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New Orleans Airboat Ride

Jefferson Parish, United States
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Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride. This 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
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.

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, May 2019

Being shown beautiful scenery in a high speed boat could not be any more enjoying. Awesome guide, safe and entertaining tour!

Michael Z
, Apr 2019

We booked an airboat ride as we thought it could be a lot of fun, and because it could be fascinating to watch alligators in the wild.

We booked a tour on the smallest boat possible, which happens to also be the most expensive, but it is worth every penny, as you get a lot closer to the animals, and the boat is able to get in where the bigger ones can't.

This was a lot of massive fun, and our guide was simply fantastic.

Sandra H
, Apr 2019

If you are in New Orleans this is really something you have to experience! The scenery was beautiful and we saw a lot of alligators. We took a six person air boat that could go up the very narrow buyous. Brad was our guide and was very informative,

Carissa A
, Apr 2019

This was one of our favorite tours! Our guide was so knowledgeable and fun! He was very good at pointing out the turtles and gators, and we were able to stop at times to take good photos and we learned so much about the swamps, bayous, and all the wildlife and vegetation. This tour is a must do!

Charlyn D
, Feb 2019

We LOVED every bit of this. The people were friendly and helpful and very professional! The tour was UNREAL and we totally suggest taking the smaller airboats to have a more intimate experience! We saw so many gators!

johnny s
, Feb 2019

Fun time, great guides and saw lots of gators. Had 2 small boats for 9 of us. It was a little windy but guides keep our rides enjoyable.

Aaron K
, Dec 2018

This tour is a lot of fun. The guide we had grew up only a few miles from the swamp and was very knowledgeable. He even had a baby alligator with him that we could hold and take pictures. We went in early Dec and saw 6 alligators. Suggestion: Instead of paying for the tour to pick you up, just go rent a car for the day to save money.

, Nov 2018

The weather would not let us be great!! We had an excellent guide, Jay, who made sure we had a good time and was very informative. We were on the large boat, but I think you will be able to see more on the smaller boat. I recommend taking the ride in the warmer months so you can see more animals. According to Jay, most animals are trying to find a warm place and don't come out.

Thomas R
, Nov 2018

Our swamp was an amazing experience! The guide was very knowledgable and gave lots of great info. We got to handle a baby alligator as well as saw lots of wildlife and plant life. Well worth every penny.

Cathlena C
, Nov 2018

Took a large boat. The guides really know where to spot gators, even in the cooler months when most are dormant. We still saw 2 gators in cool, November weather. The guides are not only knowledgeable, but very entertaining, especially Captain Cory!

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