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Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Visit a former plantation and ride through the swamp during this two-in-one tour. Start with a visit to Oak Alley Plantation for a tour of the antebellum mansion. Follow the oak-shaded paths to the blacksmith shop during your free time. Lunch is available to purchase at the restaurant on-site. Next, head to the dock for your swamp tour. Search for alligators and other wildlife and stop for photo ops while aboard an airboat. Round-trip hotel transport provided from New Orleans.
  • Full-day combo tour: swamp tour and Oak Alley Plantation
  • Ride an airboat around the waterway
  • Stop to snap pics of ‘gators and other swamp critters
  • Explore the plantation mansion with a costumed guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from New Orleans
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from most New Orleans hotels. Please specify your hotel if it's not listed in the drop-down menu.

Departure Time

8:15 AM
After hotel pickup in New Orleans, you're driven to the Oak Alley Plantation, located among the Great River Road sugar plantations alongside the Mississippi River. On arrival, stroll under majestic, 300-year-old oak trees leading up to the antebellum Big House, and take a tour of the opulent mansion with a guide dressed in period costume. The Greek Revival architecture was built in 1837 and later restored in 1925.

Wander the 25-acre (10-hectare) grounds at your own pace during your free time. Visit the blacksmith shop, snap photos of antique farm equipment, or peruse exhibits on slavery and the Civil War. Grab lunch and beverages at the restaurant or cafe (own expense) before the tour moves to the swamp.

Next, board the bus and drive to the site of your swamp tour. On arrival, board a 16-passenger airboat with stadium-style seating for a high-speed adventure through the swamp. You'll have unobstructed views of wildlife, including an up-close look at the star attraction: alligators. 

Your captain is experienced at searching out these reptiles, even during hibernation in colder months. The airboat, propelled by a large fan that blows air from the back of the vessel, can produce speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph). You'll ride in just inches of water into parts of the swamp that are inaccessible to traditional boats or vehicles.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Great River Road
The Oak Alley Plantation is located 70 miles or about 1 hour 10 min from the French Quarter. Travel along Great River Road and marvel at the antebellum mansions.
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
You will spend approximately 2 hours at the plantation. The house tour will be about 35 minutes in length. The Oak Alley plantation house tour is provided by Plantation tour guides. The remainder of your time will be spent with self-exploration of the grounds. If you use your time wisely, you can grab a sandwich at the gift shop for lunch and still have time to walk the grounds. You'll then be brought to the swamp tour dock for your next adventure.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Barataria Preserve
On this tour, you will experience the best of both: an informative swamp tour and high speed thrill airboat ride. You will travel at high speeds in the airboat then slow down and stop for pictures. Your Captain will give you a tour of a life time explaining the culture, animals, and the swamps. You may even experience a close encounter with some of the local swamp life. You will return to you hotel around 5:00pm. Please note: the order of the combination tours may change based upon availability and weather.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation received at time of booking
  • Children Must be at least 48 inches
  • Air-boats are not recommended for people with back or neck problems and pregnant women.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Louisiana Tour company

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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 Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
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
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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Reviews

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Great trip!
lovestotravel
, Apr 2021
The airboat guide was knowledgeable and informative. Seen a lot. The plantation house beautiful! They rush you through the house, but still plenty of time to explore. Long bus ride to plantation, but worth it. Would definitely do it again!
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Great tour of the swamp and Oak Alley
Julie_C
, Apr 2021
Captain Dewey of the swamp tour was awesome!! He gave us a lot of information about the ecosystem and we did see alligators. I went on a different swamp tour in New Orleans a few years back, and this one was way better. Oak Alley was beautiful! There was a long-ish line to tour the house since they have to restrict how many can go in at a time. We ate at the on-site restaurant, then went to the house and had to leave the tour early to get back to the bus since we had 2 hours. I suggest doing the tour first, then see how much time you have left for lunch- grab and go or table service. We had different drivers for the different parts of the tour, and they were both great at giving us stories and information about the area.
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Great experience.
Gail
, Apr 2021
We enjoyed hearing about the family who built the plantation. And thank you to those allowing us to see the house.
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star-4
Great tour. Can be improved.
Kristian_O
, Apr 2021
The big house was very interesting and well preserved. The trip leading to the plantation could have been a bit more informative. The tour of the swamps was amazing, though the somewhat artificial “swamp people” attitude of the captain was a bit annoying. LGTB shaming jokes were out of place.
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Thank you for the feedback, Kristian. Would you please share further information about the captain so we can improve on the problems that you mentioned?
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Great Time
Kimberly_W
, Mar 2021
The plantation is beautiful, guide was informative. The BLT at the plantation restaurant is great! The air boat ride was truly a blast. Out guide, Captain Dewey, was just the best!!!!! We saw tons of alligators up close!!
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Beauty and adventure
Lisa_M
, Mar 2021
The Oak Alley plantation was incredibly beautiful. Could have stayed much longer than the allotted two hours. Very educational as well. Had just a few minutes to grab a bite to eat, and it was prompt and delicious. Then on to the swamp tour. This, along with the plantation, is a must see. If you have ever just wanted to experience the bayou and marshland and get UP CLOSE with alligators, you will not be disappointed!
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Excellent tour!
Nicholas_W
, Mar 2021
The swamp tour was absolutely incredible, insightful and so much fun...Highly recommended! You only have around 2 hours for the plantation tour, but we found that it was enough time to take the tour, walk the grounds and have dinner at the restaurant (which was very good).
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star-4
Great tour would give it 4 1/2 stars if I could
cindib317
, Mar 2021
The grounds of Oak Alley were very impressive and the Veranda around the house was amazing, but the house itself was not as grand as I had expected, still very glad I got to see it and would recommend if you want to see amazing history. It also was a reminder of our countries history of slavery that should never be forgotten or repeated with any lives. The Swamp boat ride was fun, our guide was very energetic and knowledgeable because he grew up in the swamps. It was cooler weather but he found quite a few alligators for us to see.
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Left hanging
MoeBettaLocks
, Feb 2021
The homes beautification was fantastic all the stories shared didn't really show how the family was as slave owners though
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Amazing
Melissa_G
, Feb 2021
The property was was beautiful & well preserved and the oak trees were absolutely stunning! We had plenty of time to roam the property and have lunch at the cafe. Just beautuful!!
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