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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Antioch, Tennessee
"Fun, relaxing, different"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2019 NEW
The tour was very educational and a relaxing ride. Wasn’t really what I was expecting as far as an alligator/swamp tour or imagined what it would be but it was a fun experience and was very educational. The tour guide we had was very informative and easy to talk to and ask questions to.
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Denver, Colorado
"More than expected."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
The skies were grey and the weather was cool. There was a good chance we wouldn't see an alligator, but Captain John knew where to look. We learned a lot about other animals and what it is like to live on the West bank.
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Cedar Point, North Carolina
"Great Swamp Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 23, 2019 NEW
This tour was well organized and allowed for great viewing of alligators and other wildlife. Tour guide was knowledgeable and gave us a chance to hold a small gator. Unable to feed the gators in this preserve but still fairly close access. Refreshments available on the boat.
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Crystal River, Florida
"Airboat Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 22, 2019 NEW
My wife and I took an airboat tour on one of the smaller airboats. Although the weather was cooler (mid-November), we saw quite a few gators and other wildlife. Cranes, egrets, gulls, ducks and even bald eagles. Our guide, Capt. Kelly, was fantastic! He provided us with great history, wildlife information and plenty of humor. Such a fun, personable guy! The tour literally flew by! This tour was one of the highlights of our visit to N’awlins!
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"A Must-Do for Tourists!! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 21, 2019 NEW
My husband and I had an awesome time on this tour. The guide was informative and hilarious, the scenery was beautiful, & we saw a lot of wildlife even in November. Highly recommend!
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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.