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
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.
Viator Traveler's Reviews
, Oct 2018
First time visiting NOLA, we were told this was a must for our ‘to do’ list. We’re glad we did it, an amazing experience!!!
We booked a small boat and couldn’t have been more excited to do so. Seeing everyone crammed into the large boat made us feel quite fortunate to have such a personal experience. Being a small boat was so much more agile and exciting and up close and personal. We probably saw at least 20 gators and several turtles. We were told that October was about as late as you want to go on this experience since the animals are starting to prep for winter. Overall this is an amazing experience and one that you should not pass up if you have the opportunity and time to do so.
We had a group of eleven and we all enjoyed the tour. Our guide was entertaining and knowledgable about the area. The swamps were beautiful and we got to see several alligators. Eat before you go as there is really no place to go within walking distance and byob! If you get a Lyft or Uber there the only way back is by taxi, so I would reserve that ahead of time so you're not left waiting for 45min for a ride back like we were.
We arrived to an albino alligator when checking in, which my girls loved. The captain was amazing and gave not only a tour but education on the geography, history and ecology of the bayou area. It was a short 30-40 minute ride from New Orleans and SO worth the trip!!!
Our Airboat adventure was amazing! It was the highlight of our trip to New Orleans. With transportation, they picked us up from our hotel and dropped us back at our hotel. The airboat ride itself was so enjoyable. We got to see alligators and learn about the habitat in the bayou. Highly recommend this company if you go to New Orleans!!
My sister, my best friend and I went on the airboat ride and let me tell you, it was AMAZING! From the moss on the trees down to the baby gators walking on the lily pads it was just awesome. We went early to try and beat the heat but it's August, what do you expect? I wanted a smaller boat so we did the 8 passenger boat ride and ended up with just 6 of us plus the tour guide, on the boat! It was great! he took us to areas a bigger airboat wouldn't fit and it was just AMAZING! There were young gators and a couple of old-timers I think our guide said were 60-70 years old. HUGE! The view is breathtaking you literally do not need to use any filters. I would definitely recommend this tour and I will be coming again soon! P.S. weather changes quick so bring a raincoat! We started off needed sunblock and ended up soaked to the bone but totally worth it!
It was a good tour. We had a great guide, captain Richie. We were able to hold a baby alligator and saw some alligators of different sizes I would suggest it. On a personal note the only thing I would do different instead of doing the big airboat I would do the smaller one.