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.