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Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans provided by Gray Line

Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans

Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans
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Tour snapshot
Cruise across the Louisiana bayous safely with a guide who knows the way
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
25
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
This family-friendly 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • 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
What to expect
Meet for this airboat ride in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Once you board your air-conditioned bus, ride for about 30 minutes 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 car 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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
What to expect
Meet for this airboat ride in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Once you board your air-conditioned bus, ride for about 30 minutes 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 car 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3780AIRBOAT
Important information
Inclusions
  • 1 hour 45 minute airboat ride
  • Native guide
  • Albino alligator exhibit
  • Entry/Admission - Lafitte
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
Additional information
  • 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 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Inclusions
  • 1 hour 45 minute airboat ride
  • Native guide
  • Albino alligator exhibit
  • Entry/Admission - Lafitte
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Gray Line New Orleans
    400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Gray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
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    Airboat Adventures
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    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.
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    Pass by
    Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Colbey C
1 contribution
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 April 26, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
Terrific review to share with others. Thank you
Written June 20, 2022
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Lisa P
Key Largo, FL5 contributions
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 December 30, 2021
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Hevenlii Paige
2 contributions
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 July 4, 2022
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AdrienneGLNOSC
Thank you
Written August 7, 2022
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Amanda M
1 contribution
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 May 30, 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 June 20, 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 March 15, 2021
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Hels72bels
Beverley, UK752 contributions
This was one of the best experiences whilst in New Orleans. Really well organised tour including transportation to and from the swamps. The airboat itself was fab the driver was mad as a box of frogs but absolutely made our experience better. Saw lots of alligators including Big Ben! Must do trip
Written June 5, 2022
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Brian K
Cleveland, OH160 contributions
We went in November, so I was worried that it might be a lil cold to see any gators. The good thing is, it was sunny and just warm enough to see some, even some good size ones. This boat ride was very different from the one I went on in Alabama. The rules are obviously different in the two states. These boat captains were feeding the gators marshmellows, where in Alabama, the captains couldn't feed them at all. These down home boys kind of did what they wanted down there. The trip was awesome.
Written February 28, 2020
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Danica
Columbus, OH2 contributions
Such a fun adventure. Our guide was a true Cajun and was extremely knowledgeable of the area. We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. Not only did we see a ton of alligators and birds, he talked about how hurricanes have unpacked the area and various tidbits about the swamp. Would recommend your.
Written April 5, 2022
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Kari T
3 contributions
This was such a unique experience - we saw so much of the bayou wildlife and had an amazing tour of the area. Our guide was very personable and accommodating sharing a lot of information about the bayou and the importance of its conservation. We saw 15+ gators, turtles & birds… fantastic experience!
Written March 18, 2022
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Bazemint41
Los Angeles, CA4 contributions
We did this tour during Mardi Gras week (end of Feb) and it was REALLY cold and windy!! You can bring drinks with you but they also have a bar inside the store. They have this live albino alligator chillin inside, it was pretty neat. We got on our boat and I recommend wearing sunglasses and tying your hair. I wore lashes and they practically came off lol. The boat goes very fast and is very loud, so make sure to wear the ear muffs! We saw a ton of baby alligators, turtles, different type of birds, marsh, and trees. Our tour guide Tick Tok was great!
Written March 4, 2020
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Interesting step back into history
The driver was real nice! It was a much longer ride than I expected, and the Grayline bus had great windows. But
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Family vacation
Our tour guide Jim was very knowledgeable, and fun. We learned a great deal about New Orleans history, Jim was al
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Awesome your
The swamp tour was amazing! Our guide, Tom, was great, taught us a lot, and made sure we had a great time
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Worth it!!
Gayle was very knowledgeable and friendly, I really enjoyed the cemetery tour!! I learned a few things I didn’t kno
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Gail was awesome!
Gail was our tour guide, and Darren was our driver; both were fantastic. My family enjoyed the tour, which we found
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A fantastic tour
Had a fantastic tour today with Jim our tour guide and Alton our driver. A great day and would highly recommend fo
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Go. You won’t be disappointed.
The tour was excellent. George was our driver and he’s top notch. I would recommend this tour and ask for George
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Kate is the bomb-diggity.
Tour was nice with some relevant history, photo opportunities, and even some food (coffee & beignet’s). You can lea
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Kate's the best!
Kate is amazing! Did the walking ghosts and spirits tour and now the bus tour. Amazing person and knows everything!
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Truly a must see
Oak Alley Plantation Tour is fantastic. You get picked up from Toulouse Street where it meets the Riverwalk. Our gu
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Great tour of New Orleans
John Olivard was our guide and he did an excellent job! The lack of a strong accent made him easy to understand. He
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Great time. Gorgeous Plantation.
Alton was our bus driver and I really enjoyed the info and antidotes he shared along the way. Oak Alley itself is l
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Sugar Planation
Love learning the history behind the plantations and the families that lived there. George was our driver. He made
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Beautiful plantation and tour.
This tour was fun and the ride was pleasant. George was our driver and he was wonderful. We pass by many plantation
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