More Alligator Facts From Our Alligator Tour In New Orleans

November 11, 2019

If you’ve never been to the Gulf area, you’ve probably never seen an alligator. But anyone down here will tell you—the swamp is the best place to see them! Before you take a bayou adventure, find out more about these modern dinosaurs with Adventures of Jean Lafitte. You might even surprise your friends and family with what you know.

Are There Different Kinds Of Alligators?

Everyone knows the American alligator! It’s famously found along the Gulf Coast and a fan favorite of those perusing the swamp. But there is, in fact, another type of gator out there—the Chinese alligator.

Chinese gators are much smaller than their American counterparts. American gators can grow up to 15 feet, but Chinese gators cap out at about six or seven. If these two are ever in the room together and can’t be differentiated by size, another good way to tell is by looking at the snout. Chinese gators have a smaller and more upturned snout, making them tend to look like caimans. 

Unfortunately, both of these big reptiles have had their issues with their population. Currently, the Chinese gator populace is around 100 in the wild. On the other hand, there is some good news. Many zoos and conservation teams have been having a good time repopulating their numbers. And on the American side, they have moved into the ‘least concern’ category, now with numbers well into 2 million!

While there are only two types of gators out there, there are many creatures that tend to be confused for these beasts. Caimans, crocodiles…even smaller creatures such as lizards from time to time!

Are Alligators Like Frogs?

We get this question more often than you’d think! But it has a rather long-winded answer. Because yes, they are alike, but then, no—they’re very different.

The main difference is that gators are giant reptiles and frogs are amphibians. Amphibians spend a good amount of time in the water and need to be wet in order to be healthy. While alligators spend a good amount of time in the water, they aren’t amphibians. We can usually tell if a creature is amphibious or not by their skin. If a critter has scales—you know this is a reptile. On the other hand, amphibians have smooth skin they breathe and drink through. Additional differences can go on and on, depending on the specific species.

But like we said, they’re also very similar. Many amphibians lay eggs just as lizards do, but their eggs are often in the water and are soft to the touch. And while amphibians have webbed feet, most reptiles have clawed toes. However, some reptiles like the gator also have webbed toes for swimming! On top of everything, both amphibians and reptiles are cold-blooded creatures. But while reptiles bask in the heat, amphibians don’t want to risk drying out their skin. They instead look for a sweet spot of just right humidity. Overall, these two types of creatures can be very similar. So similar, in fact, that amphibians were once considered reptiles for a time.

So, yes, gators are like frogs, but they’re full of differences too!

Take A Ride With Our Alligator Tour In New Orleans

Ready to learn more about Louisiana’s gators? Schedule your tour with us today and take your adventure tomorrow. Have a question for us about our processes? Please feel free to call us at 504-323-0570 or send us a message. We want to make sure that your alligator tour in New Orleans is one to remember.

Historically Famous Adventure Tours Of This New Orleans Bayou

September 24, 2019

New Orleans is a famous city for many historical reasons. One of our most interesting stories hails from a pirate in the 1800s, Jean Lafitte. Maybe you’ve heard of him before, but have you ever wondered why our swamp tours are called the Adventures of Jean Lafitte? Well when you aboard our adventure tours in the New Orleans bayou, you journey through the same waterways where the famous pirate made his name! Only at the Adventures of Jean Lafitte, can you experience a swamp tour with this much history. 

A Journey Through Time

Let’s go back in time! From 1810 to 1814, Jean Lafitte, a French-American pirate, and his men occupied the swampy port off the coast of New Orleans called Barataria Bay

During Lafitte’s occupation, the United States was fighting Great Britain in the War of 1812 and the Bay was a key approach the British Navy needed to advance. However, Lafitte was a supporter of the United States Army, so when the British Navy tried to broker a deal with him, he instead warned the New Orleans officials about the upcoming attack. Unfortunately, the New Orleans governor refused to believe Lafitte and took the opportunity to wipe out most of his colony. However, not all the ships were captured, and neither was Lafitte’s spirit! 

Since his men were skilled in naval combat, he struck up a deal with General Andrew Jackson. In exchange for their pardon, the Lafitte colony, or “Baratarians”, joined the Americans in the Battle of New Orleans and brilliantly battled the British Navy. The United States won the battle and simultaneously, won the war. It’s even said that General Jackson himself recognized Lafitte as “one of the ablest men” of the battle. 

Fun For The Whole Family 

Following the war, the Baratarians moved to Galveston, Texas and continued their piracy—although their contribution to our city, state, and country’s history is not forgotten. With so much compelling Louisiana history, the Adventures of Jean Lafitte is an exciting opportunity to combine fun and learning on family vacations. Take the opportunity to teach the little ones about how our unique swamp culture shaped not only our city’s history but our country’s!

Come take a ride on our adventure tours in New Orleans!

