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New Orleans Swamp Tours: What You Need to Know

New Orleans Swamp Tours

In the heart of New Orleans, the city bursts with life. There are people on every corner, and it seems that music is always playing as the scent of delicious Cajun food permeates the air. However, not far away from the city, is a swampy refuge that is home to incredible wildlife species. New Orleans visitors would be amiss to pass up on the opportunity to enjoy one of the famous New Orleans swamp tours.

Here’s everything you need to know about this popular vacation excursion:

What Is It?

New Orleans swamp tours are a popular excursion for tourists and locals alike. Most of these tours offer visitors the opportunity to take a ride on a swamp boat or airboat into one of the nearby swamp preserves. While on the tour, people are likely to catch a glimpse of the wildlife species that are native to the area, including alligators, wild boars, turtles, and bald eagles. 

How Long Is It? 

The length of the tour is going to vary based on the tour company that you book with and the additional excursions that are included as part of the tour. Most tours head to either the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve or the Honey Island Swamp. It takes about 45 minutes to get to either swamp. Most tours spend between 1 and 3 hours exploring the swamps.

What is the Average Cost of the Tour?

The cost of the tour also will vary greatly, depending on a variety of factors. Expect a tour to be more expensive if it is a private tour, or if it offers transportation to and from your hotel. Tour prices typically range between $50 and $100 per person.

Tour Options to Consider

There are a lot of different companies that offer New Orleans swamp tours, so there are many options to consider. Some tours combine a visit to the swamps with plantation tours. Others are a private event with lunch, allowing you to spend an entire day in the peaceful solitude of the swamps.

Of course, the key to any successful tour or excursion is having the right place to return to at the end of the day. When you book a stay at Magnolia New Orleans, you will be situated just minutes from the French Quarter, which is where many of the swamp tour groups meet prior to departing. After a day spent in the swamps, you will be able to relax in a chic, sophisticated atmosphere before heading out to enjoy the nightlife of the Big Easy.

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