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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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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

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A memorable experience
Michael
, Jul 2021
A memorable experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the local area and made Eberle feel comfortable with the airboat experience. Plenty of local wildlife to enjoy.
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Amazing
William_A
, Jul 2021
This Airboat ride was amazing. Our guide was very informative. Made sure we seen plenty of alligators. I will recommend this to everyone
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Great time!
William_C
, Jul 2021
Great experience all around! I was glad to see alligators in their habitat. Our guide hit all the right spots.
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Amazing
Jessica_B
, Jul 2021
Our guide kissing the gater! The fin boat ride, the raccoons. Very fun and entertaining. The water splash.
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Swamp tour
Eunice_F
, Jul 2021
Saw several crocs and got to feed them too! It was hot but with the guide pumping up the airboat… ‘‘twas fun!
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DO THIS!
Ralph_S
, Jul 2021
This was an awesome tour and so worth the money. Our shuttle arrived on time. Our guide was knowledgeable of the areas to find alligators! He kept us laughing and very well entertained.
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Entertaining
Charlsie_W
, Jul 2021
Cory entertains as well as informs. Disappointed there were not any more critters to see……but that is not in Cory’s control. Definitely enjoyable.
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Mixed emotions
Amanda_S
, Jul 2021
I will say that my experience with this company is hit or miss. I went on the same (large boat) tour within a week from each other and both experiences were complete opposites. The first tour was phenomenal! Our tour guide (Dylan) was amazing, gave us great opportunities to get close to gators and gave us a ton of information on gators and their habitat. I loved it so much that I recommended it for my younger nephew whom to just happen to be visiting a week later. So of course after my first experience I wanted to take him. Well this next tour guild (didn’t give us his name) was horrible. He drove the boat slow making the heat/sun more intense and kept driving away from gators, because he said they were small and he wanted the big one. We finally got to interact with some and contributed on our slow boat ride. Finally at the end we saw a larger gator so he circled back and pasted by slowly no interaction or information again. Let’s just say that it was disappointing. No information was given, and we walked away feeling very disappointed and sunburned with no great stories to off set the pain.
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Fun on the Mississippi River!
Rikki_L
, Jul 2021
We had so much fun!! A great experience. Our tour guide was awesome! I would definitely do it again! Try to get a earlier tour to avoid that hot sun!!!
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Awesome
Thomas_C
, Jul 2021
Loved it! Will do it again! My husband and I enjoyed every bit of it. It was hot but the driver moved us around as much as possible to keep us cool
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