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Ask Captain Gator

Will we see Cypress Trees and Alligators?

Yes, we are smack in the middle of the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary (swamp country) that contains wetland suitable for the Bald Cypress and the Great Cypress. We conduct our tours on private property where there is no hunting allowed so expect to see alligators.

What makes your company better than the rest?

We conduct our tours on private property and have been doing so for 22 years. This means no competition in the area, less boat traffic to scare the animals, we can provide the most private tours possible. All of our Captains are born and raised on the Bayou and we travel through natural wetlands, swamp, and bayous through out the tour.

When is the best time of year to take a Swamp or Airboat Tour?

Spring is incredible with all the animals doing what animals do while the trees and many flowers are in bloom and the nesting period for the waterfowl begin. Summertime is warm and humid which brings out the big Alligators and big birds like the Great Blue Heron and the White Egret. Fall is spectacular with very pleasant weather, an abundance of animals and beautiful foliage. With our mild winters this is a great time of year also, winter brings out the fur-bearing (fuzzy) animals, like Nutria, deer, mink, otters and the migratory birds and alligators are still present as long as it is not below freezing.

Are mosquitoes a problem in the swamp?

No not really. During daylight hours you will have to search high and low to find one so they are not a concern. At dawn and dusk they can be present however our swamp has a tidal flow so we do not have stagnate waters that are the breeding ground for mosquitoes. We do suggest that you take precautionary measures with adding mosquitoes repellent.

Are there restrooms - food and drink on the tour boats?

Yes, on the swamp boats we do have a restroom and we do have snacks and drinks available. On the airboat there are no restrooms or food available but we do have facilities at the swamp tour site and snacks at the ticket office.

Anything and everything else that you would like to know concerning the tour or just general Swamp or Gator questions, please email Captain Gator.

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours

6601 Leo Kerner Lafitte Parkway
Marrero, Louisiana 70072

New Orleans Airboat Tours

4757 Orleans Way
Marrero, Louisiana 70072

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