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Our most recommended Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Activities

  • New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Airboat Tour

    1. New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Airboat Tour

    Catch a high-speed airboat and jet out into Louisiana’s backwaters on a guided tour of the famous bayous. Explore the local swampland from the comfort of your tour boat on a high-speed adventure with your captain guide. Tune in as your guide tells the story of local Cajun culture, the bayous backwaters themselves, and wildlife that inhabits them. Enjoy the beautiful scenery with soft waterway landscapes and moss-draped trees. Catch a glimpse of the local flora and fauna, including the much-sought-after alligator, plus other wildlife such as fish, raccoons, birds, deer, and even snakes.

  • Swamp Tours South of New Orleans by Airboat

    2. Swamp Tours South of New Orleans by Airboat

    Climb aboard a unique airboat to explore Louisiana’s wetlands south of New Orleans in a truly unique fashion. Located just 30 minutes from downtown New Orleans, Airboats Adventures operate airboats that can zip through the bayou and squeeze into tiny canals hidden deep in the swamp. For 105 minutes, the captains at Airboat Adventures share some of the most beautiful and secluded areas of Louisiana. Wildlife such as alligators, turtles, and birds are common sights, but you never know what else might come out to visit! Round-trip transfers are available from New Orleans for guests without a car. Upon arrival, check-in to the Airboats Adventures facilities, before departing on the airboat to zip across the swamps. Grab a snack at the gift shop, or check out Sugar and Flour, the only albino alligators on the bayou. Picnic tables are available both inside and out, where you can relax before...

    It was nice. Sunscreen and hat is needed for sure. Very cool gators but didn’t get to hold a baby one like mentioned. It was disappointing but maybe next time and they should probably update the listing about that.

  • From New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Half-Day Airboat Tour with Transfer

    3. From New Orleans: High-Speed Bayou Swamp Half-Day Airboat Tour with Transfer

    Explore Louisiana’s country bayou landscapes on a high-speed swamp tour. Leave behind the bustling “Big Easy” for half a day, with roundtrip transportation included. After a hotel pickup, head down to the bayou wetlands, where you will board your high-speed airboat with your captain guide. Enjoy the local flora and fauna from the comfort of your airboat as you zip along the water. Listen as your guide tells you the tidbits about the swampland, the local area’s Cajun culture, and draw your eyes to the diverse wildlife that call these bayous home. Keep a special eye out for various types of snake, raccoon, fish, deer, birds, and perhaps even spot an alligator if you’re lucky. After your high-speed guided boat tour, hop back in your vehicle to be dropped off back at your New Orleans accommodation.

  • New Orleans: Bayou Swamp Boat Tour

    4. New Orleans: Bayou Swamp Boat Tour

    Catch a boat and head out into Louisiana’s backwaters on a guided swamp tour. Adventure into the bayous with your captain guide to see the local swampland flora and fauna from the comfort of your tour boat. Tune in as your guide tells the story of the bayous, local Cajun culture, and wildlife that lives in the area. And get your cameras ready as you pass through beautiful, moss-draped trees and soft waterway landscapes, Keep your eyes peeled for the raccoons, deer, birds, snakes, fish, and perhaps even an alligator, if you’re lucky.

  • New Orleans: Bayou Tour in National Park

    5. New Orleans: Bayou Tour in National Park

    Bring your cameras and adventurous spirits as you explore the Barataria Preserve of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Meet your guide at the meeting point or at one of the 8 pickup locations in New Orleans (if transportation option is selected), and travel to the swamp. Tours pick up daily from convenient hotels at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12:30 PM. You’ll be taken on a 1.5-hour pontoon boat ride around the waters of the area. Get the chance to spot alligators, local wildlife, and two other friendly creatures, Sunshine the Pig and Patrick the Possum.  Listen to stories and legends told by your informative local guide. Following the tour, enjoy a delicious Cajun lunch at a local eatery down the street, the perfect way to refuel. After lunch, you’ll be driven back to New Orleans and dropped off at the original meeting point or pickup location you have selected.

