New Orleans Swamp Tours: Everything You Need to Know

July 28, 2021

In this post-COVID era, travel is officially back in full swing. And Louisiana is one of the ideal destinations for families, celebrations, and impromptu trips. With the bustling city vibes of the French Quarter in downtown New Orleans, the peaceful calm of the swamps and rural surroundings, and everything in between, we’ve got something for every type of vacationer. 

That means people from all over the country are flocking to New Orleans for outdoor activities, unique sightseeing, and a little adventure to go with their Hurricane cocktails and po boys. 

If you’re planning to visit New Orleans any time soon, a swamp tour should be at the top of your list. It’s a picturesque way to see the Louisiana wildlife in its natural habitat, check out the unique world of the bayou, and even catch a cool breeze. 

We’ve pulled together some of the research for you, so you know exactly what type of tour to take, and what to expect once you get there. Here’s everything you need to know before buying your tickets for a New Orleans swamp tour. 

Are swamp tours open in New Orleans?

Yes, swamp tours are going strong in the summer of 2021. 

This open-air adventure is actually one of the safest activities you can book during your trip to New Orleans. You’ll be outside enjoying the fresh air, far away from the rowdy New Orleans crowds. Local Louisiana tour companies are also taking every precaution to ensure visitors are safe and confident taking their bayou tour. 

If you’d like to reserve a private boat for your group tour, give us a call and we’ll set up a private, guided tour experience.

Are swamp tours safe? 

Yes, New Orleans swamp tours are perfectly safe for people of all ages. Every boat is equipped with life preservers and safety gear, and led by a bayou-raised, local tour guide who knows the ins and outs of the bayou. 

Louisiana boat captains know the local wildlife better than anyone. They’re skilled at identifying alligators and wild boar from afar so they carefully approach the wildlife without alarming them, or you. Even when you encounter wild gators, you can rest assured that your tour guide is a pro at giving you the best view, without endangering anyone on the boat or disrupting the natural environment. So you can get that coveted alligator photo without ever worrying about your own safety. 

Airboat Adventures is also taking extra precautions to sanitize all surfaces on a regular basis. And since you’ll be in the open air for the entire tour, this is truly one of the safest activities you can book in New Orleans.

How much does a swamp tour cost?

Depending on the type of tour you take, tickets for a New Orleans swamp tour could cost anywhere from $30-$100. That’s a wide range, because you’ll need to consider what kind of boat you want to take a ride in, how reputable the tour company is, and whether you want to rent out a private boat for your own group. 

Airboat Adventures boasts some of the most knowledgeable captains in the area, and offer swamp tours starting at $55 per person. If you want to get even closer to the bayou wildlife, you can book a seat on a smaller airboat for $79 per person. For that ticket price, you’ll enjoy the unique experience of viewing the bayou from a small airboat with 6-8 passengers (faster and peppier than the typical pontoon boat). 

Are New Orleans swamp tours worth it?

Yes, your swamp tour is more than worth the price of admission: keep in mind that this is a one-of-a-kind adventure that you’ll only find in select parts of the country. It’s also much different from the more common New Orleans experiences, like walking Bourbon Street and taking historic house tours. (Don’t worry, there will be time for that after!). Need transportation? Don’t worry, Airboat Adventures also offers roundtrip transportation from downtown New Orleans for an additional $20 per person.

While on tour, you’ll sail past natural cypress trees that form the backdrop of breathtaking photos and life-long memories. And you can take advantage of your time with a local Louisiana native by asking your boat captain all your questions about Louisiana wildlife, history, and even culture.

After seeing real-life alligators, wild boar and other critters in their natural environment, a bayou tour is bound to be the highlight of your trip. Whether you’re traveling with a group, your family, or solo, swamp tours are truly worth the ticket price and travel time. 

What should I wear on a swamp tour?

