Tour code: 6455NOLAAIR
Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride! This approximate 2‐hour 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.


  • 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

Choose a morning or afternoon tour and meet your airboat at the embarkation point in the town of Jean Lafitte, an historic fishing village named for a notorious 19th‐century pirate and privateer, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) from New Orleans. Prearranged coach pickup is also available from your downtown New Orleans or French Quarter hotel.  

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 you 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 Poboy 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 in the 'special requirements' field at the time of checkout or advise the local operator directly after booking. 

Customer Reviews

Eszter T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a truly amazing experience, I recommend to everybody! The guide was fun, informative. Would love to do it again!

Jerry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great fun. Alan knew the ways of the swamp. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to do something different

Sherri O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an amazing experience, so much fun. we had the opportunity to see some alligators and to hold a baby one. The swamp is a beautiful place like no other. our guide was fun and knowledgeable and we had plenty of opportunity to take pictures. I would recommend the small air boat we had 6 people on our tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide Justin was fantastic. Very knowledgeable. Great stories. Must have seen 25 gators from 10 footers to baby's. Definitely recommend the small boat tour vs. the big boats. Its byob so if you would like to drink you can but you can't buy anything there. Totally worth it.

scott t

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

great trip, saw lots of alligators, guide Mike was awesome!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

best tour I have ever taken, sore so many alligators, turtles and the guide was great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Even though the weather was awful, raining and cold - we had such a great time and Captain Sam loves his gators and showed us an amazing time. I would definitely go again.

Chad C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour guide was great. Fun and suprisingly intimate given the amount of boats they have in their fleet. I would highly recommend if you are looking to take a day away from the French Quarter and its crowds.

April S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was incredibly fun and thrilling. I loved our captain and I've forgotten his name - about 6 foot cajun with a goatee gentle giant and loved Roxanne and Willie - alligators. I've been to New Orleans 100s of time as I live right in Mississippi and did this as apart of a birthday activity with friends. So glad I did and highly recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and trying this. I felt safe with our captain and he had a great calming and fun personality. DO IT!

ashley c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016


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