Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve by Swamp Boat

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve protects significant examples of the rich natural and cultural resources of Louisiana's Mississippi River Delta region. The park was established in November 1978, absorbing Chalmette National Historical Park, which was established in 1907. Named after the famous French pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte, the park seeks to illustrate the influence of environment and history on the development of a unique regional culture. With over 23,000 acres of forest, swamp, and marsh the preserve is home to a host of wildlife including alligators, deer, birds, wild hogs, nutria rats, and more.

Located only twenty-five minutes from New Orleans in the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours explore Louisiana's back country along its meandering bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. Trained navigators escort you into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature.


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Latitude: 29.780058 Longitude: -90.098999 Elevation: 4 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Journey with us by boat, Cajun-style, for a 1 hour 30 minute tour through the heart of Southern Louisiana's swamp lands in the protected Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve's Barataria Preserve. Experience real-life adventure for the whole family from the comfort of our swamp boats. Tour back into our privately owned meandering bayous and take a look into the past. View moss draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life and the creatures who make their homes here. 

Your Cajun guide is a native of the area who will share with you the legends and lore of Louisiana's still untamed wilderness.

Our Coast Guard Certified swamp boats can accommodate up to 360 passengers when all of our tour boats are in use. Each boat has restroom facilities. School groups are welcome and a picnic area is available for the children to bring a bag lunch.

Bring your camera and capture wildlife at any time! Alligators, snakes, egrets, white-tailed deer, mink and nutria all make their home here in the Louisiana swamp lands.

Seasons Accessible

The swamp tours are available all year long.


Adult drive up: $29.00 | Adult with transportation: $49.00 | Child (3-12) drive up: $12 | Child (3-12) with transportation: $24

Accessibility Notes

The swamp boats are wheelchair accessible.

Pet Friendly Notes

The Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours do not allow animals, except for certified service animals.

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