Ultimate Swamp Adventures 

Ultimate Swamp Adventures is a tour company based in Westwego, Louisiana, located just across the Mississippi River from downtown New Orleans. They operate large airboat tours, small private airboat tours, and pontoon boat tours of Bayou Segnette State Park. Their most popular offering is a swamp boat tour of the bayou that provides guests with stunning views of Louisiana’s distinctive wetlands, vegetation, and wildlife.

Money Saving Tip! Ultimate Swamp Adventures  is included on the Go New Orleans Pass. If you are sightseeing in Westwego, then you can save a lot of money with a pass.

Ultimate Swamp Adventures History

Bayou Segnette State Park is a wonderful example of Louisiana’s famous wetlands, and it’s conveniently located just 20 minutes from New Orleans’ iconic French Quarter. Here outdoor enthusiasts will find great spaces to fish, boat, and hike. There are also places to picnic and camp, and a wave pool for the little ones to enjoy. If you’re so inclined, you can even rent a cabin and spend the night!

Bayou Segnette contains both swamps and marshes, making it a terrific destination for visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of the area’s diverse native flora and fauna. Animals calling the region home include alligators, bald eagles, hawks, and nutria. Given how much there is to see in Bayou Segnette, many individuals decide a guided tour is the best way to go about exploring it all. Ultimate Swamp Adventures, a family-owned business, has a strong reputation for operating fun and informative guided tours that help visitors better experience this beautiful corner of Louisiana.

What do you see on an Ultimate Swamp Adventures

The most popular tour offered by Ultimate Swamp Adventures is their classic swamp boat tour. Each Ultimate Swamp Adventures swamp boat tour takes place on a covered pontoon boat that provides guests plenty of shade. Each swamp boat tour is led by an “authentic Cajun captain” who will share insights about the swamp’s wildlife, scenery, and culture as you ride along.

Tour times vary, but typically boats launch each day at 9:45am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, and 6:00pm (during seasons when there is sufficient light available to complete this excursion). Certain animals will be more active than others depending on the time of day you go on your swamp boat tour, but regardless you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for alligators, turtles, herons, egrets, nutria and many more as you move through the bayou.

In addition to their swamp boat tours (which take place on flat-bottomed pontoon boats), Ultimate Swamp Adventures also run airboat tours. Because these open-air fan boats travel through the water at a much-faster speed than pontoon boats, they let guests experience Bayou Segnette in a whole different fashion. They’re available for small groups of 6 to 10 passengers and larger groups of up 26 people.

Tips for Touring with Ultimate Swamp Adventures

  • Having your camera on hand and ready is a must during any Ultimate Swamp Adventures tour. You never know when you might come across that perfect shot of an alligator, and it’d be a shame to miss out on documenting it for posterity.
  • All Ultimate Swamp Adventures tour participants are encouraged to arrive 30-45 minutes before their tour’s scheduled departure time.
  • If you’re staying New Orleans and don’t feel like driving down to Westwego—or you never rented a vehicle in the first place—Ultimate Swamp Adventures will pick you up at your hotel and transport you to Bayou Segnette. There’ll be an extra charge for this service, but some guests might find it well worth the additional cost. 
  • Be sure and wear comfortable clothes. When out on the water, the temperature can swing dramatically, so layers are always a good idea for a boat tour. That way you can dress up or down depending on current conditions.
  • Guests must be at least 48 inches tall to go on one of the airboat tours.