Hi, I am Marcus de la Houssaye,
owner and operator of de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours for over 25 years.
If you are coming to Louisiana to do a swamp tour and are looking for things to do in Cajun country, the city of Lafayette is a great laid back alternative to the hustle and bustle tourist traps of New Orleans.
Along with the food, music, and swamp tours New Orleans is famous for, we here in Lafayette also have world famous honky tonk dance halls, quiet and relaxing bed and breakfasts, plantation homes, art galleries, theatre, antique stores and friendly people who share a love of life or as we put it, a "joie de vivre."
I am the man who pioneered the smaller and more personal Louisiana swamp tours that have come to be the most popular tourist attractions in the state of Louisiana today.
In a smaller commercial fishing boat, I have offered tourists seeking adventure, education, and entertainment the opportunity to experience the nature of Cajun country up close and personal. These boats are designed to reach the shallow, densely vegetated interior of the swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin, and at Lake Martin, where wildlife is abundant and undisturbed.
If you come to Lafayette and you're seeking things to do, a swamp tour might be a great way to spend a couple of hours off the interstate, if you don't have a couple of days to really get to know Cajun country. Along with our art galleries, museums, dance halls, and a multitude of genuine Cajun restaurants, Lafayette has several of the top family friendly festivals in the state of Louisiana. We also offer an urban and family friendly Mardi Gras in the city of Lafayette and at the same time in the surrounding prairie towns and countryside, we dress up in rural handmade costumes, saddle up on horseback and chase chickens at farmhouses, to gather ingredients for a community gumbo back in town.
Like our Mardi Gras, my unique Louisiana swamp tours are one of the neat things that has made Louisiana famous as a tourist destination. If you would like to see the boat that I use to conduct my tours, you can click on the link to take you to my main web site.
Please be advised; if you are traveling west through Cajun country on Interstate 10, Lafayette is your last chance to do a Louisiana swamp tour before reaching the Texas state line.