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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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icon2 to 4 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. Both self-drive and hotel pickup options are available, and hotel pickups begin 75 minutes prior to tour time.
  • 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.) Hotel pickups begin 75 minutes prior to tour time.
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Airboat ride
Local guide
Hotel drop-off (If tour option with Transport is selected at the time of booking.)
Gratuities
Food and drinks
Children under 5 are not allowed on this tour
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
5145 Fleming Park Rd , 5145 Fleming Park Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067, USA

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This activity will end right where it started.***Pickups start 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to tour time.*** Please be outside or near the main entrance where you have a visible line of sight of the designated transportation area. The driver will be picking up from multiple stops in a 30 minute window. If the bus is not there at first, please keep an eye out for a white shuttle bus with a red logo. Note: THIS TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU SELECT THE OPTION WITH TRANSPORT.
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. Hotel pickups begin 75 minutes prior to your chosen tour time.  

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 your 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 1 hour and 45 minute tour 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: 1 hour 45 minutes
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
  • Taxi & Ride Share services not available in our area
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 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

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star-5
Riding on the airboat and...
Diana_B
, Aug 2022
Riding on the airboat and seeing the gators The driver made it fun and I forgot my cellphone and he found it and returned it to me quickly. Everyone was so friendly
star-5
Airboat Ride with Ronnie
Cody_M
, Aug 2022
Probably getting splashed and seeing the gators then getting to feed then some marshmallows. Our guide Ronnie was great and very engaging.
star-5
Good vibes
Nikki_B
, Aug 2022
Friendly people and I would love to do it again. I would like to tell everyone about you guys and the fun we had.
star-5
Our guide was great. Was...
Patricia_L
, Aug 2022
Our guide was great. Was a very interesting and exciting experience! Would love to go back and do it again.
star-2
Bayou boat tour
candese_d
, Aug 2022
Fun but I paid for an small airboat tour. Upon arrival I was told because I was 2 months pregnant I had to go on a large plantoon boat ride and I would be refunded the difference but I NEVER was!
star-5
Our driver fed some large...
Marjorie_S
, Aug 2022
Our driver fed some large alligators and patted one on the head. The scenery was beautiful, and the airboat ride was unforgettable. I will book again next summer!
star-5
Great family memories
Elia_O
, Aug 2022
It was a great family adventure. Our tour guide was great. Definitely recommend this tour as one that promises fun and great photos
star-5
Our guide Randy ( I think...
Nicole_T
, Aug 2022
Our guide Randy ( I think that’s his name) was phenomenal! He made sure we had an experience! We even fed the gators!!
star-5
Amazing experience
BELINDA_R
, Aug 2022
We had a great afternoon, Kenny was our driver very knowledgeable and funny. The company was great we had issues with flights which meant we needed to change our tour time and it was no problem. Would recommend to everyone to do this tour whilst in new orleans
star-5
Great experience, and great guide
Jose_M
, Aug 2022
Great experience, and great guide. We really enjoy the ride and the nature within it. We could spot awesome alligators and the guide made the ride very entertained.
star-5
Well worth it!
Bryan_D
, Aug 2022
Great tour guide! He made our experience the best it could be. We saw a lot of wild life and beautiful swamp country.
star-5
Awesome Swamp Adventure!!!
ZayaReddic_R
, Aug 2022
Along with seeing some beautiful alligators we saw, turtles, eagles, plants and amazing scenery. Our tour guide was great.
star-5
Awesome!
Juli_M
, Aug 2022
The stories our guide told were funny and informative! We will be back! The gators come right up to the boat
star-5
What a ride!!
Marcia_R
, Aug 2022
We loved going up those little narrow passageways in the airboat, finding all of the alligators. Our guide was very informative and really made it fun. We were hopeful this would be a highlight and it did not disappoint.
star-5
See ya later alligator
Tykia_C
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was so funny and informational. I really enjoyed being able to feed the gators marshmallows and getting up close to them.
star-5
Jay was an amazing tour...
Morgan_L
, Aug 2022
Jay was an amazing tour guide he made it interesting and fun! The air boat is definitely an experience and the views are beautiful!
star-4
Ok Airboat Tour
David_W
, Aug 2022
The swamp was beautiful and the alligators were fun watch up close. We chose to do a private small airboat tour. The airboat ride was a new adventure for us, but not as fast as we wanted it would be. Our guide was not able to talk while the boat was in motion due to noise, but when stopped he didn't have a lot of information to share...although very comfortable around gators. He kept asking us if we had questions, but was not great at filling in the gaps to keep it interesting. Based on the price we paid, we expected the guide to share more.
star-5
Would do it again!
Jessica_T
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide was awesome. Saw about 4 different alligators. They were on the smaller side but still fun to see. The airboat was really fun and we got sprinkled with water from time to time.
star-5
Loved it
Shneequa_J
, Aug 2022
It was exciting to be up close and personal with the gators. My mom and sister really enjoyed it also. Would do it again.
star-5
Lots of fun!
Matt_F
, Aug 2022
Very great tour! Would go again! Very beautiful area…trees…birds…alligators…pretty trip! Have never been to Louisiana before. Would go back again.

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