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Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience New Orleans’ wild bayou country on an exciting, family‐friendly airboat tour. This fun-filled tour includes a ride on the boat plus admission to an albino alligator exhibit and transportation from New Orleans. While on-board, enjoy lively commentary from your guide as you spot local wildlife, including alligators, nutria and native birds, and visit the secluded fishing village of Jean Lafitte, the infamous 19th‐century smuggler. The airboat holds 15-27 passengers.
  • Airboat ride on Louisiana bayous including round-trip transport from New Orleans
  • Ride in an airboat over wetlands surrounding fishing village of Jean Lafitte
  • Learn about the history and culture of communities that live on the bayous from your native guide
  • See alligators in the wild, native birds and giant river rodents called nutria -- plus a live albino alligator exhibit
  • Food and drink available for purchase before boat ride

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Transport, an alligator exhibit, and grab-and-go snacks make this an ideal swamp tour for families.
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1 hour 45 minute airboat ride
Native guide
Albino alligator exhibit
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
In the morning, meet your air‐conditioned coach in the French Quarter and settle in for the approximately 30‐minute ride to the town of Jean Lafitte, a historic fishing village named for a notorious 19th‐century pirate and privateer. Located deep in the wetlands at the edge of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, this town offers an authentic look at Cajun culture and local enterprise, including logging, plantation agriculture and a rich – and often grisly – tradition of animal trapping.  

Before heading out on the water, pop into the albino alligator exhibit and grab a delectable shrimp Poboy to go (own expense).  Enjoy the proximity to the water surface and warm breeze as you zip through the bayou.  Spot lurking alligators, snakes, raccoons and giant river rodents called nutria. Savor the moments of calm when the boat slows and your native captain shares stories and facts about the area’s history and the surrounding wildlife – and maybe even interacts with an animal or two!

Your bayou adventure ends with a return to the French Quarter by coach, arriving in mid‐afternoon.
Itinerary
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Airboat Adventures
Travel by air-conditioned coach from central New Orleans to the nearby fishing village of Jean Lafitte, named after an 18th-century smuggler. Home to a variety of diverse cultures, this area surrounded by Lousiana bayous has been the site of extensive logging operations, sugar and rice plantations and animal trapping enterprises over the years. Today, the people's simple way of life is a marked contrast to the hustle-bustle of New Orleans. In Jean Lafitte, you can get some snacks (own expense) and check out an albino alligator exhibit before boarding your airboat, a vessel that relies on an aircraft-type propeller mounted on its back to move it forward. Feel the wind in your hair as your move swiftly over the wetlands. Your native boat captain will talk about the history and culture of the area and point out wildlife as you travel. See lots of alligators lurking in the marshes, as well as local birds, raccoons and nutria -- giant river rodents that call the bayous home. Conclude your 4-hour family-friendly escape to the Louisiana wetlands with coach transport back to central New Orleans.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Barataria Preserve
You will travel through the Barataria Preserve, part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system. The preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands, protecting 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests.
Pass By:  
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Barataria Preserve is part of the Jean Lafitte National Park & Preserve system, which preserves significant examples of the natural and cultural resources of the Mississippi Delta region.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • In case of inclement weather, the tour may be shortened, postponed or replaced with a similar tour on a covered boat
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Sunglasses are recommended. Please note that you are on an air-boat and may get wet.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
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The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
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The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

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What is the departure point for the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
A:
The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
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There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear during the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
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Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs or short shorts.
Jun 2021
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How long is the actual airboat ride?
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The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans handicap accessible?
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Due to restrictions on the airboat, this tour is not wheelchair accessible. It is also not recommended for anyone with back or next problems.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I participate in the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans if I am pregnant?
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This tour is not recommended for pregnant guests.
Jun 2021
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Can I bring my small child with me on the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
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For safety reasons, this tour is for guests ages 5 and up.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a service animal with me on the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
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As the alligators swim directly up to the side of the airboat, animals of any kind are not allowed onboard.
Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips


  • "The pick up and drop off are right down in the French Quarter so it is very convenient." See review
  • "Our trip was at the end of April and it was beginning to get hot, so be sure to take a hat, sun glasses and sun screen." See review
  • "Easy access to the tour by a bus ride from the French Quarter." See review

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star-5
Very great experience
Nathan_H
, Jul 2021
Great tour got to see a lot of gators and the driver was very nice and told us alot about the swamp and where the gators
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star-5
Highly Recommend
Marla_J
, Jul 2021
So fun! Alton and Dylan were both great tour guides. The bus was hella comfy with amazing air conditioning. The swamp was so much fun. We saw tons of alligators, some turtles, and beautiful foliage. I would highly recommend the tour!
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star-5
True bayou experience!
Megan_C
, Jul 2021
Amazing time on the airboat tour! I have been to the swamp tour before and returned with some first timers. It was far better the second time around! Our guide had gators jumping out of the water and he teamed up with another guide who seemed to be the alligator whisperer. He kissed a 10 foot alligator on the nose! True bayou, New Orleans experience!
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star-5
Great Experience
Amanda_B
, Jul 2021
Very organized operartion. Loved our tour guide and saw lots of alligators. Bring sunscreen because it is hot especially during the summer.
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Gators Galore
Debra_A
, Jun 2021
Earl or "T-Earl" was a great guide and just enough crazy to keep it interesting. He is passionate about the wildlife and it shows. We saw lots of alligators and was well informed of their nature by Earl. A rain storm came up on us and he took us to a small cove for protection. I would recommend this tour for all age groups.
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Must do tour
Dione_H
, Jun 2021
Wonderful experience. Captain Mike Dick is the perfect man for the job. He was knowledgeable and personable.
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star-5
Great swamp tour
Libby
, Jun 2021
Great tour guide!! Very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the tour. Saw lots of alligators. Would definitely do again!
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star-5
Don't pass it by its worth the cost
Jamie_kimble
, Jun 2021
I thought it was cute how Manma kept following our boat because she wanted all the marshmallows. It was funny that 13 footer ran away from her 8.5 foot, but she is the Alpha. Our tour guide was fun and he even petted Momma and tapped her nose and she opened you could tell they had a real understanding of each other lots of respect. We took the 12:45 June 24th 2021 boat 16. Keep up the great work even when it rains
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Turned away
Jake_C
, Jun 2021
Was a great experience. Only complaint was we arrived for our 12:45 boat and they never added us to that time so we got bumped back 2 hrs… luckily we did not have plans later or we would have missed out. Not sure why but all 9 of us paid and none were on the original boat
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Awesome Alligator Tour
David_P
, Jun 2021
Boat 17 Captain was awesome, very knowledgeable and super friendly and funny. Highly recommend the tour
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