All Aboard For A Famous Swamp Tour

So what are you waiting for? Hop on a pontoon through the famous Bayou Barataria with the Adventures of Jean Lafitte for your adventure tours in New Orleans. About 45 minutes away from the city, it’s perfect for those who want to experience the beautiful scenery of our swamps. Book your adventure tours in New Orleans today! If you have any questions, make sure to fill out our online form and we will get back to you shortly. We can’t wait to see you on the bayou!

The Premier Pontoon Boats Adventure in New Orleans

August 20, 2019

Are you traveling to the Crescent City? If so, you’ve surely heard about the good ole’ Louisiana swamps. Whether you’re coming down to for the food or music, any local will tell you to go see the beautiful Louisiana swamps. While there are many ways to see the swamp in all her glory, ask anyone who knows the area—you have to tour the swamps on a pontoon boat! It’s the only way to get the real feel of the bayou. But what is a pontoon boat anyways? Fortunately for you, the Adventures of Jean Lafitte offers the premier pontoon boats adventure in New Orleans.

What Is A Pontoon Boat?

So, what even is a pontoon boat? By definition, a pontoon boat “is a flattish boat that uses multiple pontoons to float.” Helpful, right? So let’s break it down. These pontoons are tubes that contain a lot of reserve buoyancy. With these pontoons being underneath the boat,  a large deck area is a pretty standard occurrence. Pontoons take on various shapes and sizes but ultimately they support a large amount of weight while remaining very sturdy and quick. In the boating world, pontoon popularity is at an all-time high!

Take Part Of The Premier Pontoon Boats Adventure in New Orleans

What The Adventures of Jean Lafitte Offers

So you’re acquainted with what a pontoon boat is, but maybe you’re still wondering where to find the premier pontoon boats adventure in New Orleans. Well, you’re in luck—the Adventure of Jean Lafitte provides pontoon tours down in the beautiful bayou Barataria. Because our guests’ parties vary in size, we have two sizes of boats available for use. Our smaller boats are faster due to size and can accommodate six to eight passengers at a time. On the other hand, our larger pontoon boats can carry 15 to 30 passengers and still offers an informative experience at a slightly slower pace.

Wondering how you’ll get to our location? There’s no need. If you’re staying somewhere in the city of New Orleans, we offer hotel pickup! Ensure that your group is ready an hour and a half before your scheduled pontoon tour so our drivers can swing by. These drivers are on a tight schedule, so it’s important to be waiting outside at your pickup location. After all, it would be a shame to miss your tour into the sensational Bayou Barataria.

Book The Premier Pontoon Boats Adventure in New Orleans!

The Adventures of Jean Lafitte provides the premier pontoon boat adventure in all of New Orleans! If you’re ready for your adventure in the beautiful Bayou Barataria, book your tour online today. Have any questions for us? Feel free to contact us online, or visit our FAQ page. Or if you rather, give us a call at (504) 323-0570. Schedule your pontoon tour today and get ready for an experience that lasts a lifetime.

Jump On A Gator Tour In New Orleans!

July 23, 2019

Summer is finally upon us and with it brings the good ole Louisiana heat! And no, we don’t just mean the spice in our food. The days are long and the sun is beaming it’s rays down upon the glistening marshes of Lafitte, Louisiana. As summer comes into full swing, our alligators are becoming more and more active during the day. This means it is the perfect time to grab some amazing photos during our gator tour in New Orleans! 

On the Adventures of Jean Lafitte you can see a menagerie of Louisiana wildlife. Buried deep within our beautiful bayous⁠—our gators love basking in the bountiful Louisiana sun. As temperatures outside swell, Louisiana wildlife becomes undeniably animated. So why not take a ride on the water and see more for yourself?

Did You Know?

Did you know Louisiana has the highest alligator population out of any US state? These alligators are found in many kinds of bodies of water all throughout Louisiana. The highest populations of these living dinosaurs occur in coastal marshes, like Bayou Barataria. With a population of over 2 million, our swamps are teeming with these lizards. If you’re looking for a gator tour, here’s an opportunity to jump in on some authentic bayou action. 

Go on a wild gator tour in New Orleans at the Adventures of Jean Lafitte!

Our swamps are brimming with other coastal wildlife as well. Did you know Louisiana has a considerable otter population? What about wild pigs? In fact, Louisiana is home to over 155 species of bird, 48 different types of mammals, 56 types of reptiles, and over 30 species of amphibians!  Louisiana offers one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire world. 

Louisiana is also home to an assortment of threatened or endangered animal species. In Louisiana, there are 23 protected animal species. Among those species are various sea turtles, red-cockaded woodpeckers, and American bald eagles! If you’re lucky you can see them all on your tour.

Book A Gator Tour In New Orleans Today!

