Swamp Kayak Tour: Plantation Visit and Cajun Cuisine
33 Ratings
New Orleans
Immerse yourself in the rich culture and ecology of Louisiana with our Swamp Kayak Tour. Explore the Manchac Swamp, indulge in delicious Cajun cuisine, and visit the historic Whitney Plantation. Perfect for groups looking for a unique and memorable experience!
Duration: 8 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Old U.S. 51 - Explore the Manchac Swamp, the second biggest cypress swamp in North America in tandem or single sit-on-top kayaks (think stable and easy).

As you adventure through the spanish moss laden cypress swamp, a knowledgeable guide will share stories and give an overview of the benefits and trials the swamp is currently facing.

We do NOT feed the wildlife and the animals; alligators, turtles, birds are non threatening.

After our kayak tour, we head to B & C Seafood where we stop for an opportunity to experience some Cajun food. (You have the option to purchase food) Step out of your comfort zone and try some fried alligator, gulf oysters, crawfish, soft shell crab, frog legs or keep it simple and get the smoked rabbit gumbo. If you don’t want to push your palate, then I suggest the red beans and rice. A southern staple! After a fun lunch, we venture off to the Whitney Plantation.

The Whitney Plantation offers you an opportunity to experience the story of plantation life in Louisiana from the perspective of those enslaved. It does a good job of not glorifying the ownership.

The 45 min drive home gives you a quick chance to nap prior to hitting the town.

What's Included
  • Exciting adventure
  • Professional driver included
  • Comprehensive paddle lesson
  • All necessary gear provided
  • Experienced guide
  • Engaging narrative
What's Not Included
  • Gratuity is not included in kayak tour price. Your guide works hard to ensure your safety and well-being, please let them know if you had a good time.
  • Price of lunch (own expense)
Additional Information

Experience the Rich Diversity and Natural Abundance of Louisiana!

Package includes Swamp Kayaking Adventure, Cajun Cuisine, and a Plantation Visit:
• Safe transport to and from New Orleans
• Moderate Difficulty Kayak Trip across Manchac Swamp
• Ideal for Group Gatherings seeking a memorable experience
• Understand the history and significance of this distinctive ecosystem
• Kayak amidst the Cypress and Tupelo clusters
• Savour authentic Cajun dishes at B&C Seafood Restaurant (Optional Food Purchase)
• Guided Expedition of the stunning Whitney Plantation
• Visit the Museum, Baptist Church, and Gift Shop
• Capture the picturesque Live Oak pathway leading to the “Big House”

740 N Rampart St
North Rampart Street
Please be waiting outside the Rampart Tree House 740 N RAMPART STREET 1 hour and 15 minutes before scheduled tour time
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(33 Ratings)
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Apr 28, 2024
Swamp kayak and plantation tour - Swamp was very peaceful. Kayak was great way to experience. Whitney Plantation is very powerful and somber experience
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Apr 23, 2024
Great nature, with many animals! - Our German voucher told us to be 1:15 ouer bevore at the pick up place. So we had been waiting for nearby 1 hour to get picked up by the guidee. Our guide Stefanie was very good. Our German discription Said, that a Launch is included. It was not. But at all it is a great nature and the guide was very good!
Review provided by Viator
Apr 18, 2024
Great trip into the swamp - Though we were a mixed group - both in ages and experience levels - Chelsea made it all come together very nicely. We really enjoyed our trip into the swamp - lots of alligators (but small enough to not be threatening).
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Apr 5, 2024
Great combo tour! - Both tours were awesome. Chelsea was a fantastic guide. The kayaks were a perfect way to get into the woods and close to the gators. We saw quite a few on our trip. The plantation tour was quite special. This tour was fairly deep dive into the slave trade and the way of life on the plantation for those who lived and worked there. Extremely well presented.
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Mar 20, 2024
Swamps the slow way - I had booked the combo tour but I was the only person who wanted the combo so they arranged for me to join a kayak only tour. I almost didn't do it and went with a different combo tour on an airboat but I'm glad I did the kayak tour. We went out with Nick and his love for the swamp and wildlife was evident. He spotted animals I would never have seen such as a nesting barred owl, a turtle and gators. I would definitely recommend this trip to see nature in a way I have never seen it before.
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Mar 14, 2024
Informative and enjoyable - Mr Alex Wallace did his best to meet all of our needs. He was on point from 8am-4pm with advice, information on the city and bayou, vegetation, wildlife and New Orleans. It was a great way to see gators and the Whitney plantation.
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Jan 4, 2024
Great day outside the city. - The aligators where hiding, but nonetheless. it was a magical experience. The calm and feel in the swamp canal, the bald cypress, the heron and owls and the Kayak ride was awsome. Our guid was super friendly and open to any discussion, he's a real nature lover, talking with him was enjoyable. We en-up in a dock restaurant near the Lake Pontchartrain that was ok. BC seafood would have been better but it was closed on Sunday. Visit at plantation was really instructive and eye-openning. A must to understand the history and real-facts about slavery history.
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Aug 14, 2023
Brilliant tour- Eco friendly and enlightening!! - We had a FANTASTIC time on this tour. Alex our tour guide was so knowledgable and easygoing. We started off with the swamp tour which, after doing a lot of research into the most ethical and eco friendly ways to see the swamp, was everything we hoped for! We were completely immersed, got to see alligators at a close but respectful distance and learned so much about the swamp, the history and animal life there. After that we stopped for lunch and headed to the Whitney Plantation. This was a fascinating and also very tastefully and respectfully laid out place. You left with a much greater sense of who the people enslaved on the plantaiton were, rather than just their suffering. Everything went seamlessly with this tour from pick up to drop off and our tour guide was really fantastic so I would HIGHLY recommend this!
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Jul 23, 2023
Great experience in the bayou !! - We booked a day-tour, paddling through the bayou in the morning and visiting a sugar plantation in the afternoon with our guide Alex. Only a few minutes on the kayaks were needed to see how passionate he is about the bayou and its ecosystem. The story telling amongst the bayou tour was very interesting and we learnt about oyster mushrooms, cyprès and oak trees, alligators and all sorts of plants and animals as well as the history of the area. Alex also made us discover a great Mexican restaurant, drove us to the plantation and back to the city with a nice music playlist. We highly recommend touring the bayou with Alex!
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Jun 24, 2023
Getting outta town - Great day trip from New Orleans. It was nice to hit the water for a little kayaking. Some road noise in first portion, but got farther in and saw some wildlife - no gators. The Whitney Plantation tour was interesting-not only covering the international and domestic slave trade but also the links to African culture. Tour guide was great, chill and personable and took us to a great BBQ spot.
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up to 8 guests
1 Adult
July 2024