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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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icon2 to 4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride. This boat tour winds through the mossy cypress swamp close to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, named for the 19th‐century pirate and smuggler. While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from a native guide as you admire lush, forested shoreline and spot local wildlife. Both self-drive and hotel pickup options are available, and hotel pickups begin 75 minutes prior to tour time.
  • Enjoy a fast, thrilling ride on tidewater cypress swampland near the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • See alligators, turtles, snakes, egrets, herons, ibis and other wildlife
  • Choose from morning and afternoon departures on a small or large airboat
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people (small airboats) or 25 people (large airboats) for a more interactive experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected.) Hotel pickups begin 75 minutes prior to tour time.
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Airboat ride
Local guide
Hotel drop-off (If tour option with Transport is selected at the time of booking.)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Children under 5 are not allowed on this tour
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
5145 Fleming Park Rd , 5145 Fleming Park Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067, USA

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This activity will end right where it started.***Pickups start 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to tour time.*** Please be outside or near the main entrance where you have a visible line of sight of the designated transportation area. The driver will be picking up from multiple stops in a 30 minute window. If the bus is not there at first, please keep an eye out for a white shuttle bus with a red logo. Note: THIS TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU SELECT THE OPTION WITH TRANSPORT.
Choose a morning or afternoon tour and meet your airboat at the embarkation point in the town of Lafitte, an historic fishing village named for notorious 19th‐century pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) from New Orleans. Prearranged coach pickup is also available from your downtown New Orleans or French Quarter hotel. Hotel pickups begin 75 minutes prior to your chosen tour time.  

Upon arriving at the airboat launch site, board a large airboat holding 15 to 25 passengers or a small airboat limited to six to eight passengers. Hold on tight as your airboat takes off into the tidewater cypress swamp near Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Enjoy close proximity to the water from your seat in the flat‐bottomed airboat. As you zip through the bayou, check out signature cypress trees dripping with moss and massive tupelo‐gum tree rising straight from the water. 

Depending on the season, you may spot alligators basking in sun on the shore or lurking in the water. Rest assured that the swamps are teeming with wildlife year‐round. Spot turtles, snakes, raccoons, nutria and many native birds –  you may even spot a bald eagle!

Your airboat tour ends at the embarkation point. Before leaving this iconic Cajun town, pop into the local albino alligator exhibit or grab a delectable shrimp Po' boy to go (own expense). Then drive or board your coach back to New Orleans. Note: This tour does not include hotel pick‐up or drop‐off unless hotel pickup and drop‐off is selected at checkout. If you have selected hotel pickup and drop‐off please specify your hotel details at the time of checkout or advise the local operator directly after booking.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
Drive-out along the Mississippi River approximately 30 miles (48 km) to the embarkation point of your airboat from your New Orleans hotel. Depending on the option you selected, board a large airboat holding 15 to 25 passengers or a small airboat limited to six to eight passengers for a more intimate, personalized experience.
Stop At:  
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Set out on a 1 hour and 45 minute tour on a 20,000-acre (8,095-hectare) tract of tidewater cypress swamp close to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Your airboat is powered by an aircraft propeller to allow a fast, fluid trip through the shallow marshes. Feel the wind on your face as you zip into bayous lined with mossy cypress and tupelo-gum trees. Prepare to see plenty of alligators in the warmer months (and warmer days in winter), some of which may be out sunning themselves on rocks! Your guide may even feed the gators, affording amazing photo opportunities. Keep your eyes open for turtles, snakes, egrets, herons and ibis. You may even catch sight of a hawk, owl or bald eagle. In the cooler months, look for white-tailed deer, raccoons and the large rodents known as nutria. Be sure to check out the indoor exhibits of alligators, including an albino alligator. Note: This tour does not include hotel pick-up or drop-off unless option selected at checkout.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Reservations booked separately will not be guaranteed to be on the same boat
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Taxi & Ride Share services not available in our area
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Airboat Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.

