1 for a coke, $5 for a plush) this is an all around fantastic company to pick for your swamp boat adventure.
Written December 25, 2021
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DNSarg
San Jose, CA71 contributions
My 28 & 25 year old daughters and I visited NOLA the week after Mardi Gras. What a great time to visit. The crowds were nonexistent. But enough about the time of year, let’s talk about Honey Island Swamp Tours. Just outstanding, from the price, which included hotel pickup from OUR hotel, not a hotel where many people were meeting, to the punctuality of the driver, the great knowledge of the area the driver shared on our way to the swamp, the staff at the tour starting point, the captain, everything! The captain made every effort to find as much wildlife as possible. We saw an Eagle’s nest, many different kinds of birds, snakes in trees, which were very difficult to see, but our guide was super patient until everybody said they saw it, four small alligators, and, the highlight for me, about seven raccoon that our guide coaxed out by whistling. So much fun. Would highly recommend this company. Sure wish I could remember the guide’s name, as he was quite humorous and knowledgeable even though he’d had a rough night the night before. Ha
Written March 16, 2022
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thanks for the wonderful review, so glad y’all had a great time. Thanks Paul
Written March 20, 2022
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springengineer
Coralville, IA51 contributions
I deliberated for a long time about which swamp tour to take and I am so glad I booked this one. We were picked up at the specified location on time. Captain Chris was our captain and he was highly knowledgeable about the plants and animals of the area. He taught us so much about the swamp areas and happily answered any questions we had. We saw several alligators, turtles, birds, snails, and more. The area was simple and beautiful and was a nice escape from the bustle of the French Quarter for a day. If you are looking for a company that guarantees you will see tons of alligators, keeps baby alligators on the boat for you to pose with for photographs, and feeds the alligators marshmallows (that aren't good for them) just so you can get close-up photos - you'll need to book with a different tour company. This company was respectful of the animals and the land around them and I can't recommend them enough!
Written March 20, 2022
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Trophy-Rider
Bow, NH6 contributions
Friends
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 history on our ride to the venue made the ride very enjoyable.
Written March 2, 2020
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Sean G
1 contribution
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.
Written March 11, 2020
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thanks for coming
Written July 15, 2020
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Andee2s
Kennett Square, PA6 contributions
Very much enjoyed our swamp tour. Captain Roy was great and very knowledgeable. It was definitely chilly on our morning tour but he made sure to stop often, to warm up as well as tell us about the history of the local area. We did see some wildlife though not as much due to the early morning and chill. Capt Roy got an alligator to come by for marshmallows as he says “all the animals love marshmallows”. Don’t we all lol. It was a great tour. They pick you right up from your NOLA hotel, takes about 45-60 minutes to get to the location and then about 2 hours on the boat. We picked this particularly because it was not an air boat. Still had some fast speeds but the noise was minimal. Would recommend if wanting to explore the bayou. Very peaceful and beautiful.
Written October 22, 2021
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thank yall so much for taking time and letting us know you enjoyed your tour.
Written November 26, 2021
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trinhsharon
San Jose, CA2 contributions
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 white van with a few others. The ride was about an hour long to the swamp, but our driver was great in telling us the historical background and stories of New Orleans on our way there, which I thought was really cool. She was a very sweet lady and a pretty good driver as well, so no issues on our way to the swamp. We checked-in, waited for our boat, then we were off. Our swamp tour guide was this older man with a mustache (I forget his name, I'm sorry!) and he was awesome—great speaker and a jokester too! I wouldn't want to spoil the tour, but there were really cool stories he told. We also saw a bunch of animals—baby raccoons, a white raccoon, a boar, turtles, birds, and luckily, a baby gator too! On our way back, we got the chance to go in the gift shop and then after, we just hopped back into the van with the driver we had. On our way back, she did say she wouldn't be talking as much and would let us relax and check out our pictures and stuff, but she did continue with some historical facts here and there, which I still loved. Overall, a super awesome experience!

SIDE NOTE: Bring a jacket!! There were areas where we would sped through to pass empty parts of the swamp, and let's just say, it goes REAL fast. My hair was a huge mess at the end LOL. So definitely bring something warm to protect yourself from the wind during those moments and maybe tie your hair up if you have long hair too!
Written March 1, 2020
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foody3
3 contributions
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 very engaging with all of the Passengers! Highly recommend this tour and hopefully you get "Sonny" as your tour guide! Shout out to Rene' the bus driver who shared a lot of information about what we were passing along the drive to Slidell and gave a lot of the History of events during the Hurricane Katrina.
Thanks for the memories!
Written March 1, 2021
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thank you so much for coming out and enjoying the beautiful honey island swamp . We are happy you enjoyed your self .
Written March 4, 2021
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ElizaTaylor
London, UK18 contributions
Highly recommend for anyone interested in the flora and fauna of a Louisiana swamp. Easy pickup and return direct from New Orleans with friendly, knowledgeable guides and staff. One of the highlights of our trip as we saw around 20 alligators, a family of baby raccoons, egrets and more. Covered boat makes the trip worth it regardless of the weather.
Written July 9, 2022
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thanks for visiting. Happy you enjoyed experience.
Written July 10, 2022
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Kayla’s 21st birthday trip to NOLa
Our group of 22 had an awesome time with Capt. Hunter!!! Thank you. We got to see a 13ft gator and tons of other ga
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Professional & Fun Experience
This was hands down the most exciting & professional tours we’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. Our boat tour
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Great tour
Tour was great! Kyle was very knowledgeable which was even better! Definitely recommend. Checking in was a breeze.
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Do it once
It was not as informative as I expected. The guide turned off his Mike so I heard very little of what he was saying
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Awesome Swamp Tour
We took a Honey Island Swamp Tour on 6/18/22 with Captain Hunter. It was an amazing experience. We learned about th
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Don't Miss This
Well worth it. Capt. Everrett was personable and funny. tour is about 2 hours and plenty to see along the way. G
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Love this tour
This was my second time to do her the tour while it was very awesome and our guide was so knowledgeable and patient
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Great family outing
We all enjoyed the wildlife. We didn’t except to see raccoons but there they were, up close. The grandkids were ful
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Great tour!
Visited the big Pearl river, and some bayous that seem too small for the boat that made this a great tour. Learned
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Great Afternoon Out
was a great afternoon out, despite the rain! Our bus driver Steven was great, he told us lots of information out Ne
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Best swamp tour I have ever been on!
This was my third swamp tour and most FAV by far! Captain Chris was awesome! So knowledgable and funny! We enjoyed
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Great attraction!
Great experience learning about swamp ecosystems and life. Loved seeing alligators and other wildlife. Our captain
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The “BEST” Swamp Tour !!
We took our family swamp tour in the middle of May and we had an outstanding time!! We had Captain Hunter as our bo
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Best Tour in NOLA
This tour was the highlight of our trip! We were recommended by our Airbnb to take this tour and booked a morning s
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What a fun swamp tour!
I've been on other swamp tours, but this was the best! Our guide, Matt, answered all our questions. The boat was co
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