Our airboat captain was Michael Perrin. His kids came along and acted as his assistant. They give you earplugs (trust me you will need them) and answer questions. The tour lasts about 1 1/2 hours and you see different parts of the swamps and lots of wildlife. Even in the wintertime we saw a few alligators (unfortunately one was dying after being shot by hunters in the snout). Michael also had some baby alligators that he was taking care of for the winter (he releases them in the spring) so we got to handle them and see them up close. It was a very relaxing ride...lots of birds, fresh air, open spaces, cyprus trees, etc. He even let us stop in his brother's hunting lodge on the swamps.
This is a great family activity and a nice break from the city and the French Quarter.
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 5, 2002
From journal A Week in New Orleans