Explore the Wilder Side of New Orleans

January 10, 2014

If you’re looking for things to do in New Orleans, Airboat Adventures offers a unique chance to get up close and personal with the natural beauty of Louisiana swampland. Venture just a little bit south of the city and you’ll find yourself in an entirely different, breathtaking world that you might not have known even existed. Take a break from the bustle of the city and give your family an adventure they’ll always remember.

Enjoy Our Convenient Location

Just half an hour from downtown New Orleans, Airboat Adventures is easy to get to no matter where you’re staying. If you don’t want to worry about driving, that’s all right too! We’ll pick you up from any hotel in the downtown area about an hour before your tour is scheduled to begin. This way you can sit back and relax, and let us do all the work for you. After your tour is over, we’ll drop you back off at your hotel. Just give us a call to let us know what you need, and we’ll do our best to make the experience as convenient and enjoyable as possible.

What to Expect on Your Tour

Wilder Side of New OrleansMany people visit Airboat Adventures for a chance to see some alligators up close, and maybe even hold one. While this is certainly one of the highlights, you might be surprised at the variety of wildlife we encounter on our tours. Birds like herons, egrets, hawks, and owls make their homes in the swamp all year round. During the winter, the number of birds increases, since many migrating species make their homes here to escape the cold weather up north. Raccoons, deer, and other mammals make frequent appearances as well, especially in cooler weather. On the other hand, alligators are more active during the warmer months. However, they can still be seen soaking up the sun throughout the year.

Planning Your Visit

Because New Orleans enjoys a fairly warm climate all year long, we stay open throughout the year and make several trips a day into the swamp. If you’re looking for things to do in New Orleans, give us a call to plan your next adventure. We have different sizes of boats to accommodate both large and small groups comfortably. Aside from our regularly scheduled tours, we also offer sunset tours or extended tours on request. Our experienced tour guides would love to show you everything this incredible area has to offer.

Riding in an Airboat Excursion

December 23, 2013

Gator ToursBeing able to ride in an airboat can be a fun and an exciting way to start up any vacation you have planned for you and your family. This can be a unique adventure that everyone will love and remember for the rest of their lives.

Traveling to the South means that you will have the chance to spot various creatures that live and breathe down in the humid southern sun. One of the best ways to seek out these animals is through an airboat journey. This excursion will take you through the swampy muddy waters where you can point out several of these fantastic and interesting creatures. They live deep down within the waters and the only way to capture great snapshots of them is through a speedy ride. This rare-looking wildlife will be happy to see you visiting and may try to creep up to the boat and welcome you into their territory. There is nothing to be afraid of or alarmed about. Your tour guide will be experienced and will give you the best information possible about these animals while you keep at a safe distance from them.

This boating adventure will be one like you have never had before. You can comfortably sit on the boat with several other tourists while you zip through the marshy waters. Most boats hold several people at once and can make a great getaway boat in a hurry. Your tour guide will be happy to answer any questions that you might have regarding the areas you are visiting, the animals, and the eerie feel of the swamp. Make sure you take your camera so that you can take plenty of snapshots of the critters that you may never see again. Many are only found in the vast swamps, so take the time to snap several photos and plan to make a book or art piece out of them for a memorable collage or treasure. Speeding through muddy waters may not sound like a great way to spend your vacation, but in reality, it will be one of the most unique and charming ways to take fabulous pictures and get to know a different region of the states.

If you will be vacationing in the southern states, eat great food, take several pictures, and ride in an airboat from Airboat Adventures so that you can sight see and get to know some of the rare swamp creatures out in the world.

Top Five Things to See on a New Orleans Tour

December 12, 2013

Are you visiting the Big Easy? Make sure you schedule a New Orleans tour of the city with a tour guide who knows the best sites and landmarks. The tour guides at Airboat Adventures recommend doing a combination of “land” and “water” tours so you can see the city from every angle. Here is our top five list of things you have to see on the land and in the swamp.

Historical Landmarks

Come See Alligators in New OrleansMany people who come to New Orleans are content to spend the day touring historical sites around the city. In Louisiana, you will find plenty of history. Some popular sites include the famous St. Louis cemeteries, or “cities of the dead.” You can see the grave markers for several historical figures and enjoy the haunting, beautiful surroundings. You cannot visit New Orleans without touring the French Quarter, taking in the architecture, the smells, the food, and the sounds of jazz.

Delicious Food

Another famous thing to love about the south is the unique, spicy, and mouth-watering food. If you have never tried Cajun or Creole food before, you cannot pass the opportunity in New Orleans. The French Quarter is a great place to find authentic Louisiana-style food. Try a few classics like gumbo, jambalaya, and pecan pie.

