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“Awash with Color:…

Feb 8 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… more

18th Annual Dr.…

Feb 8 - Mar 31, 2016
Join us for the opening reception for the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King… more

2016 Mardi Grad…

Feb 8 - 9, 2016
Mardi Gras - 2016 Parade Schedule Sat,… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Feb 08, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Krewe of Orpheus -…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Experience a side of Mardi Gras seldom seen by New Orleanians or visitors, and… more

Krewe of Orpheus…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join us for the Orpheus Parade. Founded in 1993, the Krewe of Orpheus takes its… more

Lundi Gras at the…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join our Lundi Gras Celebration– kid style! Decorate your own king cake.… more

Mardi Gras Balcony…

Feb 8 - 9, 2016
MARDI GRAS BOURBON STREET BALCONY TICKETS 6 HOURS OPEN BAR, LOUISIANA BUFFET… more

Mardi Gras Bourbon…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
LIMITED VIP Mardi Gras Bourbon Street Balcony Tickets! Being "above the… more

Monday Blues

Feb 08, 2016 - Jan 05, 2026
In The Voodoo Garden, All Ages. Get your live local blues fix with Sean Riley. more

Patriot, Planter,…

Feb 8 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

The Foundation…

Feb 8 - 28, 2016
*Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 - 6pm-10pm The Foundation Gallery will be… more

The Historic New…

Feb 8 - May 7, 2016
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Historic New… more

The Irish House…

Feb 08, 2016
This is the Biggest Irish Music Session in the south. On a Night you will see… more

The Maison Presents -…

Feb 08, 2016 - Jul 31, 2017
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing… more

The Outlet Collection…

Feb 8 - 8, 2016
Join us to celebrate Carnival with Lundi Gras on the Mississippi. The public… more

The Photography of…

Feb 8 - Mar 1, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Feb 8 - 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

Ultimate Louisiana…

Feb 8 - 9, 2016
This is a three-day festival from Feb 7th-9th, 2016. The Human Circuit plays… more

2 Chainz + Migos…

Feb 9 - 9, 2016
MARDI GRAS MADNESS with 2Chainz and Migos more

“Awash with Color:…

Feb 8 - May 21, 2016
Join us at the Historic New Orleans Collection for the new exhibition… 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.