Questions to Ask Your Swamp Tour Guide

November 26, 2013

Are you ready to take your family on an adventurous Louisiana swamp tour? It will be one of the best memories you ever make on a vacation to Louisiana. You will see all sorts of exciting things and get the chance for some awesome pictures. Your tour guide is one of your best resources. The guides are Louisiana natives who grew up hunting and fishing around the swamps. They know and love the environment as well as anybody around. Get to know your tour guide and be sure to ask these questions to make your experience even more rewarding.

When is the best time?

If you can, ask the tour guide before you book your tour when the best time is to go. All times of the year are great, so if you already have your trip planned for summer or fall, then do not worry. However, the best time of day may change depending on the time of year. For example, you may face chilly weather in winter and spring, so asking your tour guide up front can help you be prepared.

What size boat should I choose?

Swamp boats range in size. They can hold anywhere from 6-27 people. The size may depend on your personal preference, such as if you want an entire boat reserved for a family or group of friends. If you want to save money by going in a larger group, then you may want the large boat with hotel pick-up. If you have questions about price, call your tour guide.

What do you call that?

You may see lots of exotic animal- and plant-life on your tour. Do not be shy to ask what it is you are seeing! Is it a crocodile or an alligator? Remember, your tour guides are natives of the area and they have seen all kinds of animals and plants in their time. They can tell you the names of birds, reptiles, trees, and much more.

Can I hold an alligator?

Your swamp tour may be the only place and time you ever get to hold a gator in your own two hands. Now is not the time to pass up the opportunity. Your tour guide can help you hold a small, baby alligator so it is completely safe. Make sure you get pictures!

What if the weather is bad?

Occasionally, unexpected rain can strike on the day your tour is scheduled. Make sure you prepare for this situation. Ask your tour guide if you can reschedule, get reimbursed, or if the weather is mild enough to go out on the water.

Finally, remember to tip your Louisiana swamp tour guide for answering your questions and showing you a great time.