Large Airboat Swamp Tour: New Orleans Wildlife Encounter
954 Ratings
New Orleans

Feel the excitement as you board a 16-seater airboat for a 2-hour swamp tour in New Orleans. The captain provides insightful commentary while you observe alligators and other wildlife in their natural surroundings during this high-energy ride. The tour, suitable for all ages, offers the added benefit of transportation from downtown hotels.

Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Mississippi River - This 2-hour swamp tour of New Orleans starts with pickup from your downtown hotel. After a 35-minute drive along the Mississippi River by air-conditioned van, you’ll arrive at your destination.
  • Barataria Preserve - Meet your airboat captain and settle into your seat on the 16-passenger vessel, then prepare for a wild ride into the swamp.

Powered by a 454 Chevy engine and propelled by huge fans, the airboat travels at speeds up to 25 miles per hour (40 kph). The captain performs exhilarating high-speed maneuvers, cruises at gentle speeds, and makes plenty of photo stops while narrating on the wildlife and local flora. Alligator sightings are common in these waters, but your guide is trained to ensure safety at all times during this family-friendly outing. After your tour concludes, relax with transport back to your hotel in New Orleans.

What's Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Additional Information
  • Due to safety concerns, pregnant women are not allowed on this tour
  • All children must be at least 48 inches
New Orleans
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(954 Ratings)
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Jun 22, 2024
Awesome - Tour bus driver was amazing! The tour was great no issues. Highly recommend this tour. Great all around!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 21, 2024
Great tour and even got to hold a young alligator! - This is a great way to tour the swamp area and see alligators in their home territory. Travelling on the large airboat was such a buzz, and allowed up to go into some more interesting areas of the swamp. We saw lots of alligators and even got to hold a 2 year old one! Captain Ernie was amazing, and told us lots of interesting things about the alligators (don't be wearing white clothing if you fall into the water, as to the alligator you will look like a fish!). Highly recommend as a fun time and great way to see around the swamps of New Orleans.
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Jun 21, 2024
Excellent tour - Great trip, fascinating environs, lots of wildlife, very knowledgeable guide. We saw a lot and learned a lot. Well worth every $.
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Jun 18, 2024
Wet n wild with Dewey - We had a blast! Went for my bachelorette trip, saw so many gators and went fast it was so fun. We especially loved Dewey. He was barefoot the whole time, gettin in the muck and petting gators, really got the girls goin. It was one of our favorite memories from the trip!
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Jun 17, 2024
Captivating Swamp tour - Capitan Ernie was fantastic his knowledge of the swamp and surrounding area the Alligators and his history knowledge today was awesome so pleased we had him as our tour guide . We highly recommend him and his tour company very well organised. from New Zealand
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Jun 17, 2024
Fun times in the swamp - Captain Jason was the best! Everything went smooth and we had the best time. Super knowledgeable and so much fun. Would absolutely do it again!
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Jun 16, 2024
Awesome Experience - Swamp tour was awesome! Captain Ernie was the best he was safety first ,funny and do knowledgeable. Recommended 1000% -We saw so many gators and learn so much!!
Review provided by Viator
Jun 16, 2024
Aligator seeking Girl’s trip !!!! - We loved the ride with our knowledgeable guide/boat driver , felt safe entire time ! Received valuable info about the gator world !
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Jun 15, 2024
Nice and fun swamp tour - I loved going through the bayou and seeing all the different trees. My favorite part of the tour was being able to hold a baby alligator!
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Jun 14, 2024
A joy ride with a sideshow act and not a trace of environmentalism. - I was surprised and disappointed by how little respect for the environment, flora and fauna displayed by the pilot of the boat. He removed his AirPods to give brief responses to direct questions but no commentary on the flora and little on the alligators and the one bird that he cared about- the purple gallinule. The alligators and gallinule are fed marshmallows to encourage interaction of which admittedly there was plenty.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024