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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
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.
  • 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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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 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


  • "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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Blast on the Bayou
Brandi_C
, May 2021
The tour was a blast! Our guide was amazing and was very informative and funny. One of the coolest tours in the US. Highly recommend it!
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star-5
Worth the $!
Kristin_J
, May 2021
Awesome outing!! Staff and guide/captain was the best! Airboat ride was amazing saw the alligators close up and learned some fun facts along the way!
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Swamp tour
Khristie_P
, May 2021
The airboat tour was great! Really enjoyed the guide! Love their accents!! We were almost late due to not having an address from the travel agency but other than that it was great!!
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Ghost tour or BLACKKKK history lesson
Contesta_H
, May 2021
The tour was awful. Linda our tour guide made the tour a BLACKKKK history lesson. I asked her to stop referencing African American people as BLACKKKK people. That as an African American It was VERY offensive to me. She continued. There were no ghost no vampires no scary anything. I am in the process of trying to get my money back as it was not the tour that we paid for and I am very unhappy about it. That was the worst part of my trip.
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star-5
Fantastic!!
Momof7
, May 2021
A great experience. T-Earl was the BEST!! If you’re going to New Orleans I would definitely book this Adventure. It was a short trip from the city but worth the drive. Also T-Earl gave us some great tips on where to get the best food and drinks in the city.
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Amazing air boat with Capt Steve
Steve_G
, May 2021
Captain Steve was amazing!! Weather was So beautiful !! Saw some some big gators. This is a Must Do if you are near New Orleans!!😊
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Amazing experiencr
Judy_A
, May 2021
Loved the alligators and the guide in the swamp airboat ride! I got some amazing pictures! I even got to feed an alligator!!
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Amazing airboat ride
KELLEY_S
, May 2021
Jay was amazing. You can tell he has a real love for the swamps. The airboat ride itself was great with Jay really showing his driving abilities. We saw several gators and other wildlife. This was our favorite part of our trip.
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A must do while visiting New Orleans
Lori_M
, May 2021
Definitely a ‘must do’ while in New Orleans! Ronnie, our tour guide, was amazing! Funny, knowledgeable and helped make a great experience! Highly recommend!
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It was fun!
Catherine_J
, May 2021
The Airboat was fun. The guide was funny and knowledgeable. The check in process was horrible. You check-in at a souvenir shop. There are lines of people going every which way. They also are selling snacks and souvenirs. Slow and chaotic. But, the actual boat tour was fun!
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