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Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans

New Orleans, United States

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Trade in the urban bustle for the bayou on a half-day trip from New Orleans to the wilds of the Honey Island Swamp. Relax on the ride from your downtown or French Quarter hotel, and then cruise beneath hanging moss and cypress trees while a wetland ecologist shares tall tales and fun facts about this protected nature reserve on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain. Learn about Louisiana’s long-standing fishing industry, and keep an eye out for native critters like otters, turtles, egrets, and alligators lurking beneath the surface.
  • Half-day tour to Honey Island Swamp from New Orleans
  • Take a narrated boat tour through this protected nature reserve on the shores of Lake Ponchartrain
  • Experience real Louisiana swampland practically unchanged by time
  • Spot native swamp creatures like otters, turtles, egrets, and alligators
  • Learn about the unique ecosystem from a wetland ecologist
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown or French Quarter hotels
Live commentary on board
Professional local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Round-trip shared transfer
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Only picks up from French Quarter Hotels. Please reconfirm pickup with local operator after booking.

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Honey Island Swamp Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans?
This activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Remember to bring a jacket because it gets cold and windy when the boat is moving faster." See review
  • "Great weather, no alligators this time of the year, but pigs, racons, birds,, are all there waiting for you to meet." See review


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Lots of gators
, Jul 2020
Thre boat was fast :). We saw lots of gators, a family of raccoons, and lots of birds. The guide was very knowledgeable and lots of fun with getting the animals to come over to the boat
Gator man
, Jul 2020
Guide was excellent. He knew everything about the swamp and the critters in it. Answered every question. Very courteous, very friendly. Hell of a nice guy.
Fantastic tour but no crocodiles
, Mar 2020
Because of the cold water we have not seen crocodiles. Big disappointment for the kids... Nevertheless, this was a wonderful trip with a fantastic guide who told us a lot about the swamp and its inhabitants
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thanks, sorry you did not see any gators it is rare not to see any, but does happen with wildlife. Glad to hear you had a good time
Honey islans
, Feb 2020
Great tour! We went in the end of February and where able to see lots of animals. A heads up that Honey Island Swamp’s gift shop is cash or check only.
Awesome tour with pickup included
, Feb 2020
These guys are professional, entertaining, and experienced residents of the bayou. Captain Hunter was a newer guide but still very knowledgeable of the swamp ecosystem. We saw reptiles, birds, Ferrel pigs, and lots of Spanish moss, even on a cold day. Beautiful ecosystem and an eye-opening view of the swamp life on the Pearl River. Don’t be too much in a hurry for pickup if you are getting picked up in the French Quarter as there is always a chance of late pickup. Ours was 30 minutes late but was a great ride with a mini tour to the river. I highly recommend this company for your swamp adventures.
Great tour
, Feb 2020
Pick up was prompt, the tour was awesome! Great weather, no alligators this time of the year, but pigs, racons, birds,... are all there waiting for you to meet.
Wonderful day
, Feb 2020
Miss Connie, our driver was punctual, professional and friendly. Once arriving to Honey Island we were greeted and given clear directions. On the boat, Captain Chris was full of interesting facts and fun stories. Even though it was out of season he went out of his way to find us creatures and we were lucky enough to spot a gator and some raccoons. The boat was comfortable and I felt safe. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone trying to get out of the hustle and bustle of NOLA.
Loved this tour
, Nov 2019
Such a fabulous tour, our guide was just brimming with local knowledge from tales of frogging to hunters lost in the swamp and hunters cabins lost in the water!! We saw many smaller alligators as we visited post hunting season but it was definitely entertaining to see them coming up for the hot dogs and marshmallows. We even got see a wild pig (who tried to climb into one of the posts) and the Great Bald Eagle himself. A wonder ful day in the swamp - I would definitely recommend it!
Captain Tony
, Nov 2019
Captain Tony was fun and informative. Seeing alligators would have been great, but they’re starting their hibernation.
, Oct 2019
Loved every part of this tour. Easy pick up from our hotel in the French quarter. The ride was great and great driver. Our tour guide on the boat was Tony. He was very well educated on the swamp and wildlife. The swamp was more beautiful then I thought it would be. Very relaxing.

Product code: 27459P3

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