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Zoos and Nature in and near New Orleans

Roseate Spoonbill feeding on fish

Zoos can be a fun, educational and convenient way to see a large number of animals up close. While the animals are just on the other side of the glass or in an enclosure, they are often exhibiting non-typical behaviors in captivity. They may have limited range of movement, no longer hunt or scavenge for…

5 Fun Facts About the Louisiana Swamps

A swamp in New Orleans.

The swamp is a magical place filled with unique wildlife, history, culture and mystery. There’s nothing quite like an adventure through a flooded forest, with sunlight flickering down through the canopy above and helping the water to seemingly dance as you glide through on a boat or kayak. Waterways filled with alligators and cypress knees…

Day Trip Through Cajun Country with Beyond the Bayou

Alligator in a swamp

The road trip is loosely based on itineraries crafted by Beyond the Bayou. We offer sustainable swamp tours as well as 2 and 4-day Cajun Country adventures that leave from New Orleans. Leave New Orleans after breakfast and head towards Baton Rouge on Interstate 10. Once you leave the city behind, Highway 310 takes you…

Looking for a Safe and Fun Adventure?

a tree in a forest

In collaboration with Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, we’ve put together two new packages for you to experience the absolute best of New Orleans & Cajun Country. If you are feeling a little stir crazy, keep reading about these adventures that are built to be safe despite the pandemic—and to keep things cool this…

Chicago Tribune Highlights our Cajun Country Tours!

We are proud to announce that our Cajun tours were highlighted in the Chicago Tribune’s Travel section, alongside other recommended adventures in their “Travel Tidbits” column. Check out the article here! It is an honor for us to be included in this highly regarded publication and curated a list of tour operators. Author Phil Marty writes that we “pack…

Beyond the Bayou Featured in Travel Channel’s “Insider’s Guide to Mardi Gras”

We are excited to announce that Beyond the Bayou was recently featured in the Travel Channel’s “Insider’s Guide to Mardi Gras”. In a recent piece, our Operations Manager Jake Kelston helped…

Why We Don’t Feed the Wildlife

a reptile in the grass

Alligators are beautiful creatures and an important part of the ecosystem here in Louisiana. Their population is carefully managed by the state and this management provides local hunters with a renewable source of income. Because of increased tourism, development and waterfront homes, these alligators are forced more and more…