Exciting Music

When you think of New Orleans, do you think of lively Bourbon street jazz? When you take a tour through New Orleans, pay attention to the places your guide points out as hot spots for music. You can usually find at least one music festival to attend during your stay as well as plenty of music clubs where you eat, drink, and dance to New Orleans jazz all night long.

Lush Countryside

At Airboat Adventures, we believe no trip to Louisiana would be complete without an “off-land” tour of the Louisiana swamps and bayous. Our guides can even pick you up from your hotel and take you directly to the airboat launch site. Spend a couple of hours on our comfortable airboat and you will see a completely different side of the country. The swamp is a beautiful and unique place. It is the perfect family tour, with plenty of adventurous memories to make. Take your camera and you can capture the picturesque landscapes and the native wildlife.

Reptiles and Birds

Your airboat tour would not be complete without alligators! Be prepared to see plenty of gators, snakes, turtles, herons, egrets, hawks, and many other creatures in the wild. You can keep your distance and take pictures, or you can ask your tour guide to hold a baby gator for a New Orleans tour that is truly unforgettable.

Questions to Ask Your Swamp Tour Guide

November 26, 2013

Are you ready to take your family on an adventurous Louisiana swamp tour? It will be one of the best memories you ever make on a vacation to Louisiana. You will see all sorts of exciting things and get the chance for some awesome pictures. Your tour guide is one of your best resources. The guides are Louisiana natives who grew up hunting and fishing around the swamps. They know and love the environment as well as anybody around. Get to know your tour guide and be sure to ask these questions to make your experience even more rewarding.

When is the best time?

If you can, ask the tour guide before you book your tour when the best time is to go. All times of the year are great, so if you already have your trip planned for summer or fall, then do not worry. However, the best time of day may change depending on the time of year. For example, you may face chilly weather in winter and spring, so asking your tour guide up front can help you be prepared.

What size boat should I choose?

Louisiana Swamp Tour Alligator
Swamp boats range in size. They can hold anywhere from 6-27 people. The size may depend on your personal preference, such as if you want an entire boat reserved for a family or group of friends. If you want to save money by going in a larger group, then you may want the large boat with hotel pick-up. If you have questions about price, call your tour guide.

What do you call that?

You may see lots of exotic animal- and plant-life on your tour. Do not be shy to ask what it is you are seeing! Is it a crocodile or an alligator? Remember, your tour guides are natives of the area and they have seen all kinds of animals and plants in their time. They can tell you the names of birds, reptiles, trees, and much more.

Can I hold an alligator?

Your swamp tour may be the only place and time you ever get to hold a gator in your own two hands. Now is not the time to pass up the opportunity. Your tour guide can help you hold a small, baby alligator so it is completely safe. Make sure you get pictures!

What if the weather is bad?

Occasionally, unexpected rain can strike on the day your tour is scheduled. Make sure you prepare for this situation. Ask your tour guide if you can reschedule, get reimbursed, or if the weather is mild enough to go out on the water.

Finally, remember to tip your Louisiana swamp tour guide for answering your questions and showing you a great time.

Bring Your Camera on a Swamp Tour

November 16, 2013

Wondering whether to grab your camera for your Louisiana swamp tour? Grab your camera and keep it handy because the southern Louisiana swamps are one of the best places to capture fantastic pictures. If you are an aspiring photographer, an experienced photographer, or something in between, you will love the many photo opportunities that come your way in your tour. Here are some tips to help you capture great quality, memorable images.

A Photographer’s Favorite Lighting

If you have any experience at all behind a camera, then you understand that lighting is everything. Most photographers agree that dawn’s light or just before sunset are the perfect time for beautifully lit pictures. You can find the same great lighting in the swamp, especially if you choose one of the earlier morning times for your tour, like 9:45 a.m., or 6 p.m. for evening light. At these times of the day, the light brings out the vibrant colors of the swamp, the water, the wildlife, and the plants. You can take home some beautiful shots of the river or the greenery to hang on your walls at home.

Impress Your Family

Are you excited to show your adventure to other family members or friends? Nothing says “wow” quite like a picture of a baby alligator in your own hands. Yes, that is right. You can get the chance to take numerous pictures of alligators lounging in the water, stalking the banks, or capture a shot of you or one of your companions holding a baby alligator. It is safe and the guide will help you, but that does not make the picture any less impressive when you display it in your house or put it on your next Christmas card.
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Remember the Wildlife

In addition to beautiful scenery in the swamp, southern Louisiana is known for its various wildlife. You can capture exotic creatures on camera in addition to alligators, like snakes, turtles, herons, hawks, bald eagles, deer, and much more. Use a “landscape” setting on your camera to get a frame-worthy photo of one of these wild creatures in its natural habitat.

