Get Ready For a New Orleans Alligator Tour

January 21, 2019

Quick! Name the first ten things that come to mind when you think of Louisiana … OK, got them? We’re going to guess that among the ten are Cajun food, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, bayous, and… alligators. Now, though they’re the state’s official reptile, it’s not like you can see them on every corner. But if you are looking for a New Orleans alligator tour, Adventures of Jean Lafitte is here to serve!

Tour New Orleans… And More!

A New Orleans vacation is sure to be unforgettable. The atmosphere and culture are unmatched in the United States. The people are friendly, and the food is delicious. But hopefully, your itinerary allows for a jaunt outside the city limits. The REAL Louisiana has to be experienced on the water and in the bayous. Bayou tours take you into the Cajun heartland. Get a firsthand experience of this unique ecosystem which, of course, includes alligators.

How To Book

New Orleans ain’t called “The Big Easy” for nothing. Book your bayou tour in just a few clicks. Booking in advance is encouraged—those gators are pretty popular. Choose your day, time, and how many are in your party. We offer three tours a day, seven days a week. Tours are conducted on pontoon boats that allow wheelchairs and strollers via a ramp. This way, the whole family can participate. Also, children aged four and under are free! Need your tour to be even easier? Adventures of Jean Lafitte will pick you up from your New Orleans hotel. It’s our foolproof method you won’t get lost.

Fun Facts About Alligators

Now that you’re ready to take your trip, let’s prep you with some fun facts about alligators. You might even impress your tour guide with some of this knowledge.

  • Alligators and crocodiles are closely related, but these two reptiles are very different. You’ll only see alligators in Louisiana. They also differ from crocs in their black color and their wider, rounded snouts.
  • The American alligator can be as long as 11 feet and weigh 1,000 pounds,  
  • They have between 74 and 80 teeth, and their bite is the one of the most forceful of any living animal. (Don’t worry—you’ll be safe on the boat!)  
  • Alligators are carnivores (we bet you probably already knew that). What many people don’t know is that they’re also known to eat fruit!
  • In the United States, alligators live in the south, from North Carolina to Texas. Their habitats are mainly lakes. Swamps, and slow-moving rivers. (BONUS FACT: The word “bayou” is derived from a Choctaw word meaning “small stream.”)   

Go On Your New Orleans Alligator Tour

Adventures of Jean Lafitte is less than 45 minutes from the French Quarter. It’s near the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve and is the most authentic New Orleans alligator tour you could see. You’ll experience the best of Louisiana! Schedule your visit today online or call 504-323-0570.

What To Expect On A New Orleans Bayou Tour

December 17, 2018

Sometimes, the most exciting part of traveling is the unexpected. What will it feel like being in a new place? What sounds and sights will you experience? What kind of people will you meet? Logistically though, it helps to know a bit of what to expect so you know what to pack and how to best prepare. Here are a few things to expect on a New Orleans bayou tour with Adventures of Jean Lafitte.

New Orleans Bayou Tour, what to expect on a bayou tour

Experiencing New Orleans

New Orleans is a special place. It fuses Caribbean, European, and African cultures into one American city. The architecture, the food, and the accents all reflect this melting gumbo pot. Another thing that makes this part of the country so unique? The environment. After all, New Orleans is famously below sea level. The area’s bayous, cypress trees, and exotic wildlife are definitely worth experiencing.

How To Get There

“How do I get to my bayou tour?” This question is easy—we’ll pick you up! The bayou is about a 45-minute ride from New Orleans. Our comfortable, punctual buses offer door-to-door service. Or to be a bit more accurate, we provide door-to-dock service! We’ll meet you at your New Orleans hotel and bring you right to the pontoon boat. You won’t have to worry about taxis, Ubers, or following a map. So, you can expect to feel stress-free!

What To Wear

We highly recommend comfortable, casual clothing. It’s the South, so 80% of the year you’re going to want to dress lightly to stay cool in our heat and humidity. But it can sometimes be slightly chillier on the water. You might want to bring a light jacket or sweater. If you’re adventuring in the winter months, then you may dress a little more warmly. You’ll be exposed to the elements on your bayou tour so put your comfort first!

What To Bring

For the most part, you just need to bring yourself and be ready to have fun! But if you want to capture some memories, bring your camera (or your fully charged phone). The boats have an overhead covering, but in case of rain, you might want a poncho or raincoat. Putting your wallet and phone in a plastic baggie can add an extra layer of protection. You’ll also be glad if you bring sunscreen and bug repellant. We love living in south Louisiana, but unfortunately, the mosquitos do too.

What You’ll Ride

A bayou is a slow-moving body of water—you can’t tour it on foot! At Adventures of Jean Lafitte, our tours are on flat pontoon boats. They’re big enough for the whole gang and move slow for you to take EVERYTHING in. Get great pictures of the scenery and wildlife. Hear the sounds of the bayou: its birds, splashes, and breezes. We call the boat the Cajun Cadillac because the ride is smooth and you’ll feel like a bayou king!

Book YOUR Bayou Tour

Have more questions? Contact us or call 504-323-0570. Ready to book your bayou tour adventure? You can do it online! You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Social media is a great way to scope out some expectations. We’re expecting to see you for a bayou tour sometime soon!