Make sure you wear comfortable clothes that can withstand a splash here and there. Closed-toe shoes are recommended, so you can easily board the boat (and pivot fast to catch every alligator shot!). If you have it handy, toss in a bottle of bug spray and sunscreen to be safe (even if it’s overcast in the morning; the weather in Louisiana is notorious for changing by the hour). Also, don’t forget your sunglasses!

And otherwise, keep your packing light. You’ll need to stow away everything you bring under a seat on the boat so it doesn’t slide around or get wet. 

If you’re taking an airboat tour, remember that airboats pick up speed, so you may want to wear an extra layer in the fall and winter. 

What will I see on a New Orleans bayou tour?

You can expect to see alligators, a variety of bird life, and maybe even turtles and water snakes (from a safe distance!). An experienced guide will also point out the unique trees and plants that are native to the swamp environment. Depending on the tour, you may also see traditional Cajun fishing cabins where locals harvest crawfish and other seafood. 

You’ll see different types of wildlife at certain times of day or year. If you have any questions about what you’ll see on your swamp adventure, contact a local tour company

What’s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

You can easily tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile based on the shape of their snout: alligators have more rounded mouths, while crocodiles have longer, more narrow heads. 

But if you see any massive reptile floating through a Louisiana swamp, you can be sure it’s an alligator. Only gators are native to Louisiana bayous; not crocodiles. Alligators continue to grow throughout their entire lifetime. They can live into their 50’s, and have been known to reach up to 500 lbs!

How long is a swamp tour?

Most bayou tours last around 2 hours, which is just enough time to explore the swamp, relax, and take as many photos as you can. 

If you’re staying in downtown New Orleans, it will likely be a 45 minute drive to get out to the bayou depending on traffic, so keep that in mind when you’re planning your day. The tour itself is well worth the extra travel time, since you’ll see a whole other aspect of Louisiana that you won’t want to miss. 

What is an airboat?

An airboat is a flat-bottomed boat with a raised propeller. You can easily identify an airboat by the large, raised fan in the back that powers the boat forward. 

They’re ideal for navigating shallow waters. Airboats have become increasingly popular for ecotours, since they can reach relatively high speeds, and are safe for the local environment. They originally gained popularity in Florida, but now you can enjoy the Louisiana bayou by airboat, too. 

Should I take a swamp tour on an airboat or pontoon boat?

Some swamp tour companies specialize in airboat rides, while others offer tours in pontoon boats. The main difference is that pontoon boats are quieter and can’t go nearly as fast as airboats can. 

For Louisiana swamp tours, many travelers prefer airboats: they go faster, which means you may get to explore more of the swamp in a short period of time. You’ll also enjoy a cool breeze as you speed through the bayou, which is especially refreshing during a New Orleans summer. Your airboat captain will always slow down and pause so you can get up close to the alligators, so you’ll get the best of both worlds.

Which swamp tours have the best reviews in New Orleans?

Airboat Adventures is one of the most highly ranked tour companies in New Orleans. They’ve earned 4.5 out of 5 stars on TripAdvisor, as well as a rating of 4.7 out of 5 on Google.

What are the best swamp tours in New Orleans?

Airboat Adventures offers some of the all-around best swamp tours in the area. They’re well-established, with a team of experienced boat captains who know exactly where to go to introduce you to alligators, wild boar, and more. You’ll learn all about the bayou, and the wide range of plants and animals that call Louisiana home. 

If you’re looking for a more laid-back tour of the swamp, another well-regarded tour provider is Adventures of Jean Lafitte, offering pontoon boat tours.

Swamp tours are one of the most popular New Orleans activities, so you have options when it comes to choosing a tour company. Regardless of who you choose, you’ll want to reserve a spot with a tour company that’s earned plenty of positive reviews and customer testimonials

Get ready for an amazing tour experience.

