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Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans
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Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans

By Gray Line
This thrilling airboat tour of the wetlands near New Orleans includes round-trip transportation from the city to save you the hassle of planning your own rides to and from the French Quarter. Once you’re out on the water, catch sight of wildlife such as alligators and nutria with help from your guide, who knows the ins and outs of this natural Louisiana landscape.
from
RM 408.17
per adult
from
RM 408.17
per adult

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Ages 5-99, max of 25 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English
Features animals

Highlights
  • Cruise across the Louisiana bayous safely with a guide who knows the way
  • Visit the secluded Cajun fishing village of Jean Lafitte by airboat
  • Learn about the history of the people who live on the bayou from your guide
  • Get a chance to see a super-rare albino alligator at an exclusive exhibit
  • Choose between multiple tour times to fit your schedule

  • 1 hour 45 minute airboat ride
  • Native guide
  • Albino alligator exhibit
  • Roundtrip transportation from the French Quarter
  • Entry/Admission - Lafitte
What's not included
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meet for this airboat ride in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Once you board your air-conditioned bus, ride to the fishing village of Jean Lafitte. This town, deep in the Louisiana wetlands, is a great place to begin to understand Cajun culture. Before you head out on your airboat, your guide takes you to an albino alligator exhibit. You also have an opportunity to pick up some food or something to drink (own expense). Board your airboat and take to the water through a bayou. Your guide stops along the way to show you native wildlife such as alligators and nutria. Hear stories about the area’s history and culture, as well as some swamp folklore. Your tour ends with a ride back to the French Quarter in New Orleans. Please note before booking that children must be five years old or above to take this tour.

Departure details
  • Gray Line New Orleans, Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3780AIRBOAT

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 25 travellers

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

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?
Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans price starts from RM 402.64. Discover and book Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans on Tripadvisor
What is the Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans cancellation policy?
Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans?

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3780AIRBOAT

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Gray Line New Orleans
    Gray Line Lighthouse Ticket Office, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • 1
    Airboat Adventures
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    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 family-friendly escape to the Louisiana wetlands with coach transport back to central New Orleans.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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H1575UWwendyc
H1575UWwendyc
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Worthwhile Tour
Great Tour! It was a worthwhile experience and we are so glad we booked it! Both Oak Alley and Swamp Tour were fa
O1270FMtraceyr
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City tour
The tour was on time and was full of information about the city and its history. The guide shared information on th
Marjorie M
Marjorie M
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New orleans with family
The plantation tour was interesting... the swamp tour was amazing. Our bus driver is a character, very funny, punct
Luprib
Luprib
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Day out in NOLA
Driver Gary was great, had lots to tell us about NOLA on our way to Plantation. Plantation was beautiful, time spe
AirplaneMode78
AirplaneMode78
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Take the tour with DeAnn!
DeAnn was an amazing tour guide. I took the tour with my husband, 13 year old son and 11 year old daughter and she
577irmad
577irmad
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Great day out
Enjoyed this trip, we did Oak alley & Whitney, our guide, Jim was great beforehand & after on the bus keeping us en
AnaKarla A
AnaKarla A
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Fun, full of history, 100% recommended.
Jim and Patrick were the absolute BEST! We were so lucky to have them as our guide and driver. Jim’s explanations w
jewelldiani
jewelldiani
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Great Tour of the Bayou!
We were able to see lots of gators but no other wildlife. Our tour guide was funny, knowledgeable and shared a lot
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charleslU3126LW
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Great tour
Great trip. Jim was very informative and good humor. George was a safe driver. Touching history of the black slave
Wes K
Wes K
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Oak Alley and Laura plantation tour
Jim, did a fantastic job of providing history of the areas on the ride to the plantations as well as what to expect
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Q3221DXjoannaj
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The swamp rules! Plantation was good but could be better!
The swamp boat ride was fantastic! I'm surprised how much I liked it, despite the pouring rain (very swamp appropri
SueH1664
SueH1664
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Philly girls go to the swamp
the tour consisted of cool and comfortable 1.5hr bus ride, all the while we were regaled with interesting stories
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jdb3184
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Oak alley and swamp tour with Jim and Patrick
Jim was our tour guide and Patrick was our driver through hotard. Jim was very informative and funny it was definit
Lisa G
Lisa G
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Gray Line Tours - Oak Alley and Swamp Tour - Best time in New Orleans!
Jim and Patrick were fun, experienced and very courteous. We learned more than we thought we would and had so much
msm55
msm55
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Gray line oak plantation and swamp tour a MUST
Jim was our guide and he was exceptionally GREAT!!! And our driver Patrick was the BEST! I would recommend this to
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Emily H
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
This experience was awesome!! Would recommend to anyone visiting New Orleans/Louisiana. We saw so many gorgeous alligators, some on the banks and even a few swimming! We stayed dry the entire time so no need for waterproof shoes or even jackets, just maybe sunglasses! They provide the ear protection and you can bring your bag on the boat with you! They have beverages for purchase that are FANTASTIC (I recommend the mango and lemonade mixed together). Sugar, the albino alligator, is so beautiful; you can even pick up a keychain of her! The fact that we had transportation from and back to the quarter was perfect since we are from out of state and did not have a car! Our swamp tour guide AND our bus driver (Alton) were both so incredibly nice and helpful! If you’re going, you should definitely bring cash for a tip!! The entire thing was worth every penny!
Written 26 October 2022
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SantinaEstrada
Greater Springfield, MA2 contributions
Nov 2022
We had such a great time on the large airboat! 100% recommend this experience if you want to see an example of life outside of the city. Getting to see authentic Louisiana nature, wildlife, and alligators of course! We got right up close to them, it was incredible. The weather was beautiful, no mosquitos, the humidity was mild, it was just perfect. Go enjoy it!
Written 9 November 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
You visited at a great time. Thank you for sharing.
Written 21 November 2022
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All Abaord America!
2 contributions
Nov 2022
We took the Swamp Tour Boat Ride trip on Saturday 11/12 as part of our leadership team retreat in New Orleans. It was amazing! The bus driver/guide (Kin) was a super safe driver and did a great job telling us all about New Orleans on the way to the boat ride and on the way back. The boat driver/guide was great too! The entire group had a great time. Would recommend the whole experience to any size group (we had 17!). Thanks Gray Line!
Written 15 November 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
We really appreciate your review. Groups have so much fun together in the bayous.
Written 21 November 2022
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lizmatts
New South Wales, Australia8 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
The best part of the trip was our bus trip with Alton from Gray Line tours, he had great knowledge of the area including locally owned restaurants and places to visit visit. I especially loved the way he repeated the important parts like restaurant names or building names. He was awesome ⭐️

