On my recent trip to New Orleans we decided to go on a swap tour. We used the company Airboat Adventures, but there are a bunch of different companies down there.
When we did the same tour four years ago the cost was a lot less. Now it is $55 per person for the tour and an additional $20 for transportation. We got a group discount so the final cost was $70. It was a little steep, but the tour was fun.
The bus picked us up in front of our hotel. When we got on the bus a bachelor party was already on board. They had cases of beer for the drive and the tour. We didn’t know you could drink! Luckily one of the guys convinced the driver to stop and let us get beer.
It was raining on and off all day. Even on the ride there it would rain and then stop and then rain again.
When we got there we went inside to check in. They have an albino alligator!
Soon we were loading up the boats. We had a pretty big group, so we only had 4 other random people on our boat.
Everyone had ear protectors since the airboat is pretty loud.
You start off slow leaving the dock, but once we get far enough away the speed picks up!
The swamp area is so pretty! I loved all the trees wilting into the water. A lot of the area got washed away during Hurricane Katrina, but it did not destroy everything.
We started off down a smaller stream. Our guide told us about the trees and the animals that live in the swamp area. He also tried to grab an alligator out of the water, but to no avail.
Then we headed out deeper into the swamp area.
We went to the alligator breeding ground area. There was one alligator near our boat. Our guide was feeding him marshmallows. Alligators will eat anything (even rancid food), but they really like marshmallows. Who doesn’t!?!
Then he took an alligator out of the cooler on the boat. It is his alligator. He brings him home with him at night! He will keep him until he is a certain length and then release him back into the wild. The alligator’s name was Gatorade. I thought it was the coolest name! Then the guys from the bachelor party told us their alligator was Gatorade too :(
He told us more about alligators. Their size, skeletal system, bite and about the environment they live in.
After we got to hold Gatorade!
Up until this point it was just cloudy out. Then it started to drizzle so we put on rain jackets and started heading back toward the dock. Then it started to downpour! The fact that we were barreling along at high speeds exasperated how wet we were getting. Cheryl, Cindy and I just made the best of it.
We were SOAKED when we got back, but it was a really fun tour.
If you are ever in New Orleans definitely check it out. The guides are very friendly and informative. It is a little pricey, but it’s fun to see a different side of New Orleans.