One of the selling points for a trip to the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana (aka NOLA) was the opportunity to visit the bayou. Since we only had an extended weekend in the city, we signed up for an airboat swamp tour to get a small taste of the area and potentially see some wildlife. We had particularly hoped to see a few alligators.

Takeaways: 1) The airboat can travel super fast and in shallow areas over vegetation. 2)
Gators like marshmallows. 3) We timed this trip perfectly to see baby alligators! They hatch from mid-August through early September. 4) Gators mostly ignore people. 5) There are homes out on the bayou.

Memorable Moment: Holding a baby alligator!

1) Bring sunglasses and a light jacket
2) Upgrade to the small boat (it allows for a more personal experience and the chance to get into some tighter spaces)
3) Buy a bucket of beer at the bar to enjoy prior to your tour
4) Use the restroom at the docks
5) Tip your guide if you enjoy the ride
6) Stop at the Market WeGo to taste some alligator sausage

Next Time: Kayak through the wetlands with New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours [click HERE for their Facebook page]


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