No matter what time of year you take your tour, what you wear, or what kind of boat you choose, a swamp tour will offer you a truly unique, Louisiana experience. Visitors and locals alike learn and see something new on every bayou tour. And a relaxing, guided exploration of the Louisiana swampland is a perfect contrast to the busy world of the French Quarter. 

If you have any more questions about what to expect on your swamp tour, give us a call. And laissez les bons temps rouler! 

Where To See Alligators in New Orleans

October 27, 2017

The Most Impressive Alligators in New Orleans

Seeking a new and exciting way to experience New Orleans? Look no further than an adventurous swamp tour into the woods of cajun country. Airboat Adventures not only offers some of some of the best views around town, but we are also the home of the one and only Albino Alligator in Southern Louisiana. With over 20,000 acres of swampland, there is no limit to the exotic wildlife that can be seen. With alligators up to seventeen feet long, this is not your typical swamp tour. Come experience the riveting feeling of getting up close and personal with our alligators.

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The Airboat Adventure Experience

Our location is less than thirty minutes away from New Orleans and is open seven days as week. That’s right. As long as the gators are movin’, so are we. Staying in the city and don’t have a mode of transportation? No problem! We provide pick-ups from any of the downtown New Orleans hotels. Escape the chaos of New Orleans and immerse yourself in Louisiana’s crown-jewel. Whether you have a party of four, or a party of twenty-four, we welcome you. Visit our Swamp Tour page for further details about the different packages we offer.

See Alligators in New Orleans

Have you ever held a baby alligator? What about less than ten feet away from a fifteen foot alligator? Airboat Adventures offers the absolute best way to see alligators of all shapes and sizes (and colors). Not only do we have expert navigators who have been certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, but we offer a large air-conditioned facility with a gift shop, outdoor patio, and live animals. Come and meet Sugar, Southern Louisiana’s only albino alligator. Our passionate and knowledgeable team is ready to ensure that you have a jaw-dropping experience. All aboard onto one of the absolute coolest excursions Louisiana has to offer.

When is the Best Time to See Alligators in New Orleans?

Now that you already know that Airboat Adventures is the best place to see alligators in New Orleans, you may be wondering when you should come visit. To this, we say that it really depends. Our fan boats leave at 9:45 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM. If you are wanting some scenic skies to your scenic views, the best time to take a tour would be our earliest and latest departures. These tours are ideal for photography. In terms of seasonality, our winter and early spring tours offer pleasant weather that is an escape from the typical Louisiana humidity. Like us, the gators love some good ol’ vitamin D. In late spring and summer, you’ll see the gators catching some rays on logs.  You really can’t go wrong when it comes to a swamp tour with Airboat Adventures!

With Excitement at Every Turn, Why Wait? Contact Us Today!

Come experience New Orleans like never before. Call Airboat Adventures at 504-689-2005 or email us at info@airboatadventures.com. Trust us, this will be one experience you’ll never forget!

The Alligator and Louisiana History

June 6, 2017

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the History of Louisiana Alligators

  1. In the 1800s, people in Louisiana began harvesting alligators for their skins to make boots, shoes and saddles, and for their oil to grease cotton mills and steam engines.

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  1. Companies in New York, New Jersey and Europe began commercially tanning Louisiana alligator skins to make the skins softer, more durable and more flexible.

  1. In the mid 1900s, the alligator population in Louisiana began to dwindle. In 1962, the Louisiana seasonal alligator hunting season was cancelled due to the reduction in alligator population.

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  1. With correct hunting management, Louisiana raised the alligator population and reopened hunting season.

  1. Louisiana’s alligator harvests now exceed 300,000 alligators per year.

There is no end to the number of things you can learn in a Louisiana swamp. Alligators are a source of fascination for people, both locally and internationally. We’ve been pleasantly surprised to find out that so many people really do want to learn more about Louisiana alligators.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Louisiana Swamps

May 11, 2017

The best way to learn about the Louisiana swamp is to experience it for yourself!

