- 2 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Take a break from the hustle-bustle of New Orleans and escape to nature on this exhilarating, family-friendly airboat ride! Spot alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets and herons as you take a fast, fun ride over a tidewater cypress swamp close to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Admire moss-covered cypress and tupelo-gum trees as you explore bayous teeming with life and take advantage of incredible photo ops.
This small-group tour is limited to eight people (small airboat) or 25 people (large airboat) to allow for better views of the wildlife.
Please note: If you book the self-drive option you will not receive hotel pick up
- Airboat ride
- Local guide
- Hotel drop-off (If tour option with Transport is selected at the time of booking.)
- Food and drinks
5145 Fleming Park Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067, USA
Traveler pickup is offered
Note:THIS TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU SELECT THE OPTION WITH TRANSPORT. 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.
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 419 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130-1035
Drive-out 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.
Set out on a 20,000-acre (8,095-hectare) tract of tidewater cypress swamp close to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Your flat-bottomed 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 and your pilot points out a stunning variety of wildlife.
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 you amazing photo opportunities. Also 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.
Your morning or afternoon airboat tour ends at the embarkation point. Be sure to check out the indoor exhibits of alligators — including an albino alligator — before making your way back to downtown New Orleans on your own.
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 in the 'special requirements' field at the time of checkout or advise the local operator directly after booking.
Duration: 2 hours
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- 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.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
My sister and I took the airboat tour with Captain Dylan. It was a great ride and he was very knowledgeable. He made a point to help us get some good pics and got some of those alligators to come very close. Thank you for a great time!
We absolutely loved listening to Steve tell us all about the gators and the Bayou life. The ride was exciting and safe and we got to watch him feed some of the regulars. Got great up close photos of the gators!
This tour was very entertaining. I had so much fun and our tour guide “T Earl” was the best. He was funny and full of information. We saw a bunch of alligators. I highly recommend this!
We were picked up right on time. Got out to the site quickly and not too far from the City. The staging was new and clean. Very organized considering it was crowded. They got us on our Airboat and our captain was very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. Amazing-the alligator came when he was called!. We went on a small Airboat and zipped through the canals. People in our van were on the bigger boat and they enjoyed it too so whichever one you decide on they make it a great ride. Definitely recommend this company.
I enjoyed this tour from start to finish. From the bus ride out where David, spoke about all sorts of unique features including the absolute worst place to get flat and how low the land is compared to the river level. Which is terrifying in some respects.
Our airboat captain Earl, did an excellent job of showcasing the swamp, its beauty and wildlife. And his passion for the land and the creatures that live there is obvious. He let us hold a little gator and he kissed a wild gator. Clearly the man loves his job and is a tad bit crazy. Seriously, this is worth the heat, this is like going back in time a couple hundred years ago.
Airboat driver was such a knowledgable and personable guide! Great experience for a cheap price, would definitely do again if I traveled to New Orleans again.
Being shown beautiful scenery in a high speed boat could not be any more enjoying. Awesome guide, safe and entertaining tour!
We booked an airboat ride as we thought it could be a lot of fun, and because it could be fascinating to watch alligators in the wild.
We booked a tour on the smallest boat possible, which happens to also be the most expensive, but it is worth every penny, as you get a lot closer to the animals, and the boat is able to get in where the bigger ones can't.
This was a lot of massive fun, and our guide was simply fantastic.
If you are in New Orleans this is really something you have to experience! The scenery was beautiful and we saw a lot of alligators. We took a six person air boat that could go up the very narrow buyous. Brad was our guide and was very informative,
This was one of our favorite tours! Our guide was so knowledgeable and fun! He was very good at pointing out the turtles and gators, and we were able to stop at times to take good photos and we learned so much about the swamps, bayous, and all the wildlife and vegetation. This tour is a must do!
Fun time, great guides and saw lots of gators. Had 2 small boats for 9 of us. It was a little windy but guides keep our rides enjoyable.
We LOVED every bit of this. The people were friendly and helpful and very professional! The tour was UNREAL and we totally suggest taking the smaller airboats to have a more intimate experience! We saw so many gators!
This tour is a lot of fun. The guide we had grew up only a few miles from the swamp and was very knowledgeable. He even had a baby alligator with him that we could hold and take pictures. We went in early Dec and saw 6 alligators. Suggestion: Instead of paying for the tour to pick you up, just go rent a car for the day to save money.
The weather would not let us be great!! We had an excellent guide, Jay, who made sure we had a good time and was very informative. We were on the large boat, but I think you will be able to see more on the smaller boat. I recommend taking the ride in the warmer months so you can see more animals. According to Jay, most animals are trying to find a warm place and don't come out.
Our swamp was an amazing experience! The guide was very knowledgable and gave lots of great info. We got to handle a baby alligator as well as saw lots of wildlife and plant life. Well worth every penny.
Took a large boat. The guides really know where to spot gators, even in the cooler months when most are dormant. We still saw 2 gators in cool, November weather. The guides are not only knowledgeable, but very entertaining, especially Captain Cory!
We booked a small boat and couldn’t have been more excited to do so. Seeing everyone crammed into the large boat made us feel quite fortunate to have such a personal experience. Being a small boat was so much more agile and exciting and up close and personal. We probably saw at least 20 gators and several turtles. We were told that October was about as late as you want to go on this experience since the animals are starting to prep for winter. Overall this is an amazing experience and one that you should not pass up if you have the opportunity and time to do so.
First time visiting NOLA, we were told this was a must for our ‘to do’ list. We’re glad we did it, an amazing experience!!!
We had a group of eleven and we all enjoyed the tour. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgable about the area. The swamps were beautiful and we got to see several alligators. Eat before you go as there is really no place to go within walking distance and byob! If you get a Lyft or Uber there the only way back is by taxi, so I would reserve that ahead of time so you're not left waiting for 45min for a ride back like we were.
We arrived to an albino alligator when checking in, which my girls loved. The captain was amazing and gave not only a tour but education on the geography, history and ecology of the bayou area. It was a short 30-40 minute ride from New Orleans and SO worth the trip!!!