Down here in the bayou, we believe in making memories that will last a lifetime. That’s why we take so many pictures! You can take photos just like ours when you embark on our gator tour in New Orleans. So are you ready to see what the bayou brings in? You can book your tour right here to join us in the bayou.  Have a question for us that you didn’t find on our FAQ? Not a problem. You can contact one of our representatives online or give us a call at (504)323-0570.

Less than an hour south of the city, our pontoon boats are full of people getting an authentic Louisiana adventure! This gator tour in New Orleans offers an unmatched experience for anyone willing to set foot in the swamp. But be warned, here be dragons!

Go Wild On These Adventure Tours Near New Orleans!

June 28, 2019

You don’t want another summer to come and pass you by! You need to go on an adventure…. Like one with the Adventures of Jean Lafitte! The American bayou can only be seen in a few places. We’re extremely lucky to live next to such a unique biome and we want to show the world what they hold. When you’re on the look for adventure tours near New Orleans, there’s no place like the Adventures of Jean Lafitte. Come join us on Bayou Barataria and take part in your next adventure.

Experience The Swamp On These Adventure Tours In New Orleans

Wetlands are pretty hard to come by in the United States. But, luckily for you, Louisiana is home to three million acres. That’s why when tourists visit New Orleans, it’s always on their lists to see the swamps. Our adventure tours near New Orleans happen to be in Bayou Barataria, a lush swamp full of life.

Our adventure tour in New Orleans allows you to see these creatures in their natural habitat. Especially with the heat picking up, all of our creatures are much more active now! Including our famous Louisiana alligators. These modern-age dinosaurs get their energy from the sun. So they’re either swimming around or laying along the banks.

True friends in Louisiana! Take one of these wild adventure tours near New Orleans!

It’s Time For An Adventure!

Our tours can’t be beat! During the summer, we are running four tours per day. Usual tour times begin at 9:45 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. with an additional seasonal tour at 4 p.m. For those wondering why we have a later seasonal tour time, it’s because the sun stays in the sky longer. We take advantage of the extra sunlight to show more guests the beauty of the swamp.

Each of our tours have the option of hotel pick up for an extra fee. This is for those staying in the Crescent City. If you do choose our hotel pick up services, please be ready an hour and a half before your tour time. Get ready for the adventure tour of a lifetime!

Book One Of These Adventure Tours In New Orleans

When looking for a thrill down south, the best adventure tours near New Orleans are the Adventures of Jean Lafitte! Ready to ride down Bayou Barataria? Book your tour here! On the other hand, do you have a question or two for us beforehand? Please feel free to call (504)323-0570, email [email protected] or contact us online. Our call center is available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Take a ride on the adventurous side!

Take A Ride With This Louisiana Bayou Tour

June 3, 2019

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Take A Ride With This Louisiana Bayou Tour

Summer vacation is coming up. The kids will be out and about and it’s time for some fun! However, it’s easy to feel bored with the same water parks and arcades you’ve seen over and over again. So why not take a vacation down to New Orleans and see something special with the family? Take a ride with the Adventures of Jean Lafitte to see the best Louisiana bayou tour in the state! Experience a family adventure like no other.

What You’ll Experience On This Louisiana Bayou Tour

At the Adventures of Jean Lafitte, we use pontoon boats to navigate the swamp’s pathways. The boats float on the water with the use of pontoons underneath. That way, you have a ton of space to move around on the boat.

While on our tour, you won’t only see unique plants from the swamp. You’ll also be seeing some of our local bayou creatures! Egrets, herons, nutria, and many more!

Our most sought after creature is the infamous Louisiana alligator! This present-day dinosaur comes out more often as the air heats up. So we’re sure to see plenty of them very soon.

If you’re staying in at a New Orleans hotel, we offer a tour pick up from your hotel! These pickup times are typically one hour and thirty minutes before your tour starts. Since we are on a schedule, please be waiting for your driver. This pickup time is due to our location being 35-45 minutes away from the Crescent City.

Other Fun Things To Do Around The Crescent City

As we’re your ideal daytime tour,  many visitors find themselves looking for tours during the night. Why not take a visit to one of the many ghost tours around the city? New Orleans is one of the most haunted cities in the world. So there’s no shortage of haunted homes and locations to visit.

Sure, you can find Cajun food all over the country. But why would you pass up eating straight from Cajun country? Find the best restaurant for you and your family before or after you take a ride on a Louisiana bayou tour.

New Orleans is a cultural goldmine. No matter where you look, you’ll be able to find something exciting to do with your time.

Schedule Today With This Louisiana Bayou Tour

You deserve to have a unique holiday. So come visit the swamps down in Louisiana! Experience an adventure with the Adventures of Jean Laffite. Book your tour today or call us at 504-323-0570 to ask any questions you might have. Got a question you’d rather ask over email? Please feel free to contact us directly here. We cannot wait to ride the waters on our Louisiana bayou tour!