The best way to experience the swamp is on an airboat that glides over the bayou and gets you up close and personal with Louisiana wildlife. A Louisiana swamp tour will help you to get that up-close perspective.

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Louisiana swamps to hold you over until then.

  1. Louisiana is home to three million acres of wetlands.
  1. Fishermen catch more shrimp in Louisiana than any other U.S. state.

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  1. Alligators have existed for nearly 200 million years, and over two million wild alligators live in bayous across Louisiana.
  1. Louisiana’s cypress trees were used to construct Higgins boats in WWII.

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  1. Louisiana land is washing away, due to erosion caused by the building of levees, drilling for oil and dredging canals, at the rate of a football field every hour.
  1. Louisiana’s wetlands too 7,000 years to form through a process called accretion in which the Mississippi River Basin flooded, depositing sediment and building land

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  1. Louisiana has the longest coastline of any U.S. state because of bays and sounds.
  1. A swamp is an area that hold water and supports woody vegetation, while a marsh is an area that hold water but supports only non-woody, soft, green vegetation.

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  1. The nutria was imported from South America in the 1930’s for fur farming.
  1. Swamps exist across every continent except Antarctica.

Swamps are a worldwide phenomenon and you can see incredible swamp-lands in a number of states in the U.S. However, Louisiana swamps are worth seeing. They offer a unique environment that can be seen no where else.

 

Take a Fun Alligator Tour in Louisiana

August 30, 2016

We are proud to be one of the best Alligator tours in Louisiana. Our New Orleans swamp tours provide great fun and a hands-on learning experience for people of all ages. Get up close and personal with alligators and the exotic wildlife from endangered birds to flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the country. All of our guides are expert airboat captains Certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. They were all born and raised in Louisiana with a love for the Bayou and everything you can do in it. They are sure to show you a good time and Airboat Adventures wants you to remember it’s not just a wildlife tour, it’s an adventure!

Take a Fun Alligator Tour in Louisiana

What to Expect from Louisiana’s Most Popular Tour

For about two hours you and your family can have the time of your lives on one of our Airboat Alligator tours through the flourishing swamplands surrounding the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. You are able to get a first-hand look at the vast amount of cypress trees and beautiful curving waterways. See all the different wildlife these great swamps have to offer such as a variety of bird species from hawks to bald eagles, wild white-tailed deer, and much more. As one of New Orleans’ many grand attractions, we can’t and won’t disappoint. Our high-speed airboats are like no other near New Orleans, we can accommodate up to 27 passengers at any time!

Take A Louisiana Adventure

If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans or the South Louisiana area and would like to experience the real Louisiana in its natural state, come and see us at Airboat Adventures and book a tour of the Louisiana swamp. You’ll be touring 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp.  Make sure you bring your camera as you relax and soak up some nature as you travel high above the marshes of our Louisiana cypress swamp. During your 1 hour 45 minute to 2-hour tour you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and we sometimes see hawks, owls and bald eagles. Because when you take a Louisiana Alligator tour or boat ride with Airboat Adventures, it’s like taking a step back in time and seeing Louisiana the way it was before the hustle and bustle of modern life.

It’s a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population. You will be immersed in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world as we take you through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo gum trees. So, come join our outgoing captains on a high-speed Airboat Ride with one of our special Louisiana Alligator tours.

Alligator Tour in Louisiana

There isn’t a bad time of year to take a fun Alligator tour in Louisiana at Airboat Adventures, but our favorite times are April, late October and early November. Winter can be a great time because the summer’s seasonal grass gets as high as six feet tall but is only inches high during the winter. Get up close and personal with alligators and the exotic wildlife from endangered birds to flora and fauna not found anywhere else in the country. You can even get a chance to see more deer, and the migratory birds such as waterfowl and bald eagles, which will have arrived by then.

