We did a small airboat tour in December 2012. I was thrilled to find this company because they were willing to allow my 5 year old son on the small boat- this was literally the only company I contacted which allowed a child his age on the small airboat. We purchased the tour with transportation which was very convenient, being picked up from our hotel. Unfortunately we didn't know that the alligators hibernate in the winter, so we only got to see 1 small one which came up for air. Luckily our tour guide literally whipped a small one out of his jacket! A 2 year old alligator he keeps as a pet (can you imagine?) It was super cold, make sure you dress appropriately if you are doing this tour in the winter- my husband didn't have a winter jacket, but luckily he wore a lot of layers- you definitely needed hat, gloves, etc- especially when the airboats are at top speed. They give you earphones to reduce the noise of the boat, and it was really cool to see the swamp even though the alligators were all hibernating. I think they should make a point of telling you that when you book- we weren't that upset, but I could definitely picture other people being super upset about that. When we were leaving on the bus, our driver asked if anyone wanted to be dropped off in the French Quarter (our hotel was in the warehouse district)- which was great since we did want to do some more sightseeing and it saved us from having to walk the 15 minutes back to the quarter to see some more sights. I was glad they allowed us to do that. I highly recommend this as a side trip from New Orleans- enjoy!
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