New Orleans Airboat Ride

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Overview

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

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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.

Inclusions for New Orleans Airboat Ride

  • Airboat ride
  • Local guide
  • Hotel drop-off (selected hotels only, if option selected at the time of booking)

Exclusions for New Orleans Airboat Ride

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Operates in all weather conditions; please dress appropriately

Not recommended for participants with back problems

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for pregnant women

Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Minimum age is 5 years

Reservations booked separately will not be guaranteed to be on the same boat.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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305 reviews by the users

  • Wonderful trip. The transport worked amazing. We weren't staying in French Quarter but arranged with the transport to pick us up where our accommodation shuttle was dropping us off. Turned out the 'day-of'' there was some road work needing a change of drop off and pickup....went very smoothly. The air boat operator was very knowledgeable and personable. Would recommend this and do it again as well.

  • Best price around if you don’t need the transportation! The company is Airboat Adventures. It took me a while to figure that out before booking, so hopefully that helps someone. Our captain was fun and knew his stuff.

  • A highlight of our trip! A little thrilling, beautiful and informative!
    TIP: If you've never been to NOLA, book this your first or second day. It really gives you a deeper appreciation when you are drinking grenades in the city

  • Great fun for whole family! Highly recommend!!

  • Awesome and fun adventure! Perfect for family! Saw lots of gators too!

  • Was better than I imagined. Guide was very informative. Saw many alligators. Experienced the bayou

  • This was the highlight of our trip. Had low expectations because some of our group had gone to the everglades, reserved smaller boat and the whole group had a wonderful time. It was beautiful, fun and thrilling. Highly recommend. We went to the slave plantation after and that was amazing as well.

  • The airboat operator was a great guide! He even had a baby alligator for us to hold. We were actually able to see some gators up close, they came right up to the boat.

  • It was a great ride and an excellent captain!!

  • We had a great time and saw lots of alligators. Our guide knew what he was doing he even avoided the rain for most of the tour. It did catch us on the way back and we got completely soaked, but we enjoyed the trip anyway.

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