• 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

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.

Stacy D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Can’t say enough about this trip! We did the small boat and it was worth every penny. T Earl was awesome. He shared so much great information, gave us a wonderful ride and we saw lots of alligators. The bayou is very pretty! I would HIGHLY recommend this trip

Tom Drury

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

A marvelous trip with a knowledgeable guide. We did the 15 person ride and it was highly enjoyable. Didnt need coats or anything as the boat didnt spray anyone with water and didnt generate a cool breeze either. The directions on how to get there were great too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was fantastic! Our guide, Steve took us through the swamps on the six passenger airboat and we got up close and personal with alligators and turtles. Steve was a fantastic guide and he made our trip so enjoyable, it exceeded our expectations and given we did this on the last day of our vacation has left us with very fond memories of NOLA. Highly recommended!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Super fun and entertaining. The guide was funny and very creole. Saw lots of small gators. The airboats go pretty fast!

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