Recommended gear would be athletic wear, sun protective clothing, and water shoes or waterproof sandals.
On your trip we recommend you bring sunscreen, bug spray, hat, sunglasses, and water.
Alligators, Snakes, Turtles, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Hawks, Owls, Bald Eagles, White-tailed deer, Nutria, Raccoons and more!
Tours depart rain or shine. Please be advised that if you are on your tour for longer than half the tour time and the tour has to return due to inclement weather, we will not issue a refund.
We are approximately 30 miles south of New Orleans. It takes about 30-35 minutes to get to us in normal traffic. Allow one hour and you’ll be sure to be on time!
It all depends on what your goal is. If you want to see the swamp at the prettiest time of day, we recommend the morning tour or the early evening tour. The early morning and evening light has warmer tones than midday. Also, these times don’t have the harsh, full sun or full shade contrast of midday, so it’s much better for photography. Wintertime and early spring can bring temps from 30 degrees (rare) to 75 degrees, with an average high temp of about 64 degrees, so our winter and spring airboat tours can be quite pleasant indeed. If it’s sunny and the temperatures reach into the high 60’s, alligators will come out on logs to sun. And remember the bumper sticker that says, “The worst day fishing beats the best day at work!”? We believe it should read, “The worst day in the swamp is better than the best day behind a desk!”
Again, there’s no bad time to go. Our favorite times are April, late October and early November. Winter can be a great because the summer grass that is typically six feet tall is now only inches high. This means you’ll see more nutria and deer, and the migratory birds such as waterfowl and the bald eagles. Alligators are tough to find when temps drop below 70 degrees, no matter what time of year, but they can be found throughout the winter on warmer days. Plus, there is so much more to the tour than just seeing alligators, that any time of year is a great time to visit.
Yes, we do! If you are staying at one of the hotels in the Greater New Orleans area, Bayou Adventure will pick you up right in front of your hotel door. Transportation pick up begins 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Please be waiting outside your pickup location. Drivers have a short window of time to pick up all guests. We are flexible to some extent, depending on what’s already booked when you call.
Yes, it is appropriate to tip both the bus driver and tour guides. After the tour, you will receive a text and/ or email that will allow you to tip the guide via credit card if you didnt have any cash on you at the time of the tour. If your guide really works hard and you think he gave a great tour, let him know how much you appreciate it!