With its truly unique Créole culture, famous Mardi Gras festivities, delicious food, vibrant music scene, stunning architecture, and exciting marshes and bayous all around, New Orleans is easily one of North America’s most special cities. There’s nowhere quite like New Orleans and it’s a must-visit location for anyone in the state of Louisiana. Visitors to the area are astonished by the local culture and friendly atmosphere all around, and many millions of people come back time and time again to take in the beauty and wonder of this unique location.

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With more water than land making up New Orleans, water-based activities like fishing and kayaking are very popular. There are dozens of superb kayaking locations and routes to enjoy all around the city and surrounding area, and many kayaking tour and rental companies also operate in New Orleans. So if you’re in Louisiana and want to do some kayaking or plan on visiting New Orleans and want to make your trip extra special, don’t forget to include a kayak session in your itinerary.

Best Kayaking Spots in New Orleans

Between bayous, lakes, rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico itself, there's a whole lot of water to enjoy all around New Orleans and the city boasts some terrific kayaking locations. Here are some of the most popular spots.

· Bayou Sauvage

Located in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, the Bayou Sauvage is one of the more famous bayous around New Orleans. With thousands of acres of marshes to cover and rich wildlife all around including alligators, small mammals, and many different species of birds, there's a lot to see and this area is a big hit with nature and wildlife lovers. Things to do in New Orleans

· Fort Proctor

Built back in the 1800s to be used in the Civil War, Fort Proctor still stands and can actually only be accessed via boat. It's a stunning historical monument and a lot of fun to explore. To reach it, kayakers simply have to paddle along the relatively easy waters of Lake Borgne and jump out to take a look around. Kayak rentals are available in the area and some kayaking tours will also head out to Fort Proctor.

· Manchac Swamp

Most famous for the Manchac Swamp Bridge which stretches out some 22 miles, Manchac Swamp is another great New Orleans kayaking location. Kayakers especially enjoy paddling around these waters early in the morning or late in the evening and there are some fantastic views to appreciate in every direction. Tours and rentals can also be enjoyed in this area.

Kayaking Tours and Rentals in New Orleans, Louisiana

As previously mentioned, various kayaking tour and rental operators can be found all around New Orleans. With trained guides and kayaking experts, these companies will show you the best places to kayak in and around the city and provide some of the best guided experiences New Orleans has to offer. Here are some of the best rated kayaking companies.

1. New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours - (504 571-9975)

As the name suggests, New Orleans Kayak Swamp Tours provides guided tours of the New Orleans swamps like Manchac and Honey Island. This tour operator provides all necessary equipment and is open to everyone aged 8 or older. A whole range of different kayaking tours are available, exploring the Bayou St. John and other great kayaking locations all around New Orleans. This is one of the most professional kayaking companies in the city and has a lot of variety to offer, encouraging you to come back for more in the future.

2. Kayakitiyat - 3494 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 (985 778-5034)

Focusing on the Bayou St. John and Lake Pontchartrain, Kayakitiyat provides easygoing, relaxing kayaking tours along calm waters. Tours last between two and four hours depending on the route you choose and guests will be regaled with stories and fascinating history lessons about New Orleans by their experienced, friendly guides. For great value kayaking tours that are suitable for all the family, Kayakitiyat is a top name to choose.

3. Wild Louisiana Tours - (985 205-1527)

For almost every kind of kayaking experience imaginable, Wild Louisiana Tours is one of the best kayaking companies in all of New Orleans. As well as offering regular family-friendly kayaking tours of fascinating areas like Manchac Swamp, this company also runs kayak fishing charter tours and even swamp photoshoot kayak tours too! So if you’re interested in taking a kayak tour with a twist, this is the company to go with.