Nature & wildlife tours in New Orleans

THE 10 BEST New Orleans Nature & Wildlife Tours

Nature & Wildlife Tours in New Orleans

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Airboat Tours
2 hours
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€103.47
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Airboat Tours
2 hours
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€80.69
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Airboat Tours
2–4 hours
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€56.01
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Airboat Tours
2 hours
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€84.49
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Water Tours
2 hours
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€61.20
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Bus Tours
2 hours
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€52.21
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Airboat Tours
6+ hours
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€165.17
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Private and Luxury
2 hours
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€33.22
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Airboat Tours
6+ hours
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€242.07
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Day Cruises
1–2 hours
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€27.53
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Half-day Tours
4 hours
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€55.06
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Water Tours
2 hours
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€33.55
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Airboat Tours
5–6 hours
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€169.92
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Water Tours
1–2 hours
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€56.01
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City Tours
1 hour
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€284.78
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Full-day Tours
6+ hours
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  • Rhonda G
    Texas Gulf Coast, TX2 contributions
    We loved our tour with Ernie. He was so knowledgeable with his degree in marine biology and lifelong love of the bayou. And we saw multiple alligators because he knew their territory. And lots of birds, including a bald eagle. Fantastic day!
    Written 7 February 2023
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  • Brandi L
    14 contributions
    This tour was incredible. I thought I would like it but I loved it. The swamp, canals, and bayou are incredible places full of beautiful animals. I loved learning more about alligators. They’re not aggressive animals (I was surprised too!), they’re as fearful of us as we are them. We got to see so many of them. We also saw turtles, so many cool birds, and learned a lot about the plants and land. It’s sad knowing there is so little natural bayou remaining. Capt Matt was awesome! Scared the heck out of everyone but was funny! Definitely do this!
    Written 7 February 2023
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  • jmcochran04
    Shallotte, NC5 contributions
    This was a blast! Highly recommend.
    Capt. Corey was very friendly and knowledgeable with a great sense of humor. Well organized.
    Written 15 January 2023
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  • Cheryl F
    1 contribution
    My family had so much fun with our guide Jason during our Airboat Swamp Tour! It was the perfect mix of excitement and education. Jason was very knowledgeable and made us all feel comfortable asking questions. Plus he was a very adept airboat driver and made us feel safe even as we were going fast and having fun! We saw lots of alligators, a bald eagle feeding chicks in her nest and other birds taking flight over the water. I highly recommend this tour company and especially the guide named Jason!
    Written 6 February 2023
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  • shoegaljess
    San Antonio, TX42 contributions
    D is a great driver and very knowledgeable. Captain Desi was fantastic and provided a lot of education about the swamp. I’m definitely glad I booked this tour!
    Written 5 February 2023
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  • Penguin32
    Haywards Heath, UK532 contributions
    We weren’t sure about a swamp tour, but are very pleased we went!
    Easy transfer to the swamp.
    Had to wait for the tour so perhaps could have left a bit later than we did.
    We went on the big boat and Captain Matt was brilliant. Very informative and funny. Some strange comments from some passengers but he responded well. I am sure he has to deal with all sorts of people in these trips.
    Saw 3 Alligators, not big ones but pleased to see something!
    Highlight was the baby Alligator he introduced to us.
    Highly recommend this tour, easy pick up and return and a good tour to do in NOLA
    Written 4 February 2023
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  • Carson B
    1 contribution
    Matt was our swamp tour guide and was absolutely fabulous. He did a great job. He was born and raised in the area and was extremely knowledge. He was also super funny and made the tour very entertaining.
    Our bus driver was Gary and he was great also! He gave us lots of information and history on the bus ride.
    Written 26 January 2023
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  • Amanda T
    Appleton, WI1 contribution
    This was a fantastic tour! The plantation is very beautiful and on the cloudy day we had, it was a great atmosphere for photos. I was a tiny bit upset that I couldn't take pictures inside the house, but I completely understand why. It's more important to preserve the history than it is for me to have pictures I most likely won't look at many times. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and took the time to answer questions and listen as some guests (my aunt included) told their own stories. There was plenty of time to see everything and grab a bite to eat before we went on.

    The swamp tour was absolutely fantastic! The guide was very knowledgeable and hilarious and always made sure to stop whenever anyone pointed out a gator. He also has a baby gator you can hold and he is so cute! Though they normally hibernate in January, we were able to see many gators out sunbathing since it was sunny and 80° F. I misunderstood part of the tour: I thought we would get out and explore a fishing village, but you see it from the boat.

    I highly recommend this tour!
    Written 30 January 2023
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  • jem572017
    Crossville, TN18 contributions
    Joyful experience. Narration was clear with questions answered. Saw parts of New Orleans we have not seen before. Blanket was welcome since it was a cool damp night. Highly recommended!!
    Written 5 February 2023
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  • Annie C
    Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
    Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, which added a great deal of value to the experience! I do like the emphasis of highlighting the shift in ecosystem health in these fragile microcosmic environs as a product of climate change, as well as natural disasters’ aftermath in relation to what we witnessed as new additions to the swamp scenery. 10/10 would recommend!
    Written 30 January 2023
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  • Amy J
    4 contributions
    Fantastic day out of the city. Giselle was our guide and she was entertaining, welcoming, and informative all day long. Highly recommend this company and their staff.
    Written 5 January 2023
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  • emman n
    3 contributions
    Great experience for adventures. Trained and reliable personnel.Nice environment. Equipment at good and operational condition.
    Written 23 January 2023
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  • nlems17
    Washington DC, DC78 contributions
    Highly recommend this tour! Our captain was super knowledgeable of the area from its history to the native flora and fauna and told us lots of interesting information and stories along the way about the area. We did the covered swamp boat tour and had plenty of room to sit and move around when we saw gators and other wildlife. We were there during a relatively cold weekend in January but managed to see quite a few alligators along with turtles and several types of birds during our noon trip. There are also a few baby alligators and snapping turtles in an enclosure around the boat ramps. This tour company does not allow the holding/touching of alligators and does not lure any gators with marshmallows or other food items. We were really appreciative of the respect that the captain clearly had for the gators and the nature preserve.

    We got there easily from downtown New Orleans via Uber, but they do also provide a paid shuttle service if you’d prefer. There were ample parking spaces, clean restrooms, and picnic tables outside. The covered boats have a restroom on board, and there are also snacks for sale on the boat. Venmo, Cash App, and cash are accepted for snacks and tips.

    This was the highlight of our weekend in the New Orleans area, and we look forward to recommending the tour to friends!
    Written 27 January 2023
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  • Emily K
    San Francisco, CA2 contributions
    Want to do something a bit different in NOLA, get out of the noise, learn about the swamp? Do this tour. I don't kayak, neither does my boyfriend, but we figured it out. Great experience with AJ, our guide. From pick-up to drop in, paddle, pull-out and drop-off, he was a considerate host, making sure everyone was comfortable and cared for. We saw birds, and gators! AJ knows a bunch about the area and his care for the swamp and city itself was clear. These are the kind of excursions that really make a trip great.
    Pro Tip: Bring a TIP in cash, or be ready with Venmo... support local staff who make your New Orleans stay great.
    Written 7 December 2022
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  • Pam B
    3 contributions
    Great experience! We saw a few small alligators, lots of racoons which were very entertaining. Captian was great and very knowlegdeable. Would recommend
    Written 10 January 2023
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