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?

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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.