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Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat tour. This 4‐hour full tour includes 1.5 hours on the boat. While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from a native guide as you spot local wildlife, including alligators, nutria and native birds, and visit the secluded fishing village of Jean Lafitte, the infamous 19th‐century smuggler. The airboat holds 15-27 passengers.


  • Airboat ride on Louisiana bayous including round-trip transport from New Orleans
  • 1.5-hour fast ride in an airboat over wetlands surrounding fishing village of Jean Lafitte
  • Learn about the history and culture of communities that live on the bayous from your native guide
  • See alligators in the wild, native birds and giant river rodents called nutria -- plus a live albino alligator exhibit
  • Food and drink available for purchase before boat ride

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What You Can Expect

Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transport from New Orleans

Albino gator

In the morning, meet your air‐conditioned coach in the French Quarter and settle in for the 30‐minute ride to the town of Jean Lafitte, a historic fishing village named for a notorious 19th‐century pirate and privateer. Located deep in the wetlands at the edge of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, this town offers an authentic look at Cajun culture and local enterprise, including logging, plantation agriculture and a rich – and often grisly – tradition of animal trapping.  
Before heading out on the water, pop into the albino alligator exhibit and grab a delectable shrimp Poboy to go (own expense).  Enjoy the close proximity to the water surface and warm breeze as you zip through bayou.  Spot lurking alligators, snakes, raccoons and giant river rodents called nutria. Savor the moments of calm when the boat slows and your native captain shares stories and facts about the area’s history and the surrounding wildlife – and maybe even interacts with an animal or two!
Your bayou adventure ends with a return to the French Quarter by coach, arriving in mid‐afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Paul B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What a great time in a very relaxed atmosphere. It was very fast hour and half! Our captain was thoroughly entertaining, personable, and knowledgeable. Unique experience for me.

Bernardo S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

As a travel consultant I am always looking for something a little different when I am out experiencing the world.
This tour was perfect... our boat handled about 28 people and we were able to have a guide who was an knowledgeable
expert of the swamplands. The scenery was magnificent and the thrill when he opened up in the waters for a speed ride
was lots of fun. We saw wildlife and alligators along the way in a very peaceful and fun environment. Highly recommend
this tour.

Rachel D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Although it was too cold to see too many alligators, our guide Stephen was great. He even brought his pet alligator with him so we could hold him. SO cute! It was still a beautiful day and really fun to learn about alligators!

Jane B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great experience! This was the favorite tour of our vacation to Louisiana! Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable - he provided interesting stories about life in the swamps/bayous. We were able to hold an alligator too! But most of all, I was surprised at how beautiful the scenery was - not something I would have expected!

debra p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We took the large airboat . Our guide was excellent. Everyone had a chance to hold an alligator.

Íris Sif H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

AMAZING TOUR!!!! Our guide was fantastic, we got to see the gators and he told us all about them.
It was so beautiful to see the swamps and all the trees there. The highlight in our tour was when our guide jumped into the water with 3 gators in it and started to play with them and feed the marshmallows!!!

Larry K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Well besides the nasty storm that came through prior, was very cool. There was a delay by about 2 hours.

Colin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent trip. Captain Earl did a great job.

Janet R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is a must do when you are in New Orleans! We enjoyed a fun ride on the airboat. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. He stopped the boat on a marshy bank and stepped out. Several alligators cruised up silently with their mouths open. All I could think about was the guide's bare ankles so close to the alligators' jaws. The guide didn't seem fazed at all, but we wondered what we would have done if one of them grabbed him and pulled him into the water. I guess they knew he was going to feed them, so they behaved nicely. On a happy note, we got to hold a baby alligator, and we loved that!

Amy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide was absolutely phenomenal. He made the experience for us one that we will never forget and one of the best parts of our trip.

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