Boat Tours on the Bayou Vermilion  

Experience the tidal river known as the Bayou Vermilion while riding on a traditionally built bateau called “Cocodrie”, french for alligator.

The Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District along with the Jean Lafitte Acadian Cultural Center have partnered to offer boat tours of the Bayou Vermilion in a traditional bateau.

The boat or as we call it a bateau was constructed by our Restoration Specialist, Faren Serrette, who also serves as its captain. You will enjoy meeting Faren who is a 4th generation master boat builder, who built the Cocodrie using traditional boat building methods.

The voyage begins with a fascinating introduction on the Bayou Vermilion as an historical, cultural and natural resource treasure.

Spring & Summer boat tours begin on the first Saturday in March (March 3rd, 2012) and end in May (May 26th, 2012). During this time, tours will take place beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday thorugh Saturday ending at noon. Please note: advance registration is highly recommended, call Vermilionville at 337-233-4077, extension 206 for more information and registration details.

Fall boat tours will begin on the first Saturday in September and end the last Saturday in November. During this time, tours will take place on Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m.

* Boat tours will take place weather and bayou safety conditions permitting.

Vermilionville offers two boat tour options:

1. Boat Tour Only Package
Includes the hour and a half guided boat tour of the Bayou Vermilion. Boat Tour Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (age 62 and over), and $8 for students (age 4 to 18).

2. Cultural and Boat Tour Package
Includes guided boat tour, buffet lunch at Vermilionville, and a self guided tour of Vermilionville Folklife Park.
Schedule: 10:30 a.m. Boat Tour; 12 p.m. Lunch; 1 p.m. Vermilionville
Cultural and Boat Tour Package Admission is $29 for adults, $27 for seniors (age 62 and over), and $22 for students (age 4 – 18).

Please call 1-866-99-BAYOU or 337.233.4077, extension 206 to make reservations for your boat tour of the Bayou Vermilion, or for more information on the Bayou Vermilion Boat Tour.

Note: Boat tours are always subject to interruptions or postponement due to weather conditions and water levels in the Bayou Vermilion.