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That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour

October 27, 2014

We had been driving for a while through what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. After a sharp little turn off, we pulled into the entrance of our New Orleans swamp tour! The tour centre consisted of a cabin for guest information and a souvenir shop, but what more so caught my eye were the  hundreds of huge mosquitos and grasshoppers that had found their home on a log next to us. Patiently we waited until our boat number was called, and our group made their way onto the boat that would take us through the swamps of Louisiana.

That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour! | Endlessly Exploring

As soon as everyone had taken a seat on the boat, there was a huge crackle of thunder and within minutes there was a huge storm brewing around us. It was bucketing down, and when I say bucketing down I mean that it was pouring so hard that you could barely see a few metres ahead of you. The beautiful blue skies of the morning had turned grey and miserable, in typical, tropical New Orleans fashion.

That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour! | Endlessly Exploring

That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour! | Endlessly Exploring

But we weren’t going to let a little rain stop us from seeing what we came here to see – an alligator, and we were not disappointed! As the rain calmed down around us, we set off down the river and the alligators came out to play. As we slowly cruised down alongside the swamp banks, many little alligators began to approach the boat. Our Swamp Tour Guide explained that these alligators were completely wild animals, and the reason that they approach the boats is because they recognize their sounds. As soon as the alligators hear the sound of a boat chugging along down the river, they leave the misty swamp shores and approach the it – and they are rewarded for doing so with a marshmallow. Who knew that alligators liked to eat marshmallows?!

That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour! | Endlessly Exploring

That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour! | Endlessly Exploring

Throughout the entirety of the swamp tour, we saw plenty of younger alligators, as well as one alligator who was an absolute beast compared to the others. We also spotted a couple of raccoons along the swamp banks as we made our way around the hazy swampland.

That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour! | Endlessly Exploring

That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour! | Endlessly Exploring

The highlight of the tour was definitely at the very end, where we were each given the chance to hold an alligator. Although still small in size, this little one was actually 5 years old. Isn’t she cute?!

That Time I Held An Alligator on a New Orleans Swamp Tour | Endlessly Exploring

Have you had any incredible wildlife encounters? 

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We did this tour through the company The Old River Road Plantation Adventure. This was part of a combo tour Swamp Tour with Laura and Oak Alley Plantation Tour for $130USD. 

 

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11 Comments

  • Reply Tara October 28, 2014 at 1:33 am

    This is awesome, and it I definitely feel that the rain and thunderstorm added a nice affect on your gator trip. Great to see how much wildlife still exist in America!

    • Reply Kelly Ross October 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Yes, it definitely gave a more dark and creepy effect on the swamps! Was a lot of fun! 🙂 x

  • Reply Mersad October 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    The way he is emerging from the water is very scary! Great post!

    • Reply Kelly Ross October 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      I made sure that I wasn’t too close to the edge of the boat when that beast came up for a snack 😛 Thanks!

  • Reply Charlotte Ma November 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    This is so awesome! Loving all your travel posts!

    • Reply Kelly Ross November 6, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Charlotte!! Glad you’re enjoying them. Plenty more travel posts to come 🙂 x

  • Reply angki November 22, 2014 at 1:09 am

    hahaha…this very cool, interest…..Like the touch the crocodile

    • Reply Kelly Ross December 1, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      It was pretty cool – and a little scary 😛

  • Reply Mandy December 9, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I just discovered your blog via a Blog Hop and I’m so glad that I did. I always enjoy finding travel blogs like yours. I was just in New Orleans in September and did a swamp tour. I wasn’t lucky enough to get to hold a cute little alligator like you were though!

    • Reply Kelly Ross December 16, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Mandy. Nice to meet you!:) Ohh no, I’m sure it was still pretty awesome though! Did you enjoy New Orleans? x

  • Reply Bec January 7, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I have had that exact same experience! I was on a tour bus and before we arrived into New Orleans we went on that same swamp tour as well! (although we had beautiful weather) I also got to hold a baby alligator! Was really fun! I remember our guide was feeding the alligators marshmellows 😛

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