An experienced tour guide is the key to assimilating in a new place, adopting its culture, and avoiding accidentally eating any of its most prized birds. Take a guided trek through swamp life with today’s Groupon: for $23, you get two adult tickets to a swamp tour from Pearl River Eco-Tours in Slidell (up to a $46 value). Today’s Groupon may be used toward children’s tickets (a $15 value each). Tours last an average of two hours and depart at 10 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m. seven days a week.
Helmed by experienced tour director Neil Benson, Pearl River Eco-Tours employs Coast Guard–certified guides to shepherd visitors through the delicate and breathtaking natural scenery of Louisiana’s wetlands. Two-hour swamp tours plop sightseers down in a comfortable motorboat, puttering past the moss-draped cypresses, winding bayous, and Francophone alligators of Honey Island Swamp. Exotic specimens of wetland wildlife call Honey Island home, as do unsullied flora lining the serpentine waterways. During the adventure, the knowledgeable local guide regales shipmates with facts about the area’s ecosystem and history as well as rumors of the sasquatch-like creature many believe lives in the swamp and commutes to work by hovercraft.
Pearl River Eco-Tours’ picturesque facility calls out to travelers with its comfortable digs and idyllic surrounding swampland. The shop’s shady covered porch cools off customers with overhead ceiling fans, and a 200-foot dock space invites guests to enjoy a tasty picnic, cast fishing lines, or act out their favorite scenes from On the Waterfront. Facilities are handicap-accessible.
55050 Hwy. 90
Slidell, Louisiana 70461