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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans

By: Gray Line
Highlights
  • 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
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Swamp Boat Ride and Southern Plantation Tour from New Orleans
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Overview
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 (193)
1 - 5 of 81 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Worth it!

Our tour guide was Billy Jo. She is just the sweetest. Billy Jo went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and made everything convenient. She made sure to grab our lunch while we were at the plantation and even brought some blankets when...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mslizwho
Reviewed 6 days ago
Wonderful day exploring the Destrehan Plantation and Swamp Tour

We had a great time (14 total of us on the tour bus) leaving from the French Quarter and heading out to the Destrehan Plantation. Our tour guide, Nancy, was very sweet and she had loads of information about the history and local lore. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MichiganMom71
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great End to Our New Orleans Trip!

My boyfriend and I went on this tour our last day in New Orleans, and it was completely worth it. It was fun and informative, keeping our interest the whole time. John, our bus guide from Gray Line, was full of interesting facts about NOLA...More

1  Thank carmelacirilli
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kind of rushed and crowded, but overall worth it.

Took this double tour with my daughter and her mom this past week. The bus ride to the plantation was nice, our tour guide was definitely a local guy with good knowledge of the area and while it sometimes felt like he was reading from...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
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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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