5 star rating: Highly Recommended 134 Reviews

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  • Location:New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:1 hr 45 mins to 2 hrs

New Orleans Airboat Ride

Take a break from the hustle-bustle of New Orleans and escape to nature on this exhilarating, family-friendly airboat ride! Spot alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets and herons as you take a fast, fun ride over a tidewater cypress swamp close to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Admire moss-covered cypress and tupelo-gum trees as you explore bayous teeming with life and take advantage of incredible photo ops.

This small-group tour is limited to eight people (small airboat) or 25 people (large airboat) to allow for better views of the wildlife.

Please note: If you book the self-drive option you will not receive hotel pick up


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

New Orleans Airboat Ride

Cypress swamps assume very different ecosystems based on their location

Drive-out 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.

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 flat-bottomed 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 and your pilot points out a stunning variety of wildlife.

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 you amazing photo opportunities. Also 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.

Your morning or afternoon airboat tour ends at the embarkation point. Be sure to check out the indoor exhibits of alligators — including an albino alligator — before making your way back to downtown New Orleans on your own.

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Was a great trip. The guide grew up in the area we toured. He was funny and experienced. The ride was great and saw plenty of gators. I would go again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was the best and it was a great tour but be prepared it rained hard and still went out. It was a shame but they go anyway. It was still great but would have been more enjoyable if it wasn't pouring.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We took the small airboat tour with Captain Allen. He was very knowledgable about the swamp and pointed out many things to us such as Eagles, deer feeders, giant spiders in the trees. He gave us a chance to feed the alligators , and to actually hold a baby one. He pointed out the different plants and wild life along the ride. He had a great sense of humor and made the experience very enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Terrific tour and our tour guide was very knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Everything was great...the best thank you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

wonderful, would do it again, thankyou, would use you again anytime

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Richie Rich and Dollar are the best at entertaining you on the ride. Richie is the driver and Dollar is a surprise. Great ride. Lots of gators. Fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic experience! Learned a lot about the Louisiana bayou! Our guide was terrific and we even got to hold baby gator!! Dont miss this experience.!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Jay was great guide, enjoyed my time with him in the swamp. His gator calling skills are awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Absolutely fabulous few hours, great tour guide, awesome alligators! Highly recommend

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