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New Orleans Side Trip :: Manchac Swamp

Your New Orleans stay can include so many different types of experiences; some of the best are off the beaten path.  For a good afternoon side trip that ends in a delicious meal; head 40 miles northwest of New Orleans to the historically rich strip of land between Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Maurepas.  Most locals refer to it as Manchac Swamp.

Lake Ponchartrain

Swamp Walk – photo by New Orleans Outdoor Companion

Home to several wildlife management areas, one features a little known boardwalk trail that takes you right out into the swamp where you might catch site of an alligator’s snout, a nutria’s orange choppers or other swamp inhabitants.  For more about what you might see or how to get there click here.

It’s a 5 minute drive from the boardwalk to Middendorf’s, the iconic seafood restaurant that’s been an institution in the local fishing community for over 75 years,   Located right on the water, you can eat on the deck or in one of the two buildings.  It is very family friendly, with a large sandy beach for the kids to play in while you watch the sun go down over the waterfront.

Middendorf's Deck

Middendorf’s Deck – photo by Times Picayune

It’s a nice ride back through the cypress trees and over the lakes to the comfort and ease of the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast in the Garden District of New Orleans.  Start planning your New Orleans adventure today!

Explore the Bayou on a Swamp Tour

As summer comes to an end and the weather begins to cool down, it’s never a better time to enjoy a swamp tour down here in the New Orleans Bayou. The source of the Cajun culture in the Big Easy, the airboat ride through the bayou allows you to see exotic plants and the American alligator. The Bayou is also home to crawfish and shrimp, which provides the most authentic Cajun meals around. Take a break from the bustling city for a day touring New Orleans swamps and the Mississippi River.

After a long day on the Bayou, relax in the historic Grand Victorian. An oasis nestled on St. Charles Avenue, the Victorian mansion is the perfect location from everything offered in New Orleans.