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  • "NOTE - the airboat ride is LOUD and you are provided ear protectors, so you need to be bold in asking questions during the tour." See review
  • "I recommend taking the ride in the warmer months so you can see more animals." See review

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star-5
Lots of fun!
Matt_F
, Aug 2022
Very great tour! Would go again! Very beautiful area…trees…birds…alligators…pretty trip! Have never been to Louisiana before. Would go back again.
star-5
Awesome Small group tour
Charlotte_H
, Aug 2022
Our guide Jay was the best. We saw 3 adult alligators and one baby. He was very knowledgeable and made the ride fun and informative. Would go again.
star-1
Bad Experience
Stephanie_H
, Aug 2022
The ride was 20 minutes and I was terrified for half of it. We were in the water with a thunderstorm. Lighting and thunder all around us.
star-4
Highly recommend
Angela_W
, Aug 2022
Great guide, beautiful scenery and upclose with the gators. Very cool experience for our family. For $200 he will swim with them! Lol just kidding.
star-5
We chose the option for...
Andrea_T
, Aug 2022
We chose the option for the bus to pick us up from the hotel. Super convenient and we got to see so much on our way. Our guide Steve was amazing. He was funny, he was knowledgeable and he knew exactly where to take us to see the gators. We seen a few smaller baby ones and we also got to see close to a 12 ft one! But that's not all we were able to see! I got really good pictures of an owl, spiders, raccoons, turtles, and dragonflies. I would highly recommend the small airboat ride because it was much more intimate and you really got to know the people around you and talk to your guide. Thank you guys for such an amazing experience I will never forget!!
star-5
Guide was very friendly...
David_V
, Aug 2022
Guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. Lots of wildlife on top of the close encounters with the alligators.
star-5
Unforgettable Experience
WyakeithMonk
, Aug 2022
This airboat trip was the greatest and even better than last year. The alligator actually came up on the boat. The boat operator was very interactive with the gators. We had an awesome time 👍👍
star-5
This was such an amazing...
Gwendolyn_F
, Aug 2022
This was such an amazing experience. Our tour guide was so fun and informative. Will recommend this to anyone visiting!
star-5
A truly amazing time!
Jeff_C
, Aug 2022
Captain Kenny was amazing -- his knowledge about the alligators, and his rapport with them was wonderful to see! Such an incredible experience.
star-5
Great fun!
Jamie_F
, Aug 2022
Very cool tour. It was raining on our trip but still had a blast. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
star-5
There is a 70 year old...
Lynn_F
, Aug 2022
There is a 70 year old Alligator that lives in the waters of the Bayou and he came up to the boat. Our operator was great.
star-4
No Big Snaps
Brandi_K
, Aug 2022
Kenny our boat driver made the experience so much fun! A little bad weather caused a delay and the communication on the wasn’t great but all work out and I’m glad we were able to get out there. It started to rain while we were out and I didn’t mind being wet but flying down the bayou with those rain drops hitting you was no fun. Otherswise definitely worth adding to your visit!! And we got to see several gators.
star-5
Do it! Ask for Steve!
Darleina_K
, Aug 2022
Definitely do the small boat tour. Our guide, Steve, was amazing and really tailored the experience to us in the boat. Great scenery and the smaller boat could go where the bigger boats couldn’t. This had us sitting, engine off, in the quiet of the bayou and really feeling immersed. Absolutely fantastic. We even commented that we would immediately go again if Steve was our guide. High, highly recommend.
star-5
Summer fun with my husband!
Robin_C
, Aug 2022
My husband and I took this tour and we loved it. Our guide was super awesome! If we ever come back this way will definitely request a small private tour with this guide! Great experience!!
star-5
A “Must do” in New Orleans
Shahin_S
, Aug 2022
TikTok was our amazing captain we had lots of fun. We saw about 7-8 gators Transportation was smooth and perfect.
star-5
Amazing experience for everyone
Hugo_D
, Jul 2022
Great energy by the captain! Wished we had seen more gators but besides that it was an unique experience
star-5
Gators, herons and raccoons oh my.
Amber_V
, Jul 2022
The swamp was amazingly beautiful. Our guide gave some of the history of the bayou and how it’s constantly changing. Shout out to Steve. There was lots of active gators. My husband and I had the best time.
star-5
Interactive and Informative
Melissa_H
, Jul 2022
Experience was as described. Tour boat guide was informative and interactive with the alligators. Small boat tour gave a very well received personal touch.
star-5
A must do when visiting New Orleans!
Sarah_B
, Jul 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this part of our trip to New Orleans. We did the small group tour with Jay and he was awesome! Super friendly and informative. It was a nice mix of speeding through the lake on the airboat then going through the swamps to see gators and other wildlife. We were blown away that Jay called to these gators like dogs and they came out of hiding. He was engaging with everyone on the tour and answered all our questions about the area. Highly recommend, you won't be disappointed!
star-5
Want to feed a gator?!
Nicole_J
, Jul 2022
We had a great experience! Our guide was fun, knowledgeable, and made sure our trip was extra special! We got to feed the gators, visit a raccoon, and he kissed each gator we saw!

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