• 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 September 2018

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!!

Lucy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

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!

Helmut B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Absolutely worth your time and money. Our guide, Cory, was outstanding. Saw plenty of alligators and the gorgeous Louisana swamp.

Gretchen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

My family of four really enjoyed the tour. We took the smaller boat option and Danny ensured we saw lots of gators and got some serious up-close encounters! It was a blast!

ann s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

T-Earl was our guide and he was fantastic. So much fun to spend a couple of hours with. He was so knowledgeable about the area and his love for the bayou is infectious. This is a must on your visit to New Orleans.


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!

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