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17th Annual Martin…

Jan 26 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… more

Alliance Francaise

Jan 26 - 31, 2015
Learn French with the Alliance Française- now in METAIRIE! Our next… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Jan 26 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Jan 26 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Jan 26 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Jon Cleary & the…

Jan 26 - 26, 2015
Join us for Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. more

Tai Chi/Chi Kung

Jan 26 - 26, 2015
NOMA, in collaboration with the East Jefferson Wellness Center offers wellness… more

The Alliance…

Jan 26 - 26, 2015
A free-spirited young woman with a quirky idea of political engagement crosses… more

The Gasperi…

Jan 26 - Feb 22, 2015
Richard Gasperi opened Gasperi Gallery in the French Quarter in 1980.… more

The New Orleans…

Jan 26 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

"Organ and Labyrinth"…

Jan 27 - 27, 2015
Join us for  "Organ and Labyrinth" and Candlelight with Albinas… more

Baby Arts Play! at…

Jan 27 - 27, 2015
Instill a love of art at a young age through a guided, hands-on gallery… more

Dishcrawl on Oak

Jan 27 - 28, 2015
Get ready for a fun night of exciting, unexpected dishes from top-rated… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Jan 27 - 27, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Jan 27 - 27, 2015
"Standing in the Shadows (no more)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

DANCING WITH THE…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
Dancing with the Stars, ABC's leading entertainment show, produced by BBC… more

House of Blues…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
A death metal band from New York, this seasoned group has put out thirteen… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring Mainline Brass Band. more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Jan 28 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Music at the Mint…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
Come and enjoy the music of Jazz with the New Orleans Rhythm Devils. more

17th Annual Martin…

Jan 26 - Mar 7, 2015
Join us for the 17th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Art… 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 daylong 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 cypress 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 crazy - er, adventurous - 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.

Plantations

Explore 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.