Get Wild on Eco-Tours in New Orleans

September 28, 2018

Louisiana boasts some of the most unique natural landscapes in the country. Sandy beaches on Gulf Coast barrier islands, piney forests along meandering rivers, there’s even a few hills. But perhaps the most famous of the Bayou State’s outdoor scenes are… the bayous! Just a short drive from New Orleans can lead you to these otherworldly landscapes. No Louisiana vacation is complete without adding some eco-tours to your itinerary.

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Go Wild In New Orleans

You might be planning on getting a little wild in the Big Easy. But we don’t mean just the kind of wild that happens on Bourbon Street. See the real Louisiana outside of the city on an eco-tour in the bayous. The party animals you’ll see out here include alligators, turtles, and raccoons. Nutrias are a tour favorite. They’re the large rodents with orange teeth who make meals of Louisiana’s marshes. Birders will go gaga over the chance to see egrets, herons, and even bald eagles! These characters won’t buy you a drink at Pat O’Brien’s, but they’ll be part of an unforgettable experience in Louisiana’s beautiful outdoors.

Take In The View

Cypress trees, dangling Spanish moss, and palmettos reflected in slow-moving waters. You’ll slowly glide through these stately landscapes. There’s plenty of time to snap some idyllic, enviable Instagram pictures or simply take in the views. Friendly and knowledgeable local guides will tell you the stories of the swamp. They’ll explain the rich ecological and cultural significance. And they can answer whatever questions you throw at them. It’ll be hard to believe you’re only a short drive from the balconies of the French Quarter.

The Ecology of Louisiana

Louisiana’s bayous and swamps play a role in every part of the state’s rich culture. The wildlife it produces became integral to Cajun and Creole cuisine. You can’t have a delicious alligator sauce piquant without the alligator. And what about the famous, sherry-topped turtle soup or a bowl of seafood gumbo? The waterways and flora also play in role in many of the local industries. But modernization, invasive species, and a changing environment have caused this iconic ecosystem to disappear. Eco-tours not only celebrate the area’s beauty and history but also educate visitors about the factors threatening its future.

Eco-Tours That Couldn’t Be Easier

The Adventures of Jean Lafitte offers many bayou tours every day. And we even pick you up from your New Orleans hotel! It’s never been easier to get ecological in the Big Easy. In just a 45-minute drive, you’re transported to another world. Our 90-minute eco-tours are affordable and memorable. Meet tour guides who grew up surrounded by the wildlife of Louisiana. They’re so excited to share their passion with visitors. All of our pontoons are piloted by U.S. Coast Guard-certified captains. Call us at 504-323-0570 if you have some questions or go ahead and book a tour now. We look forward to hosting you.

GET WILD!

Bayou Tours: See The World Just Outside New Orleans

September 4, 2018

Bayou Tours: See The World Just Outside New Orleans

Why do people travel? To experience something new and different. To see unique landscapes and taste exotic foods. Louisiana is the perfect destination for those seeking new, different, unique, and exotic. If you’re planning on visiting New Orleans, consider adding Bayou Tours to your trip. With Adventures of Jean Lafitte, provide an easy, affordable—and unforgettable— Louisiana experience.  

The Real Louisiana

The frivolity and cuisine of New Orleans are understandably high on everyone’s bucket lists. But you haven’t truly experienced Louisiana until you step into our bayous. Our bayou tours make it hassle-free. Adventures of Jean Lafitte will pick you up right from your New Orleans hotel. Our launch is only about 35-40 minutes from the Crescent City in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

Bayou Tours At Your Speed

Choose from one of our many daily tours. Tours are offered throughout the year at a variety of times—from 9:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Once you arrive, you’ll board one of our pontoons driven by a U.S. Coast Guard-certified captain. All boats are wheelchair- and stroller-friendly and the tour is appropriate for all ages. You’ll see moss-strewn cypress trees, local wildlife boasting both feathers and scales, and meet some true Cajuns—their wit and stories are often the main attraction! Check out our photo galleries to get an appetizer.

Float Back In Time

Our namesake, Jean Lafitte, was a dastardly pirate in the early 19th century. Despite his reputation of looting and smuggling, Louisiana remembers him as a hero for his role in the Battle of New Orleans. Our tours take you even further back in time than this legendary buccaneer. You’ll experience the state’s untouched bayous as some of the original settlers of Louisiana, the Cajuns, did in the 1700s.

Unsurprisingly, alligators are the official state reptiles of Louisiana. You’re very likely to see at least one of these giant lizards on one of our bayou tours. Biologically speaking, they are the living descendants of dinosaurs. The sight of one of these huge creatures sunbathing on a log may just transport you to prehistoric times as well. In 90 minutes, you’re transversing millennia of history!

New Orleans’ Bayou Tours

Ready to drift back in time and confront the REAL Louisiana? Book your tour—and schedule your hotel pickup—right from our website! We accept all major credit cards. You can also contact us online or call 504-323-0570 if you have questions or special requests.

To further prepare for your trip, check out our list of frequently asked questions and this handy guide on what to pack. In the meantime, follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to tide your excitement until you set sail with us.