Full day exploring a Louisiana swamp & preserved plantation
Kayaking expedition through still bayous & cypress forests
Chance to spot native animals, including alligators & birds
Illuminating tour of the 19th-century Whitney Plantation
Poignant exhibits focused on the stark realities of slavery
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided kayaking tour of Manchac Swamp
Guided tour of Whitney Plantation
All necessary equipment
Roundtrip transportation between New Orleans, Manchac Swamp and Whitney Plantation via bus.
Live tour commentary provided in English
What you can expect
Paddle through vast wetlands, encounter local wildlife, and investigate a well-preserved plantation during a day in Louisiana's countryside. After an adventurous kayaking tour of the pristine Manchac Swamp, delve into the troubled history of slavery on the Mississippi at the grand Whitney Plantation.
Catch up with your guide in the French Quarter, and then leave the hustle and bustle of NOLA behind for Louisiana's wild wetlands. Once you arrive at Manchac Swamp, you get a brief orientation before grabbing your paddle and gliding out into its still, peaceful waters. As you navigate dense cypress forests, your guide educates you about the unique ecosystem, and points out the alligators, birds, and small animals that call the swamp home.
Just when your stomach begins to rumble, head back to land to refuel with some local Cajun cuisine at your own expense. From here, you travel to the banks of the Mississippi River to the Whitney Plantation, a sprawling estate with a French Creole-style main house and rows of majestic oak trees.
As you explore the extensive grounds, peruse museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings, and first-person slave narratives that reveal the realities of life for the plantation's slave inhabitants. Afterward, take time to reflect on the history of slavery in the American South during the drive back to the city.
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