For our swamp tour, we drove about 30 minutes west to Laplace for the Cajun Pride Swamp tour. It was a blast! We were out on the bayou for about 2 hours driving around on the boat and feeding the alligators. Our guide was awesome and it was fun to see a completely different terrain than I had ever seen before.
Another thing I was not expecting to do was hold an alligator! Behind that smile I am terrified - I am not a reptile fan. The guide assured us Elvis's teeth were really small if he did happen to bit us it would just feel like a kitten bite and I figured if I can feed a sting ray in Bora Bora, I can certainly hold little Elvis!
And we even saw an old trapper's cabin - complete with an out house!
After the swamp tour we grabbed a craw fish and shrimp po'boy to go at a local restaurant then continued driving west until we got to the Oak Alley Plantation. We didn't have enough time to go inside, but we did get to see the beautiful exterior and the lovely oak trees leading up to the plantation. So beautiful!
Our drive west continued (we were about 1.5 hours outside of New Orleans in White Castle) and we reached the Nottoway Plantation, the largest plantation in the south, hence the reason I wanted to go out there! The house was beautiful and we walked around the gardens then did a 45 minute guided group tour of the inside. The house was right on the mighty Mississippi river and I felt like I was Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wine (I tried to do my best impression of her but it wasn't nearly as good as the movie).
Overall an awesome day and great time seeing more of the beautiful south!