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“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jun 23 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

BB's Stage Door…

Jun 23 - 25, 2017
The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s comes to life in this three-time… more

Beyond the Canvas:…

Jun 23 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Chicken on the Bone…

Jun 23 - Dec 6, 2017
Want to enjoy some nightlife? No trip to New Orleans is complete if you have… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jun 23, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Jun 23 - Dec 29, 2017
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Festigals 2017

Jun 23 - 24, 2017
FestiGals will return to the JW Marriott for its seventh  women's… more

Happier Hour Wine…

Jun 23 - 30, 2017
Each week, we feature several wines from around the world along with small… more

It's Only A Play

Jun 23 - 25, 2017
In an exciting partnership with the local, independent theatre company, The… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 23 - Oct 8, 2017
Jim Steg (American, 1922 -2001) was the most influential printmaker to be based… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 23 - Oct 1, 2017
In celebration of beloved chef, civil rights activist, and art collector Leah… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 23 - Sep 3, 2017
Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans showcases… more

New Orleans Museum of…

Jun 23 - Oct 8, 2017
Paintings from throughout Scully's career are presented with a selection of… more

Newcomb Art Museum -…

Jun 23 - Jul 9, 2017
Spanning several generations, five Puerto Rico-based artists Zilia… more

Southern Rep Theatre…

Jun 23 - 25, 2017
West Texas, 1862. "Hero" is promised his freedom from slavery in… more

Southern Rep Theatre…

Jun 23 - 23, 2017
Southern Rep Theatre will launch the second installment of the Lagniappe… more

Stoned vs Drunk vs…

Jun 23, 2017 - Jul 24, 2026
Join us at the New Movement for a stand -up comedy challenge. Also, enjoy… more

Storyville: Madams…

Jun 23 - Dec 9, 2017
Storyville: Madams and Music revives the sights and sounds of New Orleans's… more

The Historic New…

Jun 23 - Oct 21, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for… more

The Irish Cultural…

Jun 23, 2017 - Jan 22, 2027
Join us at the beautiful Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans every Friday… more

“Giants of Jazz: Art…

Jun 23 - Dec 17, 2017
This spring, art and music converge as The Historic New Orleans Collection… more

Tours Beyond New Orleans

While there's plenty to do and see within the city proper, nearby are sprawling plantations and wildlife-filled swamplands to explore. Take in the scenery with a half-day or day-long excursion, whether you're looking for a thrilling backwoods adventure or a lesson in American history.

Swamp Tours

Venture into the untamed Louisiana bayous, where moss-covered Swamptourcypress trees cascade into brackish waters and floating lily pads spread across the water's murky surface. Bring a camera and get ready to capture images of marshland birds such as white egrets and great blue herons as well as scaly predators like alligators and snakes. For a family-friendly tour through the marshlands, a swamp boat tour is your best bet. These pontoon boats meander through the bayous and ensure a relaxing trip with ample opportunities for sightseeing.

For thrill-seeking explorers, spring for an airboat tour, which promises an exciting, high-speed ride through the wetlands. The tour guide will take you to places that are accessible only with an airboat, giving you an unrivaled glimpse of the Deep South's natural ecosystems, as well as up-close encounters with gators and other swamp critters.

For a more tranquil swamp experience, try a canoe or kayak swamp tour like ones offered by Canoe and Trail Adventures. This educational outing is more interactive, allowing participants to paddle themselves through Louisiana marshlands and view wildlife up close. Low impact canoes and kayaks also leave the environment undisturbed, providing a more eco-friendly experience and preserving the beauty of swamp habitats for future generations. 

Plantations

PlantationExplore Louisiana's plantations with the help of professional tour guides/historians who will guide you through these pre-war estates and their iconic architectural features such as intricate, wrought iron balconies, colorful facades and wraparound verandas. Or create your own tour by selecting a few you'd like to visit. You'll be able to choose from several spectacular properties that sweep you back in time with period furnishings, folk art and craft demonstrations, lush gardens and landscapes and more.

Locally, River Road is an easy jaunt from New Orleans. Here you'll find several majestic plantations including Oak Alley, San Francisco, Laura, Destrehan, Houmas House and other plantations. Also be sure to search our listings for other nearby plantations.

Complete your visit with an overnight stay in a cozy B&B or historic guesthouse.

Combination Tours

Travelers looking for a comprehensive journey through swamps and nearby plantations can consider a combination tour packages. Search our listings for operators.