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Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat tour. This fun-filled tour includes a ride on the boat plus admission to an albino alligator exhibit and transportation from New Orleans. While on-board, enjoy lively commentary from your 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
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Transport, an alligator exhibit, and grab-and-go snacks make this an ideal swamp tour for families.

What's Included

  • 1 hour 45 minute airboat ride
  • Native guide
  • Albino alligator exhibit
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

In the morning, meet your air‐conditioned coach in the French Quarter and settle in for the approximately 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 proximity to the water surface and warm breeze as you zip through the 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.

Airboat Adventures

Travel by air-conditioned coach from central New Orleans to the nearby fishing village of Jean Lafitte, named after an 18th-century smuggler. Home to a variety of diverse cultures, this area surrounded by Lousiana bayous has been the site of extensive logging operations, sugar and rice plantations and animal trapping enterprises over the years. Today, the people's simple way of life is a marked contrast to the hustle-bustle of New Orleans. In Jean Lafitte, you can get some snacks (own expense) and check out an albino alligator exhibit before boarding your airboat, a vessel that relies on an aircraft-type propeller mounted on its back to move it forward. Feel the wind in your hair as your move swiftly over the wetlands. Your native boat captain will talk about the history and culture of the area and point out wildlife as you travel. See lots of alligators lurking in the marshes, as well as local birds, raccoons and nutria -- giant river rodents that call the bayous home. Conclude your 4-hour family-friendly escape to the Louisiana wetlands with coach transport back to central New Orleans.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Barataria Preserve (Pass By)

You will travel through the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system. The preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands, protecting 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • In case of inclement weather, the tour may be shortened, postponed or replaced with a similar tour on a covered boat
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Sunglasses are recommended. Please note that you are on an air-boat and may get wet.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Operated by Gray Line New Orleans

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?

A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)

Jun 2021

Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?

A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I wear during the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?

A:Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs or short shorts.

Jun 2021

Q:How long is the actual airboat ride?

A:The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.

Jun 2021

Q:Is the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans handicap accessible?

A:Due to restrictions on the airboat, this tour is not wheelchair accessible. It is also not recommended for anyone with back or next problems.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I participate in the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans if I am pregnant?

A:This tour is not recommended for pregnant guests.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my small child with me on the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?

A:For safety reasons, this tour is for guests ages 5 and up.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring a service animal with me on the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?

A:As the alligators swim directly up to the side of the airboat, animals of any kind are not allowed onboard.

Jun 2021

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Exciting experience
Mirzo_I, May 2022
It was a very good experience. I definitely recommend it. Professional tour guides. Transportation is very convenient.
Jay was so interactive...
Denise_A, May 2022
Jay was so interactive with our group. I learned so much on this tour highly recommend. Timely and courteous!
Tic Tic was a fabulous...
Julie_S, May 2022
Tic Tic was a fabulous guide! We saw about 30 alligators, raccoons, turtle, and bald eagles. Loved his personal stories of growing up on Bayou. Would recommend the smaller boat, we had 7 total on our boat.
Amazing experience
Paula_F, May 2022
Our tour guide Jay got up close and personal with the gators, bringing them right to the boat. it was amazing. Facilities were great and the bus ride was comfortable
Ken and Jay, a fab combo!
Beth_O, May 2022
Amazing experience. We were lucky enough to have Ken drive the bus and offer an additional tour guide on route to the excursion. Very informative and funny, tip: don’t wear yellow! Our guide was Jay who was brilliant but mad as he would kiss the alligators! We saw approximately 8 during the trip. Well worth the money!
Totally beyond our...
Melani_C, May 2022
Totally beyond our expectations, our guide Tik Tok was awesome, he has a wealth of knowledge about the bayous and the alligators, would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking of booking 😀
Gator siting
nancy_b, May 2022
Great time, informative and interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and he got us up close to gators which was very cool
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great ride
Kenneth_S, Apr 2022
Kenny our guide was great. Comfortable boat that would move very fast across the water. Don’t wear a white shirt because you will look like a marshmallow and the gators like them a lot
Ride with Kenny
Will_B, Apr 2022
Kenny is the best: knowledgeable and funny! He's a local and he knows the wetlands and he knows gators. An altogether excellent tour.
Great guide! Fun and...
Lisa_B, Apr 2022
Great guide! Fun and informative. Lots of gators. Beautiful views, definitely worth the price of admission. Tour bus was clean and driver was entertaining and informative.
You have to go, well worth it!
Mark_W, Apr 2022
We had Mark as a guide, truly enjoyable. Loved hearing his stories, learned a lot, such a relaxing but invigorating day!
Wonderful experience!!
Rebecca_C, Apr 2022
Such a great experience with a terrific tour guide who knew all the right places to spot Gators. Highly recommend!!!
Awesome! Highly recommend
megan_g, Apr 2022
Awesome trip! The guide was knowledgeable, funny, friendly and a joy to have as our guide! Saw tons of alligators as well as deer, turtles, herons and various other birds. The boat was fun to ride, the ear protection that was provided was much appreciated.
A Wonderful Trip
Olivia_F, Apr 2022
Our guide was very friendly, fun and kept everyone safe. He had great knowledge about the surrounding preserve and areas so we left with great historical information as well. A wonderful way to spend a morning, afternoon or night!
A Must Do!
Heather_B, Apr 2022
Just a short bus ride out of the city, you can see and your the famed swamplands of NOLA. The guide and the up close views of gators makes the trip amazing!
Smooth professional fun...
Jenifer_L, Apr 2022
Smooth professional fun interesting and tons of alligators! Whole family enjoyed. Would definitely recommend.
Definitely do this tour!
Keith_H, Apr 2022
If I could rate higher than 5 stars we would have. Everyone is was very nice to my son and I. I would guess we saw 50+ alligators on our trip. Lots of great photos, videos, and upclose moments.
Awesome time
Jeff_G, Apr 2022
our Guide Slater was great. very knowledgeable and also very approachable with a great sense of humor. Thank you so much
Kate_K, Apr 2022
Mark our driver was amazing in his knowledge of the Bayou and of the wildlife especially Alligators. He had a way of calling them I to the boat., it was awesome. The whole experience was hands down the best tour.
A fun afternoon
Suzanne_K, Apr 2022
Fun whether you are interested in a boat ride or alligators. Captain Mark stopped at numerous places for us to see alligators up close and take pictures. We learned a lot. Air ride was fun. We did not get wet. Note that the ride to and from was 45 minutes each. Our bus driver did not narrate either way.


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