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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
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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 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
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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justjohn wrote a review 14 Sep
Effingham, New Hampshire8 contributions
The knowledge of the boat pilot was great. Gives some information on gator biology. Got to feed and hold gators. A great experience.
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Tammy M wrote a review 13 Sep
3 contributions
We just finished this tour on a small airboat, with 7 passengers. Our guide, Ian, was personable and friendly, answering questions, showing (and feeding) the wildlife. We saw “Rex” the resident 10-ft gator and a young raccoon who came aboard our boat for a treat. Overall, we
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Marybeth S wrote a review 7 Sep
McDonough, Georgia47 contributions24 helpful votes
This tour was the best tour of our trip. We loved Capt. Ron and the stories he told us. Because he grew up on the Bayou and had land there, he was very knowledgable and interesting. He knew where the alligators hung out and brought food to feed them. He even had one jump out of
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Tracy E wrote a review Aug 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Our guide today was truly wonderful. Ronnie "Real Deal" was not only knowledgeable but obviously in love with the bayou. He shared that with all of us. We would book work Ronnie again and highly suggest you do the same. 👍
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Date of experience: August 2020
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miriamranzolin wrote a review Aug 2020
Ramona, California3 contributions1 helpful vote
This ride was fun, I enjoyed the speed of the airboat. I gave it three stars for the following reasons: 1) I paid for a small group experience (six people) and eight people were put on our boat. I chose this option because I wanted to social distance as much as possible,
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Date of experience: August 2020
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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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If you have been thinking about doing an airboat tour but you don’t want to get too close up to gators but still se
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Very knowledgeable and Friendly
We did a tour with 11 of us and it was great even if it was cold. The Captain was born and raised in the area and
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Hans N
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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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 le
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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 wea
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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