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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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Safety measures
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.)
Gratuities
Food and drinks

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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.

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star-1
Not a real airboat ride
Dan_L
, Sep 2021
A swamp tour on an airboat. It said a airboat ride which is usually flying thru the swamp turning, sliding fun ride. This was riding around the swamp looking for gators. I could have done that in a covered boat.
star-5
Guide was terrific,. ...
Alicia_L
, Sep 2021
Guide was terrific,. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Great experience taking small airboat ride. Informative about swamps and life on the bayou. Recommend this company and this experience to others.
star-5
A blast in the swamp!
Meredith_Y
, Sep 2021
Such a wonderful experience. Our guide was local, knowledgeable, and authentic. He showed us the effects Hurricane Ida had on the area.
star-5
Spring Break Tour
Carlan_M
, Sep 2021
The best!!! What a great touch that our captain is from the area and is generational. We Werner supposed to see gators due to the weather but we did!!! My teens loved actually holding one! Great experience
star-5
Awesome tour guide
Monica_J
, Aug 2021
TikTok was an awesome tour guide. Great experience feeding alligators swamp crack lol. Would definitely recommend
star-5
Amazing
Christina_K
, Aug 2021
I think his name was Corey but super fun and loved the way he could call the alligators and the ride was awesome really worth the money
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Went with my wife and...
Jonathan_H
, Aug 2021
Went with my wife and daughter. They loved it, even though it was pretty hot and humid. The driver made sure we would see some Gators, and they came really close to the boat. Definitely worth the trip. The scenery was pretty amazing too.
star-5
Birthday blast
Tanya_H
, Aug 2021
Jay was a great guide! My daughter wanted to go for her birthday and she had the biggest smile the whole time. Going fast, getting splashed, seeing the wildlife, and learning the history was all fantastic. She already wants to come back again. Thank you!
star-5
No gator bait needed!
Rachel_W
, Aug 2021
My husband and I had a great time. It seemed a bit overwhelming when we arrived but all was perfectly executed. From the covered patio and tables, to the ice-cold drinks, to the funny and informative Airboat Captain. It was so fun. We saw 4-5 gators and lots of beautiful scenery. Loved the experience and so glad we did it!
star-5
Awesome experience!
Stacey_M
, Aug 2021
We were in small airboat with Steve as our guide. We had a great time. He was funny and knowledgeable. We saw many alligators, beautiful scenery and birds. We would definufo again.

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