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Lafitte, United States
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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat ride. This 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.
  • 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
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Airboat ride
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Hotel drop-off (If tour option with Transport is selected at the time of booking.)
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Departure Point

5145 Fleming Park Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose a morning or afternoon tour and meet your airboat at the embarkation point in the town of Lafitte, an historic fishing village named for notorious 19th‐century pirate and privateer Jean Lafitte, 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 Po' boy 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 at the time of checkout or advise the local operator directly after booking.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Mississippi River
Drive-out along the Mississippi River approximately 30 miles (48 km) to the embarkation point of your airboat from your New Orleans hotel. Depending on the option you selected, board a large airboat holding 15 to 25 passengers or a small airboat limited to six to eight passengers for a more intimate, personalized experience.
Stop At:  
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Set out on a 20,000-acre (8,095-hectare) tract of tidewater cypress swamp close to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Your airboat is powered by an aircraft propeller to allow a fast, fluid trip through the shallow marshes. Feel the wind on your face as you zip into bayous lined with mossy cypress and tupelo-gum trees. Prepare to see plenty of alligators in the warmer months (and warmer days in winter), some of which may be out sunning themselves on rocks! Your guide may even feed the gators, affording amazing photo opportunities. Keep your eyes open for turtles, snakes, egrets, herons and ibis. You may even catch sight of a hawk, owl or bald eagle. In the cooler months, look for white-tailed deer, raccoons and the large rodents known as nutria. Be sure to check out the indoor exhibits of alligators, including an albino alligator. Note: This tour does not include hotel pick-up or drop-off unless option selected at checkout.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Reservations booked separately will not be guaranteed to be on the same boat
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Airboat Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.

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  • "NOTE - the airboat ride is LOUD and you are provided ear protectors, so you need to be bold in asking questions during the tour." See review
  • "I recommend taking the ride in the warmer months so you can see more animals." See review

Reviews

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1,439 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Fun and insightful
Elaine_J
, Jan 2022
Riding in an airboat is a fun fast way to cover a lot of area in the swamp! Our guide Steve, was well experienced in finding his way around to those areas where the alligators are found, and I’m keeping Is from getting stuck or lost! Also adept at showing and explaining the devastating effects of past hurricanes on the area and the effects of the rise of the ocean level in our coastal areas. For anyone who remains oblivious to world changes and their effects on our fellow human beings, this is a must see.
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star-5
Great
Picaso824
, Jan 2022
Was wonderful. Boat tour guide was knocked and pleasant. Got to see quite a few alligators. Great experience
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star-5
Great captain
Cynthia_F
, Jan 2022
Had a great time. Captain was very knowledgeable. Tour was great all kinds of animals to see lots to look at
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Bussin’ Bayou Tour
Melanie_B
, Jan 2022
Cody was a great tour guide, taking us as close as possible to where the gators were. In his attempt to make sure both sides of the boat got up close and personal with a trio of basking gators we got stuck on a tree submerged in the water. His calm attempts to get us free were pretty funny to say the least. We ended up getting knocked free by another air boat and then we were on our way! This was a great experience and would definitely recommend!
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star-1
Don’t sell this activity in Winter
Alberto_A
, Jan 2022
My trip was canceled for weather reasons. Fortunately I was enough heads up to book another activity. The company should not sell this tour on this winter season
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star-5
Great tour guide made all the difference!
Kimberly_C
, Jan 2022
AMAZING TOUR GUIDE, Tiktok!!! Our guide gave us some awesome background on the surrounding area and the effect of hurricane ida. Had excellent luck with the weather and we’re fortunate enough to see 20+ gators 🐊
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star-5
Family Fun on an Airboat
JoseLuis_S
, Jan 2022
It was a nice experience. We saw some alligators, turtles and native vegetation. The skipper was very helpful and funny.
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star-5
Such a blast! Wonderful...
Jessica_K
, Jan 2022
Such a blast! Wonderful experience where we saw lots of wildlife. Tik Toc was a great guide, very knowledgeable and funny. We loved it!
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star-3
Poor Buses - Great Airboat ride!
Jeffery_D
, Jan 2022
Great tour once we got there. Their poorly maintained buses resulted in ours breaking down on the way. However, Captain Mark was a great airboat pilot and we had a great time with him!
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star-1
Worst tour
Sholonda_M
, Jan 2022
We were scheduled for a 12 o’clock swamp tour and waited for a hour for a bus to bring other people. This was my second on a swam tour and this one wasn’t good at all.
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Product code: 6455NOLAAIR

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