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The forecast (accurate) said that it was going to be really cold on the next day, and this day was already chilly. I wanted to do the swamp part of the tour first when I thought it would be warmer, but that wasn't the way it was set up.

After we finished the plantation part of the tour and ate lunch, the tour bus driver drove us a long way to Jean Lafitte which is on the edge of the Jean Lafitte reserve.

We had a choice of a pontoon boat or an airboat. It was already a bit cool, and I knew that it would be colder in the airboat. Plus, I thought we could do the airboat in the Everglades (which was wrong) so we went out in a pontoon boat.

While it was cold, it wasn't so cold that there was no wildlife. We saw nutria (photo 4- a nasty invasive species) and several alligators, and birds (photo 5). Keep in mind that reptiles (alligators and turtles - photo 3) will hibernate if it is cold. The larger alligators were already 'winterized' and invisible to us. The tours will go regardless of how much wildlife there is to see.

The guide (photo 2) also showed us how catfish are caught (It is unattended bait on a line with an old milk bottle as a float), and he had a baby alligator in a bucket on the boat to show us, probably in case of none being available in the wild.

We got back to the hotel about 5

Address: Several Swamp Tour Companies to choose from
Directions: Located throughout the City of New Oleans
othercontact: 504-569-1401
Phone: 800-535-7786
Website: http://www.graylineneworleans.com/combo_swampplantation.shtml

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 27, 2009
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