5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Take a thrilling airboat ride through the wetlands near New Orleans and plenty of alligators on this active, family-friendly tour. Travel over bayous and open waterways around the colorful, historic fishing village of Jean Lafitte, named after a 19th-century smuggler. Spy alligators in the wild -- as well as raccoons, native birds and large river rodents called nutria -- as your native guide provides commentary. Your 4-hour tour includes round-trip transport from New Orleans and 1.5 hours on the boat. This tour is an easy way to get out and experience the rich natural landscape around New Orleans.


  • Airboat ride on Louisiana bayous including round-trip transport from New Orleans
  • 1.5-hour fast ride in an airboat over wetlands surrounding fishing village of Jean Lafitte
  • Learn about the history and culture of communities that live on the bayous from your native guide
  • See alligators in the wild, native birds and giant river rodents called nutria -- plus a live albino alligator exhibit
  • Food and drink available for purchase before boat ride

What You Can Expect

Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transport from New Orleans

Albino gator

Travel by air-conditioned coach from central New Orleans to the nearby fishing village of Jean Lafitte, named after an 18th-century smuggler. Home to a variety of diverse cultures, this area surrounded by Lousiana bayous has been the site of extensive logging operations, sugar and rice plantations and animal trapping enterprises over the years. Today, the people's simple way of life is a marked contrast to the hustle-bustle of New Orleans.

In Jean Lafitte, you can get some snacks (own expense) and check out an albino alligator exhibit before boarding your choice of a small or large airboat, a vessel that relies on an aircraft-type propeller mounted on its back to move it forward. Feel the wind in your hair as your move swiflty over the wetlands.

Your native boat captain will talk about the history and culture of the area and point out wildlife as you travel. See lots of alligators lurking in the marshes, as well as local birds, raccoons and nutria -- giant river rodents that call the bayous home.

Conclude your 4-hour family-friendly escape to the Louisiana wetlands with coach transport back to central New Orleans.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

we were very lucky on our boat ride, we saw the biggest aligator along with a lot of others thru out the ride.
a great time had by us, weather, driver, sights..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The boat driver (Allan) and the event itself were fantastic. The only thing that could improve is the timing or lunch. 10:45 to app. 3-4 pm getting back downtown is a stretch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent had so much fun tour guide was great ...I wanna go again ...

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was the highlight of our trip. Myself and three friends were delighted by the tour and guide, "Captain Sam" was great. The weather was spectacular as we rode through the bayou seeing alligators, turtles and nature. Captain Sam was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. I would definitely recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

I'm a country girl from Texas, used to outdoor activities and hunting. So I knew it would have to be great to satisfy me. Well, it was GREAT! Corey was a great guide and kept us laughing! I never realized how beautiful the swamp is. The water, the trees, the moss, the birds, and yes, the alligators! I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was an excellent tour....
We were made to feel welcome right from the start, all the staff were helpful and the airboat driver Richie was first rate , spending time to explain all that we were seeing and experiencing.Only negative comment would be that our party of 11/12 were expecting to be on two small boats and we were on a large boat with others....this though was soon forgotten.... Would ..Will definitely use this company again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

the airboat ride was an awesome experience, the scenery is breath taking and the gators a show in themselves! Our captain Tic Toc , was pleasant , funny and very knowledgable and a great driver! We've pet a baby alligator and visit with an albino one. Fantastic!
I highly recommend this tour, it is worth every penny!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our boat guide was very nice and knowledgeable. He made it very enjoyable!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Most fun tour my husband and I did while visiting NOLA! Highly recommended! Remember your sunblock!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Absolutey brilliant!! Our guide took us to a quiet spot where he feed and interacted with two gators and we got to play with the baby ones he had onboard. The airboat ride is a thrill and transport from the French Quarter and back is convenient and comfortable. Highly recommend!!

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