72 Hours in New Orleans – Cajun Encounter New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

72 Hours in New Orleans – Cajun Encounter New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

While I love adventure and exploring new places, I wouldn’t exactly call myself an outdoorsy type. On a recent trip to New Orleans, however, my daughter and I became one with the swamp during a tour with Cajun Encounters Eco-Tours! Sure, I could have gone without the monstrous wolf spiders, but overall, it was a really cool experience that left an impression on the both of us. New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

Our day started when our friendly driver picked us up at the centrally located Huck Finn Café in New Orleans. He gave us commentary on the city on our way out. (The drive is 45 minutes long since the swamp is in the middle of nowhere.)

Once there, we met our guide, Nathan, who was funny, down-to-earth, and really knowledgeable about the land (and, um, sea). He made the tour amazing, and it was actually the highlight of my entire New Orleans vacation. New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

Nathan took us to see Elvis, the resident alligator in the Honey Island Swamp, and he’s a big boy! It was incredibly peaceful out there, and my daughter was awestruck at the sight of the fireflies and the sounds of the bullfrogs.

I won’t gloss over the fact that there are tons of bugs in the swamp, not least of these are those gigantic spiders I mentioned earlier. These suckers were literally hanging from the trees. I actually became a part of the entertainment when I dove face-first to the bottom of the boat to avoid coming in contact with one of them in a web near where I was sitting!

Everyone had a good laugh! Bring plenty of bug spray to avoid becoming a feast for the mosquitoes and you’ll be fine. New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

If you’re interested in doing this type of thing, be aware: Any fool with a boat can claim to be a touring company, taking unsuspecting tourists deep into the swamp and sometimes doing stupid things with the alligators all for the sake of a show, but Cajun Encounters is a reputable company. New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

They’re locally-owned and operated by New Orleans natives, and have been in business for 20 years. (If celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Usher, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie trust them, you can, too!) New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

The swamp tour lasts two hours, but if you’re staying in New Orleans and include the drive, it will be a four-hour adventure. While it’s definitely out in the sticks, Cajun Encounters does have a small store that sells snacks and has restrooms. (Resident raccoons hang out there and steal customers’ food, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!)

New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

New Orleans Swamp Tour Review

Overall, I’d say this would make for a great experience for families traveling with kids. It was educational, entertaining, and a great way to unplug from the modern world. Pro tips: Because it’s a hot and humid environment, try to avoid the hottest months of the year, and the hottest times of the day. Wear and bring sunscreen, bring water, and wear cool clothing. 

Heading to New Orleans? Add Cajun Encounters to your list. Visit them online to learn more about their tours.

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This post is in collaboration with Cajun Encounter Tours New Orleans. I have been paid/and or given access to this tour for free in exchange for a review. Opinions expressed in this post are a reflection of my experience and hour honest and accurate and are in no way associated with Cajun Encounters. 

New Orleans Swamp Tour Review



  1. September 17, 2017 / 10:58 am

    I will be sure to tell my daughter and son in law about Cajun Encounters as they like taking their children to educational, out of the box type places when traveling. That gator is one scary an ugly creature!
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  2. September 17, 2017 / 11:57 am

    I got visuals reading this! I, like you, am terrified of bugs! I would have definitely stayed on the bottom of the boat the entire ride. Your photos are gorgeous!

  3. September 17, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    Wow….great review, thanks for the helpful tips. And WOW at those pictures……you got really close to that 1 croc, haha

  4. September 17, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Wow what an amazing adventure, it must have been such a cool experience, your pictures are gorgeous!

  5. September 17, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Sounds exciting. Spiders are not entertaining at all but the rest of it would be fun to do. I have wanted to go to New Orleans for a long time.

  6. September 17, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    OMG at that gator! I would LOVE to visit New Orleans! I am planning a girl’s trip for 2018! This was such an awesome read. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  7. Florence
    September 17, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    Such a beautiful experience. Yes agree we need to do our research before getting a guide to avoid taking the wrong ones.

  8. Elizabeth O
    September 17, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    After reading your comment about any fool with a boat…. I’ll be sure to bookmark your post. It would be a nightmare to do such a tour with an unprofessional, inexperienced guide.

  9. September 18, 2017 / 3:56 am

    Great pictures, looks like a fun place for children and the whole family.
    Great advise on sunscreen and water….generally people forget to carry it.

  10. Shell
    September 18, 2017 / 5:41 am

    This looks like such an amazing and once in a lifetime experience!!! How wonderful you got to experience this adventure!

  11. September 18, 2017 / 5:49 am

    This sounds like something that would be right up my family’s alley. We love being outdoors and I don’t know why I never even thought of doing a swamp tour with them. Probably because of the bugs ( those spiders you mentioned). But I know everyone else will enjoy it and if they can sit through a musical for m e I can encounter a spider or two …..or more for them

  12. Anna
    September 18, 2017 / 8:36 am

    Wow! This trip looks like I want to be there too! I loved all the greens eco vibes and that aligator! haha I would freak out. Also, enjoyed reading your writing style. Keep exploring 🙂

  13. rosey
    September 18, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Oh my gosh, that gator pic is amazing. I laughed at your spider dive, probably because I could see myself doing the same. 😉

  14. September 18, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    Wow, you get to take a boat on the swamp! That’s pretty cool! That crocodile scared the shit out of me! Did you really take a photo that up-close? Holly!
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  15. September 18, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    I am from Louisiana but have never heard of this tour before! I am definitely going to have to add this to my list of things to do next time in New Orleans! Looks like so much fun!

  16. white
    September 19, 2017 / 6:28 am

    Amazing trip, but is 72 hours in new orlean enough already? I guess this is so full of adventure and exciting.

  17. September 19, 2017 / 6:37 am

    this is amazing, I love your blog, and thanks for sharing this it’s wonderful

  18. Lucee Santini
    September 19, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    This looks like a great place to explore. I will definitely put this on my book mark as my future references.

  19. September 19, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I have a trip to New Orleans planned for next year! This is super useful and I will definitely be saving this so I can try to plan with them ahead of time. Thank you for this!!

  20. September 28, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    These 72 hours will be always remember & awesome for you Guys. As you made this amazing trip.

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