Grab Fantastic Photos On A New Orleans Alligator Tour

April 30, 2019

With summer fast approaching, the days are getting longer and the temperature is climbing. With all this extra sun, our gators and other animals are coming out more. That also means that it’s the perfect time to grab some amazing tour photos! Come join us in Bayou Barataria to capture those memories forever. Take a ride on a New Orleans alligator tour with the Adventures of Jean Lafitte.

Fun Gator Facts

The weather is warming up. As a result, the alligators are more active now. Our resident reptiles love the sun and can’t get enough of it. This is because reptiles are cold-blooded, they have no internal way to heat themselves up as we do.

So to begin, we’d like to make the point that alligators are not the same as crocodiles. While they both look similar, there are a few key differences. For example, alligators tend to have darker bodies and rounded snouts. However, we have to say the key difference is their mouths. When an alligator closes its mouth, all of its upper teeth are visible.

The longest documented alligator was discovered in 1890 in Louisiana. This huge reptile measured at 19.2 feet and weighed nearly 2,000 pounds! However, most gators tend to top out around 13 feet and can be about 800 pounds on average.

To find out more about these creatures, you’ll have to join us on a New Orleans alligator tour!

What Can You Hope To See In The Bayou?

Bayou Barataria offers much more than just gators in her waters! Look out for these creatures of the swamp:

Just like the gators, the other animals adore getting out for some Louisiana sunlight. On the other hand, if you happen to be more interested in our flora, make sure to look out for:

  • Cypress Trees
  • Spanish Moss
  • Louisiana Irises
  • Swamp Rosemallow
  • Cattails
  • And much more!

Very few of these can be found outside the state, so be sure to snap a few photos when you get the chance. We can’t wait to see what you capture. If you upload any to Instagram make sure to tag us—@advofjeanlafitte!

Book A New Orleans Alligator Tour

We love taking photos in the swamp! You can also take photos just like ours when you take a ride through the bayou with us. So, are you ready for a New Orleans Alligator Tour? You can book one here! Take some great photos with us to complete—and remember—your family outing.

Need to throw some questions our way? You can call us at 504-323-0570 or directly through our online form. The Adventures of Jean Lafitte is stationed thirty to forty minutes away from New Orleans, Louisiana. Make your trip an unforgettable one with the Adventures of Jean Lafitte.

How to Get The Best Bayou Tours in New Orleans—Book Online!

April 8, 2019

If you’ve been a fan of Adventures of Jean Lafitte for a while, then you know that we’re the best bayou tours around. Happen to be new to New Orleans or visiting for the first time? Bienvenue, Welcome! For old and new faces alike, we do our best to not only make a good tour experience, but also an easy online booking experience. Nobody wants to wrestle with a complicated site. Why get frustrated when you’re planning something fun? We’ve made sure that our website is not only beautiful, but user-friendly as well. We provide the best bayou tours in New Orleans. Book online today!

Booking Online Is Easy

At Adventures of Jean Lafitte, we’ve made it easy to book online. By using this link or pressing the button at the top of our website, you can book online in a snap. With straightforwardness in mind, we laid out everything you need on the booking page.

The booking page itself is split into left and right sides. On the right, the first thing you see is information about the tour. You’ll also see an image of one of our experienced ship captains feeding an alligator—so you know exactly what’s in store! You might be so lucky to see lots of guys just like that gator on your own trip.

Underneath we present our rates for every age, how long our tours last, and a small summary of the activity. Using the calendar on the left, you can schedule your tour for any of the times that are available.

Once you choose your time, you can choose how many tickets you would like for each age group. We do not allow small children on the boat unless they are accompanied by an adult. You’ll have to schedule your adult ticket before theirs. We then give you an option to let us know how you heard about us and if you would like hotel pickup for an additional (but totally worth it) fee.

Underneath, your total is displayed with proof that your information is secure. Finally, there are places to put in your contact and payment information. Next to these is some additional disclaimer information you may need. We strongly suggest that you read this in case of changes before your tour time.

For the best bayou tours in New Orleans, book online today!

Contact The Adventures of Jean Lafitte

Today, technology lets us do things that were never thought possible even ten years ago. Using the phone was the only tour-booking option back then. Today, you can avoid using the phone altogether and book online! And even this option is constantly evolving. It’ll be exciting to see where it goes in five, ten, or twenty years from now. One thing that’ll remain the same? The exciting fun you’ll have on one of our swamp tours!

Our lovely headquarters can be found in Lafitte, which is a short distance from the Crescent City. Our address is 5145 Fleming Park Road and please make sure to arrive at least 45 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Have any questions for us? Contact us at [email protected] or by using our online form. We can’t wait to see you on the water!