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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Armando A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. We went with a group of 6 and went with the small airboat ride I think it is definitely worth the extra money the small boats get you in the smaller areas. We seen lots of gators ranging in size from small to a massive 13 footer. Our tour guide was also awesome. Highly recommended

Mary E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great captain and really fun trip! Got to hold a baby alligator saw plenty of wildlife and trees draped with Spanish moss. Most informative!

Briana N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fantastic!! I can't imagine visiting New Orleans without experiencing this tour! I highly recommend paying a little extra for hotel pick-up. Its a good 30 miles from the French Quarter and would be difficult to find IT on your own or even catch an uber back. Our bus driver was so sweet and told us the history while driving through the cities. Everyone was so friendly and we had no issues at all.

The tour itself was a-maz-ing!!!! Our tour guide caught us all off guard and just jumped into the swap to play with the wild alligators. I even got to hold a baby! Worth every penny! Definitely recommending this tour to my family and friends!

Julie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

this was this experience we were looking for thanks BIG T thank for letting us hold Puffy!

Julie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

this was the experience i was looking for thanks BIG T and we loved Puffy!

Laura C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The airboat driver was very knowledgeable and we learned some interesting facts about gators and conservation efforts. My daughter had always dreamed of holding an alligator, so she was over the moon about getting the opportunity to hold a baby alligator.

mpixley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Oh my gosh, our Airboat Ride was the highlight of our trip. Our driver, Alan, was fantastic. He was funny, entertaining, knowledgeable about facts of the swamp and it's history, and kept our little ones excited and interested. He even attempted to get us involved by offering closer looks at things. Lots of laughs and much fun.. When I purchased our ride months ago, I had no idea what to expect for the cost. Well, it was worth every penny. Don't forget to trip your driver! My only Con is the wait we had at Viator to check in. There were lots of bus loads of people all waiting to check in. I had our paid voucher but had no idea what to do with the long line and no one to ask except the people behind the counter taking care of the lines. There was also long lines for the ladies room. As it turned out the wait was to get wrist bands and your assigned driver.. It wouldn't have been so stressful had I known this ahead of time. BTW, there is live animals and gift things inside to keep kids entertained while someone waits in line. I highly recommend this Airboat ride to everyone at least once. The history lesson during the ride was valved by kids and adults alike.

Elizabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants an adventure! Our guide was a local and was very knowledgeable and funny. The landscape was beautiful in the swamp and we saw a lot of alligators. We even got to hold a baby alligator, which was awesome!

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.
Thank's
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.

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