Book  Airboat Adventures For Your Tour Today

Airboat Adventures is located less than 30 minutes from the French Quarter and we are open 7 days a week. We will even pick you up from any of the downtown New Orleans hotels. Just minutes from the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Airboat Adventures offers visitors a break from Bourbon Street and an exciting alternative to commercial Louisiana Alligator tours. We have several Louisiana Alligator tours leaving daily, so choose the time that is best for you and prepares for some real excitement. Just call our friendly staff and they can accommodate any size party.

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Take a Unique Alligator Tour Near New Orleans

June 20, 2016

There are many different sides to the state of Louisiana, thanks to its incredibly rich culture that has developed over hundreds of years. People all over the country have a mixed idea of what Louisiana really is, and so do some of its own residents. Louisiana consists of both cities and wildlife; however, the wildlife side isn’t a very recognized trait. People may think that the wildlife of Louisiana is stomping around in a swamp and being attacked by bugs and other animals, but there is a way to experience the beauty that the state has to offer. An Alligator tour near New Orleans is one of the best ways to see that other side of Louisiana’s beauty, and you can experience it through Airboat Adventures!

The Better Choice

Instead of walking around all day trying to keep up with the busy crowds of New Orleans, a high-speed Airboat Tour could be just what you need to spice things up! It’s a fun and different way of experiencing the other parts of Louisiana that people aren’t used to seeing. The swamps and wildlife are a huge part of the culture and history of the state that isn’t often recognized or acknowledged. Plus, you can take one of these tours at almost any time of the day! So when it’s a nice and sunny day in Louisiana, feel free to take a tour in the morning, afternoon, or even at sunset! The beautiful water and scenery will be a site that you won’t be able to forget at that time of day!

Louisiana’s Natural Beauty

You’ll see a wide range of animals when taking a tour with Airboat Adventures. You have a high change of seeing several ibis, herons, snakes, bald eagles, egrets, alligators, and nutria! You have no idea just how up close and personal you could get to these wonderful creatures that call Louisiana their home. You’ll also get the chance to see the different plant nature that thrives in these swamps; plants and trees that you wouldn’t find in the city or anywhere else in the state! An Alligator tour near New Orleans is a more natural and personal way to experience the authentic beauty of Louisiana.

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Accommodating To All

Airboat Adventures even offers extra services to its guests, with the option of pick-up and drop-off to and from all hotels located in Downtown New Orleans, since the area is stationed just thirty-minutes away. You even have options as to what size airboat you would like to travel in, the smallest being the most highly-recommended and allows for a closer look at what Louisiana swamps have to offer. If you’re planning a romantic evening for your significant other, you can also request a sunset tour, setting the mood for any romantic occasion!

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Hear It From Others!

There are plenty of positive testimonials on the Airboat Adventures website! Many previous customers say how knowledgeable and experienced the tour guides are, and how exciting it was to get up close to the different animals of the bayous. Some have even claimed that their tour with Airboat Adventures was the highlight of their trip to New Orleans! You could be having the very same experience that the previous adventurers have had, so schedule your tour today!

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Book Your Tour Today!

Take the ride of your life with an Alligator tour near New Orleans! Visit Airboat Adventures right now to get started with booking your tour!

See the Swamp with New Orleans Airboat Tours

October 30, 2015

The Louisiana swamp is an unusual ecosystem brimming with unique wildlife. Cypress trees line the coastal deltas of Louisiana and shelter the animals below. These swamps are home to many species of fish, snapping turtles, whitetail deer, corn snakes, nutria, and alligators. Wading birds like the pelican, great blue heron, egret, hawks, and owls live among these animals here in the wetlands. The Louisiana swamp makes up over ten percent of the nation’s wetlands and is an important food source globally. The wet, subtropical climate of Louisiana allows plants like water lilies, cattails, marsh grass, and majestic cypress and tupelo trees to flourish almost year-round.

Because of the geographic position of these swamplands, they are unlike any other in the world. The best way to experience and explore this awe-inspiring landscape is to take a trip and see it firsthand.

