Bayou and Swamp Adventure with Transportation
New Orleans, Louisiana
- Custom-built boat: Drift comfortably and smoothly among the moss-draped trees in the beautiful Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park.
- Bayou mysteries: Your captain reveals local culture, legends, and the source of the famous Cajun joie de vivre – something you're sure to share on this adventure.
- Swamp creatures: Keep a lookout for alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria, and species of snakes, as your captain explains the vital role of their wetlands habitat.
About This New Orleans Tour
We're going deep into The Big Easy's backyard. This is Cajun Country – a lush and mysterious place steeped in myths going back more than two centuries.
South Louisiana's Cajuns are descended from French Canadians who first settled along the bayous in the late 1700s. In Canada, these feisty folk refused to pledge allegiance to the British crown, so they were driven out of Acadia (now Nova Scotia). Fleeing with only what they could carry, their path eventually led to New Orleans. Here they headed to the bayous so they could follow their own beliefs and customs.
Living by fishing and trapping along the bayous, generations of Cajuns preserved their distinctive way of life. Today they're known for their unique French dialect, spicy food, lively festivals, and vibrant music laced with the sound of fiddles and accordions. As you cruise through the bayou's beauty, your crew shares the zest that infuses Cajun culture – and you'll discover why they famously say: "Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
Those good times seem to roll everywhere – even deep in the swamp. Your Cajun crew has lived the bayou life and gives you a taste of it too. Count on your capt'n to spot the wildlife with a trained eye, amaze you with the diversity of swamp life, and share the flavor of Cajun foods and traditions. Who knows, you may roll back home with the secret for perfectly seasoned gumbo.
They weren't always "Cajun"
People of French-Canadian descent living in southern Louisiana were once called "Acadians" when they lived in maritime Canada. After they settled in Louisiana, Acadians came to be called "Cajun" because Americans had a hard time pronouncing their French name. Until the 1950s, the name had some negative connotations. Today, it proudly labels the food, music, and culture that enliven this region.
Please make your way to Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, on Toulouse St. and the Mississippi River.
Snacks, sandwiches & refreshments available for purchase.
Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to boarding.
Closed New Years Day, Mardi Gras, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
A moderate amount of walking is required. You must be able to get on and off the boat without assistance or with the aid of a traveling companion. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Boat, Family Friendly, Scenic, Wildlife/ Wilderness
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Children 5 years of age and younger participate free of charge, providing they sit on a lap and not on a seat.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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