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Lafitte, United States
New Orleans Airboat Ride

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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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Hotel drop-off (If tour option with Transport is selected at the time of booking.)
Food and drinks
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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Please arrive 1 hour 15 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.Note:THIS TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORTATION UNLESS YOU SELECT THE OPTION WITH TRANSPORT. ***Pickups start one hour and 15 minutes prior to tour time. Tour also picks up at the locations below. Please contact local tour operator if you need to coordinate pick up from one of the following: 1201 Decatur St. 315 Decatur 414 Canal 506 Conti 600 Canal St. 613 Decatur 638 St. Ann 701 Canal 819 Decatur 901 Decatur (Pelican New Orleans - Maison Dupy) 905 Royal St. 925 Common St. (Luxury Apartments) Balcony Music Club - 1331 Decatur Corner of Chartres & Esplanade Corner of N. Rampart & Esplanade Holiday Inn on Royal Lighthouse ** Pickup at Lighthouse ** Omni Riverfront (Pickup at Lowe's Hotel) Quarter House Staybridge Suites
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.
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
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
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.
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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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


1,394 Reviews

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The boat ride was nice...
, Nov 2021
The boat ride was nice though the weather did not permits to see any wild life. Jordan the guide was funny and engaging. The bus pickup and drop to the hotel was comfortable and timely. Only Issue was that no one in the bus including the driver was wearing a mask though the law mandates it and the bus even had a board saying that everyone should be masked up! It was very disconcerting.
, Nov 2021
Tik tok our guide was awesome! Amazing Tour! Very informative. Lots of wildlife. Thoroughly enjoyed!
Good ride and good guide.
, Nov 2021
The guide told good stories about the area and the alligators. We liked hearing about the effects of hurricane Ida.
Fun Day!
, Nov 2021
Lots of fun. Our guide was so funny, he made the trip very enjoyable. We enjoyed seeing the alligators eat the marshmallows. The history of the swamp area with the stories about the hurricanes was an added bonus.
Larry the tour guy
, Nov 2021
Pay up for the small air boat for a more intimate experience where you get to go in smaller nooks that other boats wouldn’t be able to. Larry was a true home-grown gem and nice human with lots of knowledge to share.
We loved learning about...
, Nov 2021
We loved learning about the swamp vs bayou. It was also interesting to see the long lasting damage of Hurricane Ida
Fun in the sun!
, Nov 2021
We enjoyed our airboat ride! Fun for the whole family! Would definitely recommend! Our tour guide was very informative.
Awesome experience!!!
, Nov 2021
Cory was an amazing guide- amusing and informative. His unique realty with the gators allowed us to get up close and personal with the prehistoric creatures.
Great tour
, Nov 2021
Great knowledgeable guide, saw plenty of alligators and wildlife. Guide turned boat around so all could get a good view. If on larger boat try and get seat not in the middle as will see/experience more.
, Nov 2021
Thumbs up. Steve was an awesome tour guide. Lots of history and gators! Fun trip. Def will do it again!!!!

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