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

New Orleans Airboat Ride

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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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

Reese I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

My wife and I had an absolute blast. The airboat ride was worth every penny. Our tour guide was a knowledgable and funny guy and he even let us hold a baby gator.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Although it was the wrong season to see Alligators, we had a great time. It is so beautiful out there and our guide was very knowledgeable. Totally recommend, but make sure you bundle up - I was freezing most of the time.

Melissa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Amazing!!! Our guide was super knowledgeable and the scenery is breathtaking.

Theresa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour. The tour people called to confirm our hotel and were on time. The boat operator was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. We even handled a baby alligator.

Timothy J V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Hotel pick up and drop was great. Our driver gave us a great New Orleans History and recommended several restaurants and bars to visit as well as Museums. The airboat ride was great, saw several alligators and our driver had a small one for all to hold. Highly Recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved it

John J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a great time. This is a well oiled machine. Bus transportation was on time. Great tour guide who was a local and very knowledgable. I highly recommend this excursion as a getaway from the craziness of Bourbon Street.

Roseann H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The best tour ever! Our guide made the tour very special. I would highly recommend it.

Mark V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour . Great value.

Cynthia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

INCREDIBLE, interesting, beautiful and SOOOO much fun! Highly recommend!

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