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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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Lafitte, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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.
  • Self-drive to swampland close to New Orleans for an airboat ride
  • 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)
Airboat ride
Local guide
Hotel drop-off (If tour option with Transport is selected at the time of booking.)
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

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. Pickups start one hour and 15 minutes prior to tour time.

Tour also picks up at the locations below. Please contact local tour operator if you need to coordinate pick up from one of the following:

1201 Decatur St.
315 Decatur
414 Canal
506 Conti
600 Canal St.
613 Decatur
638 St. Ann
701 Canal
819 Decatur
901 Decatur (Pelican New Orleans - Maison Dupy)
905 Royal St.
925 Common St. (Luxury Apartments)
Balcony Music Club - 1331 Decatur
Corner of Chartres & Esplanade
Corner of N. Rampart & Esplanade
Holiday Inn on Royal
Holiday Inn Superdome on Loyola St.
Lighthouse ** Pickup at Lighthouse **
Courtyard by Marriott on Julia St.
Omni Riverfront (Pickup at Lowe's Hotel)
Hotel Provencial
Quarter House
Staybridge Suites

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose a morning or afternoon tour and meet your airboat at the embarkation point in the town of Jean Lafitte, an historic fishing village named for a notorious 19th‐century pirate and privateer, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) from New Orleans. Prearranged coach pickup is also available from your downtown New Orleans or French Quarter hotel.  

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 you 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 Poboy 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 in the 'special requirements' field 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.
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
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Wear a hat and some sunscreen for sure, but this tour is 100 worth the drive over!" See review
  • "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

Reviews

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Amazing
Amber_P
, Sep 2020
Best part of our trip the guide was hands down amazing we went on boat six at 2pm 09/20/2020 you could tell he loved the swamp he made sure we saw a huge alligator and cared so much about our safety and having fun.
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Great experience
Amanda_K
, Sep 2020
This was hands down the best part of our trip to New Orleans. The tour guide was amazing and taught us so much we did not know. I would do this a million times over!!
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Great experience
Bill_M
, Sep 2020
This airboat experience was amazing and exceeded our expectations. Our guide Cory was professional, knowledgeable and created an Extraordinary unforgettable trip
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First Airboat Ever
Marchelle_C
, Sep 2020
Awesome ride and great tour guide Great scenery and gators Cajun country Felt safe but still had a great time
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The Beautiful Bayou
Wanda_S
, Sep 2020
Enjoyed the tour.. We were up close to the alligators. The Bayou was beautiful. The tour guide was interesting and knowledgeable.
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Can’t miss this on your trip
Michael_G
, Sep 2020
This is experience was AMAZING. I brought my two children ages 10 and 11 on a five state summer vacation. Everyone, including myself ranked this the #1 thing we did. Unfortunately, I forgot the tour guides name, but he was amazing. He was extremely polished and funny. He knew a lot about the bayou, and we saw so many things, including a bald eagle, alligators, blue heron, and a family of raccoons. It was a magical experience.
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Captain Tik Tok
David_T
, Sep 2020
Great experience. Our guide knew exactly where the gators we're and even reached out and touch a couple.
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Beautiful Bayous
Gerald_M
, Sep 2020
This was the highlight of the vacation. I have been on over a dozen airboat rides over the last 30 years and this was the most pleasant. But the Bayous were a much different experience than the Everglades. This was the cleanest airboat facility I have ever been in. The people were very friendly and answered all our questions. I encourage you to make this tour part of your vacation.
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Overpriced by far
BoatGuy
, Aug 2020
We did a small boat tour. We have done many tours and this was by far the most overpriced experience we've ever had. We have done them all over the country and this place is about double the price without delivering on multiple levels. It would be good at about one quarter of the price.
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Alligator Frenzy
Edward
, Aug 2020
It was different to see Captain J enter act with the gators. It was very informative to say the lease that I am from here. The city of New Orleans, I will tell my friends about the geat time I had.

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