Perfect for the avid landscape photographer visiting New Orleans. This cypress swamp photography tour is offered daily just 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans.
Manchac Magic Kayak Swamp Tours
- $59 per person (Drive Out)
- Multiple Trips Per Day (Check Calendar For Times)
- 30 Min From Downtown Nola
- Beginner/Child Friendly
- Roundtrip Shuttle From Nola $20 per person
- 732 N Rampart St. Nola
- Pickup 1hr before tour
- Person 2 – 3 hours
New Orleans Swamp Tour
Grab your paddles for this 2 hour kayak and canoe tour of the historic Manchac swamp. This area was once home to Ruddock, a destroyed logging ghost town.
The Manchac Magic kayak swamp tour is a great way to get out of the city and experience the scenic cypress swamps right outside of New Orleans. This paddle trip is a great beginner outing and all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend.
What to Expect
During your Manchac swamp tour, we provide you with kayaks, paddles, life vests, and all the necessary gear. Your guide gives you instructions on how to paddle and what they expect from you while on the water. As you paddle down the historic waterway, your guide gives you information on the history of the area and the wildlife that inhabit the swamp.
Wildlife you can expect to see includes alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons, eagles, and owls. We cannot guarantee wildlife sightings, but the swamp has abundant wildlife activity, and we see a variety of wildlife every day. The Manchac swamp has a rich history from the Native American inhabitants, logging communities, and into the current day. Your Manchac swamp tour guide discusses the historical significance of the area and points out evidence of the people who once lived in the area.
Please allot at least 2 hours between the end of our Manchac swamp tour and your next scheduled engagement of the day. The kayak tour’s beginning and ending times can fluctuate due to guests’ paddling experience and traffic to and from the city. Fridays and Saturdays are particularly bad traffic days. We do not want you to miss your next scheduled engagement!
Roundtrip Shuttle From New Orleans is offered daily for $20 per person
Pickup and drop off location is: 732 N Rampart St. New Orleans, LA
Pickup Times are always an hour before tour start time.
Winter: Dec-Feb. Temperatures can range from 30- 80 degrees. Trees are bare of leaves, and the swamp has a spooky grey appearance. Comfortable paddling weather and wildlife is still out and about. Alligators can be seen on warmer days.
Spring: Mar – May. One of the best times of years to see wildlife. Alligators very abundant. Wildflowers are blooming and the temperatures are great for paddling.
Summer: June – Aug. Swamp is very lush and green and wildlife can still be abundant in the morning and evening. Rain showers common in the middle of the day. Book early or late evening tours.
Fall: Sep – Nov: Another great time of year to see wildlife. Temps from 50 – 80 degrees. Cypress trees can take on a nice orange/red color to the leaves, picturesque time of year.
Dress comfortably for an outdoor trip. The winters can be cool and the summer can be hot. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen if needed. Bugs and mosquitos aren’t a problem. Don’t forget to bring your camera to come home with great memories from the beautiful Manchac swamp!
Once you make your reservation, an email will be sent to you for confirmation, and further details for directions and arrangements will be provided. Please visit our contact page and send us an email if you have inquiries about large groups and specialized packages; we can put them together for you.
Contrary to what many believe, alligators have a natural fear of humans. We usually see alligators from babies up to 8-10ft long. We do not feed wildlife. Alligators tend to be on logs or swimming in the water and we see them from afar.