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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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icon1 hour 45 minutes  (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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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.*** Note: THIS TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU SELECT THE OPTION WITH TRANSPORT. We also pick up from: 600 Canal St. 701 Canal St. 819 Decatur St. Bon's Restaurant (620 Decatur St.) Balcony Music Slub Corner of Chartres & Esplanade Corner of N. Rampart & Esplanade Quarter House
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 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: 2 hours 
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.

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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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Traveler Tips


  • "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
5 star experience. Highly recommend!
Julie_B
, Jun 2022
Our guide Ronnie was the absolute best!!! We had so much fun on this trip! Ronnie was so engaging and funny. He really made this a great experience. 5 stars all the way!!!
star-5
So many alligators!
kyra_p
, Jun 2022
This was such an incredible and memorable experience! Not only was the tour of the bayou fascinating and picturesque, the wildlife was amazing! Our tour guide Mike knew so much, having grown up on the bayou. We got to see so many alligators right next to the boat as well! The best thing to do in NOLA for sure!
star-5
Book this tour now!
Julia_F
, Jun 2022
We had such a fun time. It was the highlight of our trip. I think this is a must-do. It was so cool seeing gators up close!
star-5
Excellent trip
David_A
, Jun 2022
Fantastic trip, the guide was brilliant very informative. Nice to see and feel the alligators up close
star-5
It was an amazing...
Moriah_A
, Jun 2022
It was an amazing experience the tour guide was very informative My wife and I felt we most definitely got our moneys worth
star-5
A very enjoyable air boat...
William_F
, Jun 2022
A very enjoyable air boat ride and lots of fun. Saw many alligators and the captain got get real close and personal with a gator named “who-dat.” Great adventure!!!
star-5
Fun Gator adventure!
Amy_P
, Jun 2022
Our guide, Steve, was awesome, he was experienced, funny and engaging and he made the experience that much better!
star-5
Very fun tour guide made...
Karen_C
, Jun 2022
Very fun tour guide made I very enjoyable. Would most definitely recommend. Would recommend in the spring or fall very hot
star-5
Fun with alligators
Rodolfo_A
, Jun 2022
It was great, the tour guide amazing he made it much more fun. My 8 year daughter loved the experience.
star-5
Swamptacular
Brenda_G
, Jun 2022
We loved feeding the alligators! Our driver gave great information about the swamp. Appreciated being picked up at our villa.
star-5
Just amazing
Meloney_W
, Jun 2022
Mike was our guide on boat #4, he was amazing. So full of knowledge. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Must Do Activity
Nikita_R
, Jun 2022
Best.Tour.Ever! Our Captain was Cory, he was engaging and funny! He made the tour even better. On its own, being in the water was great, we saw gators and Cory made it so we could see well and "interact" through pics and the animal being close to the boat. Heard lots of history and facts and enjoyed being on the water. It is super hot so definitely bring a hat! 10/10, highly recommend would not hesitate to do it again!
star-3
Airboat Ride
Kelly_S
, Jun 2022
Our driver of boat #16 was entertaining, our only disappointment with the airboat ride was the airboat. Maybe next time we go with a smaller boat to get the full experience of the airboat ride.
star-1
Terrible guide
William_S
, Jun 2022
My wife and I went on your swap tour on 6/24 Friday at 9:45. We were on boat #1. First, the swamp was absolutely beautiful! We enjoyed seeing the crocodiles. Unfortunately, our tour guide was absolutely horrible. We can’t remember his name, but he had a handful of tattoos. One we can remember is a compass on his left ankle. Another was a tattoo of an eye on his bicep. The guide would ask if we have any questions and when someone had a question, his response would be a sarcastic short one word answer. This made us feel dumb and eventually everyone stopped asking questions. For example, someone asked how deep down the swamp is and he said “down…down”. Apparently, he had no idea because he asked the tour guide in training. He gave very little information when we did stop and we felt although he grew up near the swamp he was not educated about it. His preparation for the tour was lazy. The guide got offended when my wife giggled at the wrong time. Mind you, this whole trip he was sarcastic and making jokes. He thought she was laughing at him. His insecurities set in and the rest went down hill. One incident lead to another where he laughed out loud at her while pouting his finger mocking her (very childish. He then made a strange joke comparing her to a bug and saying that she was “annoying”. He called her “baby” several times which we thought was very unprofessional considering she was sitting next to her husband. Lastly, he said he had a surprise for us which was another similar sized airboat full throttled the back of his airboat directly at us and the exhaust, wind, and water sprayed us for a good minute. All the passengers had to breathe in a lot of engine exhaust from the other boat and it was obvious he did this on purpose. He laughed like he thought this was funny. We believe tips are for good service and therefore we did not give him one penny. Boating through the swamp was beautiful but it quickly became awkward and disappointing. We paid a lot of money for this airboat trip to be treated so rudely and disturbing. We did our best to brush it off but it definitely put a damper on our experience.
star-5
My kids had a blast see...
Michele_B
, Jun 2022
My kids had a blast see the gators up close and feeding them marshmallows! Our guide was awesome and very knowledgeable of the area.
star-3
none too hot and not...
shabbir_m
, Jun 2022
none too hot and not really what I expected specially if one has taken Florida’s Airboat ride in everglades
star-5
Such a great experience
Melodie_C
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was great! He was very knowledgeable about the area and even showed us some tricks with a gator named Mama. We had the pickup service from our hotel and our driver was very nice.
star-5
Get this tour now!
William_O
, Jun 2022
Fun. Satisfying. Exciting. Educational. The airboat tour is a lot of fun. It was fast moving and tour guide was awesome.
star-5
Check it off the bucket list!
Mindy_M
, Jun 2022
Super nice day, great captain and interesting views! Use the transport bus if you don’t have a rental car…it’s a ways out and Uber/Lyft probably wouldn’t be out there for the trip back.
star-3
Awesome experience wish there was more!
Tracy_R
, Jun 2022
The boat guide/operator called a Alligator to the boat. It's was Awesome to see those locals are truly one with Nature! It's ❤️!

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