I was so excited to see an alligator in the wild. But my favorite part of the Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour was the pigs!
The tour was well-organized, the covered boats are small and had good visibility of the wildlife, and the amount of marshmallows and hot dogs being fed to the animals ensures many critter encounters.
We saw 7 alligators (including a few that jumped out of the water for food), two families of wild pigs, raccoons, snakes (eek!), and several bird species. The tour guide brings a bag a treats that he used to get the animals right up to the side of the boat.
There were locals and tourists on the tour. We drove to the swamp, but there is an option when you buy your tickets online ahead of time (which I would recommend) to pay extra for a pick-up service from New Orleans. I thought this was a relaxing way to enjoy a morning outdoors (they have afternoon tours too) and see some sites outside of the city. We took Chef Menteur Highway back towards the city afterwards and stopped at Dong Phuong for an amazing banh mi sandwich (try the #4 with the fixings) and Vietnamese iced coffee.