• 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

Large Airboat

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 July 2018

The airboat swamp tour was wonderful and worth every penny!!! I don’t remember our captain’s name but he had a baby alligator that he brought with us named Fluffy! Everybody passed her around and we got to take pictures with her! The tour was breathtaking and our captain was so knowledgeable and funny! He told us all kinds of history and trivia about the swamp and the area! Also gave us great ideas for jazz clubs and food!! Would definitely go again!!

Karen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We would highly recommend this tour company. We had an amazing adventure with a knowledgeable guide who stopped several times to tell us about the area. We saw PLENTY of alligators up close and personal! Although the airboat tour was a high-speed adventure, our guide and the tour company clearly held safety as a top priority. We would definitely take this tour again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

I highly recommend this excursion. It was the most fun we had while in New Orleans. The company was extremely organized and the guide was a lot of fun.

Melissa J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Captain Richie was very knowledgeable and fun..we had a awesome time..saw a lot of wildlife..highly recommend

Nicole C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

So. Much. Fun!!!!!!! This was such a unique experience that I would suggest to everyone who is visiting New Orleans. Wear a hat and some sunscreen for sure, but this tour is 100 worth the drive over!

Tammy P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent airboat ride! It was what we expected and more. Our guide was entertaining and we saw many alligators. I would definitely recommend the small boat over the large boat for a more personal experience. It is probably a good idea to include the transportation also if you will be departing from your hotel. They waited for one of the buses that was late which delayed our departure some. We used Uber to get there which allowed us to depart from a location other than our hotel, but it was more expensive than the bus option.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing, it exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We had many opportunities to see gators and the scenery was incredible. We recommend going in the morning because it’s less busy and not as hot.

Corey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This tour was amazing!

Teree P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very enjoyable. Guide took us all over and spotted many alligators, some birds, turtles

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very good tour guide. Saw lots of alligators and guide was full of interesting stories.

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