Where to see Alligators in  New Orleans

How do I spot an alligator?

Alligators spend most of their time sunbathing on a sunny day. If you want to see an alligator nearby, check out large indentations or gouges in the ground. You will also see sliding marks where the alligators entered the water. If the marks look fresh, there is a good chance an alligator is nearby. 

Are there alligators in the  Mississippi River in  New Orleans?

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The Mississippi River is not ideal for an alligator, but there is always a chance to spot one. The fast-moving water is not a suitable habitat for alligators since alligators enjoy marshes, swamps, and bayous. If an alligator is sighted on the river, and he is in the water, you can bet he won’t be around for long! 

Finding an Alligator in City Park

My Favorite place to see alligators is in the pond located underneath The Louisiana Children’s Museum. Make sure to keep an eye on small children while in this area!

Bayou St. John

Bayou St. John, located close to City Park, is a waterway known for its diverse wildlife, including alligators.

Is it safe to hold a baby alligator?

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If you see baby gators out in the wild, do not pick them up and hold them. They might be cute and docile, but the mother alligator is nearby and may strike you. Holding a baby alligator is only safe if you are on a swamp boat tour or heading to the incubator on the Northshore.

When is the best time to see Alligators in New Orleans?

Spring, Summer, and Fall are the best times to see an Alligator in New Orleans because alligators are not easy to find if the temperature drop below 70 degrees.