5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transport from New Orleans

Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat tour. This 4‐hour full tour includes 1.5 hours on the boat. While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from a native guide as you spot local wildlife, including alligators, nutria and native birds, and visit the secluded fishing village of Jean Lafitte, the infamous 19th‐century smuggler. 


  • 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

In the morning, meet your air‐conditioned coach in the French Quarter and settle in for the 30‐minute ride to the town of Jean Lafitte, a historic fishing village named for a notorious 19th‐century pirate and privateer. Located deep in the wetlands at the edge of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, this town offers an authentic look at Cajun culture and local enterprise, including logging, plantation agriculture 
and a rich – and often grisly – tradition of animal trapping.  

Before heading out on the water, pop into the albino alligator exhibit and grab a delectable shrimp Poboy to go (own expense). Then make your way to the launch site and choose your seat on a small or large airboat for the 1.5‐hour ride. Enjoy the close proximity to the water surface and warm breeze as you zip through bayou.  Spot lurking alligators, snakes, raccoons and giant river rodents called nutria. 
Savor the moments of calm when the boat slows and your native captain shares stories and facts about the area’s history and the surrounding wildlife – and maybe even interacts with an animal or two!

Your bayou adventure ends with a return to the French Quarter by coach, arriving in mid‐afternoon. 

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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