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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Boat captain George was great - born and bred in the area - really knew his stuff - great tour - beautiful scenery, lots of fun - very informative.

joy s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is a great experience. Clearly our boat captain was very experienced and knew where to take us for great scenery and an experience with a large alligator! He also had a baby alligator onboard which we were able to hold and take pictures with. The ride was comfortable and thrilling, but accessible for people of all ages. Life preservers are provided as well as ear protectors for the noise from the large engine. The boat office has a restroom and provides low cost snacks and air conditioning as you wait for your boat. No alcohol is sold, so bring your own if you select the bus pick up from your hotel. They allowed small coolers of beer onboard and this adds to the party. I would recommend this for all ages, the experience is fun and memorable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fun ride through the bayou - was prettier than expected. Driver did a great job of stopping periodically to point out alligators and talk about the history of the area. He encouraged questions and did his best to answer them no matter how silly they were. Good sense of humor. Really enjoyed it.

Matthew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Shavail G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Omg the tour was awesome!!! It is a must do for the bucket list!!

Bobbi B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Even though it poured of rain for the whole time, it was still an amazing trip. The Guide was great and made sure we still saw some alligators despite the weather and he let us hold and take pics with Al (his baby Aligator) definitely recommend this trip!

Amanda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide was a lot of fun and very informative! This was a perfect activity for a hot day. The swamp was beautiful! Worth every penny.

Gary J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This ride / tour was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area including plants and reptiles. He was entertaining as well as informative. Definitely a highlight of our vacation.

Michael K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We did this on our last day, and it was worth waiting for. We had a great guide Chris,I think and saw lots of gators! Very exhilarating and a nice end to our visit.

Elizabeth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is the best Air boat tour.
The guides are very knowledgeable about the Gators and their surroundings.
Cant recommend this enough to anyone travelling to NOLA.

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