Alligator tour was great. Lots of gators the air boat is too noisy for the operator to give any information while travelling so it is condensed to stops - if you are after lots of info go on the cruise. I liked the airboat, it was fun!

Hot tip - don’t upset the lady taking photos by telling her you don’t want one - she gets nasty, makes you wait in line while she takes photos of other people then gives you a filthy look and waves you through 😂 this was our only negative experience of the tour, everyone else was friendly and helpful.
Written 26 October 2022
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Amanda M
1 contribution
May 2022 • Friends
We had a group of 6 that attended the airboat experience for my sisters birthday. The bus to the attraction was nice. The driver, Alton, was very informative with New Orleans history, it made the 45 minute drive pleasant.

Unfortunately, as for the airboat. When it came to sitting, our family was not able to sit together. We were separated between 3 sections of the boat, one group was no where near the rest. It would have been nice to experience the ride sitting together, at least one in front of the other. I understand if the seating was based on weight; however, based on what we saw there should have been no reason why we couldn’t be together.

Then the airboat broke down in the middle of the swamp in the heat of May. Growing up close to the Everglades and friends and family members having airboats, I understand that this happens. This however is not an airboat from family or friends, this is a paid excursion. Our 1 and a half hour trip was an hour of us sitting in the heat. The guide couldn’t initially get ahold of anyone (which isn’t great for emergencies) and finally he was able to. The guide Cody, did his best with entertaining with the alligators.

Given the delay with us returning back to the dock and the fact that we were not able to actually enjoy what was paid for, for an airboat ride. A refund should be provided. A bottle of water would have even been nice.
Written 30 May 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
We really need to apologize for this. In some way we did not see this review come through our system. If you can provide the name on the reservation and the date, we will speak directly with the operator. GuestExperiences@glnosc.com
Written 20 June 2022
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Joe
Pleasanton, CA13 contributions
Mar 2023
We went on a nice sunny day in early March, not too cold, not too hot. The alligators came out to sunbathe and we saw lots of 'em. Our guide knew all the right places to go and even spun the boat around so everyone could see. The entire trip was a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend.
Written 19 March 2023
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Colbey C
2 contributions
Apr 2022
Everything from start to finish of this experience was fantastic. The buses that take visitors from Decatur St. to the actual docks/marina as very clean and nice. All of the drivers are very kind and will give you a nice little tour with their own recommendations. They also play an audio for you to listen to with history of the city.
Once you arrive at the marina, you get a wristband with your boat # on it. We were #16 with T. Earl. Let me tell you, this man KNOWS the swamps and all about Louisiana. He was so welcoming to all of us on his boat and ensuring that we feel safe. He shared lots of stories and great information about the swamps and his own experiences. You can tell that he is very passionate about what he does and is very genuine. I am definitely going back when I visit again. This is a MUST see/do if you're in NOLA!
Written 26 April 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
Terrific review to share with others. Thank you
Written 20 June 2022
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Lisa P
Key Largo, FL5 contributions
Dec 2021
My adult children and I were able to book this tour and the last moment and we were very happy we did. We wanted the plantation and airboat tour but were only able to book the airboat ride. Our boat captain was a very cool cat and so knowledgable about the beautiful environment and all of its creatures it beholds. We loved that he was able to attract his friend the alligator with marshmallows and a sweet call out. I would highly recommend this tour on it's own. . It's a definite worth see and lovely experience.

Lisa, Omar and Kelsey
Written 30 December 2021
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Hevenlii Paige
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
Really good experience. Kindrell was our bus driver and he was funny and full of knowledge really enjoyed the ride.

Ronnie or Rodney I can’t recall the right name was our boat driver and he was funny as well and informative or the swamp.
Written 4 July 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
Thank you
Written 7 August 2022
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Jason
9 contributions
It was a good trip. There were quit a few gators and the guide got them to come up to the boat by dangling small children over the edge of the boat!!!! Lol. Nah, He used marshmallows. They bus and the boat drivers were very knowledgeable in the area and they chosen vocations.
Written 15 March 2021
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