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New Orleans Airboat Ride provided by Airboat Adventures

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New Orleans Airboat Ride

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 30/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Experience the Louisiana bayou outside of New Orleans on this airboat ride near Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Learn about the historic swampland, just a short ride outside the city, teeming with wildlife through your guide’s commentary. This tour offers an excellent way to get out of the city and into Louisiana nature. Both self-drive and hotel pickup options are available to fit your budget and schedule.
  • You'll start at
    5145 Fleming Park Rd
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Mississippi River
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    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
    Stop: 2 hours
    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.
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  • You'll end at
    5145 Fleming Park Rd
    5145 Fleming Park Rd, Lafitte, LA 70067, USA
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  • 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 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 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Airboat ride
  • Local guide
  • Hotel drop-off (If tour option with Transport is selected at the time of booking.)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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StephieGYA wrote a review 3 Jan
Carthage, Texas167 contributions17 helpful votes
Wow...we had an absolute BLAST!! Our Captain Jay Boutte was amazing!! We took the small boat tour. We saw bald eagles, dolphins, and alligators!! He was fun, comical, and full of history and information!! He also took as many pictures as we wanted!!! We had tried to book a
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3 Helpful votes
393Lauren wrote a review Dec 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri14 contributions2 helpful votes
We totally lucked out getting Ronnie as our guide. He’s the real deal, Louisiana accent an all. He’ll tell you, he’s 5th generation native Louisianan and has stories to share. He showed us how he traps crab, (super cool) and we got to learn about the gators and otters and
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Charlotte D wrote a review Dec 2020
Plano, Texas151 contributions31 helpful votes
We booked the small boat which was fantastic! We were able to get into areas we wouldn’t on a big boat! Captain Corey was knowledgeable! With the gators hibernating, he tried all his favorite spots to find some! We found a couple babies along the way! Great day on the water!
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daryl832 wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions
THIS is the tour to take. SMALL BOAT is the way to go as you can get in tighter bayous. "The Real Deal" Ronnie guide was spot on terrific. A native with great experiences to share. Even though the weather was cold we still saw gators. I told him I liked birds so he made sure we
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Date of experience: November 2020
Alex C wrote a review Nov 2020
Midland, Michigan282 contributions53 helpful votes
Really enjoyed this. Jay was fantastic. He ‘called’ gators and they actually emerged! We saw three alligators and a number of birds. The whole experience was wonderful and I highly recommend it.
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About the operator

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Maggie C
Wonderful Experience!
This was a wonderful experience and oh so much fun! Our captain was very informative and had a great sense of humor
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Company cancelled and never refunded money
Booked a swamp airboat tour over 1 month prior to visit to New Orleans, was texted 1 week prior that my tour time w
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Dawne D
Fun time
Had a great time with Captain E.J. on the Swamp Creature. Saw plenty of gators even though it was November and pret
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Karl M
Wild ride on our honeymoon
The airboat was a whole lot of fun. We actually got to see a lot of gators, from little baby ones to a big 14 foot
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Karl M
Honeymoon trip
Our first time on an airboat. We had a fabulous time. The captain was friendly and informative. Her took extra tim
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We chose to do an airboat over another boat just for the experience. We were not disappointed. I don’t remember the
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Loved our ride!!!
Our guide was Paul and he was fantastic. I’m not sure if u can ask for him but he was so knowledgeable. Born
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Alligators on your Honeymoon!
We did this on July 29th as part of our Honeymoon trip. It was a spectacular experience from start to finish. We we
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This was such an amazing experience! Jeff was our bus driver that picked us up from our hotel. He arrived on time
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ask for Jay and a small boat
take the smaller boat that holds i believe 4 to 6 people so that you can get the full thrill... and it is exciting
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Karl T
In the top 5 tours of my life ! Highlight of NOLA trip !
What an absolutely incredible experience! We expected something cool but this blew our minds. Captain Ian, who is a
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Ian K
See the natural world!
Magnificent! They pick you up in downtown New Orleans, take you to the boat, guide you round to see the wildlife in
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Ian K
Wow time in the swamp!
What a great way to see the everglades of Louisiana, the aligators, the beautiful birds, and to enjoy the guidance
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Aimee E
Great experience, recommend the small boat!
We absolutely loved our experience! Ian was our guide and he was super informative, funny, and nice. There was a di
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Tom R
A fun ride through the bayou
The airboat was a fun way to experience the bayou and to see some gators up close. The guide was fun but it is a li
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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