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

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Airboat Ride with Round-Trip Transportation from New Orleans

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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.
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Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAGray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
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    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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Gray Line New Orleans
400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAGray Line Lighthouse on the Steamboat NATCHEZ dock (Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River)
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  • 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
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gray Line New Orleans, 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 1 hour 45 minute airboat ride
  • Native guide
  • Albino alligator exhibit
  • Entry/Admission - Airboat Adventures
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In this event, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • In case of inclement weather, the tour may be shortened, postponed or replaced with a similar tour on a covered boat
  • Pregnant women not permitted on airboats
  • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • A maximum of 9 people per booking
  • Dress code is smart casual: Sunglasses are recommended. Please note that you are on an air-boat and may get wet.
  • 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 60 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Todd M wrote a review Mar 2020
Lincoln, California4 contributions
We had a great time. First the bus ride to the Airboat was nice and relaxed with Alton giving good info. Then at the Airboat Captain Larry have a lot of cool history of the area. And where can you see 3 turtles chasing 2 gators. Pretty cool to see the creatures up close.
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Paradise562312 wrote a review Mar 2020
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Make sure to get the round trip because it makes things much easier. Picks you up and drops you off right at your hotel. The cell reception once you are out there is spotty so calling an uber for a ride back is challenging without it.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Bazemint41 wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California4 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
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Date of experience: February 2020
Brian K wrote a review Feb 2020
Cleveland, Ohio159 contributions60 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: November 2019
Hurleygirl1975 wrote a review Feb 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania68 contributions29 helpful votes
Dillon did a most wonderful job with our tour today. Very knowledgeable of the area and it’s history. We had the good fortune to see alligators that day as well. Definitely well worth the money for anyone that is interested. Sorry if I spelled his name wrong! Also a great
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Date of experience: February 2020
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  • Duration: 4h
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