5 star rating: Highly Recommended 103 Reviews

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  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration:  1 hr 45 mins to 2 hrs
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 July 2015

I usually HATE touristy activities, but this is one you simply don't want to miss! Our bus arrived on time, the driver was informative without being overly theatrical. The tour itself was simply AMAZING! We were on a six person boat and Captain Bob was wonderful. Definitely worth the effort and the money. Do not hesitate to book. One of the highlights of our NOLA visit. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent Tour. Guide was wonderful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very fun trip. Our guide was very funny and made the trip very entertaining. We went to several spots where alligators hang out and saw him call them over and throw food in the water. At one point he even touched them as they came up for food. Very cool trip if you've never done one!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour exceeded our expectations! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining! Definitely recommended for a family adventure!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Enjoyed 100. Would recommend to any one who is coming to New Orleans. Guide was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Me and my 16 year old nephew had a blast! We enjoyed every minute of the tour. The shuttle picked us up at our hotel door in the French Quarter. He did a running commentary the whole way there. We went on a small airboat with 4 other people. Our guide was very entertaining and eager to answer questions

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolute best tour of our trip. A heavy rainstorm jeopardized our airboat ride but the decision was made to go forward and we couldn't be happier that we did. Seeing Mother Nature's swamps and marshlands, and the alligators in their natural habitat was incredible. Holding the baby alligator was a nice plus. Would recommend this tour to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was awesome !! We truly had a great time and learned a lot. Our tour guide was funny and very personal.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was the highlight of our trip to New Orleans. Fun, beautiful and hot Saw gators up close and even held a small gator.

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