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 Info@AdventuresofJeanLafitte.com or by using our online form. We can’t wait to see you on the water!

The Premier Pontoon Tour In New Orleans

March 18, 2019

Coming down to New Orleans for the spring? The locals would tell any tourist that they should see the swamps that thrive in Louisiana. And anyone who knows swamps know that the type of boat you use matters! The Adventures of Jean Lafitte just so happens to use pontoon boats on our swamp tours. Of all the boats and tours out there, why should you decide to go on a pontoon tour in New Orleans?

What We Offer

The Adventures of Jean Lafitte provides pontoon tours in New Orleans, but what does that mean? Because our guest’s parties can really range in size, we have two sizes of boats available. Our smaller boat is faster and fits smaller parties. On the other hand, our larger boat is much slower and fits much larger parties of people.

If you’re staying in a hotel within the city of New Orleans, we offer hotel pickup! Please be ready to leave an hour and a half before your scheduled pontoon tour time. Our drivers have a short window to pick up everybody. So, it’s helpful to be waiting outside your pickup location.

Our tours themselves last around an hour and a half on the water. Once you drift through the Bayou Barataria, you’ll be able to see creatures and flora of all shapes and sizes. On our tours, you’ll be likely to see:

  • Egrets
  • Alligators
  • Nutria
  • Ibis
  • Magnolias
  • Spanish Moss
  • And more!

There’s enough space on our pontoon to have a bag, stretch your legs, and comfortably see the sights and sounds of the swamp.  

How Do Pontoon Boats Work?

In the boating world, pontoon boats are at a height of popularity. That being said, how exactly do they work? A straightforward name, pontoon boats rely on pontoons to float on the water.

Pontoons are devices that take on various shapes. These cause the boat to be able to float on the water while carrying large amounts of weight. Because the pontoons are located on the sides and under boats, the topside deck has tons of space! Once on the boat feel free to walk around when we’re stationary to see the sights and sounds of the bayou!

Schedule A Pontoon Tour in New Orleans

The Adventures of Jean Lafitte provides the best pontoon tour in New Orleans. If you’re ready to book your tour of the swamp, you can easily book online! Have some questions for us? You can contact us directly, call us from 504-323-0570, or email us at Info@AdventuresofJeanLafitte.com. When you’re coming to see us, make sure you put 5145 Fleming Park Road in your GPS if we’re not picking you up. Because we can’t wait to take you on an adventure!

Safety On Tours Of The Bayou In New Orleans

February 27, 2019

New Orleans is one of the most unique places you can visit in the United States. One of the things that make us unique is our miles and miles of swamps and marshes that are just waiting to be explored. As an adventure for the family, it feels almost too good to be true. Bayou tours are not only family-fun, but they’re family-friendly as well. If you have any worries about boating safety or alligators, let us ease your concerns.  The safety of your family is important to us at the Adventures of Jean Lafitte. Tours of the bayou in New Orleans are as safe as they are fun!

Clothes Make the Man

New Orleans is a pretty warm place, but it’s can be a bit colder on the water. While we have no dress code, we do recommend bringing a light sweater of some kind. Our boats are raised a few feet higher than normal, so there’s never a chance your clothes could snag or fall off. All of our handrails are pretty high up as well, making it impossible to fall off the boat. Because of these precautions, you’re always safe on the boat.

Mosquitos and More

High humidity is a year-round weather status in Louisiana. Because of that, we have a pretty high level of mosquitoes and other tiny critters. While being out on tours of the bayou in New Orleans, you’re sure to encounter some of these bugs. However, with a good amount of bug spray, nearly every bug around runs for the hills. So make sure to pack an extra!

The Awe-Inspiring Alligator

We receive many questions about our swamps. However, one of the ones we get the most is this: Are they alligators or crocodiles? Looking so similar, it’s a pretty valid question. So, to answer that question for you, in Louisiana they’re alligators!

Gators have a pretty bad rap from the media. Crocs and gators are often shown off in the media as vicious, angry creatures that will attack at any moment. For alligators, that’s just not true! As described in this article from the BBC, alligators are pretty docile creatures. Like any other creature, they only attack if we provoke them in some way. Such as being too close to a nest or food. For their safety, we ask that our visitors please keep their hands and feet inside the boat at all times. So don’t worry! You aren’t Captain Hook and these aren’t crocodiles. Alligators just like posing and laying in the sun.

Book Tours OF the Bayou In New Orleans Today

We want to make sure that you and your family have the safest tours of the bayou in New Orleans. Hopefully, we were able to squash some of your concerns. (If you have any others, get in touch!) The bayou isn’t dangerous, adventure awaits! Have some more questions and concerns for us? Give us a call at 504-323-0570 or contact us directly. Ready to tour the great bayou? You can book your tour here. We can’t wait to see you on the water!

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.

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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.