A swamp tour is a narrated, boat ride that explores the swamp and bayou. Our family experienced a swamp tour with Cajun Man’s Swamp Tours and Adventures in Gibson, Louisiana. Here’s what you need to know BEFORE you go!
If you’re visiting a swamp tour, you’ll want to prepare accordingly. Since we were taking the boat tour with our family, it was important that I prepare for all the scenarios that could arise. As a Mom and chronic worrier, it gives me a lot of comfort, to know I’m prepared for everything that can I control. So, going on a boat tour with my family meant I needed to pack some essentials for the trip. Here’s some of things I packed for our swamp tour:
- Bottled Water
- Kid-friendly snacks
- Battery-operated fan
We used most of the items above, however, Captain Billy Gaston (our boat captain), also was prepared. There was free water, a first aid kit, and “Da Bat Room” available on the boat. Also, you can buy snacks before you leave on your tour.
Wear Proper Clothing
We were fortunate to have best-case scenario weather for our tour. We were on the water after 4:00 P.M., so the brunt of the heat was gone. Plus, it’s October so it’s a lot less cooler than the summer months. I figured that it would be warm at first so I let the kids wear shorts and breathable shirts. Both kids wore Prodoh long sleeve tees. I’ve been seeing this brand at Lil Sweet Pea’s Boutique and since we had plans to be outside I knew it was time to give Prodoh a shot. The tees that the kids were wearing were *UPF 50+ and had a Fish logo printed on the back with Prodoh’s motto: “GETTING KIDS OUTDOORS”. I knew the kids would like their shirts and feel prepped to go on a swamp tour. Mom liked the idea of having long sleeves in case it got cool as the sunset (it did) and the UPF 50+ assurance.
Wear comfortable and flat shoes for a boat ride. Tennis shoes, flip flops, and/or flat sandals are a must for a swamp tour. You will get a chance to walk around the boat and even dance to cajun music (if you like), so prepare your feet accordingly. I wore sandals, and the rest of the family wore tennis shoes. That seemed to work great for us.
I’ve lived in Houma, Louisiana for 12 years and have taken one swamp tour. Honestly, I had forgot how nice the land around me is. Y’all – this place is beautiful and is something everyone should see! So, be sure to have your camera ready for all the sights you’ll see. Marley was prepared to take pictures and video on the swamp tour. I can’t wait to see what she captured!
On a swamp tour here’s some of things you might see:
- Cypress swamp
- Marsh land
- Private canal waterways
- Lots of trees
- Spanish moss
- Bald eagles
- Snake fish
The one thing that made our swamp tour awesome was our tour guide – Captain Billy Gatson. He shared so much knowledge with us about the area and was very entertaining. He even has names for all the swamp alligators, including “T-Boy”, “T – Claude”, and “Ali”. Captain Billy would call out to the alligators and they would come to the boat for food. It was a sight to see! He was also super-mindful of the kids and let them interact. The kids got to feed (with the captain’s help) alligators and drive the boat. They loved the extra attention from the Captain!
We had a great time exploring the town we call home, Houma, Louisiana. It was family-friendly and our tour guide was knowledgeable and fun. If you’re local and have not done this yet – get a group together and go on a swamp tour. If you’re traveling to the area, then be sure to include Cajun Man’s Swamp Tours and Adventures in your itinerary.
Wanna take a swamp tour? This is the place – Cajun Man’s Swamp Tour and Adventures.
Looking to travel to Bayou Country? Talk to the guys at Houma Travel.