• Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride! This approximate 2‐hour 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

What You Can Expect

New Orleans Airboat Ride

Cypress swamps assume very different ecosystems based on their location

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great trip. From young to old in our group loved the ride and seeing the swamp. We took the more private 8 person boat which was nice since we could fit smaller canals of the swamp. Saw some small gators and one large one on a late December trip. Easy drive in from the city if you have a car. Operation was professional, on-time, and learned quite a bit about the local environment.. We would do this again. excursion

Leeanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

FUN!! Must do

Christoper R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Wonderful trip. The transport worked amazing. We weren't staying in French Quarter but arranged with the transport to pick us up where our accommodation shuttle was dropping us off. Turned out the 'day-of'' there was some road work needing a change of drop off and pickup....went very smoothly. The air boat operator was very knowledgeable and personable. Would recommend this and do it again as well.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Best price around if you don’t need the transportation! The company is Airboat Adventures. It took me a while to figure that out before booking, so hopefully that helps someone. Our captain was fun and knew his stuff.

Rachael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

A highlight of our trip! A little thrilling, beautiful and informative!
TIP: If you've never been to NOLA, book this your first or second day. It really gives you a deeper appreciation when you are drinking grenades in the city

Stephanie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great fun for whole family! Highly recommend!!

Stephanie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Awesome and fun adventure! Perfect for family! Saw lots of gators too!

Joseph D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Was better than I imagined. Guide was very informative. Saw many alligators. Experienced the bayou

jodi w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was the highlight of our trip. Had low expectations because some of our group had gone to the everglades, reserved smaller boat and the whole group had a wonderful time. It was beautiful, fun and thrilling. Highly recommend. We went to the slave plantation after and that was amazing as well.

Linda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The airboat operator was a great guide! He even had a baby alligator for us to hold. We were actually able to see some gators up close, they came right up to the boat.

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