Located alongside a state wildlife swamp preservation area, this is the very best "eco-tour" we have ever had as a family. With our wonderful, knowledgeable and folksy guide Capt Scott (a young man who is also a local fishing tour operator) we experienced every nook and cranny of a real swamp/backwater/bayou environment. Although your experiences may vary, you can certainly count on many, many opportunities to see alligators snap up mashmellows and hot-dogs-on-a-stick just a few feet away from you. On our nearly two-hour in a very comfortable shaded 22-passenger boat we also saw several very large feral pigs (we're talking 200-300 pound beasts), a water snake with a large catfish in its mouth, a few jumping wolf spiders on logs (the boat pulls right alongside logs and trees), a local racoon, and a few egrets. We also had some high-speed zooming along the river which creates a wonderful breeze (and pleases the kids) and lets you see a few private homes along the river. Overall, thsi was an excellent outing for my wife and I and our two sons (ages 12 and 16). Hint: If you have a car, it is very easy to drive here on your own in 45-60 minutes from downtown New Orleans then follow it up with a great lunch at Southside Cafe in nearby Slidell. They also offer a AAA (auto club) discount.
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