Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours in Marrero, LA

6601 Leo Kerner ParkwayMarrero, LA 70072
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A native Cajun guide will share the wisdom of the wilderness while you cruise the Louisiana Swamplands. Alligators, snakes, and other wildlife are just outside the boat! These coast guard certified vessels are the ideal way to explore the marshlands in comfort. During the hour and a half tour, you will experience priceless moments and stunning beauty. Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours is an adventure you can’t miss!

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Marrero Travel Experts
  • Located only twenty-five minutes from New Orleans in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.
  • Hotel pick-up will arrive during a 30 minute window for an additional fee.
  • Beverages and snacks for sale onboard the boat.
  • Bring bug spray during summer months.
  • Swamp Tour is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.
  • Good for all ages.
  • Everyone gets a chance to hold a young alligator.


from Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours
Journey with us by boat, Cajun-style, for a 1-hour 30-minute tour through the heart of Southern Louisiana's swamplands in the protected Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve's Barataria Preserve. Experience real-life adventure for the whole family from the comfort of our swamp boats. Tour back into our privately owned meandering bayous and take a look into the past. View moss-draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life and the creatures who make their homes here.

Your Cajun guide is a native of the area who will share with you the legends and lore of Louisiana's still untamed wilderness.

Our Coast Guard Certified swamp boats can accommodate up to 360 passengers when all of our tour boats are in use. Each boat has restroom facilities. School groups are welcome and a picnic area is available for the children to bring a bag lunch.

Bring your camera and capture wildlife at any time! Alligators, snakes, egrets, white-tailed deer, mink, and nutria all make their home here in the Louisiana swamplands.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
"Swamp Adventures🐊"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 02, 2020 NEW
Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours provided us with a wonderful adventure!! Drive up tours are $29.00 for adults and $12.00 for children ages 3-12. If you are visiting from out of town transportation can be provided. The cost is $52.00 for adults and $26.00 for children. Captain Louis provided us with a fun filled tour that was educational as well as enjoyable. He truly has a vast amount of knowledge regarding alligators and the swamp. In addition, he has a great sense of humor and good rapport with the guests. I never realized how intriguing of an ecosystem exists in the swamp until I ventured out for a swamp tour. We were fortunate enough to have an opportunity to see an eagle’s nest, a variety of turtles, birds, and of course alligators. We saw one alligator that had to be very old due to its size and weight. The ecosystem is fascinating and provides an excellent opportunity to practice your photography skills if you desire. Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours is an adventure worth taking for both young and old. Also, no two tour will ever be alike so if you have been once do not hesitate to return. I loved the Cajun music upon our return to the dock. Also, there is a bonus surprise but I don’t want to ruin it so I will leave that surprise for your imagination. Once your tour is completed and if you are hungry there is an amazing restaurant that is close by called Restaurant des Familles’. We were able to enjoy a great lunch with a view of the bayou after our tour. This swamp tour was a wonderful way to end our 2019 with one final adventure. Thanks Jean Swamp Tours for delivering another amazing adventure!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Swamp Love"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2019 NEW
Fun simple easy tour on a big pontoon boat to see the swamp and marsh. We got to see a few gators even on a very cloudy day. If you go on a sunny day you might see more. Well run, informative tour with great friendly boat captain guides. We got to hold a 1 year old gator. Be sure to visit sunshine the pig on your way out.
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Thames, New Zealand
"My 50th 'trip of a lifetime' to New Orleans!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 29, 2019 NEW
This swamp tour was just the best... I got to hold a live baby alligator, the massive head of a dead one, and see about 30 in the water. We chose to go on the flat-boat, rather than the airboat, which turned out to be a good decision as we saw more alligators than when the water got churned up by the fan.
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Bronx, New York
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2019
This was a nice excursion for my Birthday. We were able to see several gators, a eagles nest and a owl. We learned that once eagles build a nest, they add to it every year. The best was huge.
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Fort McMurray, Canada
"Great Airboat tour with Captain Randy!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2019
We took a small airboat tour with Captain Randy and it was fantastic. It was a cool day but they helped us out with extra coats. It was definitely cold when we were on the move but Randy stopped frequently to share information and experiences with us. An awesome ride through the bayou and though it wasn't great weather or season, he found us a gator! Captain Randy made the tour awesome. He is very knowledgeable as a native to the area and obviously enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others. He is passionate about preservation and the state of the bayou and gave us great insight into the impact we have had over the last 100 years as well as a great achievement with alligator populations. He was engaging and funny and made for a great experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours

What are the hours of operation?
Daily: 10:00 am (hotel pick-up between 8:30 am - 9:00 am), 12:00 pm (hotel pick-up between 10:30 am- 11:00 am), 2:00 pm (hotel pick-up between 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm), 4:00 pm (hotel pick-up between 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm) This tour time is seasonal, does not run during winter.

Is parking provided?
Onsite parking available.

What should I bring? 
Bug spray during the summer months.

Where is it located?
6601 Leo Kerner Lafitte Parkway Marrero, Louisiana, 70072.

Is the tour appropriate for children?
Yes, good for all ages.

Is transportation included? If so, where is the pick-up spot? 
Hotel pick -up is available for an additional fee and will arrive during a 30-minute window.

Can I bring my camera?

How long is the tour? 
1 hour and 30 minutes.

Will we see Cypress Trees and Alligators? 
Yes, we are smack in the middle of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary (swamp country) that contains wetland suitable for the Bald Cypress and the Great Cypress. We conduct our tours on private property where there is no hunting allowed so expect to see alligators.

What makes your company better than the rest?
We conduct our tours on private property and have been doing so for 22 years. This means no competition in the area, less boat traffic to scare the animals, we can provide the most private tours possible. All of our Captains are born and raised on the Bayou, and we travel through natural wetlands, swamp, and bayous throughout the tour. 

When is the best time of year to take a Swamp Tour?
Spring is incredible with all the animals doing what animals do while the trees and many flowers are in bloom and the nesting period for the waterfowl begin. Summertime is warm and humid which brings out the big Alligators and big birds like the Great Blue Heron and the White Egret. Fall is spectacular with very pleasant weather, an abundance of animals and beautiful foliage. With our mild winters, this is a great time of year also, winter brings out the fur-bearing (fuzzy) animals, like Nutria, deer, mink, otters and the migratory birds and alligators are still present as long as it is not below freezing.

Are mosquitoes a problem in the swamp? 
No, not really. During daylight hours you will have to search high and low to find one so they are not a concern. At dawn and dusk, they can be present; however, our swamp has a tidal flow so we do not have to stagnate waters that are the breeding ground for mosquitoes. We do suggest that you take precautionary measures by adding mosquitoes repellent.

Are there restrooms?
Yes, on the swamp boats we do have a restroom.

Is there food and drink on the tour boats?
Yes, we do have snacks and drinks available.