Keep It Safe

Finally, remember to keep your camera safe while on the swamp tour. It helps to have a lanyard or some other attachment to hold the camera around your neck where you are not likely to drop it into the water. This will also keep your camera handy for spontaneous moments you need to capture quickly. Bring a protective case or cover in case of humid or wet weather to protect your lens from damage.

Theater and Swamp Adventures; Only in New Orleans!

September 17, 2013

New Orleans has so much to offer, between music, festivals and theater.  If you are coming into New Orleans for particular show at one of our many theaters, be sure to check out Airboat Adventure’s Swamp Tours!

Our theaters always have some exciting shows going on that are not to be missed. The New Orleans Performing and Visual Arts College Fair will be at the Pontchartrain Center on October 3rd, Brian Regan will be performing his comedy routine at the Saenger on October 10th, and that is just a couple of the shows we have to offer to locals and visitors!

When you are sitting down planning your stay, be sure to check out what other adventures New Orleans has to offer. There are tours of the city, the cemeteries, and so many other things.  One thing you surely should not miss out on, is a Swamp Tour, offered by Airboat Adventures!

Airboat Adventures is New Orleans most popular Airboat Swamp Tour and has many packages to choose from. They have a small boat, which can handle 6-8 passengers and they have a large boat, which can handle 15-27 passengers. You can check out the packages online, or give them a call to book your tour at 504-689-2005 or Toll Free at 888-467-9267. They are open 7 days a week!  They also offer evening/sunset tours, or longer/shorter tours upon request for a small additional fee.

They offer personal swamp tours that take you through the South Louisiana Bayous and Swamps.  Keep in mind that they are less than 30 minutes outside New Orleans and they offer hotel pick-ups and drop-offs.  So, depending on where you are staying while in New Orleans, you can easily be picked up right outside your hotel and dropped off after the tour!  Talk about a no hassle adventure!

During their tours, you get a chance to see a different part of Louisiana.  There are so many wonderful things that New Orleans and Louisiana have to offer besides our shows, music and festivals.

The tours take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours.  The Captains are the best!  There are so many testimonials from past riders that speak so highly of the knowledge the Captains have about the swamp area and wildlife!

This is something you do not want to miss if you are coming to New Orleans!  Get online today or pick up that phone and book your tour!

Not just a tour…. An Adventure! Come to New Orleans!

September 9, 2013

Are you thinking about heading to New Orleans now that the temperatures are starting to come down? If so, it is a perfect time to take a swamp tour with Airboat Adventures! Perfect weather, perfect settings, cool breezes and good old Louisiana wild life! What more could you ask for!

If you have any doubt about whether a swamp tour will truly be an adventure, then you need to check out our website and read the testimonials of people who have actually take the tour and read their thoughts!  Our Captains are experts in guiding you through the swamps and explain the rich history of our swamps. You surely won’t be disappointed.

Airboat Adventures offers visitors a break from the partying of the French Quarter and instead, gives you a great insight as to what else Louisiana has to offer. You will be touring a large tract of tidewater cypress swamp (20,000 acres).  It is a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population.

You will see things on a swamp tour that you surely won’t see walking down Bourbon Street.  You will have so many stories, pictures and memories to take back home and they won’t be the pictures your friends are expecting you to bring back!

The tour last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. During that time, you will have the opportunity to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons, and ibis.  Every now and then, we get to show you hawks, owls and bald eagles!

There are many packages available.  All you have to do is get online and check out what they have to offer.  Also, keep in mind that they pick up from most hotels in the French Quarter, and if they don’t pick up from the particular hotel you are staying in, there is sure to be one within walking distance that they can pick you up from!  Available tour times range from 9:45 in the morning through 2:00 in the afternoon, and seasonally they offer a 4:00 tour and a 6:00 tour.

When you go check out their website, be sure to check out their photo gallery for a tiny insight as to what you might experience on an Airboat Adventures Swamp Tour!

So what are you waiting for!  Get online today and plan a tour during your stay here in New Orleans!



New Orleans….. BBQ Festival & Swamp Tours!

August 26, 2013

Why do people come to New Orleans? Is it the hospitality, the food, the music, the parties, the sports, the amazing attractions, or maybe the people? It’s everything! People come to New Orleans to experience the culture and all of its wondrous facets. But there’s certainly nothing we do better than getting a large group of people together and giving them a great party. Music and great food are staples in any New Orleans party and the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival has all the right components.

This festival combines the best of good food and great music. It starts in the Central Business District with the cooler weather October can bring, with live music, delicious barbecue, and an all-around fun experience for all involved. Like the best festivals around, this one is free of charge and open to the public.

