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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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icon2 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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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 one hour and 15 minutes prior to tour time.*** 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 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 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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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

Reviews

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1,994 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Slade was a fantastic...
Richard_O
, May 2022
Slade was a fantastic airboat skipper and tour guide. He is extremely knowledgeable and competent. We are so glad we signed up for this trip to see gators, We highly recommend this tour.
star-5
10/10 would do this again!
Briana_E
, May 2022
This was an awesome experience! The tour guide was funny and very informative! We saw alligators, turtles, and bald eagles while riding through the swamp.
star-5
Once a lifetime experience!
Lucy_R
, May 2022
It was brilliant. A great once in a lifetime experience to remember. The guide was very informative and absolutely loved the gators. Me and my fiance fed a gator with marshallows, it was such an experience.
star-5
Amazing experience!
Richard_B
, May 2022
Absolutely the best thing we've done since coming to New Orleans. Our capt was Earl I believe and he was very knowledgeable. I've done a similar tour in the Florida Everglades and this one even surpassed it. We are hoping to come back and do it again.
star-5
Best part of our trip!
Dani_F
, May 2022
A MUST try experience! Take the smaller boat with kess people, little more expensive, but definitely worth it
star-4
Our tour
Richard_R
, May 2022
Never seen an alligator in the..wild....the 9 footer was very impressive especially up close and personal....fun tour....
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour, lots of alligators
Mary_S
, May 2022
Thorough enjoyed this tour. The ride was great and we encountered many alligators. Captain Slade was very informative and I now know more than I ever did about the habits and preservation of these reptiles.
star-5
The beautiful views and...
Anonymous
, May 2022
The beautiful views and if course being able to see all the gators up close! They come right up to the boat to get food, so much fun! Our guide, TickTock, was also super nice!
star-1
Got Boned By Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour, Avoid It!
David_P
, May 2022
I can't give it 0 stars, or I would! Never made it to the tour. After calling to verify that we were on the list to get a pickup at our hotel, the driver told us that we weren't on the list and that it was the wrong bus. Called back AGAIN, and was told "oh, I guess we screwed up." So much for going on a tour with the rest of our group that was staying at a different hotel that was on a different bus. If you go, DRIVE YOURSELF, or prepare to get screwed when they "miscommunicate" and don't lift a finger to try to fix it.
star-5
Perfect activity for Nola
Arno_D
, May 2022
Guide gave lots of information and put in a few great jokes. We were lucky to spot: gators, turtle, Racoon, bald eagle, owls and even some ducks. Glad I booked this trip
star-5
Funny and fun and informative!
Haley_M
, May 2022
Our guide and captain, T-Earl, was phenomenal. So informative and caring and funny. The only negative/sad part is they keep an albino alligator alone in a really small and bare enclosure inside where people just take pictures of it all day. This animal could live in a different enclosure in a sanctuary where it's safe but in a happier environment and was a bit heartbreaking to see.
star-5
Fantastic tour. Our guide...
Alexandre_R
, May 2022
Fantastic tour. Our guide TikTok was great. Got to see tons of gators and feed them marshmallows. All around a fun time
star-4
Loved the gators
Russell_G
, May 2022
Marsh land eliminated by hurricaneIda Thank you for the educational information My tour guide was informativeand polite
star-5
Great trip
Laura_K
, May 2022
Seeing how the swamp has changed after Ida And the area used for Princess and the frog Beautiful area. Fun guide.
star-5
Very fun boat ride! We...
Heather_L
, May 2022
Very fun boat ride! We had a fun group on our boat and our guide was hilarious! I’d definitely go again!
star-5
Swamp Love
Dena_W
, May 2022
Our tour guide T. Earl was amazing. So much knowledge and he was hilarious. Would definitely recommend doing this activity while in New Orleans.
star-4
Again had a great time.
Janeane_M
, May 2022
Overall had a great time! Would have preferred to see more alligators and other wildlife. We would recommend this airboat adventure.
star-5
Awesome
Alona_M
, May 2022
Being so close and personal with alligators and the beauty of the swamp is indescribable you have to see it for yourselves to really appreciate it highly recommended…..
star-5
Captain Earl was amazing!...
Gagan_G
, May 2022
Captain Earl was amazing! Knowledgeable and helpful. I would definitely recommend this airboat ride.
star-5
A must do whenever in New Orleans.
Gwen_M
, May 2022
Enjoyed the speed of the boat. The scenery was spectacular. The guide was great. Best part of the New Orleans trip.

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