After spending the day wandering through old plantation homes in Franklin, we opted to stop for a little nature on the way home to take a swamp tour. Let me tell you, if you’ve never been on one, oh you must go.
Our main goal on the swamp tour was to get a glimpse of some alligators but we saw so much more. And while the alligators were neat to see, the beauty and serenity of the swamp was what I’ll never forget.
The swamps of southern Louisiana are home to a very rich and diverse ecosystem full of all kinds of critters like turtles, alligators, and various species of birds. And then the cypress trees draped with moss… simply stunning. Especially this time of year when they are autumnal rust tones.
We took a tour with Cajun Country Swamp Tours that is located just outside of Lafayette and I really couldn’t recommend them enough. For about two hours we cruised slowly around the Cypress Island/Lake Martin swamp while our guide told us stories about the area and pointed out animals and vegetation we encountered along the way. He educated us and entertained us with his storytelling in his very Cajun accent. I could have listened to him all afternoon.
And then there were times he would just cut the motor on the boat and we would drift silently for a few minutes taking it all in and enjoying the peacefulness. Even with about 20 people in the little boat it was quiet. It’s not often you’ll sit with that many people and have it be so quiet. I don’t think anyone wanted to break the silent, magical spell of the swamp.
Address: 1209 Rookery Rd, Breaux Bridge, LA 70517 || Phone: (337) 319-0010
Tours are conducted all year round, even on holidays || Tour times may vary due to weather and demand so it is best to reserve your spot ahead of time by calling or emailing them.
Admission: Adults $20.00/ Students $10.00 (12 and younger). Please bring cash.
To visit their website with further information about the swamp’s history, videos, photos, and email information, please click here >>>
Have you ever taken a swamp tour? Was your tour as peaceful as ours?