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Oak Alley Plantation and Large Airboat Swamp Tour from New Orleans

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New Orleans, United States
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8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Overview

Visit a former plantation and ride through the swamp during this two-in-one tour. Start with a visit to Oak Alley Plantation for a tour of the antebellum mansion. Follow the oak-shaded paths to the blacksmith shop during your free time. Lunch is available to purchase at the restaurant on-site. Next, head to the dock for your swamp tour. Search for alligators and other wildlife and stop for photo ops while aboard an airboat. Round-trip hotel transport provided from New Orleans.
  • Full-day combo tour: swamp tour and Oak Alley Plantation
  • Ride an airboat around the waterway
  • Stop to snap pics of ‘gators and other swamp critters
  • Explore the plantation mansion with a costumed guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from New Orleans
After hotel pickup in New Orleans, you're driven to the Oak Alley Plantation, located among the Great River Road sugar plantations alongside the Mississippi River. On arrival, stroll under majestic, 300-year-old oak trees leading up to the antebellum Big House, and take a tour of the opulent mansion with a guide dressed in period costume. The Greek Revival architecture was built in 1837 and later restored in 1925.

Wander the 25-acre (10-hectare) grounds at your own pace during your free time. Visit the blacksmith shop, snap photos of antique farm equipment, or peruse exhibits on slavery and the Civil War. Grab lunch and beverages at the restaurant or cafe (own expense) before the tour moves to the swamp.

Next, board the bus and drive to the site of your swamp tour. On arrival, board a 16-passenger airboat with stadium-style seating for a high-speed adventure through the swamp. You'll have unobstructed views of wildlife, including an up-close look at the star attraction: alligators. 

Your captain is experienced at searching out these reptiles, even during hibernation in colder months. The airboat, propelled by a large fan that blows air from the back of the vessel, can produce speeds of up to 35 mph (56 kph). You'll ride in just inches of water into parts of the swamp that are inaccessible to traditional boats or vehicles.

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A fun day
marathon516
, Sep 2019
We really enjoyed both the plantation and airboat tours. The guides were all friendly and knowledgeable.
Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for taking the time to write us a positive review! We are very glad that you enjoyed all of your tours with us.
Fun variety
NorthStar19262085414
, Sep 2019
Oak Alley is visually stunning, I have a love affair with the oaks all around the south. I appreciated that the tour focused on how the plantation owners lived but more importantly showcased the work of the slaves and the disparity of the two life styles. How their culture and skills shaped what we have today. The airboat tour was AMAZING. First time in the swamp and first time on an airboat, both were a blast and didn't disappoint. Gorgeous scenery and lots of gators including one that was about 13 feel long. Loved it. If there was one negative it's the pick up process. You're shuffled from bus to bus but I'm not sure how it could be better, just part of the process. Highly recommend this tour
Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank your for taking the time to write us a positive review! We are happy to know that you enjoyed both of the tours. As for the pick up process, we only have a 30 minute window to pick up different guests from different hotels. So on a busy day, we try to speed it up by having as many buses as possible to pick up everyone and then possibly transferred to one specific bus because not every bus leaves the city. We appreciate your patience and understanding!
Full Day adventure
Happiness700066
, Jul 2019
All guides were knowledgeable and fun! The ride was over an hour, but they keep us entertained. Just be sure to take your own beverages and snacks. There is no stops on travel to plantation or swamp ride.
Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank You for the great review. It is a long ride between the plantation and the city & Plantation and swamp tour dock.
Great Day In NOLA Area
Rand G
, Jul 2019
The weather was kind to us as we first visited the Oak Alley Plantation. GREAT first hand view of plantation conditions with lots of history. Beautiful gardens, spectacular huge oak trees and an up close view of slave living conditions albeit a bit sanitized. Nice gift shop with lots of free praline and other samples. Swamp tour included LOTS of gators who swam right up to the boat for their share of marshmellows. The swamp was very lush with lots of birds and greenery. Great trip.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
What a wonderful review. Great reviews are always appreciated.
Great Day!
Voyager33502174029
, Apr 2019
I have been on many tours but this was the best one ever. The Bus Driver/Tour Guide was really good, very funny and entertaining. The plantation was great and the swamp tour excellent. All round a really great day. Thanks!!!!
Such a beautiful tour!
Navigator50040583042
, Jan 2019
Beautiful scenery coupled with interesting information. The guides were very knowledgeable, as well as accommodating.
Not Worth the Cost
Roving46065061377
, Dec 2018
We took the tour on 26th and it doesn't seem to be worth. There's no notification about picking up and the bus was late. Seats were not that comfortable and it was freaking cold because the bus driver turned on the A/C to like 50F. My wife caught cold because of that. The transportation costed roughly 80 per person but there's quite limited sightseeing introduction provided.
Super fun
Coastal22972045553
, Dec 2018
Really fun day. Our airboat tour guide was awesome and made it so much fun. We got to hold a baby Gator!
Great Sunday
Red233
, Nov 2018
Oak Alley and its docents made the tour very interesting. We enjoyed the grounds as well and the historical slave cabins. Swamp Boat guide, Ernie, was fantastic. I learned so much about the bayou and alligators. Being late in the season we were fortunate to see many small gators.
Amber P from California
americandream2018
, Oct 2018
This was an excellent tour. What beautiful property & interesting history. We're so glad we didi this one!

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