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Take a break from the hustle-bustle of New Orleans and escape to nature on this exhilarating, family-friendly airboat ride! Spot alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets and herons as you take a fast, fun ride over a tidewater cypress swamp close to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Admire moss-covered cypress and tupelo-gum trees as you explore bayous teeming with life and take advantage of incredible photo ops.

This small-group tour is limited to eight people (small airboat) or 25 people (large airboat) to allow for better views of the wildlife.

Please note: If you book the self-drive option you will not receive hotel pick up
Itinerary
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You'll start at
5145 Fleming Park Rd
Or, you can also get picked up
See Important Information for details
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    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
    Stop: 2 hours -
    Drive-out 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. 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 flat-bottomed 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 and your pilot points out a stunning variety of wildlife. 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 you amazing photo opportunities. Also 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. Your morning or afternoon airboat tour ends at the embarkation point. Be sure to check out the indoor exhibits of alligators — including an albino alligator — before making your way back to downtown New Orleans on your own. 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 in the 'special requirements' field at the time of checkout or advise the local operator directly after booking.
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Experience the Louisiana bayou with this airboat ride through the swamps
  • Customize your tour with multiple departure times and transportation options
  • Learn about the swamp’s history, environment, and wildlife from your guide
  • Flat-bottom airboats allow access to even the shallowest parts of the swamp
  • Explore the Cajun town (embarkation point) of Jean Lafitte on your own
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
What to Expect
When booking, customize this tour to fit your schedule. You can choose from morning or afternoon departures; self-drive to the town of Jean Lafitte; or bus pickup at your New Orleans hotel. Once you arrive at the launch site, step aboard your airboat (small boats accommodate six to eight passengers; large boats are limited to 25). Hold on to your seat as the fast, light boat takes off through the tidewater cypress swamp, which borders Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The flat-bottom airboat allows access to even the shallowest of water, where many tidal birds and swamp creatures make their homes. Your guide narrates the sights, such as tupelo-gum trees and cypress trees covered with moss, as you whip through the water. Learn about the bayou’s native creatures, such as nutria, snakes, turtles, and alligators. Back in Jean Lafitte, stop by the albino alligator exhibit or grab some food before leaving.
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Important Information
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. 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. Pickups start one hour and 15 minutes prior to tour time.
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Airboat ride
  • Local guide
  • Hotel drop-off (If tour option with Transport is selected at the time of booking.)
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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My husband and I went on a swamp tour after eloping in NOLA. Our parents joined us and we had an amazing time! Our guide, Greg, was very knowledgeable and I was confident with his “driving” abilities. We saw some gators, egrets, something that looked like a beaver and an
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Captain Dylan was awesome and fun. Very knowledgeable, excellent people skills and extremely polite and funny. Made this air boat ride a blast. Had a private 8 air boat ride and was definitely worth it.
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Our Airboat Adventure with Greg was amazing! He is a native Louisiana boy who grew up on the land and marsh we visited. We seen 8 gators with one around 10-12 foot long. We also seen a hawk, bald eagle and his large eagle nest along with other birds. He was very knowledgeable
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Response from AirboatAdv, Guest Relations Manager at New Orleans Airboat Ride
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your recommendation! We're glad to hear Captain Greg was able to show your party some of the beauty and nature the Louisiana swamps have to offer! We hope to see you guys again soon!
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We had Paul as our tour guide and he did amazing!! Found us some alligators, very knowledgeable on the history and gave us the ride of our life! Highly recommended, and ask for Paul!!!
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Response from AirboatAdv, Guest Relations Manager at New Orleans Airboat Ride
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your recommendation! We're glad to hear Captain Paul was able to spot some of the wildlife native to the Louisiana swamps on your tour! We hope to see you guys again on your next visit to New Orleans!
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Being in NOLA an airboat visit of the swamps is mandatory. Easy reservation by phone and we choose to drive to the site. Tour guide is local and very knowledgeable. We saw several alligators and they were not “fakes”. The guide also explained many things on the swamps, the
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Response from AirboatAdv, Guest Relations Manager at New Orleans Airboat Ride
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for leaving your review, Hans! We're glad to hear your party had an excellent experience while with us! We hope to see you guys again on your next visit to New Orleans!
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Allison
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Definitely do it!
My husband and I went on a swamp tour after eloping in NOLA. Our parents joined us and we had an amazing time! Our
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Hans N
West Milford, New Jersey
181
A visit tp the NOLA swamps
There are many companies providing this service, and many brochures at the hotel. We coosed one by raffle and were
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Ronna K
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
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Captain Dylan
Captain Dylan was awesome and fun. Very knowledgeable, excellent people skills and extremely polite and funny.
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Daniel C
11
Great experience
I had a great time with Captain Dylan. Not only did we see some gaters and soar through the water ways, but also
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Solorios090216
21
Amazing Experience!
If the sun’s out, take this tour! We didn’t see as many gators as we wanted but we understood it was due to the
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Floy H
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Amazing adventure with Greg
Our Airboat Adventure with Greg was amazing! He is a native Louisiana boy who grew up on the land and marsh we
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Libbytnobis
Saint Louis, Missouri
32
Awesome! Pay the money!
We had Paul as our tour guide and he did amazing!! Found us some alligators, very knowledgeable on the history and
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Ray R
Newcastle and Gateshead, United Kingdom
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Great trip
We booked from one of the kiosks and were collected from our hotel and transported to the dock. First time on an
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creagh
97
A great adventure in a Air Boat
We had an excellent morning with Airboat Adventures who collected us from our hotel and gave us a wonderful tour .
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Hans N
West Milford, New Jersey
181
We wanted to see alligators
Being in NOLA an airboat visit of the swamps is mandatory. Easy reservation by phone and we choose to drive to the
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  • Duration: 2h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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