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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

JOHN B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

George our tour guide was amazing and gave everyone a lot of knowledge and entertainment.

AH81

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide was a local who knew about the area extensively! We are also very thankful to the staff who helped us with our ticket issue.We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and we highly recommend it as a day tour from New Orleans!

Launa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was SO MUCH FUN. The guide was great and incredibly talented at driving the boat through the swamp. Something we would absolutely do again. We even got to hold a young alligator at the end of the ride. We would all absolutely recommend this. Remember to wear warm clothes, the wind gets chilly.

slothbird

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

AMAZING in every single way! Our guide was the best man for the job

Hampton V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great Time. Jay was the Man. Made the tour fun and informative.

john

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great ride on a small airboat. Saw plenty of wildlife. Very enjoyable trip.

Ghassan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Just a beautiful experience. It is a gorgeous scene with more than just alligators. There are beautiful Cyprus trees and exotic birds everywhere. One of my favorites parts of my trip to NOLA.

Nicole B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Had a blast. 10:45am, 6-8 person airboat. Perfect time of day, saw more then a handful of
gators. Great tour guide. I would definitely recommend this company to others

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!

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