• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation 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

Lilliam H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was one of the best tour we have taken. Darius, our bus driver, was so patient with us since we were running a few minutes behind. He was very informative on our way back to New Orleans recommending some of the good spits to eat and visit. Our airboat tour guide was Jay. He was so funny and made this experience truly memorable. I highly recommend this tour.

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a well organized and informative, as well as fun tour. We enjoyed the airboat we were on and had a fun tour guide that made sure we saw plenty of wildlife. I would do this tour again, but maybe next time take one of the smaller boats with fewer people only because I liked the stadium seating on the smaller boats, so everyone could get a good view and plenty of good pictures. We had good seats on this boat but the people in the middle of the seats may not have had as good of a view as we did being on the outside. The boat was fun to ride on and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. I highly recommend this tour

Marilyn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Fantastic tour with T Earle he was an excellent guide with a wealth of knowledge.

Lynz1015 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our tour guide was super funny and knowledgeable. We got to see several alligators and learn about them and the preservation efforts that took place to restore their population. We also got to meet a lil baby gator named Fluffy. on the ride from New Orleans to the airboats we got to learn some fun thing about the History of New Orleans and Cajun culture. This trip was awesome and worth every penny!

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a grand kid choice and we all enjoyed the trip through the bayou and visiting the alligators!

Arthur R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Enjoyed the airboat experience, through the bayous. Saw several alligators. The tour boat leaders seem to vie with each other as to who can thrill the tourists the most with their tricks with the alligators. They fed them, 'kissed' them, and one guy even got in and swam with a couple. Great show for us.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This is my fourth trip to New Orleans and my first airboat ride and had I have known what I was missing, I would have taken the tour before.

Our tour guide was so much fun. He had the alligators coming right up to the boat. Never knew they liked marshmallows. We went through the channels of moss covered Cyprus trees and truly felt the Bayou experience, Well worth the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Remember there is no shading, so bring sunscreen and a bottle of water.

Kate F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Richie was a great guide. Very knowledgeable. Definitely something you don't want to miss if visiting the area.

alec w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great day out, can't say more than everything went well, saw plenty of alligators close up, held baby one, really good guide very informative. Would definitely recommend

Theresa S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We had a great tour guide, the air boat was loud but very fun ! A must do if you are in NOLA

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