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Are Swamp Tours in February worth it?

a bird flying over a body of water

Here are some Benefits and Cons to taking a swamp tour in New Orleans in February. We often are asked, “can I see alligators in February on your swamp tour?”  The answer is yes, but they are often baby alligators on warmer days.


  1. Less Crowded: February is often off-peak tourist season, meaning you might enjoy a more peaceful and personal tour experience without large crowds.
  2. Unique Wildlife Sightings: While some animals may be less active, others might be more visible due to the lack of foliage. Winter can also bring unique bird species to the area. Fun facts about baby alligators during the winter, we usually see them, but larger alligators are usually hibernating.
  3. Pleasant Weather in Warmer Climates: In southern regions like Louisiana or Florida, February can offer temperate weather, making it a comfortable time for outdoor activities. February is also a great  month to visit due to Mardi Gras and other parades.
  4. Scenic Beauty: The winter landscape of a swamp can be serene and beautiful, offering a different perspective than the lush, green vistas of summer.
  5. Educational Experience: A swamp tour in the off-season can provide insights into the ecosystem’s adaptability and the seasonal changes in flora and fauna.


  1. Limited Wildlife Activity: Some animals may be hibernating or less active due to the cooler temperatures, potentially reducing wildlife sightings.  We usually see a lot of bird migration and have some great sightings during February.
  2. Colder Weather: Depending on the location, February can be quite chilly, which might affect your comfort during the tour, especially on the water. Our boats are covered, vinyl surrounded and also have heaters for colder days.
  3. Seasonal Changes in Flora: The lush vegetation typical of swamps might be dormant, which could be less appealing if you’re interested in seeing the swamp in full bloom.
  4. Reduced Tour Availability: Some tour operators might have limited schedules or availability during the off-season, so you’ll need to check in advance. We usually have at least 1 tour available a day if not more.
  5. Variable Weather Conditions: February weather can be unpredictable, and sudden changes could impact your tour experience.

Overall, whether the benefits outweigh the cons depends on your personal preferences and what you hope to experience during the swamp tour.