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New Orleans Airboat Tours

Airboat Adventures offers New Orleans airboat tours year-round. Multiple airboat tours occur daily, so you can view the vast, 20,000-acre swamp we navigate at almost any time. Learn about the swamp from our passionate, knowledgeable airboat tour guides and interact with exotic wildlife like the infamous alligator. All of our New Orleans airboat tour guides are U.S. Coast Guard certified. Your tour guide may even feed the wild alligators or let you hold a baby gator!

Airboat Sizes and Tour Sizes

Two airboat sizes are available for your tour of the Louisiana swamps. Our 6-8 passenger airboat allows easy maneuverability through the hidden channels of the marsh. Our bigger 15-27 passenger airboat allows larger groups to remain together and learn about the swamp hands-on. Our tours last for nearly two hours, so you have plenty of exposure to Louisiana swampland ecosystem and the vast information your tour guide can teach you about this special place! Airboat Adventures can accommodate any size group that would like to tour the swamp.
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New Orleans airboat tours are an adventure for the whole family. Children ages five and up can participate in the educational swamp tours we offer seven days a week. Even Louisiana locals enjoy coming down to the swamp and spending the day cruising their backyard swamp in an open-top airboat. Alternatively, if you are just visiting New Orleans, Airboat Adventures makes seeing the swamp simple with free hotel pickup service for all French Quarter hotels. Our friendly New Orleans airboat tour staff will also drive you back to your hotel after your fun swamp tour experience. If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime, call Airboat Adventures today!

Take an Exciting Alligator Tour in Louisiana

July 30, 2015

There are many different sides to the state of Louisiana, thanks to its incredibly rich culture that has developed over hundreds of years. People all over the country have a mixed idea of what Louisiana really is, and so do some of its own residents. Louisiana consists of both cities and wildlife; however, the wildlife side isn’t a very recognized trait. People may think that the wildlife of Louisiana is stomping around in a swamp and being attacked by bugs and other animals, but there is a way to experience the beauty that the state has to offer. An Alligator tour in Louisiana is one of the best ways to see that side of Louisiana’s beauty, and you can experience it through Airboat Adventures!

Louisiana’s Other Residents

What are some of the most recognized icons of Louisiana? Alligators! Taking this nature-filled alligator tour in Louisiana with Airboat Adventures is the best way to see these animals up close, as well as some of the other residents that take up their homes in Louisiana. While on your airboat ride, you could see several different animals, such as Herons, Bald Eagles, Ibis, Snakes, Turtles, Hawks, Egrets, and more! Plus, depending on which size boat you choose, you could get closer to an Alligator than you ever have before. Your tour guide may even be crazy enough to jump in the water to pet the Alligator himself!

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In Good Hands

When you choose Airboat Adventures as your place to explore the nature and wildlife of Louisiana, you can remain confident that the tour guides know exactly what they are doing. Each staff member has endless enthusiasm as well as extensive knowledge of the area. They are happy to teach their customers about the history of the area and the lifestyle of the locals! All you have to do is sit back and relax while your tour guide helps you soak up all of the culture and beauty that Louisiana has to offer!

An Experience For Everyone

These tours offered at Airboat Adventures are the perfect opportunity to gather together with your friends and/or family to enjoy each other’s company, as well as the company of the Louisiana wildlife! There are different sized boats to accommodate any group, so you can choose the smaller boats that fit between six and eight passengers, or you could opt for the larger boats that fit between fifteen and twenty-seven! You can also make a day out of your trip, because Airboat Adventures offers to pick you up and drop you off from any hotel located in downtown New Orleans! So whether you want to go in the morning, noon, or early afternoon, there are tours available and you can plan an amazing day to get the city-side, as well as the swamp side of Louisiana!

Sign Up Today!

Sign up for your Alligator tour in Louisiana today by visiting the Airboat Adventures website! You can also check out the different options they have available, as well as photos from past tours!