There are two stages, where some of the best blues artists in the nation play. In the past this festival has featured Taj Mahal, Barbara Lynn, Luther Kent, Don Vappie, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, even Anders Osbourne. The entire square will be full of booths offering arts and crafts, and some of the best barbecue in the South. The hours are from 10:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m. Saturday and from 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Sunday.

Everyone also knows that New Orleans isn’t just about parties, and that this city has all kinds of hidden treasures for you to check out while you’re here. Airboat Adventures is one of those treasures, and they want to invite you to take a swamp tour with them. A massive airboat riding through the water creating a great feeling in the sunshine as you get to sample all kinds of wildlife and pass through the links on an in your face food chain.

Airboat Adventures has great captains who promote great history of the land and the highest level of safety and caution you can find. You and your family are in the best hands at Airboat Adventures, so call or go online and check out their schedules and boat sizes so you can see just how many people you can fit! New Orleans has so many things to pack a weekend with you’ll never get bored, come check out this awesome festival and Airboat Adventures!

New Orleans; Come for our Seafood Festival and take a ride on a Swamp Tour!

August 20, 2013

There’s few things New Orleans does wrong when it comes to entertainment, and one thing we always get right is the food. And if there’s one food we most certainly always get right it’s the seafood! You know what that means, you have to break out time to make it to the Louisiana Seafood Festival! This festival is held every year in the fall, and it’s completely free. It features live entertainment, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, local arts and crafts, and cuisine from top New Orleans restaurants and caterers.
In past years some great places that have made appearances include;

Acme Oyster House, Arnaud’s, Cafe Giovanni, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Galatoire’s, Mr. B’s Bistro, Ninja, Oceana Grill, Red Fish Grill, and so many more!

This festival is staged by the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, along with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, and all proceeds benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation. It’s a great excuse to take a trip to the Big Easy and make some great memories while getting to indulge in some of the most delicious aspects of New Orleans culture.

Don’t forget about the wild side of New Orleans and take a trip to Airboat Adventures! An amazing swamp tour company that offers a glimpse into the beyond of Nawlins’ life that get to see! If you go online you can check out their Facebook page and get a look at all the pictures to get a sampling of what their tours can include.

Facebook is a great tool to stay connected with other tour takers, get testimonials, share opinions and even find out when the best time of year for you and your family would be to take one. You can start this wonderful visit with a great trip to Airboat Adventures where you could run into some of items you might sample at the Seafood Festival!

Airboat Adventures does whatever they can to provide the best tour possible. They have all different types of boats to accommodate different size groups, an awesome flexible schedule to give you as many options as possible, AND if you’re in the Quarter, they’ll shuttle you! Yes, Airboat Adventures will come pick you up and make the whole process painless and fun filled for you and your family to create memories you will never forget. Call or go online now and schedule your tour!

Swamp Tours, Oktoberfest and more in New Orleans!

August 14, 2013

There are always tons of reasons to come on out to old New Orleans and visit. From festivals, to parties, to football, and we always know how to throw a party from booze to food we take good care of the people who come down here. October is coming fast and there are literally TONS of stuff going on! There is absolutely no excuse not to plan a trip for the October season of events to the most awesome city in the world. We invite you to join in on the fun, the food, and the memories so you can be a part of our family and we yours.
We start with Oktoberfest which is the last weekend of September and every weekend during October. New Orleans humbly invites you to get a taste of Germany in the heart of the city at the Duetsches Haus in Mid City. This festival will give visitors a little facet of German culture through live music, traditional folk dancing, an endless supply of ice cold beer, German wines and liquors, a colorful parade, and of course genuine authentic German cuisine.

Some of these festive delights will include:
Sauerbraten (braised marinated roast beef)
Krautwickel (ground beed stuffing rolled in cabbage)
Kasseler Rippchen (smoked pork shank braised in a citrus sauce)

And there is so much more!

Luckily for you, this is happening every weekend in October, which gives you plenty of time to check out some of the other great stops in the area. Just thirty minutes outside of the French Quarter lies Airboat Adventures. Start your day off on the swamp, living through the food chain and catching alligators, birds, beautiful trees. This is a unique opportunity to see an entire ecosystem breathe, not something you get to catch in the hustle of the city. But you start out with Airboat Adventures, bring your family and have a great day, finish off trailing through Oktoberfest and have some great beer stories to tell!

Airboat Adventures is all about accommodations with their different size boats, flexible scheduling, and having experiences and knowledgeable captains to help give you the best tour money can buy. You can get online and check out customer testimonials, see great pictures, and contact Airboat Adventures to set up your tour today! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity while you’re in the Big Easy!