Wednesday, February 8, 2012

'Swamp in the City' at Chelsea Market NYC

I am a huge fan of the TV show 'Swamp People', and when I heard they were turning part of Chelsea Market into a swamp with live alligators to promote the new season I couldn't wait to head down there and have a look.

The 5,600 square foot exhibit contains a 6,500 gallon swamp with live alligators, turtles, Cyprus trees and other plant life from the Louisiana region.  You walk out onto a small pier that overlooks the swamp and use torches to find the alligators hiding in the plant life.  It was good fun trying to find them, I found two, which means I am a natural alligator hunter ;-).

As well as the swamp they have live music and Cajun food tastings throughout the day.  There is also a smaller alligator and turtle exhibit where it is easier to get a closer look at the creatures.

However, the most exciting part of the experience was getting to meet Troy, Jacob and Chase Landry from the show!  They were so friendly and it was great to chat with them, get autographs and have photographs taken.  After watching them catch alligators in the Louisiana swaps it was quite surreal to meet them in the middle of Manhattan!

The exhibit is completely free and runs until Sunday 12th February.  The Landry guys are there tomorrow from 12-3pm.  For more information on the exhibit visit http://www.history.com/shows/swamp-people/interactives/gator-cam.

Entrance to the 'Swamp People' Exhibit


Happy gator hunting!



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