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Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans provided by Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours

Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans

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US$ 52.27
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Spot gators, egrets, turtles, and other Louisiana wildlife on a boat tour of the Honey Island Swamp. Cruise through a mossy cypress forest while a wetland ecologist shares insight into this protected nature reserve and local Cajun fishing life. No need to rent a car to explore the bayou, as pickup and drop-off from your New Orleans downtown or French Quarter hotel is included.
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  • Pass by Lake Pontchartrain
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    Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    Enjoy this Louisiana Swamp experience — a unique outdoor adventure that is safe, organized, fun, and educational. After a New Orleans French Quarter hotel pickup, travel to the starting location on the West Pearl River, in Slidell, Louisiana. Venture into the gift shop overlooking the Tupelo and Cypress swamp and check in for the tour. Be sure to take a look out of the back window to see if any backyard guests are lurking in the murky waters below. Don’t forget to use the restrooms before embarking on this 2-hour tour throughout nearly 70,000 acres of the Honey Island Swamp, a permanently protected wildlife preserve. While walking down the dock, embrace the excitement of seeing the moss hanging from the gnarled cypress trees and the sweet smell of wild azaleas in the air. There's an undeniable eagerness to explore. Listen intently to the captain’s tales of pirates, Bigfoot, and prehistoric creatures roaming the region while entering the primitive beauty of the Honey Island Swamp. Keep an eye out for alligators, herons, egrets, deer, feral hogs, nutria, raccoons, otters, turtles, and frogs — an abundance of wildlife along the banks and the in the murky waters. Or look up and out for bald eagles, owls, osprey, and other water fowl soaring through the skies. They could be visible one second and gone the next. Those touring Honey Island can easily see why Louisiana is known as the Fisherman’s Paradise. Passing through the Cajun village, where local fisherman reside, see them catching bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, and warmth. Thousands of pounds of crawfish are caught in these waters every season as well. All the tour boats are inspected and approved by the US Coast Guard. These small, custom-built, flat-bottom boats transport approximately 20-24 individuals each. They are operated by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting. With the journey back up the river, the captain leads the way to the original departure location. A New Orleans hotel drop-off closes the tour. Note: this tour only offers pick up and drop off from the French Quarter.
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  • Explore a typical Louisiana swamp on a boat tour from New Orleans
  • A wetlands ecologist guide shares info on the protected nature reserve
  • Great chance to see wildlife, such as alligators, turtles, and river otters
  • Transport from New Orleans' downtown or French Quarter provided
What to Expect
After convenient pickup at your downtown or French Quarter hotel, leave the bustle of New Orleans behind and travel to the launch point on the West Pearl River, near the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Board a covered swamp boat that provides protection from the hot Louisiana sun or from the rain on stormy days, and make your way into the protected waters of the Honey Island Swamp. Glide beneath hanging moss and cypress trees, as a wetlands ecologist guide shares info about this unique ecosystem, plus local legends of pirates, Bigfoot, and prehistoric creatures. Look out for swamp critters, such as otters, egrets, nutria, turtles, and alligators, during the cruise. You also learn about Louisiana's important fishing industry and pass through a typical Cajun fishing village.
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Important Information
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Entry/Admission - Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Sean G wrote a review Mar 2020
1 contribution
Great trip and great guide. The trip was very fun and informative. We saw alligators, snakes, raccoons and a wild bore up close. The guide fed him marshmallows and she was literally beside the boat, very cool.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from drwhoneyislandswamp, Owner at Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans
Responded 15 Jul 2020
Thanks for coming
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Trophy-Rider wrote a review Mar 2020
Bow, New Hampshire6 contributions
Captain Ron was a great swamp guide! Great knowledge and area lore. Connie, our transporter, was a very colorful person. She was prompt on the pickup made sure we were all comfortable in the van before the trips out and back. Her information of the many landmarks and area
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Date of experience: February 2020
trinhsharon wrote a review Mar 2020
San Jose, California2 contributions
Our pickup was a bit confusing at first since there was no information on where and what time the pickup would be, so I had to message them for that, but they were very quick to respond and we got everything answered the day of. As for the actual tour day, we got picked up in a
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Date of experience: February 2020
HarmonyK wrote a review Jan 2020
8 contributions3 helpful votes
Our tour was scheduled for Sunday but rain was forecast so we asked to change it to Saturday. They were very accommodating. They had room on the boat but had to find a driver to get us to the dock. They found one right away and Mr. Miller came right on time. The tour was fun and
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Date of experience: January 2020
Gyrfalc wrote a review Jan 2020
Prospect Heights, Illinois31 contributions25 helpful votes
We arranged for the pickup in New Orleans with the tour to follow. It took a bit more than an hour to get to the location, so the ride to and from became more than half the trip. Our driver was rude and aggressive. He is a local and experienced the flooding from Katrina
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Date of experience: January 2020
About the operator

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By: Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
Watch for Big Foot!
Dr. Wagner’s Honey Island Swamp Tours Inc. (Honey Island Tours) is a family owned and operated business near Slidel
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Abby L
Swamp Tour
We had a great time despite some cooler and rainy weather! Our guide was Hunter and he was incredibly knowledgeable
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Great tour and crew
Kids had a great time seeing all the wildlife, watching the alligators eat marshmallows, and going fast. Captain To
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Great tour
The tour was great. Capt. Tony did a great job! Would highly recommend. We were on a tour with a group that was no
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Awesome Swamp Tour
Our boat was driven by Captain Chris, and he did an awesome job. It boat ride lasted a couple of hours. There is a
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Awesome tour!
We actually visited in January 2019 but there was no selection available for this. We had an awesome time on this t
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Everything we wanted except Gators!
We went on this tour in early March with Captain Hunter. He was fantastic! We all loved his knowledge and enthusias
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Caitlan T
Great time! Fun and learned a lot :)
My boyfriend and I went on this tour on March 2nd and had a great experience. We saw pigs, raccoons, two small alli
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Great Experience even in the winter!
My boyfriend and I had a great tour with Captain Luka! Even though we didnt see any alligators because of the cold
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Great time! Book this tour!
We had a great time with Captain Tony! My husband, 5 year old & 2 year old, we all loved it! We loved how informati
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Great swamp tour
We saw some raccoons and boars. Captain Tony was awesome! I will definitely come back. The cost is inexpensive a
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Great Swamp Tour
Captain Tony led our tour and he was great! We learned lots about ecology — wildlife, trees and plants, how humans
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Alligators, pigs, and birds--Oh My!
I took a friend from Italy on this amazing and memorable tour. The beauty of God's creation, even in swamps and cyp
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Very interesting even in Winter, family friendly
This was an amazing tour with Captain Tony who was extremely knowledgeable about the local wildlife and culture. Ev
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A Special Treat
My wife and I were enthralled with all that we saw on this wonderful tour. The cypress trees all draped with Spanis
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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