    Our guide Brent was knowledgeable, engaging , and funny. He definitely helped make the trip more enjoyable for everyone

  • From New Orleans: Bayou Swamp Half-Day Boat Tour with Transfer

    6. From New Orleans: Bayou Swamp Half-Day Boat Tour with Transfer

    Escape the hustle and bustle of New Orleans to explore Louisiana’s mystical bayou landscapes on a half-day swamp tour, with roundtrip transportation included. After a hotel pickup, head down to the bayou swamplands, where you will board your boat with your captain guide. See the local wetland flora and fauna from the comfort of your boat as you drift along the water. Listen as your guide narrates the story of the backwaters, the Cajun culture that infuses the area, and points out some of the critters that call the bayous home. Keep a special eye out for deer, birds, snakes, raccoons, fish, and maybe even an alligator. After your guided boat tour, hop back into the vehicle for a drop-off back at your New Orleans hotel.

  • New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

    7. New Orleans Swamp & Bayou Boat Tour

    Cruise through the Barataria Preserve and discover the beauty of South Louisiana in a custom-built swamp boat, as you float through a section of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. Discover how the seafood from Louisiana’s waters provide a wide assortment of delectable local dishes! After a short motor coach ride across the Mississippi River, take a fascinating boat trip into the Louisiana swamps and Bayous. Native guides will reveal the mysteries of the swamps and bayous and you will get to experience the Cajun “Joie de Vivre.” Observe the nesting grounds of alligators, egrets, raccoons, nutria and many species of snakes. Some wildlife is more numerous during the warmer months of the year. Learn why the wetlands are disappearing due to coastal erosion and discover man’s effort to correct the damage it has done and to restore this vital habitat.

    Good experience, we didn’t see any alligators but it wasn’t the season and we saw plenty of other birds and reptiles. Bus trip was an easy way to travel to the boat, and our Captain was knowledgeable and friendly. I didn’t love that there was a baby alligator handed around to passengers personally, would have preferred the trip without this As I don’t think this is fair on the alligator; but that’s me. There was a long wait period waiting to start to boat tour, would have been better if this wasn’t about 45 minutes long, but at least the day was relatively warm.

  • From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation and Swamp Day Trip

    8. From New Orleans: Oak Alley Plantation and Swamp Day Trip

    Explore Louisiana with a visit to the Oak Alley Plantation, followed by a swamp boat tour. Enjoy a guided day trip from New Orleans, with hotel pickup and drop-off included.

    Your day begins with pickup at your New Orleans hotel. Enjoy the views as you head out to the Oak Alley Plantation, where you’ll be led on a tour by guides in period costume. Explore the house and its grounds as you learn about the history of the plantation.

    Next, head out on a boat tour to explore the Louisiana bayous. Relax in the covered boat and tune in to your guide’s commentary about the local culture of the wetlands. 

    Cruise past a Native American burial mound, a Cajun cemetery, and a fishing village. Drift down narrow waterways and pass moss-covered trees. Be on the lookout for wildlife, including snakes and alligators.<...

    This was a beautiful plantation with delicious mint juleps! The tour was great! Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour while in Nola.

  • New Orleans: High Speed 6-9 Passenger Airboat Tour

    9. New Orleans: High Speed 6-9 Passenger Airboat Tour

    Experience the best of both a swamp tour and an airboat ride. Travel at high speeds in the airboat then slow down and stop for pictures. Along the way, enjoy a personal tour by your local captain.

    The airboats have stadium seating so every airboat seat is great for experiencing the tour and viewing wildlife. Yes, gators will get close, real close. So close that you will be able to look into those reptilian eyes. Alligators do hibernate in the colder months, but your experienced captains know where to look for them. On average, during the winter, you have better than a 50/50 chance of seeing a gator. In the warmer months, you will see a gator.

    Every New Orleans Airboat Tour is unique and you never know what could be around the next corner. Tour an area that is a combination of swamp, marsh, and lake, spotting anything from a Bald Eagle to a Pelican, from an...

    We’re from Portland OR. We had an absolute blast. The tour guides were excellent and obviously passionate about what they do. It was a great experience from start to finish.

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What people are saying about Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Ronnie was the absolute best airboat tour guide we have ever had and we have done multiple tours. Got to see lots of gators, turtles, blue heron, ospry. Hotel pick up and drop off so smooth. Whole process excellent! Thank you!

This was a beautiful plantation with delicious mint juleps! The tour was great! Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour while in Nola.

What a fun family activity! Our guide was so knowledgable and entertaining. This tour was my teenagers favorite activity on our vacation.

Absolutely awesome!! Best thing we did in NOLA. Great place, great captain, great ride. Well worth the money.

AMAZING! Definitely go with the smaller boat, it’s worth it!