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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

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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

karenalex67 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our Guide was awesome, this was the best! It was raining a little so to us this was more authentic swamp weather lol!
We only wish the trip was longer, we will have to see about that next time!
Had an Awesome time.
V and K Vaden

Doris G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We learned so much about alligators as well as fascinating information about the swamps and bayous. My husband held a baby alligator, I was not so keen on holding, but didstroke his skin. What is just as interesting is meeting the various folks from all over the world, as the air boat is shared with others.

Andrew A H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great experience - the airboat ride was so much! Be sure to wear Sunscreen


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing and the tour guide was awesome really new his stuff


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a great day the the gentleman that was the guide was very knowledgable and friendly. He made the tour wonderful and showed us alligators and all of the sights of the bayou. overall a perfect experience.

Timothy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was great! Our guide was knowledgeable and the experience what what we had hoped for.

Corey H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Ritchie was a great captaina and the tour is amazing. Soooo much fun.

Gwendolyn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was great! I even held the baby alligator and I am scary when it comes to creatures of nature and insects! Tour guide was very knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our airboat tour was the perfect thing to do on a hot NOLA day. We saw many swamp animals including frogs and alligators. We even had a 10ft alligator following us around for a bit. Our airboat guide Bobby was fun, insightful, and full of knowledge. I learned so much about the lake, gulf, and swamp areas of Louisiana. He even fed the alligators while on land with them! I highly recommend this tour and would even request to have him as our guide again. Such a wonderful experience.

Jeniford United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

From the moment you are picked up for this tour to the moment you are dropped back off at your hotel, you receive a high level of customer service complete with fun facts of NOLA. While on the airboat, our guide Bobby stopped for a bit in the shade and gave us some history on NOLA and even let us hold a baby alligator. He even made it “smile.” This tour was exciting, relaxing, and fun! I would recommend it to anyone traveling to NOLA. The sun even had a beautiful rainbow ring around it to add to the beauty around.

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