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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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Lafitte, United States

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

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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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.
  • 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
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
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Departure Point

5145 Fleming Park Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
Note:THIS TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU SELECT THE OPTION WITH TRANSPORT.

***Pickups start one hour and 15 minutes prior to tour time.

Tour also picks up at the locations below. Please contact local tour operator if you need to coordinate pick up from one of the following:

1201 Decatur St.
315 Decatur
414 Canal
506 Conti
600 Canal St.
613 Decatur
638 St. Ann
701 Canal
819 Decatur
901 Decatur (Pelican New Orleans - Maison Dupy)
905 Royal St.
925 Common St. (Luxury Apartments)
Balcony Music Club - 1331 Decatur
Corner of Chartres & Esplanade
Corner of N. Rampart & Esplanade
Holiday Inn on Royal
Holiday Inn Superdome on Loyola St.
Lighthouse ** Pickup at Lighthouse **
Courtyard by Marriott on Julia St.
Omni Riverfront (Pickup at Lowe's Hotel)
Hotel Provencial
Quarter House
Staybridge Suites

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 face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Airboat Ride?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Airboat Ride.
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 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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Traveler Tips


  • "Wear a hat and some sunscreen for sure, but this tour is 100 worth the drive over!" See review
  • "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

Reviews

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Rachel
, Dec 2020
When I arrived in New Orleans and reviewed my itinerary,I was unable to reach this company through Viator I could not reach them to find out when our tour was..No one contacted me ,but I was charged. I disputed the bill ,unfortunately I was never reimbursed.So dissatisfied.We had no problem with any other activity we reserved in advance.Just this.
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star-5
Fun for all ages
Mark_T
, Dec 2020
Great excursion, from the stories told by the local guide to the many alligators and large birds. We took the larger boat but it wasn't full due to time of year. During busier times I'd recommend smaller boat if you can swing it.
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A Must Do for Your NEw Orleans Trip!!
Angela_E
, Dec 2020
One of the best parts of my trip to New Orleans was the Airboat Ride! Everyone was so nice and our tour guide was hilarious! I highly recommend this ride, we everything from bald eagles to alligators to snakes! Plus the ride was so much fun and the views were amazing!
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A blast! Beautiful scenery!
Tabitha_B
, Dec 2020
Tik Tok was a great tour guide! He made the experience just that much more fun with his laid back and fun personality! Definitely the way to tour the swamps! Highly recommend!
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The highlight of our trip.
Sarah_H
, Nov 2020
We had an amazing tour! The guide was fun and knowledgeable and made the whole thing an authentic experience. We also saw three alligators!
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Worth every penny
Stephanie_K
, Nov 2020
Awesome tour guide. He really knew his stuff. Even though it was fall and the big gators are asleep he knew just where to find the little guys.
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Awesome
Jason_R
, Nov 2020
Great guides and excellent experience. Nice facility with a bar while you wait. Our guide was very knowledgeable
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Best time
Janae_H
, Nov 2020
Our tour guide was Ronnie. He was amazing. He was knowledgeable and fun. Even shared personal experience.
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So much fun!
Brianna_T
, Nov 2020
They really get interactive with the alligator !! So cool & interesting to be firsthand of! This was also my first time in a airboat!! So awesome!!
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Great airboat ride!
David_M
, Nov 2020
We loved the raccoon surprise! Great captain. First time in an airboat. We like that he went back Into the swamp. Saw lots of alligators!
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